Community Resource & Volunteer Engagement Specialist -Linn County

United Way of East Central Iowa

UWECI is seeking a relationship-oriented and community-focused individual to join our team as a Community Resource & Volunteer Engagement Specialist for Linn County! This individual will build relationships with community partners, volunteers, and local officials to create a county-wide culture of volunteerism and make it easy for members of our community to get involved. This role is responsible for placing volunteers with opportunities that fit their interests, implementing mission-driven programs and strategies, and effectively communicating the importance of volunteering in Eastern Iowa. This role reports to the Senior Manager of Community Resource & Volunteer Engagement.

Position Type:
Full-Time                   Regular        

    Part-Time                  Special         
    Intern                         Temporary   
    Exempt                      Nonexempt  

Reports To: Director of Community Impact

Hours: 28/ week
Supervisory Position:     Yes      No
# of Direct Reports: N/A

Other Skills:

Community service and convening, volunteer leadership, grant compliance, and familiarity with nonprofit program management is desirable.






  • Relationships
  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Service
  • Systems



  • Community and customer-focused
  • Drive for making an impact
  • Maximize community resources
  • Accelerate mission-driven change
  • Work collaboratively
  • Communicate honestly and effectively
  • Demonstrate personal leadership
  • Regular and consistent attendance and engagement









Create a county-wide culture of volunteerism where it is easy for a community member to accelerate change to improve their community through the development and implementation of strategies that effectively and efficiently leverage community resources and volunteerism.




Promote and Support Community Volunteerism:

  • Build a culture of volunteerism
  • Recruit and place volunteers internally and with local organizations
  • Implement volunteer recognition and retention efforts
  • Track and report volunteer outputs and outcomes
  • Promote Volunteer Now, volunteer engagement programs, and United Way initiatives
  • Design and implement accessible and inclusive opportunities

Assist in developing and managing resources to support community and volunteer activities:

  • Assist with grant applications and proposals for local county efforts and volunteerism
  • Assist with preparing the annual budget and operate within the approved budget
  • Work with local county and city entities to build collaborations to maximize resources
  • Keep current with federal and state funding and other compliance issues

Implement mission-driven volunteer programs and strategies

  • Identify and develop volunteer opportunities in line with United Way’s mission and county needs
  • Work collaboratively with EMA, city and county officials to establish and maintain an Emergency Volunteer Center

Build and foster relationships to accelerate change and community improvement:

Engage and collaborate with the following groups:

  • Nonprofit agencies, county coalitions, groups, and city entities
  • Communities of faith, retiree, social and service groups
  • Schools, institutions, and businesses
  • Lead Volunteer Engagement Advisory Council for the county



Education:                                        Required        Preferred

High School Diploma/GED                                                  

Associate Degree (2-year program)                                    

Bachelor’s Degree                                                                

Master’s Degree                                                                  

Work Experience:


1–3 years            

3–5 years            

5–7 years            

7+ years              







  • Innovation and Creativity – Actively listen for community assets and opportunities. Regularly examine policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that they are still accurate, efficient, and promote a culture of community and volunteer engagement.  Flexibility, adaptability, and openness to change.  Commitment to continuous community learning and professional development.
  • Action-Oriented/Results Driven - Demonstrate strong drive to achieve meaningful results and ability to follow through on commitments.  Able to anticipate and resolve problems effectively.   Work on concurrent assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Effective Communication - Prepare clear, complete, and concise communication.  Ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and organizations. Must have the ability to maintain confidential information. Good interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Cultural Competency - Ability to embrace diversity to better engage diversity. Intentional effort to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with diverse communities and individuals in our service area.
  • Relationship Management – Works to understand, relate to and engage constituents to improve the experience and generate mutually beneficial relationships leading to genuine partnerships. Generates and grows relationships to drive positive impact for the community.





The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be frequently required to use finger and hand motion and occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 50 lbs.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle are necessary.




Differentiate between urgent and non-urgent matters, collect relevant information, and consults with supervisor and team members before making major decisions. Produce creative, innovative, and workable solutions and communicate with all involved.


Note: This job description indicates the normal type and level of work expected of the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as apparent or assigned.



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Community Resource & Volunteer Engagement Specialist -Linn County

United Way of East Central Iowa

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Posted 18 days ago

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