Volunteer with VaHomeschoolers

As the state’s only volunteer-driven homeschool organization, VaHomeschoolers has two paid part-time contractors – a lobbyist and our Executive Director. This means that the bulk of the work is done by our volunteers, homeschool parents, like you, who feel strongly about supporting homeschooling in Virginia and who recognize the importance of an organization like VaHomeschoolers. Consider supporting VaHomeschoolers by volunteering your time and abilities.

For more information and complete job descriptions for any of these positions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator. When applying, please include a listing of relevant skills and/or any previous experience.

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If none of these positions seems to be a fit, but you want to help, email VaHomeschoolers with your areas of interest and skills. Many volunteer opportunities exist, and we can find one that is the right size and scope for you.


Help Wanted – Positions Available!

To inquire about any of these positions, ask questions or offer names of people you think would be suitable, please contact us or apply online

VaHomeschoolers Administrative

Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator oversees the recruitment, screening and training of all VaHomeschoolers volunteers. Regular responsibilities include writing articles for VaHomeschoolers Voice, welcoming and thanking volunteers, processing volunteer applicants, identifying mentors, follow-up with volunteers who are resigning. working closely with Conference volunteer keyleader, and keeping the VaHomeschoolers Board up to date on volunteers.

Training and Accountability: The Volunteer Coordinator reports directly to the Board of Directors. Supervision and direction will be provided by a member of the Board. A detailed job description will be provided.

Time Commitment: Varies but regular weekly attention is needed to maintain contact with volunteers and keep board up dated to volunteer needs and status.

 Apply Here

 

VaHomeschoolers Voice 

Don’t you love receiving your copy of VaHomeschoolers Voice every other month? Do you realize that the entire publication is put together by unpaid volunteers, and all of them are homeschooling parents and children? You too can be a part of the Voice team!

Graphic Designer – Starting August 2015

The Graphic Designer will be responsible for the layout of each edition of the magazine.  The Graphic Designer will coordinate desig n and copy order with VOICE Editor, coordinate with VaHomeschoolers Photo Editor to secure photos for the issue, send pdf proofs of magazine in layout format to editor for review (note this step will be repeated multiple times),and revise and edit as instructed by VOICE Editor. Once final approval of magazine copy and layout is received the Graphic Designer will send final pdf proof file and production files to printer, review electronic pre-press proof from printer for production issues, and work with printer to resolve issues as necessary.

Skills and Qualities Needed: Experienced designing for 4-color printing process, publication design experience preferred. Proficient using Adobe Creative Suite; able to create publication layout in InDesign; able to process photographs in PhotoShop  Able to prepare production files to meet requirements of print shop. Creative, organized, reliable, conscientious, team player.

Time Commitment: Varies. The magazine is printed 6 times a year with highest level of commitment being one month prior to publication of each issue.

 Apply Here

Advertising Sales Team

Advertising Sales Manager

Manager will coordinate the sales of advertising in VaHomeschoolers publications, in official emails and on our website.

Skills and Qualities Needed: Excellent people skills, enthusiasm and a clear understanding of the mission and spirit of VaHomeschoolers. Sales experience helpful but not necessary. Extensive knowledge of VaHomeschoolers as an organization a plus.

Time Commitment:  5-10 hours per week estimated. More or less depending on how much space there is to sell and how many inquiries we get from clients.

 Apply Here

Advertising Salesperson

Salesperson will accept contracts and payments from clients who wish to advertise with us. Solicit advertising from vendors that sell homeschooling materials and services.  

Skills and Qualities Needed:  Excellent people skills, enthusiasm and a clear understanding of the mission and spirit of VaHomeschoolers. Sales experience helpful but not necessary. Extensive knowledge of VaHomeschoolers as an organization a plus. 

Time Commitment: 5-10 10 hours per week estimated. More or less depending on how much space there is to sell and how many inquiries we get from clients.

 Apply Here

2016 Conference Team

VaHomeschoolers Conference Chair

This position may be filled by an individual or may be co-chaired by two people.

General Overview: The conference chair facilitates the theme, logo and general tone of the conference. They are responsible for coordination of all aspects of the conference in conjunction with a board representative. This includes establishing a team of coordinators for all areas of the conference such as exhibitors, volunteers, speakers, etc.

Job Description:

  • Locate and contract for a venue in conjunction with board representative.
  • Sole liaison with the venue
  • Propose theme and logo for conference.
  • Develop list of prospective keynote or featured speakers. Contract those chosen.
  • Familiarize yourself with the duties of the various committees.
  • Secure volunteers to serve as chairs of each of the committees.
  • Create a conference planning timeline and share with committees.
  • Provide support, resources and guidance to committee chairs. Help insure they are informed, on schedule, and enthusiastic.
  • Supervise selection of speakers and session topics with session chair.
  • Facilitate the production of the registration booklet and program. This includes collecting copy from committee chairs as well as drafting some copy.
  • Coordinate the promotion, advertising, social media and marketing campaigns
  • Proof all copy generated for publication – announcements, press releases, solicitations, etc.
  • Requesting bids from suppliers such as catering, printing and tote bags, for Board review and contracting with those companies chosen
  • Facilitating leadership team communication and creating a positive team atmosphere
  • Attend to needs of VIP speakers on site.
  • Assure expenditures are within the board provided budget.
  • Send periodic updates to the board.

Skill Set:

  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to successfully juggle multiple tasks
  • Capable of seeing the big picture as well as needed details.
  • Able to communicate clearly and frequently
  • Resourceful
  • Willing to respect the policies set by the board, and to respectfully argue his/her case if they have reason to disagree
  • Experience in conference planning
  • Able to asses quickly and respond calmly in crisis situations

Time Commitment: The 2016 Conference Chair is an upper management position and will require intentionality from now until the end of conference in recruiting, training and communicating with volunteers.

