Volunteer coordinators are responsible for recruiting and managing an organization's volunteer workforce. The volunteer coordinator must assess the organization's needs and goals, then meet the needs using volunteers. He may schedule volunteers' work and communicate with them to keep them up to date on the organization's situation. Good communication skills are important, as volunteer coordinators work with a wide range of people.
Other duties the coordinator may perform include educating volunteers about their roles and matching volunteers' skills with the tasks that are required. He may work with individual volunteers or act as a point of contact for a larger group. The coordinator may train volunteers himself or be responsible for organizing external training.
Volunteer coordinators work in a wide range of industries. Hospitals, environmental groups, museums and social agencies all take advantage of volunteer services in a variety of ways. Managing events such as expos, seminars and all kinds of community outreach may feature in a volunteer coordinator's job description.
While different organizations have different qualification requirements, a bachelor's degree in a field such as human resources can help a candidate's chances of finding a job. As of December 2014, volunteer coordinators earned between $25,549 and $46,159 per year.