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Children’s Volunteer Coordinator

Housing Families
Job Title: Children’s Volunteer Coordinator
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March 19th, 2018
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Housing Families Inc., founded in 1986 by community members concerned about the growing crisis of homelessness, has helped more than 3,600 families make the transition out of homelessness to successfully retain permanent housing. Today, Housing Families is one of the largest and most capable providers of shelter and affordable rental housing in Massachusetts.

We provide safe, temporary shelter and quality affordable housing to homeless and at-risk families. We offer individualized supportive services to enrich children's lives, nurture the potential of each family member, and help families maintain permanent housing.

Our vision is a world in which everybody has a place to call home. We are looking for those who share in this vision and for skilled, compassionate individuals who share in our agency values of Respect, Caring, Integrity, Growth, and Teamwork:

  • Respect – We treat people with dignity.
  • Caring – We show compassion and act thoughtfully.
  • Integrity – We adhere to high standards.
  • Growth – We foster innovation and continuous development.
  • Teamwork – We collaborate and celebrate.


The Children’s Volunteer Coordinator is to assure an adequate number of well trained volunteers to support the needs of the Great Youth and Family Program.


    1. Recruit, train and supervise the over 100 daytime, afternoon, evening and weekend volunteers.
    2. Supervise service learning volunteer.
    3. Provide and oversee daily support and feedback to volunteers and regular contact with all volunteers.
    4. Train, or oversee, training for all new volunteers with three sessions per volunteer—orientation and follow up trainings.
    5. Oversee all ongoing volunteer trainings.
    6. Oversee day and evening childcare.
    7. Send volunteer recruitment mailings 3-4 times per year.
    8. Oversee Volunteer yearly welcome back dinner and appreciation dinner.
    9. Liaison with Horizons for Homeless Children, Colleges, and volunteer websites.
    10. Research new volunteer sources. Perform outreach for new volunteers.
    11. Oversee evening and weekend volunteer projects.
    12. Complete files and necessary documentation in a timely manner.
    13. Track and document volunteer hours monthly and provide and compile bi-yearly Volunteer evaluations.
    14. Participate in Housing Families Summer camp and vacation programing to support volunteers with children.
    15. Provide individual tutoring as necessary.
    16. Provide back-up transportation as needed.
    17. Help maintain a clean and tidy program


    Applicants should preferably have minimally a Bachelor’s degree. Supervisory experience preferred. Must have experience working with children and also be bilingual. Applicants who have experience working with families from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be able to pass a CORI/SORI background check.
    • Must have a car.
    • Must be willing to work 40 hours per week.
    • Must be willing to work Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 12:30 -7:30; Fridays 12:30-6; Tuesday 9-7:30 and occasional weekends. Other hours to be negotiated with the Program Manager.
    • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
    • Must be 18 years or older.

    Desired Characteristics

    We believe that in order to be successful in this position, it is crucial that the candidate is able to honestly assess his/her strengths and determine that they include: 

    • Experience and love of children.
    • Interest in public speaking and training.
    • Excellent people skills.
    • Ability to give feedback to help volunteers grow and progress.
    • Skill at handling a number of issues at one time.
    • Flexibility.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Supervisory experience preferred.
    • Patience.
    • Openness to learning and willingness to ask questions and receive feedback.
    • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team.
    • Ability to stay calm in crisis.
    • Comfortable managing and engaging groups of children.
    • Positive attitude.
    • Punctual and reliable.  Able to stay calm and multitask effectively. 
    • Interest in non-violent conflict resolution, confronting racism, sexism, and other injustices, and helping kids heal and grow.

    Applications / Compensation 

    Interested candidate must submit a resume and cover letter to [Click Here To Join] or fax to 781-322-9292 attention Siobhan Malady. 
    Compensation: $16.82-$18.75 per hour ($35K-$39K annual) plus competitive benefits.

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