Director of Volunteer Leadership

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

About the organization

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is seeking a Director of Volunteer Leadership to join our Advancement department. Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement and Chief Marketing Officer and the Chief Development Officer, this position will manage activities/functions of volunteer groups at Woods Hole Oceanographic, including the Corporation, Life Trustees, Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee, regional chapters, and President’s Council. Primary responsibilities include communication with volunteer leaders, planning and execution of meetings and events, preparation of related materials, management of nominating processes, and member cultivation and stewardship.


Essential Functions

- Serve as primary point of contact for volunteers with respect to general questions, meeting schedules, and other routine communications.

- Ensure that fundraisers are kept up-to-date on volunteer engagements.

- Develop relationships with volunteers to further enhance their engagement with WHOI.

- Serve as one of the main staffing contacts for the Corporation Executive Committee, which includes assisting in the management of the Advancement, Advisory, Ambassador and Nominating Committees and the DEI liaisons.

- In conjunction with the Director’s Office and Events team, oversee the development and delivery of agendas, content, and logistics related to joint meetings of the WHOI Trustees and Corporation Members.

- In collaboration with the Director’s Office and VP of Advancement, lead communications, planning, stewardship, and events for the newly established President’s Council, which is comprised of donors who have contributed $1 million or more to WHOI.

- Track interactions and communications with volunteers in Raiser’s Edge.

- Maintain volunteer membership coding in the database.

- Develop metrics to measure volunteer engagement and report progress regularly.

- Oversee and/or coordinate with Development team on stewardship and engagement activities related to volunteers.

- Draft and send communications from WHOI to members of the Corporation and Life Trustees.


- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

- Five plus years of relevant work experience, preferably in a non-profit setting.

- Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to foster effective working relationships with Board members, executive and senior staff members, major donors, and fundraisers.

- Ability to navigate a complex organization with professionalism and diplomacy.

- Must have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

- WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Application instructions

Please apply with your resume.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email [email protected] for assistance.

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