Now located at 3500 W. Peterson Ave. while The Ark’s permanent home on California Ave. is closed for construction. Learn more. 

The Ark is Hiring: Volunteer Coordinator

Coordinator of Volunteer Services  

The Ark, an iconic human services agency serving Jewish Chicagoland seeks a creative and organized Coordinator of Volunteer Services. This individual must display an energetic and positive demeanor. The candidate will join a dynamic team that collaborates with staff and volunteers to support the programs, staff, and clients at The Ark. The Volunteer Coordinator reports directly to the Director of Community Programs and Engagement.


Volunteer Engagement 

  • Implement volunteer recruitment, onboarding and retention strategies
  • Respond to requests by individuals and groups interested in volunteering
  • Develop and communicate volunteer schedules and assignments
  • Create ongoing volunteer recognition activities
  • Provide supportive supervision of individual volunteers

Programs, Events and Community Partnerships 

  • Lead group volunteer programs on and off-site at community locations
  • Arrange and follow-up communication after programs and events
  • Schedule and promote volunteer opportunities and events
  • Represent The Ark at community events and festivals
  • Co-facilitate food collection efforts to support pantry donations
  • Help to plan and coordinate 3-4 annual large-scale volunteer programs
  • Ensure that volunteer experiences and interactions with The Ark are meaningful and memorable

Staff Collaboration/Internal Process 

  • Plan/coordinate opportunities for professional volunteers to support programs and services of The Ark
  • Manage volunteer pantry delivery driver program
  • Enter and maintain volunteer data, create and submit reports
  • Collaborate with marketing team to create promotional materials for various programs
  • Engage and collaborate with the Volunteer Committee


  • Respond to emails and phone calls in timely manner
  • Work collaboratively across departments to help support the Food Pantry program
  • Provide support and leadership during transition to renovated location in West Rogers Park in late fall 2023


  • Strong aptitude for organization, detail, and prioritization with ability to meet deadlines
  • Willingness to collaborate, ask questions, and state expectations
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication
  • Able to adapt to change calmly and efficiently
  • Can apply respect and discretion when interacting with clients, volunteers, and staff
  • Proficiency in Office 365 programs
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and Sundays
  • Valid driver’s license with access to a car for occasional local travel not accessible by public transportation


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Nonprofit Management, Psychology, Human Resources or related field
  • 2+ years in volunteer management or relevant experience
  • General understanding of the Jewish Community, major Jewish holidays, and culture
  • Experience using Volunteer Management Software, and CRM (Salesforce) preferred


  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Paid Vacations, Federal and Jewish Holidays
  • Comprehensive Health, Dental and Vision Benefits Package
  • Retirement Plan
  • Professional Training as Required for this Role

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to: with Coordinator of Volunteer Services in the subject.