by Ian Nevarez
I am often asked if an organization can engage volunteers without an official “Volunteer Coordinator”. Of course they can, but the question is more about if they should, than if it is possible. Can an agency or grassroots movement fully harness this resource without the use of an assigned volunteer administrator? In order to answer this question we must first understand what are the essential functions of this role and can these responsibilities be delegated to other stakeholders.
The essential functions include reviewing the goals of a mission in order to create constructive ways to incorporate community support as solutions to challenges it may face. The volunteer administrator researches industry standards, best practices and new legal statutes that affect the use of volunteers. This research can bring to light new risk management techniques, guidelines and policies that can be incorporated into existing management practices.