Ceres Community Project


Volunteer Coordinator, Sonoma County

Ceres Community Project seeks candidates for the crucial position of Volunteer Coordinator.
The  Volunteer Coordinator   position is 35 hours/week and available in January, 2018. The ideal candidate for this job is warm and welcoming, and has at least 1 year of working in a volunteer program as well as office or administrative support experience. He or she will have the ability to stay calm and organized, be very detail oriented, and work with Ceres volunteers in an empowering, respectful and kind way.
We will be accepting applications for the position through Friday, January 12, 2018. Candidates should send a cover letter expressing why they are interested in working at Ceres Community Project and how their experience and skills match the position, along with a current resume and three professional references with the reference's name, email address and daytime contact info to: hr@ceresproject.org 
We will acknowledge receipt of your application and, if we would like to speak with you further we will contact you by January 20. We apologize that we are unable to communicate personally with each applicant.  
A job descriptions for the position follows. Please help us spread the word about this opening at Ceres by passing this email on to anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks so much for your support of Ceres Community Project.   
Warm regards, 
Jake Blehm
Director, Administration
Founded in 2007, Ceres Community Project creates health for people, communities and the planet through love, healing food and empowering the next generation. We have three program sites in San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, as well as a Café and a Catering Department at our Santa Rosa site. For more information, please visit www.CeresProject.org. 

What We Do :
  • Food as Medicine: We support primarily low-income people struggling because of a serious health challenge with home-delivered nourishing organic and locally produced meals, nutrition education and the caring support of the community.
  • Youth Development Program: All the meals we provide are prepared by youth ages 14 and up who volunteer in our 3/4 acre food production garden and three commercial kitchen sites in Marin and Sonoma counties. Youth learn about growing, cooking and eating healthy whole foods and the connection between diet and health, develop life and work-ready skills, and experience their power to make a difference.
  • Community Education: We educate clients, youth and the whole community about the vital importance of a diet based on healthy organic and locally-produced foods, and provide the knowledge, skills and inspiration for people to make and maintain real change in how they eat.
  • National Replication: We have trained thirteen communities nationally to replicate our model.
For more information, please visit  www.CeresProject.org

Position Title: Volunteer Coordinator

35 hours/week
Location: Sebastopol & Santa Rosa
Available: January 2018

Eligible for benefits including health insurance, paid holidays and paid time off after 60 days.
The Volunteer Coordinator supports the Sonoma County Ceres adult volunteer program which engages nearly 400 adult volunteers annually. She/he helps ensure that we maximize the participation of adult volunteers in all areas of our work as part of fulfilling our mission to create opportunities for heart-centered connections throughout the community.
The Volunteer Coordinator works with the Volunteer Relations Manager to ensure that all volunteers feel welcomed and at home in the Ceres community, as well as manage all the administrative details of the Volunteer Program. She/he helps uphold the value and priority of the Volunteer Program for staff so that volunteers feel valued and appreciated and are able to contribute in ways that meet their needs and their skills.
She/he has primary responsibility for managing the adult volunteers in the Santa Rosa program site, and supports the administrative needs of Ceres' two-county Volunteer Program.

  • Work with staff to identify potential volunteer roles, create accurate job descriptions and train appropriately.
  • Co-Coordinate outreach to ensure an adequate level of new high quality volunteers are available and able to meet organizational needs.
  • Host Santa Rosa Volunteer Orientations; facilitate effective screening, onboarding, placement, training and evaluation for all Santa Rosa volunteers.
  • Help manage volunteer database to ensure accurate and up-to-date records for all adult volunteers include tracking volunteer jobs and hours. Provide accurate and timely reporting for the Volunteer Program.
  • Provide appropriate and timely volunteer assistance for all program and event needs and schedule as necessary.
  • Support staff in working effectively with volunteers and build a culture of appreciation and recognition for the essential role of volunteers at Ceres.
  • Ensure that adult volunteers are recognized and thanked appropriately for their contributions through building an ongoing culture of appreciation.
  • Assists in plan Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party.
  • Assists in developing meaningful volunteer roles that meet staff and volunteer needs.
  • Track volunteer hours.
  • Support the full integration of volunteers into the Ceres culture and mission through appropriate trainings, adult Enrichment Evenings, and volunteer meetings.   
  • Ensure that all forms, materials and web information about volunteering at Ceres are current and relevant.
  • A commitment to Ceres Community Project's Mission and Operating Principles
  • 1-2 years working with a Volunteer Program.
  • Excellent relationship skills; warm, friendly and outgoing.
  • Ability to relate to and work with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Facility with computers, MS Office, and databases.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills including strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing; comfortable speaking in front of groups.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Has a good awareness of self.
  • Ability and desire to be in a work environment that values working as a team, relationships and giving and receiving honest feedback.
  • BA preferred.
Ceres Community Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and strongly encourages members of minority groups to apply. 
All employment decisions at Ceres are made without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status or any other status protected by laws or regulations.

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