An important key to your chapter’s success is cultivating volunteers and leaders. Perhaps the most important indicator for success is strong, enduring leadership. This is no easy task. Successful chapters are turning to a different model – one that focuses on developing a talent pool of members who are willing and able to assist on short-term and bite-sized volunteer opportunities.
This model is built on a Volunteer Coordinator or Talent Scout responsible for learning members’ interests and matching those with the needs of the organization. The talent scout may work with a team, a partner or run solo. The focus is on engaging members in the work of the group rather than on finding volunteers. In this paper, we’ll offer a look at the first steps, a few volunteer coordinator position descriptions, advice from the field and resources.