Are you a strong leader that is passionate about volunteerism and the benefits it brings to organizations and individuals? Do you have the experience and drive to deepen engagement with volunteers during times of organizational change and growth? Longwood Gardens is seeking a leader whose professional career and life-long passion has been devoted to building and growing robust, innovative and inclusive volunteer programs. As Director of Volunteer Engagement, you will lead our vibrant and dynamic volunteer program, comprised of 800 volunteers across the organization contributing almost 80,000 hours of service annually in over 50 distinct volunteer roles. Longwood’s dedicated volunteers are an integral part of a friendly, supportive and guest-centric culture that cultivates creativity and excellence.
The Director of Volunteer Engagement must have a keen understanding of ways a large and established volunteer program can help advance an organization and have proven success in cultivating relationships with organizations and individuals to drive program engagement. This individual will be responsible for setting and maintaining the strategic direction of our volunteer program in alignment with the mission and vision of the organization. As the leader of the volunteer program this individual will collaborate with our staff to develop effective volunteer opportunities; oversee volunteer recruitment, placement and orientation; foster relationships between employees and volunteers; and serve as a consultant and advisor to supervisors and volunteers on all aspects of the volunteer program. This position is also responsible for developing volunteer recognition programs and events, maintaining volunteer communications, developing and maintain program and volunteer records, reports and statistics; administering the budget and supervising the Volunteer Program Associate.
The ideal candidate will have proven relationship-building skills, the ability to build and sustain a culture of high-performing teamwork, and demonstrated success working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. We seek a person with excellent communication skills including writing, formal and informal presentations, and strong team mentoring and leadership.
Minimum requirements for this position include a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, communications or a related field, and ten or more years of experience leading or managing large volunteer programs. Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) preferred, general knowledge of horticulture a plus.
We offer a competitive starting salary and an outstanding benefits package. Please apply online at https://longwoodgardens.org/employment/full-time-job-opportunities. For full consideration, please include with your application a resume, cover letter addressing pertinent qualifications, and contact information for three professional references.