Create a Job Description for the Volunteer to Set Expectations

Creating a job description is one of the easiest things you can do that will have a lasting impact for your chamber.

If you’re like me, you hate uncertainty, well if your volunteers don’t have any expectations of what is expected of them, their in the same boat you are.

What should be in that job description?

Explain to any potential volunteer what their responsibility is as a board member.  Legally, in a nutshell, we all know it’s:

  • Duty of Care - competence to make good decisions on behalf of the organization;
  • Duty of Loyalty - act in the best interest of the organization and not their self-interest; and
  • Duty of Obedience - follow the mission.

In addition, the three things I always want to make clear in any volunteer job description are the following:

  • You want their intellect;
  • You want their passion; and
  • You want their financial support (money).

Other things that could be spelled out in the job description could include, but not limited to:

  • Attendance requirements;
  • Recruitment responsibilities; and
  • Advocacy participation.

That's a recipe for success for all involved!