The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
A Volunteer Partner serves as a peer and confidante working collaboratively with a Red Cross leader to achieve Red Cross goals and objectives.
* Develop and execute an implementation work plan outlining objectives, strategies, and tactics supporting the [Functional Area’s] priorities. Set realistic targets and focus on delivering results. * Proactively identify and respond to challenges impacting the [Functional Area’s] priorities with steps to address those challenges in the context of the [Functional Area’s] talent and its ability to execute. * Build a culture that supports the Red Cross mission. * Develop/build [Functional Area’s] team of skilled volunteers. * Recruit volunteers to ensure redundancy in managing key implementation planning processes and/or critical operations functions. * Identify roles for volunteers based of the implementation plan as well as delegate and mentor volunteers in a supportive manner. * Incorporate training program into volunteer work plans to strengthen the team. * Design an ongoing succession plan, consistent with the development/training program. * Key Involvement in Ad Hoc projects (both tactical and strategic) as and when required. * [Outline specific Functional Area Responsibilities and goals ] * EXAMPLE: CEO Volunteer Partner * Priority 1: Fundraising & Financial Management (Objective: Develop and implement fundraising program targeting largest regional commercial organizations) * Priority 2: Face of the Red Cross in the Community (Objective: Establish and/or increase engagement in effective relationships with leaders in businesses, community organizations, state/local governmental agencies, faith-based entities) * Priority 3: Leadership and Management Development (Objective: Provide coaching and guidance to senior staff and volunteer leadership team members and ensure that a professional development culture permeates the region.)
* Enthusiastic about Red Cross mission and programs * Proven leadership in nonprofit or for-profit organizations * Cultural sensitivity to diverse audiences * Knowledge and understanding of Red Cross services and operations and opportunities for volunteer service * Work well both individually and with others * Relevant, complementary management and/or technical skills/operational experience * Strategic thinking including ability to understand and communicate the organization’s vision and mission, and process-oriented with regards to decision making and implementation planning * Team building, talent management, and succession planning skills to grow the organization’s capabilities * Relationship building skills working collaboratively with staff partners as well as board members, senior management, and other volunteer partners as needed * Understanding the value of volunteers and providing leadership and support to ensure volunteers are productive and have a mutually rewarding experience