Profession/Field of Volunteer Management
- FAQ: What's the salary range for a Director of Volunteer Resources?
- Answer: It depends on your field and what managers are paid in your specific setting (you should be paid at a management level -- see Susan's Hot Topic about this).
There are periodic salary surveys produced for the nonprofit sector. Unfortunately, the majority of such surveys do not include a question about the pay rate for a volunteer resources manager. These days, the salary reports are only available for a fee (we had to remove broken links to older reports that are no longer online). If we find any new valid surveys relevant to volunteer management, we will post them here. If you know of any, please give us the links so we can inform everyone.
Free electronic books on this subject
Guide to Investing in Volunteer Resources Management: Improve
Your Philanthropic Portfolio"
This unique 21-page guide can be used anywhere to educate funders about the value of supporting volunteer efforts.
- The Impact of Investing in Volunteers, by Ben Cairns and Romayne Hutchison from the Centre for Voluntary Action Research at Aston Business School (UK, 2006 - 40 pg. PDF)
- Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration, oiginally developed by the former Association for Volunteer Administration and kept current by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (http://www.cvacert.org).
- Recognise, Support, Invest - Your Guide to Valuing Volunteer Management
This document from Volunteering England explores what “valuing volunteer management” really means and is designed to help organisations assess how they currently value volunteer management, why this is important, and what extra steps they could take.
- The Volunteer Enterprise: Building Capacity for Civic Engagement - The National Human Services Assembly, seeking to advocate the findings of the 2004 Volunteer Management Capacity (see below) report, sponsored "From Research to Action," an executable blueprint of capacity building strategies. Two guides were produced: "Organizational Readiness and Management Brief " and"Communicating and Messaging Brief."
Management Capacity in America’s Charities and Congregations:
A Briefing Report
2004 study by the Urban Institute, UPS Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the USA Freedom Corps (34 page PDF)
Web sites with information on professional issues in the field of volunteer administration:
Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services (Healthcare)
The certification program of the American Hospital Association for people who direct volunteer services in healthcare settings.
on the Future of Volunteering
Established in 2006 by the England Volunteering Development Council to develop a long term vision for volunteering in England as a legacy of the Year of the Volunteer 2005.
Certification in Volunteer Administration
Advances the profession and practice of volunteer resource management by certifying individuals who demonstrate knowledge and competence in the leadership of volunteers. Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is an international credential awarded to practitioners with at least 3 years of experience who successfully complete an exam and written portfolio process. Originally developed by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) several decades ago, the credentialing program is now sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. See their Web site for details on dates throughout the year for new groups and qualifications.
Management Education: Current Offerings in University Based Programs
A summary of the educational opportunities in the US for nonprofit management, including courses in volunteer management and discussion of academic issues.
Action Without Borders/Idealist.org, partnering with Energize, launched the
Volunteer Management Resource Center - http://www.idealist.org/info/VolunteerMgmt - in 2007 as a comprehensive site focusing on the role of the volunteer program manager .
Relevant Hot Topic essays
- How Serving the Volunteer Field Has Changed after 35 Years – Or Not?- March '12
- Part-time Volunteer Management Means Equally Limited Volunteer Involvement - Nov '11
- What Leaders of Volunteers Can DO to Gain Executive Attention - Oct '11
- Needed: A Multi-level Approach to Credentialing Volunteer Management - July '11
- AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Targeting Volunteer Management - Mar '10
- It’s Volunteers and Money - May '08
- So, What Do You Do? - Jan '08
- Helper Triage: Volunteer Management in Emergencies - Dec '07
- The Big Merger: Many Unanswered Questions - Aug '07
- The More We're Different, the More We're the Same - July '07
- Why a New Association Should Serve the USA - Apr '06
- A Call to Action on Behalf of Our Profession - Mar '06
- Beyond Common Sense: Volunteer Management as a Specialty - Sept '03
- The Great Divide: Leaders Who Are Paid and Leaders Who Are Volunteers - Oct '02
- A Utopian View of Volunteerism Professional Organizations - Nov '02
- Reacting to the Critics - June '02
- On Being a Dream-Catcher - Dec '00
- Volunteer Managers and the Time Management Trap - June '99
- The Money Factor in Volunteer Management - Mar '99
- Some Nagging Questions... - Mar '98
- What's Gender Got to Do with It? - Sept '97
- Volunteers as the "Third Branch" of an Organization - Aug '97
- Is Volunteer Management Really a Profession? - July '97
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