Are you a natural connector of people and ideas?  Do you like finding the right talent for the job?  Can you implement big-picture ideas?  We’re looking for a positive, organized Volunteer Program Manager who will oversee coordinators (lead volunteers) as they organize our summer festival work crews to raise and run a small village on Guelph Lake island.  This is a full-time six-month contract position running March to August 2024, with possibility of contract extension.

Title:  Volunteer Program Manager
Contract:  full-time March to August; starting March 2024; possibility of extension (grant dependent)
Compensation:  $25-$30/hour, with benefits package
Reports to:  Executive Director
Takes direction from:  Operations Manager, Executive Director

The ideal candidate has superb communication and administrative skills, excellent judgement of practical needs and volunteer talents, a well-developed eye for both the big picture and the fine details, and an ability to work to deadline as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.  You’ll need excellent people skills, a passion for the arts, an understanding of the crucial role volunteers play in the life of a not-for-profit charity, and a creative and flexible leadership style.  The key component of this position’s work is the management of the volunteer cycle from needs assessment and recruitment through to recognition and succession planning.

Hillside is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a life-affirming vision that has sustained imaginative projects for 41 years.  Working with a knowledgeable, passionate, and quirky team of staff and volunteers, the Volunteer Program Manager will help bring audiences to real rock stars and organization to the endlessly fascinating work of event management.


  • Needs assessment;
  • Recruitment;
  • Screening;
  • Placement;
  • Training and Orientation;
  • Evaluation and Reassignment;
  • Managing all HR-related volunteer issues with the ED;
  • Coaching and Motivation;
  • Mentoring;
  • Recognition;
  • Succession planning;
  • Managing the volunteer database.

View the full job description here.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Very strong written communication skills;
  • Strong people skills;
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Zone database);
  • Ability to network and develop relationships with others;
  • Adaptable to a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends;
  • Very personable, dedicated, and team-oriented;
  • Able to work collegially and collaboratively with a broad range of staff;
  • Passionate promoter of arts and culture;
  • Applicant must have at least one of the following:
    • post-secondary degree in arts, arts management, communications, administration or related field;
    • diploma in volunteer management;
    • significant experience in the field.
  • Some volunteer experience.
  • Class G driver’s license and access to a vehicle are a definite asset.

Working Conditions & Remuneration

  • Hybrid work environment:  We have an accessible office space at 341 Woolwich St, Guelph. Currently, we encourage our staff to work wherever they feel most comfortable, whether that is home or at the office. This position requires a lot of communication with coordinators and volunteers, so the candidate should be prepared to meet over Zoom, on the phone, or in person and to collaborate extensively over email, often on evenings and weekends.
  • A laptop and office desk will be provided.
  • This is a contract position that offers competitive compensation.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send an email containing your resumé and a cover letter in one pdf document by Sunday, February 25, 2024 to the Executive Director at [email protected].

Hillside is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.  If you self-identify as belonging to a traditionally under-represented community, we invite you to address this in your cover letter.

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