Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Volunteer Interview

Now that you have reviewed your development goals and are well on your way to finalizing your volunteer resume - are you ready for the interview? Part of your responsibility in being a strategic volunteer is finding the right fit for your desired engagement. What nonprofits are right for your goals? Here are a few questions you can ask to aid in your evaluation.

Does your organization:
  • have a volunteer manager?
  • regularly post open volunteer assignments?
  • indicate leadership opportunities in volunteer roles?
  • have a leadership/career path for volunteers?
  • provide general and/or skill-based opportunities?
  • provide long-term and/or short-term assignments?
  • require a volunteer application?
  • have a volunteer placement and/or removal policy?
  • provide training for volunteers?
  • value the role of volunteers in your strategic plan?
While this list is by no means all-inclusive, it will definitely help you identify the organizations that can best accommodate your strategic volunteering goals and foster your nonprofit leadership journey.

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