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!

  • Special Projects

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 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

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

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 

Exhibit Coordinator

The Exhibit Coordinator will develop, in coordination with the Board of Directors, a schedule for the upcoming year for VaHomeschoolers participation in conferences, book fairs and other special events. In addition the Coordinator will identify opportunities for exhibiting and bring these to the attention of the Board of Directors for consideration. The Exhibit Coordinator will develop a budget and include the following expenses: exhibiting fees, speaker travel expenses, handout copying, table display supplies. The Exhibit Coordinator will contract for exhibiting at chosen events, coordinate with the VaHomeschoolers treasurer to secure payments, and act as liaison between sponsoring organization and Board of Directors. The Exhibit Coordinator will maintain a list of board-approved speakers and session topics, secure firm commitment from speakers (if needed) for an event, coordinate staffing of VaHomeschoolers exhibits and contact Volunteer Coordinator and the Board of Directors for suggestions. The Exhibit Coordinator will maintain an inventory of table supply boxes and refresh the inventory as needed, coordinate production/updating and duplication of exhibit handouts and speaker handouts, when applicable and coordinate any give-aways or raffles for each event.

Skills and Qualities Needed:  Strong candidates will be organized and reliable with ability to manage people and demonstrate sensitivity to deadlines and budgets.

Time Commitment:  Initial investment of time will be high to prepare for exhibits and identify settings.

Training and Accountability:  The Executive Director will provide initial training and resourcing.  The Exhibit Coordinator will then work closely with the Executive Board to identify opportunities and will report to the Executive Director.  This position reports to the Executive Director.

Excellent experience in the field of public relations and marketing.

 Apply Here 

Merchandise Coordinator

The Merchandise Coordinator will identify products (i.e. bumper stickers, t-shirts, buttons, tote bags) that promote the VaHomeschoolers Organization to make available to the membership via Cafe Press. The Merchandise Coordinator will promote these products through our various media outlets and arrange and staff a display for the VaHomeschoolers Conference. The Merchandise Coordinator will establish a relationship with Regional Coordinators and make products available to them as part of their regional meetings. The Merchandise Coordinator will also seek input from the Marketing Committee and report project status to this Committee.

Skills and Qualities Needed:  Organized. Initiative. Strong writing skills. Ability to Coordinate details with other individuals. Excited about VaHomeschoolers.

Time Commitment:  Varies with most time at the start-up in identifying products and establishing relationships for marketing.

Training and Accountability:  This is a new position for the organization. The individual would receive initial guidance from the Executive Director and the Chair of the Marketing Committee. The Merchandise Coordinator will report to the Marketing Committee on an ongoing basis.

 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 

Road Trips Editor

The Road Trips editor will seek out homeschool-specific field trips and homeschool days taking place in Virginia (or occasionally close by in MD, DC, WV, NC) via web searches and inquiry emails. Twice a month, the editor will compile a list of upcoming days with a brief write up and info (price, location, etc) and submit for publishing via the announcements list. Events listed will need an accompanying graphic. The Road Trips Editor will send image and permission requests to venues and forward the images and/or permission to the Announcements Coordinator.

Skills and Qualities Needed: Strong candidates will have a desire to volunteer behind the scenes from home and need a flexible schedule, enjoy surfing the internet, are good at ferreting out information, doesn’t mind using email, can follow a deadline.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week (often less)

Training and Accountability: The Road Trips Editor will be provided support and direction by the Executive Director. A detailed job description will be provided.

 Apply Here 

Facebook Editor

The Facebook editor oversees postings on the VaHomeschoolers Facebook page that are related to homeschooling, education, parenting, special needs, fun family activities, etc. The target is seven posts on average per week. Content is identified in a variety of ways including asking board members and friends to send listings, FB private messages and ideas sent from the membership via email. Appropriate items for posting include: memes or photos with captions, links to blog posts and news articles, links to upcoming events and classes that do not meet criteria for VaHomeschoolers Road Trips postings, quotations with a photo or link to increase visibility, discussion questions, re-posting questions and requests for help that people ask on our FB page. The FB editor will also monitor posts to the VaHomeschoolers page from outside sources, check notifications on a regular basis and provide appropriate follow-up.

Skills and Qualities Needed: Strong candidates will possess initiative, a working knowledge of FB and a desire to stay current on FB policies, discretion and sensitivity with regards to the rapid ripple effect of social media, and strong understanding and belief in the founding principles of VaHomeschoolers.

Time Commitment: ½ to 1 hour a week (bulk of time spent surfing). The months of August/September and February/March are more demanding in general due to the high volume of new information for fall and spring events.

Training and Accountability: The Facebook Editor will be provided support and direction by the Executive Director. A detailed job description will be provided.

 Apply Here 

Special Projects

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.

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Conference, March 20-21, 2015, Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center

Ice Cream Social Keyleader

The Ice Cream Social Keyleader’s responsibilities include coordinating with the Conference Chair a location for the party, writing copy announcing the party for the registration brochure, soliciting donations of food items for party, determining (based on rsvps) needed quantities of food stuffs, preparing decorations and supplies needed, coordinating with volunteer keyleader for volunteers, arranging for purchase of food and/or pickup of donations, decorating and set-up Friday before party, coordinating the clean-up and tear down after the event, filing receipts with a reimbursement form, and writing thank yous to volunteers and donors.

