Project: The Future of Volunteerism: Research
Type: Part Time, Contract (May 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021), flexible hours
Do you want to work in an upbeat and vibrant organization focused on social good? Are you interested in developing innovative and creative ways of reaching diverse groups throughout the province to provide services, share knowledge, and make connections? Are you at your best in a fast paced and productive work environment? Are you looking to put your wide range of skill sets to work on interesting projects? Join Volunteer Alberta and help build strength and capacity in Alberta’s nonprofit/voluntary sector.
Volunteer Alberta is seeking a research coordinator to support our work with Boys and Girls Clubs/Big Brothers Big Sisters Edmonton on the future of volunteerism. With growing changes to society, cultures, and demographics, the current BGCBigs recruitment model lacks experience with growing trends. It is important to understand the motivations behind a volunteer today, and to find ways to encourage volunteering in our communities.
BGCBigs has determined a need for a new strategy to recruit more volunteers to be there for children and their families. Volunteer Alberta (VA) will support BGCBigs in three major volunteer recruitment focus areas that drive their overall volunteering strategy:
This project will start with an environmental scan to establish a baseline of information about changes in volunteering prior to and during the pandemic. This secondary research will gather relevant quantitative and quantitative data from other local, provincial, and national sources to inform the final report. This phase will rely heavily, but not exclusively, on sourcing and reviewing data from relevant stakeholders in VA’s networks.
You will then engage in focused conversations with various nonprofit organizations that offer mentorship programs, target newcomer youth, and work with Indigenous volunteers. You will need to speak with volunteer managers and volunteers throughout the Edmonton region and across Alberta. The goal of these conversations is to identify successful volunteer practices during the pandemic, to predict lasting changes and to identify any barriers to engagement for the next 3-5 years. This phase will rely heavily on focus groups and interviews, but other research methods may be undertaken depending on the needs of the project.
Deliverables and Timeline
During the contract term, you’d be responsible for the following deliverables and schedule.
Application Deadline: April 13, 2021
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