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National Upholstery Association - Volunteer Information Page

Current Volunteer Opportunities (updated Aug 30, 2020)

For those looking for a commitment  that is tuned in with your own schedule, our volunteer wish list includes the following (click each item to see detailed job descriptions)

Tell us about your interests if you have a talent not mentioned above - we'd love to work with you!

Additional background information for prospective volunteers

 

Detailed Volunteer Job Descriptions

Title/position: Volunteer Recruitment Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Volunteer Recruitment Assistant is meticulous about keeping records and passionate about volunteer work. A successful candidate will uphold the values of our organization while ensuring the comfort of our volunteers in their positions. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Recruiting new volunteers through online channels
  • Collecting volunteer information, availability, and skills, and maintaining an up-to-date database
  • Using marketing tools such as outreach programs, e-mails, and volunteer databases
  • Keeping new and existing volunteers informed about the organization and volunteer opportunities
  • Matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skill sets, and ensuring they understand the responsibilities and receive the proper training
  • Keeping schedules and records of volunteers’ work
  • Ensuring the organization’s purpose is conveyed to the public
  • Completing the relevant training and asking questions if you are uncertain about anything

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 3 month commitment for an average of 5–8 hours per week initially. Once up to speed, hours may decrease. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Technical skills necessary; experience with Air Table, Zoom, and Slack a plus, but not required
  • The ability to engage and support volunteers in a systematic and intentional manner to meet the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

We are looking for 2 volunteers and hope to fill this position immediately.

Title/position: Content Curator

Duties/expectations: A successful Content Curator contributes to building brand identity and online presence through the creation and dissemination of multimedia content online. This person will develop and share relevant, engaging, and informative content on behalf of the NUA. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Reaching out to members as well as outside parties such as bloggers or podcasters in related fields in search of stories of interest (average 1-2 blog posts per month) 
  • Coordinating with experts to develop guest blog posts
  • Scheduling and posting monthly announcements, special promos, etc. on the blog and in the newsletter
  • Coordinating with Social Media Coordinator and Website Content Administrator to ensure consistent messaging and timing of posts

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 2-3 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Outgoing, comfortable talking to people
  • Professional appearance and friendly manner
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Technical skills: experience with Air Table, Zoom, and Slack a plus, but not required
  • Experience with a website builder is required. Coding knowledge is not necessary, but the ideal candidate will understand website design and layout
  • Experience with graphic design software desirable; this position may include minor template editing in Canva

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/position: Calendar of Events Assistant

Duties/expectations: The ideal Calendar of Events Assistant will represent the organization and work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement initiatives that will increase the NUA’s visibility within the upholstery community. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Maintaining a calendar of outreach activities, including community meetings, webinars, industry events, book club meetings, appearances, and other communication opportunities
  • Nurturing relationships with collaborative partners
  • Writing and editing monthly email communications announcing upcoming webinars and events
  • Updating webinar schedule and description on the NUA website
  • Maintaining and updating the events calendar on the NUA website
  • Establishing a presence on the Professional Upholsterer’s Network and Upholsterer’s Friendly Forum Facebook groups; representing the National Upholstery Association by posting upcoming events and webinars announcements to their pages

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 3-4 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Outstanding written communication
  • Understanding of online calendar and scheduling, experience with Google Docs and Zoom a plus
  • Strong knowledge of social media and other basic marketing platforms
  • Detail-oriented
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. Training will include a 1-hour session to familiarize the candidate with Wild Apricot, the NUA's membership management software.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/position: Website Content Administrator

Duties/expectations: A successful Website Content Administrator will have a working knowledge of web design and layout, with experience in back-end website administration.

  • Maintaining the organization’s website, including its content
  • Ensuring website content is accessible, consistent, clear, and presents an excellent user experience
  • Arranging website content in a way that is visually interesting and engaging, especially on the landing page
  • Working with other volunteers and leaders to plan and publish content on the organization’s website (including blog posts, news, events, membership information, and general content)

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment. Initial work may require 7- 8 hours in the first month, tapering off to 3-4 hours per month thereafter. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Strong writing and editing skills, with attention to detail
  • Experience with a website builder is required. Coding knowledge is not necessary, but the ideal candidate will understand website design and layout
  • Understanding of online calendar and scheduling, experience with Google Docs and Zoom a plus
  • An eye for website design and and understanding of what makes a good User Interface (UI)

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. Training will include a 1-hour session to familiarize the candidate with Wild Apricot, the NUA's membership management software used for website design and hosting.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/position: Webinar Coordination Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Webinar Coordination Assistant will help plan, manage, coordinate, execute, and expand the organization’s webinar program. This volunteer will not create or present content, but may introduce the presenter and conduct other housekeeping items at the beginning and end of each webinar. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Developing and managing a calendar of webinars that will expand NUA member knowledge and skills
  • Assisting with identifying, vetting, and recruiting subject matter experts and webinar topics
  • Coordinating scheduling and deliverables with webinar presenters
  • Organizing and providing training to presenters during webinar rehearsals
  • Moderating webinar rehearsals and live webinars
  • Developing and updating webinar guidelines and protocols for conducting webinars
  • Developing benchmark criteria to measure webinar effectiveness and implement improvements as necessary

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 8 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PC with a webcam and microphone (or headphones) and reliable internet required
  • Fluency in webinar technology; ability to troubleshoot issues on the fly
  • Strong technical skills required. Comfort using webinar, video editing, and collaboration programs; experience with Zoom, Microsoft PowerPoint, Camtasia, YouTube, Google Docs, Airtable, and Slack a plus but not required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and an engaging, friendly, and confident “on-air” voice
  • Excellent attention to detail, demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, strong organizational skills, and dependability
  • Knowledge of and contact with various industry professionals and subject matter experts

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. This volunteer will serve as a backup to the Webinar Chair and will cross-train in all aspects of the role.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/position: Book Club Coordination Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Book Club Coordination Assistant will help Book Club members get the most out of their discussions by being prepared, keeping things on track and making sure that everyone's voice is heard.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Managing the NUA Book Club Facebook page; announcing each month’s book in advance and moderating comments for each title
  • Reading each book and preparing discussion topics
  • Advertising Book Club selections and reading schedule to NUA members through additional methods of communication, such as email, newsletters, etc.
  • Assisting in selecting books for club reading; solicit feedback from the community via surveys, polls, and one-on-one engagement
  • Facilitating discussion at monthly “Cocktails & Conversation" meetings
  • Other duties as required; may include special events, conversations with the author, coordinating virtual tours, etc.

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 5 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A passion for reading and a willingness to audit books across a variety of topics
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; comfort engaging with and replying to other Book Club members in writing and in person
  • Technical skills necessary; experience with Facebook necessary; experience with Google Docs, Zoom and Slack a plus, but not required
  • A friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

We are looking for at least 2 volunteers to assist with Book Club activities.

Additional Background Information for Prospective Volunteers

How do volunteers serve the organization’s goals, and how does the organization serve the volunteer's goals?

The Volunteer Coordination Committee is currently working to assemble a cohesive package for prospective volunteers to gain a comprehensive picture of the National Upholstery Association.

In addition, we are developing a Volunteer Handbook to help guide new volunteers through the orientation process and learn about the organization's working teams. It provides a roadmap for how they can expect to fit in as a piece of the puzzle. It clarifies values, communicates vision, builds trust, establishes continuity, supports equity, specifies expectations, and manages risk. Here are some of the parts we have compiled so far:

Thank you for your interest - we look forward to working with you!


NUA is pursuing 501(c)6 non-profit status.

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