Volunteer Program Coordinator

Full Time
Golden, CO 80401
Posted Today
Job description

DEPARTMENT: Administration
REPORTS TO: Volunteer Program Manager
STATUS: Full-time, hourly, non-exempt
SCHEDULE: 40 hours, variable, at least one weekend day is required


Foothills Animal Shelters mission is: Providing support to our surrounding community through education, services that strengthen the human-pet bond, and humane care for the animals we serve.


All employees and volunteers are expected to embody the Shelters Values which are to have honesty and integrity in all that we do, with the following values as our guide:

  • Stewardship: Assume responsibility and ownership for our actions within our shelter and our community.
  • Positive Culture: Create a safe, supportive environment for the health, wellbeing, and development of staff and volunteers.
  • Openness: Nurture an innovative, inclusive, and creative environment that cultivates conversations and relationships that actively work towards the future.
  • Team Oriented: Build relationships, embrace teamwork, and foster collaboration in pursuit of our Mission.


The volunteer coordinator assists with all aspects of the volunteer program including communications, retention, recognition, recruitment and placement, as well as a range of administrative duties. Foothills Animal Shelter has more than 250 active volunteers who donate their time in almost every department at the Shelter and receives more than 100 volunteer applications per year. The volunteer coordinator will be directly responsible for placing, scheduling and managing volunteers who serve in a variety of roles at the Shelter and will also take the lead in running the community service program. The coordinator will work with the volunteer program manager to support all volunteer orientations, trainings, and recognition events, as well as facilitate effective communication with volunteers via email, in-person and by phone. The coordinator also provides effective data base management, data collection, and analysis to support departmental goals.


  • Report to and support the Shelters volunteer program manager.
  • Serve as a liaison between shelter staff and volunteers.
  • Assist in communicating with individuals and groups who wish to volunteer for the Shelter as well as with current volunteers.
  • Support the Shelters goals to strengthen its volunteer program by increasing engagement and the effective placement of volunteers into high need positions.
  • Strive to maintain a positive and supportive environment for volunteers.
  • Provide daily management and coordination of volunteers.
  • Recruit, train and lead one-time event volunteers to support shelter fundraising events, as necessary.
  • Plan and coordinate volunteer recognition efforts.
  • Professionally represent the mission, philosophies, and goals of the Shelter.


At the direction of Foothills Animal Shelters volunteer program manager:

  • Recruit, place, train, schedule, and coordinate volunteers serving in a variety of roles at the Shelter.
  • Serve as the point person for volunteers on a daily basis, as well as at adoption specials and other Shelter events, and fill in when extra support is needed.
  • Lead and manage the community service program including responding to inquiries and applications, requesting and screening background checks, leading intake meetings, scheduling and managing community service volunteers, and maintaining timesheets and files.
  • Support weekly vaccine clinics.
  • Respond to inquiries about the volunteer program.
  • Assist with volunteer orientations and trainings including scheduling, set-up and presentations as required.
  • Develop, prepare, and distribute training and policy materials for the volunteer program.
  • Co-facilitate meetings with volunteers regarding grievances, concerns, breech of volunteer agreement, etc.
  • Maintain the volunteer database.
  • Help plan and implement volunteer recognition events and volunteer/staff gatherings.
  • Be available to coordinate volunteers to support shelter staff during emergencies (i.e. evacuations, seizure/mass intake cases, etc.), as needed.
  • Recruit volunteers for fundraising and special events.
  • Perform other administrative tasks as required (developing program reports, administer record keeping systems, conduct needs assessment, etc.).


  • Ability to complete work without close supervision.
  • High attention to detail, highly organized, resourceful, proactive, and flexible. Ability to thoughtfully prioritize and execute a variety of tasks.
  • Positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with staff, volunteers, and the public in a professional, credible, respectful, and personable manner.
  • Actively contributes to a supportive team and environment by demonstrating resilience and optimism while undertaking challenging tasks to accomplish our mission.
  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality when dealing with proprietary information and sensitive situations.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft office including word processing, spread sheets, meeting software, and email.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with volunteers and communicate in a respectful, appreciative manner.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license with an insurable driving record.
  • Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds.


  • Program management, public speaking, training, and event planning experience.
  • Experience using volunteer management and/or animal management software, or comparable data management software. Experience maintaining, reporting, and analyzing data.
  • Experience working in an animal welfare organization, including animal handling experience.
  • Fear Free Shelter certified or willing to become Fear Free Shelter certified within 60 days of employment.


  • Ability to work 8 to 10-hour shifts.
  • Availability to work Saturdays and/or Sundays.
  • Noise, odors, chemical fumes, animal hair and dander are encountered due to equipment and animals.
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches.
  • Must be able to manage the emotional aspect of end-of-life services and humane euthanasia, and support employees in high-emotion circumstances.
  • Frequent standing on concrete floors, walking, bending, kneeling, and stooping.
  • Occasional local travel for events.

About Foothills Animal Shelter:As an open admission shelter, our doors are always open to pets in Jefferson County, and we are committed to serving our community as a socially conscious shelter. We care for more than 7,000dogs, cats, and small animals every year with a compassionate team of staff and volunteers. We are a community resource and offer a variety of services including pet adoption, Jefferson County pet licensing, vaccinations, microchipping, and lost and found pets. The Shelter is established under an intergovernmental agreement between Jefferson County, the City of Arvada, the City of Lakewood, the City of Wheat Ridge, the City of Golden, the City of Westminster and the City of Edgewater.

Benefits: Foothills Animal Shelter offers a competitive total compensation package. Employees become eligible for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, and an array of supplemental benefits after 60 days of employment. Foothills offers coverage of the premiums for medical plans, dental, vision, and long-term disability. Employees earn sick and vacation time each pay period, plus six recognized holidays. After six months of employment, employees are eligible for a 401K retirement plan that we will match up to 3%.

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