Volunteer as a Project Manager

PROJECT MANAGER – Volunteer Engagement Program

Organisation: Ecojustice

Location: Vancouver

Closing Date: January 2, 2017


Project Name:  Volunteer Engagement Program

Organization’s Mission:

Ecojustice uses the power of the law to defend nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment for all.

Project Overview:

Ecojustice wants to build their organization’s capacity by engaging skilled volunteers to assist with delivering their mission. They are seeking the support of a PM to develop a plan that will increase public support for Ecojustice and increase their operational efficiency through volunteer engagement and test it through a pilot project within the Philanthropy Department. As Ecojustice is a unionized workplace, special attention will be required to ensure volunteers are not recruited to perform work which should be done by members of the bargaining unit.

Project Objectives:

  • Have clearly defined volunteer roles and responsibilities that will increase Ecojustice’s capacity
  • Have a volunteer recruitment strategy that will engage skilled volunteers in Ecojustice’s work
  • Have a retention strategy to ensure that volunteers work with the organization for the length of their volunteer agreement
  • Identify any training or operational requirements that Ecojustice would need to address to work effectively with volunteers
  • Pilot the program within the Philanthropy Department and evaluate the program to identify and required changes and/or improvements

Required Qualifications:

 Excellent communication skills.

  • Experience working with clients remotely required (unless volunteer PM is able to work at Ecojustice’s Office).
  • Experience using Smartsheets or similar project management system.
  • Project management experience in a nonprofit organization or prior experience with PMV will be an asset.
  • Experience providing project management consultancy will be an asset.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders will be an asset.
  • Experience working with unionized workplaces will be an asset.

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • The volunteer time commitment from the PMV is 15 hours per month.
  • Most of the communication with the team can be done after hours via phone or a web call.
  • It is preferred that the PM – volunteer be available to have a face to face discussion with the Ecojustice team for 1-2 hours every second week. Meetings can take place early morning or after 5pm if necessary.

Start Date:  January 15th, 2018

Expected Completion Date:  July 2018

Scope of Work:

The volunteer project manager will work with Huda Al-Saedy (Director of Philanthropy), Emma Billard (HR & Volunteer Coordinator) and other staff members to collect inputs and ideas for the volunteer engagement program. S/he will lead the team in generating the plan for the program and support the execution of a pilot.


  1. Program Plan, describing the proposed approach and all the tasks required to prepare for and implement the program; description of the pilot program
  2. Operations and Training Plan for staff
  3. Plan to introduce new volunteers to the staff and organization, and to monitor their performance.
  4. Evaluation of the pilot and recommendations for improving the program

Accountability: The PM volunteer will have end-end accountability on project deliverables, reporting to Huda Al-Saedy

Benefits: Ecojustice will provide a letter of recommendation to the PM volunteer at the successful conclusion of the project, and serve as a reference if appropriate.

How to Apply:

Please apply with a cover letter indicating why you are interested in supporting Ecojustice on this project and why you feel your skill set and experience would make you a good match for this project, along with a detailed resume to:

Huda Al-Saedy, Director of Philanthropy, Ecojustice

Email: halsaedy@ecojustice.ca

Phone: 604-685-5618 ext 224

URL:  www.ecojustice.ca

Please copy your application package to Project Management Volunteers c/o:

Sweda Noorani, PM-Volunteers Client Relationship Manager

Email: sweda.noorani@pmv.org

NOTE: We may consider a team approach of a senior/junior project manager. We encourage junior project managers who are interested in acquiring experience to apply. Any such arrangement will be contingent on agreement by the client and the applicants.