Volunteer Coordinator Courses

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What is a Volunteer Coordinator?

The efforts of social welfare programs often rely on the dedication of groups of volunteers that are consistently turning over. From those still in school to dedicated adults, the helping hands of thousands of Australians form much of the backbone of some of the most treasured, impactful social welfare programs around the country. Volunteer coordinators are just as vital, charged with attracting, training and deploying volunteers throughout programs and services around the country.

While the general duties of a volunteer coordinator are similar from location to location, the exact responsibilities can change depending on which entity for which you're working. Sometimes you'll spend much of the year finding hundreds of staff to work one major event. Other times you'll be looking for volunteers to work regularly scheduled shifts in food pantries, homeless shelters and other ongoing community services. Volunteer coordinators must be well organised and excellent communicators. They often must use social media as well as traditional channels like mail and physical booths at various events to attract and enlist volunteers.

Volunteer Coordinator Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Volunteer Coordinator.

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How much do Volunteer Coordinators earn?

In Australia, a full time volunteer coordinator generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Volunteer Coordinators?

Social work volunteer coordinators are considered welfare support workers. This industry has seen great growth in recent years and looks set to continue growing. There were approximately 65,600 welfare support jobs across the country as of May 2019, with some reports showing approximately 80,500 positions available by 2024. From 2018-2023 there is expected to be 30,000 job openings.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal - 2019 Occupational Projections and Australian Government Job Outlook

How long does it take to become a Volunteer Coordinator?

Volunteer coordinator jobs in the social work sector can often require a Community Services qualification. While each position is different, often a Certificate II of Community Services and Certificate III of Community Services will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a volunteer coordinator role. These learning pathways take 12-24 months each depending on if you study on campus, online or through blended study modes and if you study full or part time. Both these nationally accredited qualifications feature a work placement component as well.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au