Cumann na Daoine

A community based organisation in Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Vacancy: Cork Volunteer Centre

Cork Volunteer Centre is currently seeking applications for the position of Placement Officer & Community Volunteer Coordinator.

Cork Volunteer Centre provides a service matching individuals who would like to volunteer, with non-profit organisations who involve volunteers in their activities.   Advice and support is offered to both volunteers and non-profit organisations through a range of services including information, consultation, volunteer management training and Garda vetting administration.  Cork Volunteer Centre is a non-profit organisation funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.  Cork Volunteer Centre is a member of Volunteer Ireland.

Job Title: Placement Officer& Community Volunteer Coordinator

Reports to: Manager

Role: To recruit volunteers and match them to opportunities; to work with voluntary and community groups to ensure that there are a variety of identified roles available for volunteers to participate in; to support the Manager with the implementation of the Board’s Workplan.

Key responsibilities:

Recruitment & Placement

  • Recruit and place volunteers for a variety of tasks and roles.
  • Engage in outreach activities for the Centre across the City.
  • Facilitate the placement of individuals seeking volunteer opportunities in Cork– interviewing new volunteers to ascertain their interests and skills; placing volunteers in suitable roles; keeping in touch with them after their placement begins to ensure their volunteering experience is a positive one.
  • Build relationship with voluntary and community organisations within the City and County to ensure that a wide range of volunteering opportunities are registered with the Centre.
  • Provide advice and assistance to organisations wishing to recruit volunteers.
  • Maintain an up-to-date database of volunteers and volunteering opportunities on Salesforce database system.
  • Keep accurate and methodical records relating to volunteering and volunteer’s opportunities.
  • Develop and co-ordinate the activities of a new team of community volunteers in Cork City and County and enable and support them to contribute to their community through short term and episodic volunteer roles, as well as being on standby for any future local or national emergencies.

Promotion & Quality Improvement

  • Promote volunteering across the community through activities such as talks, presentations, workshops, job clubs, fairs, clinics etc.
  • In line with the work plan and Quality Standards Framework, undertake social inclusion initiatives to increase the accessibility of volunteering for all. This might include, inter alia, development and delivery of training and supports to migrants, older people, people with disabilities, the long-term unemployed, youth etc.
  • Support the manager/board in the continuous quality improvement of the Centre and the new Quality Standards Framework.
  • Formulate reports/communications, as requested, for the purposes of Board Reports, Press Releases, Funding Proposals, Progress Reports and Communications with Stakeholders including volunteers.
  • Represent the Centre in community events across Cork and meetings relevant to the Volunteer Sector.

Ownership and Accountability

  • Actively participate in peer learning and development within the Centre.
  • Support Vetting as required by the CVC Liaison Person (Authorised Signatory)
  • Complete other duties as maybe determined by the Centre manager/board.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • A third level qualification and/or relevant experience in the community and voluntary sector.
  • Excellent IT skills and an ability to learn new systems.
  • A full clean driving license and access to a car for work purposes.

Desirable Skills/Preferences

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Personal experience of volunteering.
  • Ability to network effectively between different organisations.
  • Ability to deliver training to a diverse range of individuals and groups.
  • Ability to advise, inform, motivate and support individuals and organisations.
  • Flexible and self-motivated person with the ability to work in team and use initiative to work on your own.
  • A willingness to work alongside volunteers.
  • Enthusiasm and drive, friendliness and approachability
  • Accurate and methodological approach.
  • Commitment to the concept of volunteering and objectives of the post.

Desirable Knowledge/Experience

  • Possess a relevant qualification and/or relevant experience in community/voluntary sector.
  • Knowledge of or experience with Salesforce or a similar CRM.
  • Understanding of volunteerism.
  • Awareness of equal opportunities.
  • Knowledge of the needs of urban and rural organisations

Place of Work: Cork Volunteer Centre,13 North Main St, Cork as well as travel to various locations around Cork City and County and occasional meetings nationwide can be expected. Currently, due to public health guidelines, the team is working partly from home and partly in the office. Note: this is subject to change.

Hours of Work:

35 hours per week. Out of office hours and at weekend work where necessary.


Permanent subject to funding

Salary:€27,000 per annum.

Parking is not available for staff at Cork Volunteer Centre

This post is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

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Cork Volunteer Centre needs to recruit a person who will fill the role as Placement Officer & Community Volunteer Coordinator.

Job Description is above and all information and application form can be found at:

Email your application form to before the closing date of Friday, 8th April 2022 at 5.00 pm.