Volunteer and Advocacy Coordinator

REPORTS TO:         Executive Director

HOURS:                  Full time, 40 hours per week; includes some evening and weekend hrs

PAY RANGE:           $ 41,038.35 – 52,456.42/yr (40 hours week basis) management, exempt position

BENEFITS:             Medical, dental, retirement, vacation & sick leave


The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is a private non-profit developer, owner and operator of affordable housing. LIHI owns or manages over 1600 housing units in the Puget Sound area. The Volunteer & Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating internal volunteerism & vocational skill development programs for residents of LIHI housing, and for recruiting and supervising external volunteers in support of LIHI residents, housing projects, and political and legislative advocacy activities.


The Volunteer & Advocacy Coordinator will oversee recruitment, training, and supervision of volunteers, work study assistants, and interns as appropriate according to program needs or as directed by the Executive Director. An emphasis of this position is to support LIHI residents and communities through creation and coordination of opportunities for LIHI residents to: 1) increase their employability through structured activities designed to build vocational skills, and; 2) strengthen household independence through education and advocacy activities designed to increase awareness of the rights, privileges, available resources, and systemic factors affecting homeless and low-income people in Washington State. The Volunteer & Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for building relationships with community partners and potential stakeholders, as well as maintaining communications between site staff and volunteers across the LIHI portfolio.




Program Management

  • Develop and implement a system for recruitment, tracking, placement, and oversight of volunteers and volunteer activities in support of LIHI communities and the organizational mission.
  • Collaborate with site staff supervisors in creation of measurable objectives and outcomes for internal and external volunteerism programs.
  • Work collaboratively with Housing Management and Supportive Services teams to increase tenant participation in volunteer and advocacy programs
  • Become knowledgeable of existing volunteer and advocacy programs and resources around Puget Sound and work collaboratively with partners.
  • Build effective relationships with tenants.
  • Maintain existing partnerships and develop new partnerships to enhance the programs and opportunities for LIHI residents.
  • Attend resident community meetings to keep residents informed of new programs and to get input on current programs.
  • Participate in staff meetings and planning sessions.
  • Create evaluative tools for programs which incorporate input from residents, staff and other stakeholders. Track volunteer enrollment and participation in SAGE FR50 database
  • Participate in fundraising activities, including presentations to potential funders, and collaboration with Fund Development and Supportive Services staff on funding proposals.
  • Recruit, train, run orientations for volunteers, interns, work study participants and AmeriCorp members according to program or individual needs.   
  • Advocacy
    • Contribute to the development of a community that values cultural diversity.
    • Collaborate with Supportive Services Director, Executive Director, and Fund Development staff in policy analysis and synthesis into accessible formats to distribute to the community including residents and other interested community members.
    • Collaborate with Fund Development, Supportive Services, and LIHI Administration in producing public education materials to promote housing and civil rights, social justice, cultural diversity, and economic security for all people.
    • Coordinate public advocacy and lobbying activities for LIHI residents, staff and volunteers.
    • Attend public policy forums and hearings with political representatives as directed
    • Attend meetings and participate in community action with other community partners and coalition organizations
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Qualifications: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, public policy or related field or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Commitment to social change through the empowerment of low-income people.
  • Two years experience in developing community programs, community organizing, or program/administrative duties commensurate with responsibilities outlined above.
  • Excellent knowledge of community resources, employment and vocational curriculums, and community job placement programs for homeless and low-income people.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people with sensitivity to cultural and class issues, as well as people at varying skill levels in the technology realm.
  • Excellent communication skills: both written and verbal.
  • Experience working with and supervising volunteers. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with management, staff, volunteers, community agencies and the public.
  • Excellent computer skills including use of Microsoft Word, and Excel. Preferred experience with Publisher, Powerpoint, and Access.
  • Excellent organizational skills as well as high level attention to detail
  • Experience with database: entry, recording and reporting
  • Experience compiling program reports for funders.
  • Strong self-initiative; ability to work independently with minimal supervision and willingness to seek out new training and knowledge when necessary.
  • Flexible and willing to work evenings/weekends when necessary.
  • Current Washington State driver’s license, a vehicle and the ability to travel frequently between locations.


This is a management level exempt position. If interested in this position please send in a cover letter and resume. All application materials should be mailed, faxed, or dropped off in person to:

The Low Income Housing Institute

2407 1st Avenue, Suite 200

Seattle, WA 98121

  • Attn: Human Resources
  • Fax: (206) 443-9851

Or e-mailed to: HR@LIHI.ORG

Closing date: open until filled.The Low Income Housing Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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