As a completely volunteer-run organization, YWSE-SF would not exist without our volunteers, who we call our “Community Leaders.” As a Community Leader, your participation would not only build our YWSE community and programs but also give you an opportunity to develop skills that you can apply in your career.
The Community Leader levels of involvement provide opportunities to get engaged at whatever level that works for you. Whether you're interested in contributing to YWSE's strategy implementation, working on a customized project that leverages your specific skills, or just wanting to help out at a YWSE program or event, you can contribute to building women’s leadership – while building your own.
Here are some current volunteer opportunities!
||Assist in developing and facilitating YWSE Signature events, help manage event volunteers
||Maintain SF chapter blog, write blog entries
||Raise funds for chapter through drives, events
Explore our community leader involvement path to find the role that fits you, then apply to become a YWSE community leader or email email@example.com and let us know how you’d like to get involved.
What is the general category of work? Strategy and Implementation
Who would be interested? YWSE members or volunteers who worked on past events or projects and want to be more regularly involved in strategic decisions.
Who would guide you in your work? Board Co-Chair responsible for internal development.
What would you do? The board is responsible for ensuring that annual goals are accomplished, building the YWSE brand and coordinating with YWSE's National organization. The YWSE board currently has 8 board member roles that cover key areas including the following:
- Internal Co-Chair
- External Co-Chair
What is the average time commitment? 15-20 hrs/month, 1 year term
What are the key benefits of involvement? 1) Board governance experience. 2) Leadership development experience. 3) Gaining skills that are important for your professional career.
What are some sample projects? 1) Create a YWSE marketing plan. 3) Maintain social media communication. 3) Oversee YWSE finances and budgeting.
What is the general category of work? Consulting
Who would be interested? An emeritus board member who has been invited to join after their term has ended and wants to stay involved in YWSE.
What would you do? Advisory Board members take on an individual project and can provide advice to board members about strategy in an area of expertise.
What is the average time commitment? 4-6 hrs/month, 1 year term
What are the key benefits of involvement? Continued involvement in YWSE
What are some sample projects? 1) Gather testimonials about the value of YWSE membership. 2) Research options for a member directory.
What is the general category of work? Implementation
Who would be interested? A YWSE member who wants to be launched into accomplishing a specific task that is focused on developing the internal structure of YWSE.
Who would guide you in your work? Board members in relevant area.
What would you do? Currently director roles are in the following areas:
- Newsletter (Marketing)
- Fundraising (Finance)
- Program Leads (Programs)
- Annual Retreat Lead (Events)
- Track Leads (e.g., Life Balance, Business & Branding) (Events)
- Design (Marketing)
- Social Media (Marketing)
What is the average time commitment? 8-12 hrs/month, 1 year term
What are the key benefits of involvement? 1) Networking with like-minded people. 2) Building friendships. 3) Possible connection to job opportunities and mentoring relationships through networking. 4) Build skills in an area of interest.
What are some sample projects? 1) Edit monthly newsletter and send to 1300+ listserv members. 2) Work with trainer for non-profit boot camp to enroll YWSE members and ensure successful program.
What is the general category of work? Implementation
Who would be interested?
- A YWSE member interested in building a specific skill by leading a project.
- A student looking for non profit experience.
Who would guide you in your work? Board member in relevant area
What would you do? Working with board member (or advisory board) to develop a project that addresses a YWSE need and develops a skill for the project leader. This may include research-based projects or teaching/offering workshops.
What is the average time commitment? 8-10 hrs/month, several months
What are the key benefits of involvement? 1) Networking with like-minded people. 2) Build friendships. 3) Possible connection to job opportunities and mentoring relationships through networking. 4) Build skills through a self-determined project.
What are some sample projects? 1) Develop concept and offer workshop for YWSE members. 2) Develop master list of venues suitable for YWSE events and programs. 3) Develop standards for YWSE to green events.
What is the general category of work? Support for planned event
Who would be interested? New to YWSE and want to learn more about the organization or those interested in short term projects
Who would guide you in your work? Directors, Project Leaders or Board Members.
What would you do? Help at workshops or events.
What is the average time commitment? 2-3 hrs/event, over 1 day to 1 month in advance of event
What are the key benefits of involvement? 1) Free or reduced admission to event. 2) Exposure to board members and YWSE members. 3) Contribute to successful and meaningful experience for event attendees.
What are some sample projects? 1) Organize food and other wellness aspects of event. 2) Support set-up and/or clean-up. 3) Act as event photographer. 4) Write a blog post about the event. 5) Organize carpools to weekend events.
Apply to be a YWSE Community Leader!