Volunteer

Volunteer

Girls on the Run of the Greater Susquehanna Valley relies on people just like you who want to get involved and make a difference in their community.  It is these volunteers that make our program possible.  Volunteers can also sit on the Board of Directors, assist with 5K events, be part of a committee, i.e. event planning, PR, fundraising, alumni and parent relations. Every small contribution by many leads to a great deal of work being done and many girls being served in our area!  Learn about the positions of Head CoachAssistant Coach and Running Buddy below.  Contact us with any questions you may have.

Coach training will be held September 6th, 2014. Potential coaches can submit an application online at GOTR Volunteer Application or contact Ali Stevens (Coach Coordinator) at [email protected]. We will be conducting interviews prior to the coach training.


 

Head Coach

Serving as a Head Coach is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run and learn more about our program. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of the girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls!

Job Summary

The Head Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position works closely with the Executive Director of the Greater Susquehanna Valley council and entails approximately 3-4 hours per week with additional time required on two to three weekend days for: a one day six hour training; a community race event; and training in First Aid/CPR training as necessary.

Core Duties/Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and acting as a spokesperson for the program.
  • Serving as a role model and mentor
  • Preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessonsLeading the program participants through each lesson
  • Interacting with parents of program participants; planning and coordinating the end of season banquet
  • Attending 3-4 coaches meetings with the GOTR Greater Susquehanna Valley Staff during the season
  • Coordinating the community project
  • Attending the end of season community 5K event with program participants and other volunteers

Qualifications:

  • A strong desire to work in the field of girl development
  • Experience working with youth
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed
  • To inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
  • High organizational skills
  • The ability to recognize conflict and have the skills to help resolve it
  • The capacity to work in a partnership with a co-coach and/or assistant coaches
  • Attend a full day coach’s training with the Executive Director and/or Program Coordinator
  • First Aid/CPR certification

Experience:

 The ideal candidate would have the following experiences:

  • Has worked directly with girls ages 8-11 in a girl-positive environment
  • Strives to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Has volunteered in direct service organizations
  • Has awareness of the common and different needs of girls

 


 

Assistant Coach

Serving as an assistant coach is a fun and rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run and learn more about our program. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of the girl, and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls! This is a perfect opportunity for individuals who can’t make the twice-weekly time commitment to be a head coach!

Job Summary

The Assistant Coach is a volunteer position that assists the Head Coach(s) at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks. Assistant Coaches can choose to attend both program sessions per week OR commit to only one day a week. We ask each Assistant Coach to determine which schedule works best for them and to maintain that schedule throughout the program for consistency on behalf of the girls. While the Assistant Coach is not primarily responsible for facilitating the Girls on the Run curriculum, they are there to support the Head Coach and program participants.

This volunteer position may be used as a college internship, service learning project or other college credit project upon agreement of the school and Program Coordinator or Executive Director.

Core Duties/Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Understand and believe in the mission of Girls on the Run
  • Serve as a role model and mentor for program participants
  • Attend program session on selected day(s) on a consistent basis
  • Assist with all aspects of the facilitation of the Girls on the Run curriculum
  • Attend coaches meetings in absence of head coach
  • Encourage and cheer for all participants
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls as needed by the coaches
  • Attend a community 5K with coaches, program participants and other volunteers

Qualifications:

  • A strong desire to work in the field of youth character development
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with youth
  • Capacity to work in a partnership with a head and assistant coach(s)
  • Flexibility/Ability to accommodate to a changing environment
  • Attend a full day coach’s training with the Executive Director and/or Program Coordinator
  • Strives to lead a healthy lifestyle

 


 

Running Buddy

This is someone who supports his or her girl from the program through her first 5K event. This is not a competition, but an event to inspire the girls so that they know they can accomplish whatever they put their mind to! Running buddies are required to have a background check and comply with all other volunteer requirements as set forth by the Girls on the Run Greater Susquehanna Valley council.