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NEV: Now Hiring New Recruiting Coordinator

Lindsey D Oldani  | Published on 11/8/2021


Recruiting Coordinator
: Part time temporary – 10 - 15 hours per week for 6 months
Reports to: Chair of Governing Council
**Successful candidate must pass criminal background check, sign a Confidentiality Agreement, and show proof of Covid vaccination.


Northeast Village PDX is a non-profit organization that values community, promotes a variety of activities to encourage connections among all Villagers, and provides volunteer services that enable members to continue to live at home and remain active as they age. We serve residents of 17 NE Portland neighborhoods under the umbrella of Villages NW-Metro (VNW), a 501(c)3 nonprofit which serves as the hub for 10 villages in the greater Portland metro area and one village located on the Oregon coast. NE Village is also part of the nationwide Village-to-Village Network.

Our village has been open since November 2016 and currently has 130 members and more than 40 active service volunteers. Additional volunteers also provide office support, serve on various committees, and support the village in other ways. A 10-member Governing Council oversees all village operations.

Over the past two years, our membership growth has leveled off, and the number of active service volunteers has declined. We need to reverse these trends and re-establish growth in both areas.

Recruiting new volunteers and members is currently handled by our Communications, Marketing and Outreach Committee (CMO). During the pandemic, we have presented monthly “Village 101’s” via Zoom to the public and done limited promotions at neighborhood festivals – but these efforts have not been sufficient to grow our village. Thus, we are seeking help from persons experienced in recruiting and retaining volunteers and with recruitment practices in general.

Check our website for further information about our village, and for detailed Job Description.

Position Summary

The Recruiting Coordinator (RC) is responsible for developing an effective program for volunteer and member recruitment for NE Village PDX.

  •   External recruitment: Develop and implement strategies to recruit new volunteers and members from local Village neighborhoods, working from a common message about the benefits of NE Village PDX.

  •   Internal recruitment: Help the Village recruit from within – develop opportunities for current members and volunteers to introduce friends and neighbors to the Village community and the benefits of Village affiliation.


 Establish and train a “Village Recruiting Team” to assume ongoing responsibility for recruiting efforts.

Compensation and Work Schedule:

The Recruiting Coordinator is a temporary position, for 6 months. You will work remotely, although we do have a physical office in the educational wing of the Rose City Park United Methodist Church which can be utilized, as needed.

We expect the work to require an average of about 12 hours/week; during the start-up period hours/week may exceed this average. Pay rate will be $18-20/hour depending upon experience, and paid semi-monthly.

Specific Duties for Recruiting Coordinator will involve work with specific Village committees to:

  • Review current systems for recruiting new members and volunteers.

  • Consult with Governing Council, Committees and staff regarding key points to include in recruitment messaging.

  • Identify effective strategies to improve member and volunteer recruitment efforts and design a workable plan and timeline to implement these strategies in consultation with the Communication. and Outreach Committee (CMO)

  • Create and train a Recruiting Team for NE Village PDX to carry out ongoing recruiting activities in conjunction with the CMO Committee

  • Work with Programming Coordinator to create opportunities for members and volunteers to engage friends and neighbors with NEV.

  • Work with existing Volunteer Committee to on-board and train new volunteers and to enhance ongoing communication with volunteers.

  • Other duties as assigned

    Required Skills/Experience

  •   2 - 3 years of experience in recruitment activities and/or volunteer coordination in a professional environment

  •   Evidence of creativity; thinking outside the box; new ideas

  •   Excellent people skills

  •   Ability to work independently and to prioritize and manage multiple demands effectively

    Preferred Skills

  •   Experience working with and/or supervising volunteers

  •   Experience working with seniors

  •   Familiarity with database systems for membership and volunteer management or similar


To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume (including references) to Todd Coward,

Position will remain open until filled, but applications received by November 22 will be given first consideration for screening and interviews. Contact Todd if you have questions or would like additional information about this position.