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Volunteer Coordinator


Organization: Special Olympics Ontario

Commitment: Ongoing (more than a year)

Availability: Flexible

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 2

Location: Flexible

Deadline: May 31, 2020


Volunteer Coordinator

The function of the Volunteer Coordinator is to provide support to a volunteer placement process (recruitment, screening, placement, orientation, training and recognition) within the community. The Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Volunteer Lead, who will oversee the program and provide strategic guidance and direction for the organization.

In their first three months, the Coordinator will undertake a comprehensive review of the volunteer program and understand the overall processes for new applicants. There will be a strong focus on effectively recruiting, training and retaining volunteers for key programs and administrative functions that support Special Olympics Ontario.

- Consult with Volunteer Lead and Coaches to determine needs across the organization;
- Ensure that all volunteers are appropriately screened and qualified to ensure the safety and security of all members of the organization;
- Conduct interviews, reference checks and/or any other relevant screening processes for new volunteers;
- Selection and placement of successful volunteer candidates as per organizational needs;
- Support the implementation of a recruitment plan for volunteers;
- Provide input to Volunteer Lead in regards to recruitment and recognition strategies;
- Maintain accurate records of volunteer information;

Upon vacating the position all files/information must be passed to the Volunteer Lead.
- Review and be familiar with sections 1,6,9,10,13 and 18 of the information portal.
- Maintain Special Olympics e-mail address that is provided to you if applicable.

- Strong leadership, organizational and administrative skills.
- Strong written and verbal skills.
- Experience in Volunteer Coordination or Volunteer Management.
- Understanding of Volunteer Screening Processes.
- Volunteer Management knowledge and experience an asset.
- Skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Gmail Client, and Google docs are required.

Time Requirement:
- 4 hours per week is the estimated time commitment.
- Certain periods will see high demand over consecutive weeks.

To work in cooperation directly with the Volunteer Lead, indirectly with Community Council, and support all Special Olympics Ontario members.

Orientation and Training:
- Orientation and training is available will be provided by the Volunteer Lead.
- The incumbent should be available and prepared to complete virtual training in the case that social isolation prevents in-person contact.
- The incumbent will be required to meet, either in person or virtually, with the Volunteer Lead on a minimum monthly basis throughout their term holding this position.
- Additional third-party training may also be available.


Bryn Johnson

613 794 3998

Volunteer Opportunity Address
Special Olympics Ontario - Greater Ottawa
P.O. Box 2311


Good for people interested in: Disability Support; Sports; Administration/Office; Governance (Boards, Committees)

You will be working with: Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Women; Youth (19-24 years); Athletes

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Special Olympics Ontario - Greater Ottawa, is the community chapter of Special Olympics Ontario. Over the past 50 years Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

Special Olympics Ontario has optimized the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the well-being of individuals with an intellectual disability.

We continue to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of sport to individuals with an intellectual disability. Along with this, we strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the community in regards to Special Olympics Ontario and those involved with us. As an organization, we work to ensure our volunteers are strongly committed to acting locally while thinking globally. Through these steps, we hope to continue to build upon the past success of the organization.

How will the organization benefit?
This role is essential to the success of the Special Olympics programs -- recruiting, screening and retaining volunteers remains one of our biggest challenges as an organization.

Organization category: Culture and recreation

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1 week

This position would be great for - New Canadians; Seniors; Youth 16-24; Persons with a disability; Groups

Vulnerable sector check required: Yes

This position can accommodate persons with a disability: Yes

Police record check required: Yes