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Director of Volunteers

Company: The Naples Players
Date Posted: November 14, 2016

The Naples Players is the oldest, most successful community theater in Southwest Florida, attracting volunteers who are year-round residents and seasonal visitors alike.  In any given year more than 500 individuals will have contributed a total of 60,000 volunteer hours, as performers, backstage crew, costumers, ushers, set builders, painters and other production related jobs.

 

The Director of Volunteers (DOV) is a full-time, exempt, employee whose primary responsibility is to maintain and enhance The Naples Players’ (TNP) volunteer resources to meet the needs of the organization. The DOV is the staff liaison to TNP’s members and volunteers, serves on the Membership Committee and reports to the Artistic Director.

 

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • A personable individual who accepts prospective volunteers at their skill level, and works to find the “right fit” to benefit both the person and the organization.
  • Education—Certification in Volunteer Administration (or willingness to attain), and a Bachelor’s degree in human resources, humanities, or adult education.
  • Experience—Minimum of three years’ experience working with and leading volunteers.
  • Knowledge—Existing or willingness to learn TNP’s history, non-profit organizations, and of human nature.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit new individuals, or from the current volunteer pool, fill volunteer job openings to include prospective board members, various committees, performers, set builders, ushers, costumers, etcetera.
  • Utilize local, state and national organizations for maximum recruitment opportunities.
  • Conduct interviews with the goal of identifying skills which may be utilized depending on the needs of the departments and upcoming productions.
  • Retain volunteers from season to season by establishing balance in volunteer assignments, offering new experiences and preventing “burn out.”
  • Communicate with volunteers; establish relationships by remembering special occasions; listen to volunteers’ questions and concerns.
  • Staff liaison to Membership Committee.  Assist committee chair as needed with the agenda and minutes. Provide an open atmosphere for new ideas, suggestions, and criticisms to be discussed and acted upon appropriately.
  • Work with Artistic Director to identify strengths and weaknesses within the volunteer base and establish how the volunteers can be best utilized in performances.
  • Recognize volunteers with public acknowledgments for their contributions. Work with the Membership Committee to create and maintain a robust recognition event in concurrence with the Annual Meeting.
  • Thank volunteers on a regular and frequent basis. Be a known presence with volunteers working throughout the facility.
  • Participate in long term planning for the organization and the role of volunteers.
  • Maintain records, job descriptions, and updates of the volunteer Handbook.
  • Attend technical rehearsals and performances as required to provide volunteer orientation and support.
  • Work with the Production Stage Manager to clearly define communication methods and responsibilities for each production’s volunteers
  • Work with the house Manager to recruit, manage, and assign front-of-house staff.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Artistic Director.

 

General: 

  • Flexible hours to accommodate evening meetings and various volunteer-related functions.
  • Compensation and benefits commensurate with experience and position.

 

To apply, send resume and cover letter to: Bryce Alexander, Artistic Director at balexander@naplesplayers.org