The Volunteer Manager develops and implements volunteer initiatives that support a healthy and vibrant Great Lakes, addresses community needs and delivers locally relevant results. The Manager develops and executes volunteer activities in partnership with colleagues and community leaders, as part of the Alliance’s Culture of Clean Water Team. The position draws on varied audiences to build and deepen the Alliance’s volunteer network of over 15,000 individuals, businesses, and non-profit partners invested in keeping the Great Lakes healthy for the 40 million people that depend on the lakes for recreation, drinking, and regional economies. The position manages the Chicago Young Professional Council, the Chicago Alliance Ambassador program and the year-round Adopt-a-Beach program that spans the eight states served by the Alliance.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes sets a protection agenda for the Great Lakes, a resource of global significance and the world’s largest source of surface freshwater. The Alliance seeks to protect the Great Lakes from their greatest threats, build a resilient future for communities and instill the value of clean water throughout the region. The Alliance is a four-star Charity Navigator organization. Learn more about the Alliance at www.greatlakes.org.
Management and Strategy
· Manage the regional year-round Adopt-a-Beach program, including September Adopt-a-Beach, comprised of 15,000+ volunteers in 8 states, including schools, businesses and community groups.
· Evolve the Alliance’s overall approach to volunteer engagement and leadership in the region by working with a team of colleagues to further develop our existing programs that engage key audiences, deepen volunteer relationships and address community and ecosystem needs.
· Build on the Alliance Ambassador program, so that volunteers have the skills and knowledge to become leaders in local water conversations, can elevate Great Lakes issues in a way that reflects participant communities and work independently as Great Lakes advocates.
· Facilitate and support the Chicago Young Professional Council in its work to address a diversity of local Great Lakes and water projects through philanthropy and building the leadership skills of members.
· Develop and implement a customized portfolio of volunteer opportunities in the Southern Lake Michigan region to provide benefit to communities, which includes recruiting, training and retaining volunteers.
· Support the growth of the business partnership program in Chicago and nearby communities.
· Create and conduct external outreach opportunities to audiences critical to supporting Great Lakes and water protection, such as opportunities for public speaking, tabling, and presentations as appropriate to support Alliance priorities.
· Assist in the expansion of volunteer programs such as Alliance Ambassadors and the Young Professional Council in communities served by the Alliance outside of the Chicago area.
· Conduct trainings for participants to become environmental leaders and ambassadors, so that they have the skills and knowledge to address relevant Great Lakes issues and take action to improve the ecosystem.
· Manage volunteer collected data and identify strategic uses of the information for internal and external partners.
· Identify where volunteer activities can be aligned to advance issue campaigns in other Alliance programs, working with policy, planning and technical teams across the organization
· Work with the Alliance development team to secure funding to support initiatives, including the creation and improvement of a business partnership program.
Knowledge/Skills, and Competencies
(Required education, skills, knowledge, experience, and abilities)
Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree preferred in social sciences, environmental sciences and/or communications
Three to five years of experience in volunteer coordination and training, community outreach, developing stakeholder partnerships in the public, private, or nonprofit sector
Demonstrated understanding of how Great Lakes and water issues may impact communities differently across racial, economic, geographic, and gender lines
Demonstrated experience motivating and working persuasively with a wide variety of stakeholders of all ages and backgrounds, including civic groups, schools, agency staff, businesses and community-based organizations
Able to manage volunteers with a positive and nurturing attitude to produce measurable results
Excellent listening, writing, and speaking skills. Must be able to speak publicly in a clear, compelling, and engaging manner
Highly organized meeting planner, project planner and meeting facilitator
Ability to translate Great Lakes issues and complex ecological information to diverse lay audiences and inspire passion and excitement in communities
Adaptive leader who is open, creative, and flexible in thought and practice with skills to lead both from the front and behind as needed
Effectively delegate and collaborate with team members located in different offices with varying expertise and priorities
Attraction to mission-driven public interest work
Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Database management skills desirable
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sales Force, and Access
Spanish-speaking and writing skills desirable.
This position is full-time and consistent with Alliance employment policy. Salary to be commensurate with experience.
Excellent benefits, including health, vacation and retirement plan, are included.
The preference is for this position to be located in Chicago, with occasional travel around the Great Lakes region.
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include job title in the subject line.
Applications will be accepted until October 26, 2017 or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their materials and further guidance and updates about the hiring process by e-mail, with interviews provided for finalists. No phone inquiries please.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The search process will reinforce the Alliance’s belief that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors.
The Alliance’s vision is a healthy Great Lakes for all people and wildlife, forever. Its mission is to conserve ...and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. For more information about the Alliance’s programs and work, please visit us online at www.greatlakes.org.