Directors of Volunteers



A director of volunteers employed by a nonprofit organization recruits, trains, and places volunteers in a variety of positions. Depending on the size of the organization and the scope of its mission, the director of volunteers may oversee anywhere from a few volunteers working a few hours a week on a short-term project to thousands of volunteers committed to a longer time frame. The director of volunteers is fully involved in all aspects of recruiting and training volunteers including raising awareness of the organization's mission...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Volunteer, internship, or previous nonprofit experience is requir



Business Management


Personality Traits



According to the U.S. Department of Labor, social and community service managers (a career category that includes directors of volunteers) had median annual salaries of $65,320 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,720 and the top 10 percent earned more than $111,150. Directors of volunteers earned median annual salaries of $81,337 in October 2019, according to Tho...

Work Environment

The work environment for directors of volunteers varies depending on several factors such as the size of the organization, its funding, and the scope and nature of its mission.

Directors of volunteers employed at organizations such as Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic work indoors. They audition, train, and schedule volunteers within the comfort of indoor recording studios.



Volunteering remains a popular activity. More than 77.3 million adults in the U.S. volunteered at least once in 2017, according to 2018 Volunteering in America, from the U.S. Department of Labor. As a result, employment for directors of volunteers should remain steady during the next decade.

Despite the fact that studies have shown that organizations with professional directors ...