Training and Accountability: The 2016 Conference Chair will report directly to the President and Board of Directors for VaHomeschoolers. Information and insight can be gleaned from previous conference chairs who will be available to answer any questions.

Apply Here

 

Government Affairs Committee

Did you enjoy reading about our efforts in the General Assembly? We’re looking to expand our Government Affairs Team for 2015. We track legislation, work with public school divisions and spend a lot of effort keeping our members informed. You saw the fruits of this labor this year. Want to be a part of it in future?

Legislative Program Coordinator

Leads VaHomeschoolers’ legislative efforts in the General Assembly, coordinating our team of legislative monitors, working with our lobbyist and Government Affairs Director to develop lobbying strategy, written materials, and writing periodic legislative.

Skills and Qualities Needed: Good leadership and communication skills and ability to write clear and concise summaries of legislative issues and events. Prior knowledge of the legislative process is not necessary, but it is helpful.

Time Commitment: Varies from 5-20 hours per week. Highest during the 6-10 weeks of the General Assembly (January- March), and significantly lower the rest of the year. This position requires frequent availability via email and phone.

 Apply Here

School Division Program Coordinator

Coordinator will lead VaHomeschoolers’ work with public school divisions and encourage positive working relationships between homeschoolers and their local school divisions. Coordinate our already-established school division policy review project, working with our team of volunteer researchers, and documenting our findings for VaHomeschoolers members, school divisions, and the general public. Assist homeschooling families in working with their school divisions.  Write reference material and other communication with school divisions on behalf of VaHomeschoolers.   

Skills and Qualities Needed:  Good leadership and communication skills, as well as familiarity with Virginia’s home instruction statute and related laws.

 Time Commitment: Varies from 0-10 hours per week, highest during the summer, when we conduct our school division policy review research.  

 Apply Here

Website

Website Technical Manager

Work with the Website Administrator and be responsible for handling all the day-to-day technical maintenance of the existing website and blog. Perform upgrades to the website and blog WordPress software and plug-ins. Determine the appropriate technical solutions to issues that arise.

Skills and Qualities Needed: Strong WordPress technical skills and knowledge.

Time Commitment: Will vary dependent upon needs. Typically 5-10 hours a week.

Training and Accountability: Will receive an overview of the VaHomeschoolers website backend. Coordinates with the Website Administrator.

 Apply Here

Website Content Coordinator

Work with the Website Technical Manager to ensure that the VaHomeschoolers website is kept up to date. Receive and respond in a timely manner to requests for corrections, updates and for the addition of new website content from VaHomeschoolers Board Members and key volunteers. Will not be expected to generate original content or perform technical tasks.

Skills and Qualities Needed: General understanding of blog software (experience with WordPress is a plus, but not required). Some familiarity with HTML helpful for troubleshooting. Flexibility and attention to detail. Ability to keep track of multiple requests from multiple people and to respond in a timely manner.

Time Commitment: Will vary dependent upon needs. Typically 2-5 hours a week.

Training and Accountability: Will receive an overview of the VaHomeschoolers website backend and how to make updates. Coordinates with the Website Technical Manager.

 Apply Here

Outreach

Regional Coordinators

Work closely with the Board of Directors and Volunteer Coordinator to improve statewide communication within VaHomeschoolers, arrange locations and publicity for coffee chats and seminars in your region, distribute of VaHomeschoolers materials to libraries and other homeschool friendly locations, be a drop off point for giveback programs and used curriculum resources.

Appropriate for: Homeschool parent or other adult (18 and older)

Requisite skills: People skills, ability to bring homeschoolers together, distribute organizational materials in public places; good email and other communication skills for sharing information with the Board of Directors.

Geographical Location:  Coordinators needed for all regions in Virginia

Time commitment requested: At least two hours per month, more at the beginning as you are trained, tapering off as things get settled; time commitment depends on the needs and numbers of homeschoolers in your area, and also on how much you want to do.

Valuable work experience you can put on your transcript/resume. Experience in organizing groups, leadership, working with local organizations such as libraries and rec. centers.  Good work may be rewarded by a letter of recommendation to an employer or institute of higher learning

 Apply Here 

Announcements Designer

The Announcements Designer would assist the VaHomeschoolers board in creating announcement templates that could be used throughout the year.  Also, he/she would create titles (headers) for use in announcements, on the website and possibly on printed materials.  The bulk of the planning would be in the initial stages and with creative assignments as special projects arise.

Skills and Qualities Needed:  Seeking someone who is creative, has a flair for eye-catching layouts and titles and is experienced working with graphic design software.  A working knowledge of the MailChimp announcements program is desired but not required.

Time Commitment:  2-3 hours per month (or more in the beginning and then as needed).

Training and Accountability:  The email designer will received orientation, training and project direction from the Email Coordinator.

 Apply Here 

Outreach Materials Coordinator

The Outreach Materials Coordinator will receive and maintain a supply of VaHomeschoolers promotional materials (i.e., brochures, bunper stickers, newsletters, event fliers, etc.), confirm and follow-through with requests for materials, file for reimbursement for postage of mailings.

Skills and Qualities Needed: The Outreach Materials Coordinator skills will include organization, timeliness, strong written communication, and administrative skills.

Training and Accountability: The Outreach Materials Coordinator will receive initial training and direction from the Executive Director. A detailed job description will be provided.

 Apply Here 


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