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Volunteer Coordinator

Dismas House


Job Summary

Working from the Nashville campus and reporting to the Vice President of Operations, the incoming Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and implementing all volunteer-related programming and events associated with Dismas House of Nashville. The Volunteer Coordinator will also work closely with the VP of Programs to assist in the planning and implementation of daytime and evening programming. We’re looking for a compassionate, care-driven professional who believes in facilitating wellness for residents and their families and will take initiative in planning and coordinating volunteer efforts and effectively communicating with volunteers, residents and Dismas staff. The ideal candidate will have flexibility with work hours including the ability to work some evenings and some weekend hours as needed. Further, the ideal candidate must have a reliable car, and be comfortable and have experience and/or passion for helping formerly incarcerated individuals.

Job Responsibilities

  • Organizes, coordinates and implements the recruitment of volunteers for the board, various committees, departments and association programs.
  • Main point of contact for all volunteers and volunteer activities.
  • Works with social, civic and local organizations to develop partnerships, where appropriate, to develop and/or utilize volunteers.
  • Oversees the orientation and training programs for all volunteers including updating the Volunteer Handbook and leading Volunteer training.
  • Oversees and coordinates Volunteer Community Dinners.
  • Maintains updated records on all volunteers.
  • Sets up and attends volunteer meetings. Reports to staff on volunteer activities as needed.
  • Recommends and develops ongoing volunteer utilization.
  • Works with Special Events Coordinator to plan the annual volunteer recognition program.
  • Promote volunteering internally and externally through recruitment, publicity strategies and campaigns.
  • Ensure volunteers are appropriately matched and trained for positions.
  • Prepares specialized reports and presentations as it relates to the progress of projects and initiatives.
  • Provide tours to present donors, community partners, future volunteers and board members.
  • Recruit volunteers for mentorship program.
  • Track feedback for all volunteer programs
  • Collaborate with Program Coordinator on identifying employer partnerships for workforce development.
  • Develop and in=implement community service programs by coordinating with local non- prfit agencies.
  • Tracks key project milestones and adjusts project plans to meet the needs of work effort. Responsible for leading the project from inception to final business acceptance and implementation.
  • Develop and maintain In Kind donation database, establish monetary value (Dismas purpose), and issue letters and thank you notes.
  • Assists the VP of Operations in writing volunteer job descriptions & setting organizational goals.
  • Other duties that occur, as needed.


  • Experience with volunteer or project management, implementation, and/or coordination.
  • 1-3 years of related experience in coordinating or organizing volunteers and people and wearing many hats, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a capacity to communicate effectively empathetically and with a trauma-informed approach to the clients we serve.
  • Propensity to work with energy, a high degree of initiative and from a positive perspective while maintaining flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Enormous passion for and commitment to the mission of Dismas House; understanding of prison culture desired.
  • Strong organizational and administrative abilities, including increasing efficiencies around systems, procedures, and protocols.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of database programs and Windows-based operating system.

Additional Information


  • Paid health, vision and dental insurance
  • 401K
  • 10 paid holidays + 15 days of Paid Time Off

How to Apply


  • Date Posted: October 7, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Start Date: 10/31/2020
  • Salary Range: Dependent on Experience