Presentation on theme: "Top Competencies Needed for Volunteer Administration Improving Lives. Improving Texas."— Presentation transcript:
Top Competencies Needed for Volunteer Administration Improving Lives. Improving Texas.
Supportive Research / Literature Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration Dr. Barry Boyd’s 2004 study to determine specific “competencies that would be required by administrators of volunteers in the coming decade.” Dr. L. Lockett’s 2007 study to determine competencies and best practices needed by Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinators
Core Competencies From the Council for Certification in Vol. Admin. Ethics Organizational Management Human Resources Management Accountability Leadership and Advocacy
Core Competency From the Council for Certification in Vol. Admin. Ethics: The ability to act in accordance with professional principles
Core Competency - Ethics Examples of specific competencies needed Fairness with everyone Willingness to stand firm on your policies Cautious understanding that decisions the coordinator makes become policy
Core Competency From the Council for Certification in Vol. Admin. Organizational Management: The ability to design and implement policies, processes and structures to align volunteer involvement with the mission and vision of the organization.
Organizational Management Examples of specific competencies needed Ability to articulate Extension’s mission and goals Creating a positive environment in which volunteers can learn and operate Ability to turn needs into plans and plans into action Creative use of technology to effect program impact
Organizational Management Examples of specific competencies needed Plan and implement training for volunteers Ability to identify volunteer’s strengths and weaknesses and see where they would best function within the organization Creating “systems” for processes
Organizational Management Examples of specific competencies needed Ability to “see the big picture” and identify individual steps to accomplish goals.
Core Competency From the Council for Certification in Vol. Admin. Human Resources Management: The ability to successfully engage, train and support volunteers in a systematic and intentional way.
Human Resources Management Communication skills Positive attitude Ability to inspire your volunteers to rise to the challenge Motivational skills Respect for the time & contributions of your volunteers Examples of specific competencies needed
Good conflict resolution skills Competent in recruiting and screening volunteers Competent in matching volunteers to agency needs Competent in retaining volunteers Finding ways to secure resources, training, etc… Human Resources Management Examples of specific competencies needed
Human Resources Management Examples of specific competencies needed Willingness to let volunteers plan and implement programs, yet be involved enough to provide guidance, assure accuracy of information, and compliance with organizational requirements. Trusting volunteers to get the job done
Achieving a proper balance of ownership and responsibility Human Resources Management Examples of specific competencies needed
B e the change you want to see in others and in your organization.
Core Competency From the Council for Certification in Vol. Admin. Accountability: The ability to collect relevant data and to engage in meaningful monitoring, evaluation and reporting to stakeholders.
Accountability Competent in evaluating volunteer efforts and accomplishments Articulation of volunteer efforts and accomplishments Articulating the organizational mission, vision, and goals to stakeholders. Examples of specific competencies needed
Core Competency From the Council for Certification in Vol. Admin. Leadership and Advocacy: The ability to advocate for effective volunteer involvement inside of the organization and in the broader community it serves.
Leadership and Advocacy Realization that you (the volunteer administrator) don’t and can’t possibly know everything. Ability to effectively enlist the assistance of your volunteers Examples of specific competencies needed
Leadership and Advocacy Allowing tasks to be completed in ways that you would not have personally done them Setting the organization’s “tone” when conducting business and interacting with folks Guiding volunteers, yet respecting them as individuals Examples of specific competencies needed
O ur excitement, enthusiasm, and appreciation are contagious. We need to model those things.
Are there competencies not mentioned here, that you would have expected to see?
Characteristics of Effective Teachers Clarity Variability Enthusiasm Task-Oriented and/or Businesslike Behaviors Student Opportunity to Learn Positive Reinforcement Interesting similarities/correlation between this list and Volunteer administrator competencies needed
Characteristics of Effective Teachers Positive Reinforcement Avoiding Criticism Use of Structuring Comments Effective Questioning Humor Interesting similarities/correlation between this list and Volunteer administrator competencies needed “Research on Teacher Performance Criteria” by Barak Rosenshine and Norma Furst, in Research in Education, edited by B. Othanel Smith for the American Educational Research Association, 1971.