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Here you can find Catchafire’s 10 Tips on how to write the best skilled volunteer postings.

1. State your mission and briefly explain what your organization does. Creating a personal connection to your organization is important from the volunteer’s perspective.

2. Determine your strategic priorities. Think about both long term and short term needs. Involving senior leadership and your board will be critical. Identify key areas of need. Think about what would be appropriate to execute with a skilled volunteer keeping in mind that not every need should be a volunteer project.

3. Outline a discrete scope of work. List all deliverables, and make sure what you’re asking for is reasonable for an individual volunteer to complete. Set an ideal project timeline.

4. Make sure you have the necessary prerequisites in place. It’s important to sequence your project needs to avoid backtracking. Determine internal capacity to take on this project.

5. Describe the ideal candidate you want to work with. Be explicit about specific skills and level of experience required in a volunteer. Outlining what you want will help when you get to the vetting phase of selecting a volunteer.

6. Define what success looks like. Setting the right expectations at the outset determines the success of the project.

7. Highlight the impact the volunteer will create. Explain why this project is essential for your organization, what benefits it will provide, and what resources will be saved; volunteers will be compelled to apply when they understand the impact their work can have.

8. Show the volunteer how they will benefit. Articulate the experience you can offer them and what they can learn. Show them you know how to have fun while doing amazing work!

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