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Tour & Volunteer Coordinator

Portland, OR, USA
Full-time
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How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references through our online Career Center (link provided below). Please include one reference from a current or former volunteer that you have supervised or worked closely with. Please, no phone calls or hand-delivered applications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All submitted applications will be held in confidence.

https://recruiting.myapps.paychex.com/appone/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=4468152

Portland Japanese Garden is fortunate to have the support of approximately 200 volunteers that set the tone for the Garden experience and further our mission – art of craft, connection to nature, and experience of peace. There are six distinct volunteer programs: Bonsai Docents, Event Volunteers, Tour Guides, Garden Monitors, Horticulture Volunteers, and Exhibition Docents. The goal of these programs is to either physically maintain the garden spaces or educate the public about Japanese arts and crafts and the Garden’s mission.

The Tour and Volunteer Coordinator reports to the Director of Volunteer Programs and is responsible for the daily operations of the volunteer and tour programs. On the volunteer side, this includes all volunteer communication, recruitment, onboarding, and scheduling. As the tour coordinator, this position is responsible for managing our public tour calendar and scheduling group visits to the Garden.  

The perfect candidate for this position is a strong advocate for volunteerism and views volunteers as important strategic partners and donors, rather than free labor. They will also be highly organized, diplomatic, and a life-long learner. 

Areas of Responsibility: 

Primary Duties 

Tour Coordinator (40%)

  • Manage public tours, private tours, school tours, and group sales.
  • Recruit and schedule volunteer tour guides. Give tours when a volunteer guide is unavailable.
  • Coordinate group arrival with Front of House staff. This may include Admissions, Visitor Services, and the Security Team.
  • Greet tour groups when they arrive at the Garden and process their admission. 
  • Communicate Garden etiquette and organizational policies to groups during the booking process and again at check-in. The Tour and Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for a group’s conduct when they are in the Garden.
  • Follow up with groups after their visit to improve tours and guide performance.
  • Evaluate tours annually and recommend improvements to the Director of Volunteer Programs.
  • Become an expert in the Garden’s history, symbolism, plants, etc. Be a resource for the volunteers.

Volunteer Coordinator (60%)

  • Maintain the calendars for six volunteer programs.  
  • Recruit, screen, orient and match highly skilled volunteers with appropriate opportunities.
  • Receive volunteer requests from all Garden departments and recruit volunteers to fill open shifts. The volunteer coordinator will fill in for absent volunteers when necessary. 
  • Maintain ongoing communications with the volunteers through e-blasts, quarterly newsletters, and print materials.
  • Be out in the Garden whenever possible to communicate and socialize with the volunteers. Mentor and coach them on their performance. Report back with issues to the Director of Volunteer Programs.
  • Find leadership opportunities for volunteers to deepen their involvement with the organization.
  • Maintain volunteer policies and procedures including volunteer position descriptions, volunteer handbook, and orientation materials.
  • Execute four annual docent orientations and monthly volunteer socials.  
  • Oversee the volunteers during cultural festivals and/or special events.
  • Analyze, prepare, and present outcome reports on the extent, nature, and value of volunteers.
  • Develop and administer annual volunteer satisfaction survey; compile and report result to the Director of Volunteer Programs.

Other Responsibilities  

  • Maintain a high level of professionalism in manner and appearance
  • Develop a familiarity about Portland Japanese Garden to speak articulately and passionately about Portland Japanese Garden’s mission, programming, and events
  • Get to know volunteers and fellow staff members, developing trust, establishing credibility, encouraging teamwork, and creating an atmosphere of open, honest, two-way communication
  • Familiarize oneself with the organization and the Employee Handbook
  • Adhere to Garden dress code (business casual)
Skills/Experience: 

Qualifications

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the position, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for this role.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required
  • At least 2 years of experience in volunteer administration, community outreach, program development, or similar experience preferably in a cultural organization
  • Prior management/supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capable of establishing and growing positive relationships with a variety of community stakeholders
  • Experience planning and managing small events
  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups as large as 200 people
  • Strong communication abilities with clear writing, articulate speaking, and the ability to present information to an audience effectively
  • Possess cultural agility skills necessary to work effectively with diverse people of all ages and background
  • Experience working with a database and generating reports. Volgistics and Tessitura experience is a plus

Special Requirements

  • Must be able to work weekends, as this position will work Wednesday – Sunday
  • Must be able to work efficiently in an open and busy office environment
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position and/or move about the Garden for several hours
  • Personal passion for Japanese culture and history, art and design, travel, and/or landscape design and horticulture
  • Being bilingual in any language is a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and ODL background check
Compensation/Benefits: 
  • Wage: $19.50/hour
  • This is a full-time, hourly position with 40 hours per week. Shifts are typically 8 hours (plus ½ hour lunch). Hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Occasional evening work is required.
  • Benefits:
    • health, dental, and vision insurance (premium 100% covered for employees)
    • 401k plan (after 6 months, with 4% employer match after 1 year)
    • up to 8 weeks of paid family and medical leave
    • flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care expenses
    • paid vacation, sick, and holiday time
    • free access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • free membership to Portland Japanese Garden
    • free reciprocal access to other local attractions such as the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Art Museum, OMSI, and Oregon Zoo
How to Apply: 

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references through our online Career Center (link provided below). Please include one reference from a current or former volunteer that you have supervised or worked closely with. Please, no phone calls or hand-delivered applications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All submitted applications will be held in confidence.

https://recruiting.myapps.paychex.com/appone/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=4468152

Additional Information: 

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, Portland Japanese Garden requires all staff and volunteers to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, including the booster. Candidates must be fully vaccinated by their hire date and must provide proof of vaccination upon hire.

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Organization Info

Portland Japanese Garden

Overview
Headquarters: 
Portland, OR, USA
Size: 
51-200 employees
About Us
Mission: 

Our mission is to bring the ideals of Portland Japanese Garden to the world: art of craft, connection to nature, experience of peace.

Why Work For Us?: 

The Portland Japanese Garden is renowned as the most authentic and finest Japanese garden outside of Japan. The Garden typically has a year-round staff of 85+ FTE’s and 30+ seasonal staff, supplemented by over 200 volunteers. All of our staff play a vital role in helping our visitors experience the beauty and tranquility of the garden and expand their understanding of Japanese culture. 

A few of the benefits our employees enjoy include:

  • Working at a beautiful, authentic Japanese garden, overlooking the city
  • Incentives for alternative transportation for your commute to work
  • A workplace culture that prioritizes hiring and promoting from within
  • Access to the Garden for you, your family, and your friends
  • The opportunity to attend a variety of cultural events
  • Reciprocal access to other area attractions, such as the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Zoo
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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
May 14 2022
Active Until: 
Jun 13 2022
Hiring Organization: 
Portland Japanese Garden
industry: 
Nonprofit