Opportunity for a meaningful Volunteer experience as a Board Director

Ancoura is a registered, not-for-profit, charity in Ottawa that provides permanent, affordable housing, social supports and community for adults living with mental illness.

As a board member for Ancoura you will prepare for and actively participate at monthly board meetings, join a committee, participate in fundraising, and be an ambassador for Ancoura in the community.

The ideal candidate would have previous experience volunteering for a not-for profit organization as a board member or in a leadership role; fundraising and/or sales and marketing experience; and great communication skills. Legal experience is also an asset.  Experience with the mental health community is an asset.

Time Commitment: The Board term is two years open to renewal.

Please reply by email with your CV and cover letter:



Part Time, Indeterminate (subject to satisfactory probation), Mix of Home-based and Office Work

Volunteer Coordinator

 15 hours per week

Ancoura is a not-for-profit volunteer-based organization in Ottawa and a registered Canadian charity. Our mission is to provide a nurturing and fulfilling environment, through stable, affordable housing and a supportive community.

We are seeking a part-time Volunteer Coordinator to further develop and maintain the volunteer program, initiate a computer-based volunteer orientation program, and to ensure Volunteer Standards of Practice.

Ancoura’s Volunteer Coordinator will report directly to the Ancoura Coordinator.  The position is accountable to the Executive Director and Ancoura’s Board of Directors.

The Duties include:

  1. Volunteer Planning and Recruitment
    • develops an annual recruitment strategy and develops new volunteer positions as required
    • takes the lead in recruiting volunteer and chairs the Recruitment Committee to recruit volunteers
    • develops new strategies and sources to recruit volunteers, including advertising our positions in relevant data bases, participation in volunteer recruitment fairs and other events to promote Ancoura’s volunteer program.
    • screens potential volunteers through interviews, reference and police checks
    • works with the Ancoura Coordinator to determine placement volunteers in the homes
    • conducts short interview with each new volunteer after three months of volunteering
  1. Volunteer Organization, Education and Support
  • designs, organizes, maintains and evaluates, with the Ancoura Coordinator, an online educational program for new volunteers
  • plans and organizes events for on-going volunteer education, appreciation and community development with the Ancoura Co-ordinator
  • creates volunteer program materials
  • performs exit interviews with volunteers.
  • evaluates volunteer program annually
  • keeps abreast of issues and trends in volunteer resource management
  1. Administration
    • maintains and updates volunteer lists
    • maintains an organized filing system for past and current files
    • ensures volunteer police records checks are up to date
    • prepares a monthly report for board meetings
    • maintains volunteer statistics
  1. Accountability to the Board
  • attends board meetings as requested or provides the coordinator with a report to be communicated at board meetings.
  • assists the Board with policy development as required
  • provides an annual report
  1. 5. Liaises closely with the Ancoura Coordinator
  • meets with the Ancoura Coordinator to ensure open communication, mutual planning and assistance on programs, projects, activities, and workload

Education and Experience should include:


  • Postsecondary education in human, social, educational or health services or equivalent work experience


  • In-depth experience in volunteer resource management, including experience as a volunteer and as a coordinator of volunteers
  • Comprehensive understanding of mental health issues
  • Familiar with/Experience collaborating with community resources/partners, including OAVR (Ottawa Association of Volunteer Resources, PAVRO (Provincial Association of Volunteer Resources Ontario) and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada)
  • well-organized, self-directed, innovative and able to work with minimal supervision in a multiple task environment
  • computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and web-based systems
  • office experience that includes electronic and hard copy file organization
  • strong written and verbal skills
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • experience with non-profit organizations
  • available to work flexible hours

If this position interests you, please submit a letter of interest and a resume by June 25, 2021 at  We are looking towards a July 19, 2021 starting date.

Salary Range: $21.00 – $25.00/hour subject to education and experience.