Volunteer with VaHomeschoolers

As the state’s only volunteer-driven homeschool organization, VaHomeschoolers has one paid part-time contractor – a lobbyist. 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

Government Affairs Committee

Did you enjoy reading about our efforts in the General Assembly? We’re looking to expand our Government Affairs Team for 2014. 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?

Government Affairs Director

Seeking new Director for Government Affairs Team. Director will lead the Government Affairs volunteer team, serve as a liaison to the VaHomeschoolers Board of Directors and communicate with our members, the homeschooling community in general, media, and outside organizations and about VaHomeschoolers’ government affairs work. Attends hearings in the General Assembly and meetings with other organizations as necessary.

Skills and Qualities Needed: The ideal candidate will be a strong leader who can effectively delegate and coordinate a team, and will have excellent spoken and written communication skills. 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

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

2014 Conference

2014 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.

Desirable Qualities:

  • 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

 
 Apply Here

2014 Speaker Chair

Do you have good organizational skills? Do you enjoy managing people?

VaHomeschoolers needs a Speaker Chair for our conference in March 2014. Since it takes a full year to prepare for these events, we need to find an appropriate leader now.

The Speaker Chair assembles members of the Speaker Committee and brainstorms with them to identify possible presenters and session topics.  The Chair then recruits speakers to fill the conference program and maintains relationships with them throughout the conference planning process.

Here are some qualities we’re looking for in a Speaker Chair. Please read them carefully. If they don’t describe you, there may be someone in your life who fits the bill perfectly:

  • willingness to contact new people to ask if they are willing to speak
  • a clear understanding of the policies, culture and traditions of VaHomeschoolers as a whole
  • be ready to assemble a small speaker committee
  • strong written and interpersonal skills
  • ability to persuade others to participate
  • strong organizational skills
  • ability to deal with strong personalities

Speaker Chair works to balance the session offerings to meet the interest of all homeschoolers regardless of their homeschooling philosophy.

If you accept this position, you will not be alone and have to start from scratch! Liz Ebel-Nuwayser, our Conference Chair for both 2012 and 2013, and other members of the Speakers Committee will work right alongside you from the very beginning. You’ll be able to shadow us during the run-up to and execution of this year’s conference in Glen Allen.

Several of the speakers have already expressed interest in coming for 2014, in fact we may have the featured speakers already lined up.

Interested candidates should send an email expressing their experience and skills which make them qualified for this position and references to VaHomeschoolers President.

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!

NEW! 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

Membership

New Member Packet Distributor

  • Receive database file of new members from membership director. File will contain member names, addresses and members’ expiration dates.
  • Using the database, print mailing labels.
  • Using the database, print personalized membership cards.
  • Print copies of the welcome letter and additional pages from the current computer file
  • Receive copies of each issue of Voice, plus copies of brochures, for including in mailings.
  • Collate all materials into individual packets and stuff into coordinating envelopes.
  • Mail packets to members.
  • Annually review this document and update as needed.

Skills Needed:  Attention to detail, timeliness, strong organizational skills, ability to use database file and easy access to post office.

Supplies Needed:  Large 9 x 12 mailing envelopes, printer paper, cards for membership card printer, ink cartridges for card printer and individual printer, postage.  The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers will reimburse for all expenses.  To receive payment, please submit a reimbursement form with receipts.

PLEASE NOTE:  This position does require the volunteer to sign a confidentiality agreement which states you will not share numbers, statistics, or personal information about the organization or its members.

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 

Special Projects

Scholarship Researcher

Seeking researcher to find and compile a list of scholarships available to homeschoolers. List will be posted on website. You will need to list the name of the scholarship, a URL where information on it can be found, a brief description, and the type of award (cash amount, conditions, etc.)

Appropriate for: Adult or mature teen.

Requisite skills: The ideal candidate will be someone who enjoys doing searches online and compiling information. Good writing or telephone skills may be needed in asking some scholarship providers whether or not homeschooled students are eligible. No HTML or other internet skills are needed. A word processing document is the only product.

Geographical Location:  Coordinators needed for all regions in Virginia

Time commitment requested: Varies according to your schedule and how fast you work. We already have a starter list for you to research. After your work is completed, you will need to update the information periodically, at your convenience.

Valuable work experience you can put on your transcript/resume. Good work may be rewarded by a letter of recommendation to an employer or institute of higher learning

 Apply Here 

Prize Patrol!

Individual(s) needed to find lots of cool prizes for VaHomeschoolers to give away during contests.

Appropriate for: Teens or adults

Duties: You will be contacting various venues, businesses and field trip destinations around the state to ask for donations to be used as prizes. Each month on our blog we will hold a contest for each prize. Prizes may include tickets to events, free passes, books, homeschooling materials, toys—whatever you can find that organizations will donate to VaHomeschoolers.

Requisite skills: Excellent people skills, respectful and persuasive, friendly, persistence and a sense of fun

Time commitment: Variable. You can do it all on the phone or through email, or you can visit venues and speak in person. We need 12 prizes per year. You can find them all in one evening or spread it out.

Excellent experience in public relations. This job title is official, and VaHomeschoolers will provide references should you require them for college admission or professional work.

Apply Here


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