Volunteer Coordinator

Contract Type: 
Full time
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021 - 12:00
Fixed Salary
Pro Rata
Newcastle Wood Recycling Community Interest Company

Volunteer Coordinator

Newcastle Wood Recycling Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit organisation set up in September 2014. The social enterprise contributes to a more sustainable environment whilst making positive changes to local community development and engagement by recycling waste wood that would otherwise go to landfill and offering volunteering, training and employment opportunities to disadvantaged groups in the community.

An experienced Volunteer Coordinator is needed to join our team to manage and develop our volunteer programme, ensuring volunteers are fully supported and trained in their roles whilst successfully following and delivering our mission, vision and values.

This is a full time position working 32 hours per week with a salary review after successful completion of the probation period. 


Main Responsibilities

  • Review and implement the NWR Volunteer Strategy.
  • Direct all volunteering business operations and activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission.
  • Direct and oversee the main areas of volunteering work to ensure appropriate outcomes are met and properly evaluated.
  • Adapt service delivery (methods of delivery, changes to services) to changing circumstances.
  • Research and write volunteer policies and procedures, including risk assessments.
  • Liaise with other NWR volunteers to understand how they work, develop partnerships and assess their volunteering needs.
  • Generate appropriate volunteering opportunities and role descriptions based on the needs of the organisation.
  • Raise staff awareness of the role and the function of the volunteers.
  • Promote volunteering through recruitment and publicity strategies and campaigns.
  • Interview and recruit volunteers and ensure that they are appropriately checked, matched and trained for a position.
  • Organise rotas and provide inductions and training.
  • Monitor, support, motivate and accredit volunteers and their work.
  • Organise profile-raising event to attract new volunteers.


Essential Skills

  • Proven previous experience of working with people with mental health issues, learning disabilities and from socially and economically disadvantaged areas.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse range of people.
  • Experience of managing or coordinating projects and volunteers (paid or unpaid).
  • An empathy with volunteers and an understanding of their needs.
  • The capacity to inspire and motivate others.
  • The ability to deal with information in a confidential manner and with sensitivity.
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to maintain records and produce clear written and oral reports.
  • Experience of working across different sectors and developing links with other agencies.
  • A flexible and non-judgemental approach to people and work.
  • A enhanced DBS check - we can process that if required.


Desirable Skills

  • A full clean driving license.
  • Relevant qualifications.
  • Passionate about sustainability and the environment.
  • Previous experience applying for grants and funding.


Please send your CV and a cover letter to office@welovewood.org