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Volunteer organiser Volunteer coordinator, volunteer manager

Volunteer organisers recruit, train and manage volunteers. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £19,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need a good general education. Some employers may ask for an HND, foundation degree, or degree in a relevant subject like a social science.

You’ll also need a good understanding of the voluntary sector, usually gained by volunteering.

You could get into this role without qualifications if you've extensive experience and training, particularly if you’ve coordinated projects or mentored new volunteers.

NCVO, Do-it and Volunteering Matters list local volunteering opportunities.

Barnardo's and Cancer Research UK offer volunteer internship schemes, where you could gain relevant training and experience. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

A driving licence and use of a vehicle will be helpful.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • IT skills
  • excellent speaking, writing and presentation skills
  • the ability to get on with a wide range of people
  • the ability to lead and motivate others
  • team-working skills and the ability to develop contacts in organisations
  • administrative and organisational skills
  • good maths skills for budgeting and keeping accounts

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • designing recruitment activities to attract volunteers
  • interviewing volunteers and conducting risk assessments
  • matching people to vacancies
  • arranging or delivering training
  • giving ongoing coaching and support
  • working with other agencies
  • keeping records up to date, including databases

4. Salary

Starter: £19,000 to £24,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £28,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

Many volunteer organiser posts are part-time. Pro-rata rates may apply, where you’re paid a proportion of full-time rates.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. With some organisations, you may need to cover weekends and evenings. Part-time and fixed-term work is often available, particularly in smaller organisations.

You’ll be mainly office-based, but you may need to travel to attend meetings with other organisations and to visit volunteers. 

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could find work with private organisations or with a sports club, in events, or at festivals.

You could also move into related careers, like youth and community work, social work or charity fundraising.


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Last updated: 09 October 2018