Volunteer Ireland: Board Membership Opportunities


About Volunteer Ireland

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. Our vision is every person connected to and participating in their communities to build a better Irish society. Volunteer Ireland works to increase awareness of, access to and quality in volunteering in Ireland. https://www.volunteer.ie/

Board Membership Opportunities

Volunteer Ireland is delighted to announce that the eight counties in Ireland currently without a Volunteer Centre will now have a full service Volunteer Centre in 2020. The Volunteer Centre will help people who want to volunteer in their community to find suitable volunteer roles and will help local organisations to recruit volunteers. It will also provide a range of other services including Garda vetting and training in volunteer management.

We are now looking for qualified candidates to join the boards of the following Volunteer Centres: Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Offaly, Roscommon, Waterford and Wexford. Membership on the board of a new Volunteer Centre is an exciting opportunity to help establish and govern the first Volunteer Centre in the county.

We are particularly keen to see participation on the board from the County Council, Public Participation Network, local volunteer involving organisations, Local Development Companies, local corporate sector and Volunteer Centres from neighbouring counties. We actively encourage county-wide representation and gender balance.

We value diversity, and we welcome applications from people from all sections of the community irrespective of race, ethnicity, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

What's Involved?

Are you passionate about the value of volunteering and have a successful track record of strategic leadership? The first step in the establishment of the new Volunteer Centre is the formation of a board of directors. Volunteer Ireland will then support the board to complete the registration process and to recruit staff to manage the Centre.

The Purpose of this Role

The Volunteer Centres are looking for members of the new boards with a range of specific skills: Advocacy & Public Affairs, Business Development, Communications & PR, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Law & Governance and Volunteer Management. The roles involve playing an active role in the organisation’s establishment as well as its governance and strategic direction.

What's in it for You?

The role offers an opportunity for you to engage with and contribute to a new group of board members, with varied backgrounds and perspectives, to collectively set direction for the new Volunteer Centre. This is an exciting start-up opportunity for someone who shares our belief in the value of volunteering and the benefits of volunteering for all: the individual, the volunteer involving organisation and the wider society.

Support & Training

The Volunteer Centres have a budget set aside for board director training, and all board members are encouraged to undertake training as part of their new role.

Time Commitment

The time requirement of this role will be agreed by the board once it is established. Based on the experience of existing Volunteer Centres, it is estimated at about 10 hours per year for board meetings with additional time required to read papers and prepare in advance of each meeting, plus involvement in sub-committees and advisory roles.

More about Volunteer Centres

Volunteer Centres will help people who want to volunteer in their community to find suitable volunteer roles and help local organisations to recruit volunteers. We will also provide a range of other services including Garda vetting and training in volunteer management.

Each Volunteer Centre will be funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and supported during start-up by both Volunteer Ireland and long-established Volunteer Centres in neighbouring counties.

We recognise the potential of volunteering and encourage organisations to think creatively about volunteering roles and to develop imaginative, non-traditional opportunities for potential volunteers.

For More Information

For detailed role descriptions and how to apply please click here.


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