Skill Set: Creativity. Organizational skills. Ability to delegate. Ability to manage people and events.

Time Commitment: The Ice Cream Social Keyleader will need to be available for this position from February until the end of conference. The position will conclude when the volunteer has submitted a post-conference report to the Conference Chair.

Training and Accountability: The Ice Cream Social Keyleader will report directly to the Conference Chair. A detailed job description will also be provided.

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Signs Keyleader

The Signs Keyleader responsibilities include creating and posting all directional and informative signage for the conference, coordinating with the Speaker Keyleader for session signage, cooordinating with Site Manager and Conference Chair for general and directional signage, as well as sign sizes, coordinating with Vendor Keyleader for Exhibitor signage, asking all other keyleaders for any signage needs, providing all necessary materials for posting and stabilizing the signage, having additional materials on hand to create any unforeseen signs, contacting volunteer coordinator for a volunteer to assist on site with posting.

Skill Set: Organized. Neat. Good communication. Ability to meet deadlines. Computer skills and/or strong handwriting. Ability to resolve challenges.

Time Commitment: The Signs Keyleader will need to begin working on projects approximately one month prior to the conference. The position will conclude with the Signs Keyleader submitting a final report to the conference chair at the conclusion of the conference.

Training and Accountability: The Signs Keyleader works directly with the Conference Chair in preparation for the conference. A detailed job description will also be provided.

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Talent/Art/Science Show Keyleader

The Talent/Art/Science Show Keyleader responsibilities include writing copy soliciting participation for inclusion in Registration Booklet and Announcement list, arranging for the party email address to forward to you, coordinating location of show with conference chair, asking registrar for contact information for all registrants who signed up to participate, arranging necessary equipment needed for talent show (may include microphone, keyboard, sound system, etc.), determining tables and other supplies needed for art and science displays, communicating with participants to gather the information on their presentation, arranging a time for a sound check and communicating this information with participants, creating namecards to go with all art and science displays, creating a program listing the talent and art show participants (could be large sign posted or individual copies), scheduling a time in the program for the board and conference committee to be introduced, acting as, or locating someone to act as, MC of the event, coordinating clean-up after event (remove equipment, etc. and reset for next day’s events), writing thank yous to volunteers.

Skill Set: Organized. Strong communication skills. Ability to manage people and events.

Time Commitment: The Keyleader for the Talent/Art/Science Show will begin immediately. The position will conclude when the final report is submitted to the Conference Chair.

Training and Accountability: The Talent/Art/Science Show Keyleader will work directly with the Conference Chair and the Conference Committee.

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Conference Public Relations Team

Announcement List Coordinator

The Announcement List Coordinator will write and distribute, as needed, Conference specific announcements. This individual will also coordinate with Conference Chairs and Key Leaders to identify needs and timing of announcements.

Skill Set: Creativity. Organizational skills. Communication skills. Email skills.

Time Commitment: The Announcement List Coordinator will need to be available for this position from now until the end of the conference. The position will conclude when the volunteer has submitted a post-conference report to the Conference Chair.

Training and Accountability: The Announcement List Coordinator will report directly to the Conference Chair. A detailed job description will also be provided.

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VaHomeschoolers VOICE Coordinator

The VaHomeschoolers VOICE Coordinator will identify general interest articles and ads for the VaHomeschoolers Voice as well as solicit articles by the speakers for submission. This person will coordinate with Conference Chair to determine what aspects of the Conference to promote and what articles need to be written. This individual will also write the Conference wrap-up article at the conclusion of the Conference.

Skill Set: Creativity. Organizational skills. People skills. Verbal and written communication skills. Team player.

Time Commitment: The VaHomeschoolers VOICE Coordinator will need to be available for this position from now until the end of the conference (with the bulk of the job now through November). This position will conclude when the volunteer has submitted a post-conference report to the Conference Chair.

Training and Accountability: The VaHomeschoolers VOICE Coordinator will report directly to the Conference Chair. A detailed job description will also be provided.

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Press Release Development and Distribution Lead

The Press Release Development and Distribution Lead will write and coordinate the distribution of Conference press releases.

Skill Set: Organizational skills. Ability to meet deadlines. Strong verbal and written communication. Strong interpersonal skills. Team player.

Time Commitment: The Press Release Development and Distribution Lead will need to be available for this position from now until the end of the conference. The position will conclude when the volunteer has submitted a post-conference report to the Conference Chair.

Training and Accountability: The Press Release Development and Distribution Lead will report directly to the Conference Chair. A detailed job description will also be provided.

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Calendar Updates Coordinator

The Calendar Updates Coordinator will use previous years’ lists and new internet searches to identify appropriate “community calendars” around the state that will accept unsolicited postings of events. These could be online or print magazines, newspapers, etc. They will all have deadlines for submission which can be found ahead of time. The Coordinator will need to follow the guidelines for each submission (sometimes just facts, sometimes one sentence, sometimes a paragraph) and be able to put together brief press release-type write-ups for each. Detailed records of submissions will be kept.

Skill Set: Organizational skills. Ability to meet deadlines. Strong written communication. Computer search skills.

Time Commitment: This is a short-term job beginning in January and ending by mid-February. Prep work could be done ahead if desired. (The position will conclude when the volunteer has submitted a post-conference report to the Conference Chair.)

Training and Accountability: The Calendar Updates Coordinator will report to the Conference Chair.

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