Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator – Westside

School on Wheels is a nonprofit organization with hundreds of volunteers who give their time, talents, and support to the educational needs of unhoused children. School on Wheels aims to enhance educational opportunities for children — kindergarten through twelfth grade without a home. Since 1993, our mission has been to shrink educational gaps and provide students with the highest quality education possible.

Since 1993, we have

  • Provided mentoring and tutoring for more than 50,000 students.
  • Reached six counties in Southern California.
  • Partnered with 400+ sites, including shelters, school districts, and after-school programs.
  • Supplying approximately 5,000 students with school supplies yearly.

Job Summary: 

The Associate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator drives organizational growth by strengthening and increasing engagement with the volunteers, students, families, and partners throughout Venice, Santa Monica, Culver City, Mid-City, and Inglewood.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, train, and support a team of volunteers, ensuring they have the tools to tutor their students online and in person. 
  • Focus on volunteer retention, showing volunteers the impact they have on our students.
  • Establish rapport with volunteers through phone calls, emails, in-person check-ins, and volunteer appreciation events. 
  • Recruit students for our program by partnering with school districts, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and group homes and conducting outreach.
  • Ensure regular and ongoing communications/coordination with student families and the shelters we partner with.
  • Deliver devices, hotspots, school supplies, and backpacks to students continuously.
  • Identify the best match for both student and volunteer, focusing on one-on-one matches.
  • If a student/tutor match is unsuccessful, work with the student, their family, and the tutor to find the best solution. If necessary, re-match both parties. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Must live in “Region 3”, encompassing: Culver City | Mid-City | Westwood | Santa Monica| Venice | West Los Angeles | Mar Vista | Westchester | El Segundo | Inglewood. A complete map can be found here here.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills. 
  • Exhibit cultural sensitivity and empathy for students experiencing homelessness.
  • Ability to perform in a team environment while working independently. 
  • 1-3 years experience managing volunteers. 
  • 1-3 years experience managing external partnerships and doing community outreach.
  • Passionate about education and working with students experiencing homelessness.
  • Must be comfortable with outreach in various capacities, including working in homeless shelters and surrounding areas.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills. You need to be able to connect with people at all levels – volunteers, shelter staff, families experiencing homelessness, and students of all ages and backgrounds. 

Working Conditions:

  • While your primary office location will be your home, you will be required to drive throughout your region: Culver City | Mid-City | Westwood | Santa Monica | Venice | West Los Angeles | Mar Vista | Westchester | El Segundo | Inglewood. The position is hybrid and requires monthly visits to our Los Angeles office, plus attendance at the quarterly team and development meetings.
  • Attend meetings with shelters / potential partners in the community, to drop off school supplies to students, facilitate first sessions between students and volunteers, etc.
    ○ Some early evenings and some Saturday work will be periodically required.
  • Lifting of donations, including backpacks and school supplies, will be periodically required.
  • Valid California driver’s license, auto insurance, and use of a personal vehicle are required. 

Benefits and Opportunities:

  • Hourly rate – $22.12 DOE
  • Medical, dental, vision, 403b plan.
  • Paid vacation and holidays; we expect you to work hard but still enjoy a personal life.
  • Flexibility: flexible working environment and telecommuting. Enough freedom to spread your wings while still holding you accountable.
  • Autonomy: this position will provide you with a lot of autonomy as you will be required to take charge of projects and complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Professional development: we believe in investing in our team and giving you the tools to succeed. Ongoing coaching, training, and growth opportunities are provided along with a professional development stipend each year.
  • Skill variety: you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks to develop your skills in many areas.
  • Mobility: room for vertical and horizontal mobility within the organization.
  • Consistent and fair leadership: we’ll share information, set clear goals, show you respect, and treat everyone fairly.
  • Culture: you will be a part of a passionate, mission-driven team where your ideas and feedback will be listened to and encouraged. You will have opportunities to be a part of team-based projects resulting in bringing change to the organization.

At School on Wheels, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to fulfill our mission of improving students’ lives through education.
To join this dedicated team, submit a cover letter and resume, including “VEC 3” in the subject line, for consideration to employment@schoolonwheels.org.

School on Wheels is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging inclusion and diversity
in the workplace.