The Safe Haven Network Volunteers

The SHN Referral Program connects domestic violence advocates to animal safe havens to provide temporary care for survivors of domestic violence.  Our innovative secure online portal does a lot of the work, but we need people to help us build our program and engage our community!

The entire operations force of The Safe Haven Network are volunteers. We rely on the passion and dedication of local professionals who donate their time and effort to furthering our mission.

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Join the Team!

We are recruiting community leaders to help us build The Safe Haven Network. We are currently looking to fill the positions outlined in orange above. Some can be done remotely!

Board of Directors Member

The Safe Haven Network's Board of Directors is a dedicated group of local professionals committed to the promotion and expansion of available pet services for domestic violence survivors. The Board monitors the activities of the organization to ensure that they uphold the mission of The Safe Haven Network, including the financial position of the organization. The Board engages in fundraising efforts, both collectively and individually, and in increasing visibility for both the organization and the issues we address in our community.

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with prior board experience who are eager to help us build a strong foundation for future organizational growth. Opportunities are available to join the board as a full member or an associate member. Full board members have all voting rights and may hold officer positions. Associate members do not have voting rights and may not hold officer positions.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the mission of The Safe Haven Network
  • Connect The Safe Haven Network to new corporate contacts or foundations
  • Donate or assist in securing donations for The Safe Haven Network with an annual give/get minimum of $1,000 for full board members and $500 for associate board members
  • Promote The Safe Haven Network's mission and programs in the community
  • Track business and community concerns that can be addressed by The Safe Haven Network's mission, objectives, and programs and provide support to SHN staff accordingly
  • Attend and participate in meetings and program events on a regular basis
  • State responsibilities: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/volunteers.html

Length of Term Board Members serve a two year term. There will be an annual review of each member by the board officers to determine continuation of board membership. If a member cannot fulfill his/her responsibilities then he/she may be asked to leave prior to the end of their term.

Time Commitment Meetings The Board of Directors meets bi-monthly and keeps in contact between meetings via email and social media. It is important that all members attend these meetings to hear organizational updates, report their progress, present new leads and/or request support from other members/staff.

Program Events Members are encouraged to attend and participate in SHN fundraising and community events, including our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Supply Drive and Pints for Paws fundraiser.

Financial Commitment Full board members are expected to contribute a minimum of $1000 to The Safe Haven Network annually. Associate board members are expected to contribute a minimum of $500 annually. The contribution can be made from the board member's private resources, raised independently in any manner that does not conflict with the board's or the organization's mission, or through assistance and promotion of SHN's fundraising events. Contributions can also be scheduled in a series of smaller, regular payments.

In the case of financial hardship, a board member may contribute to the best of their ability with the approval of the board president.

For more information, please send a resume and brief description of prior board experience to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org. Please also indicate whether you are applying for a full or associate board member position.

Board of Directors Treasurer

The Safe Haven Network's Board of Directors is a dedicated group of local professionals committed to the promotion and expansion of available pet services for domestic violence survivors. The Board monitors the activities of the organization to ensure that they uphold the mission of The Safe Haven Network, including the financial position of the organization. The Board engages in fundraising efforts, both collectively and individually, and in increasing visibility for both the organization and the issues we address in our community.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, ambitious candidate with prior board experience who is eager to help us build a strong foundation for future organizational growth. The Board Treasurer will provide oversight for the management and reporting of The Safe Haven Network’s finances.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Financial management and/or oversight of The Safe Haven Network’s financial affairs, including such basic tasks as selecting a bank, reconciling bank statements, and managing cash flow; creating and maintaining systems for ensuring the organization’s ongoing solvency and overseeing the development of the organization’s financial policies.
  • Preparing, or facilitating the preparation of an annual budget, as well as regularly monitoring and comparing the actual revenues and expenses incurred against such budget.
  • Developing and maintaining a thorough knowledge and understanding of The Safe Haven Network’s financial reports and important financial ratios, keeping the board apprised of key financial events, trends, and concerns, and her/his assessments of the organization’s fiscal health.
  • Completing, or ensuring the completion of, required financial reporting forms (including the IRS Form 990 and Illinois Attorney General and Secretary of State Annual Reports) in a timely manner and making these forms available for the board’s review.
  • Translating financial concepts and information for board members who do not have financial backgrounds or substantial financial experience.

Length of Term Board Members serve a two year term, and officers serve a term of one year. There will be an annual review of each member by the board officers to determine continuation of board membership. If a member cannot fulfill his/her responsibilities then he/she may be asked to leave prior to the end of their term.

Time Commitment: Meetings The Board of Directors meets monthly and keeps in contact between meetings via email and social media. It is important that all members attend these meetings to hear organizational updates, report their progress, present new leads and/or request support from other members/staff.

Program Events Members are encouraged to attend and participate in SHN fundraising and community events, including our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Supply Drive and Pints for Paws fundraiser.

Financial Commitment: Full board members are expected to contribute a minimum of $1000 to The Safe Haven Network annually. The contribution can be made from the board member's private resources, raised independently in any manner that does not conflict with the board's or the organization's mission, or through assistance and promotion of SHN's fundraising events. Contribution can also be scheduled in a series of smaller, regular payments.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the success of The Safe Haven Network’s beneficiaries and who has a track record of board leadership. The selected Board Treasurer will have significant financial expertise in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing board members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional financial experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrated success as a nonprofit board member or board chair/treasurer
  • A commitment to and understanding of The Safe Haven Network’s beneficiaries and mission preferably based on experience
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of The Safe Haven Network’s beneficiaries

Service on The Safe Haven Network’s board of directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to board members’ duties.

For more information, please send a resume and brief description of prior board experience to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org.

Development Director

Purpose: Development Director is responsible for spearheading The Safe Haven Network’s fundraising efforts. They will develop a fundraising plan, secure financial support, run special events for donors, and run other projects to ensure the organization meets its annual goals.

Location: The Development Director must be located in Chicago or the Chicago area. They must be able to attend meetings in Chicago at least once a month.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
  • Develop fundraising campaigns, specifically Giving Tuesday and End of Year giving campaign, and monthly fundraising subscription program
  • Run fundraising events
  • Explore sponsorship opportunities
  • Foster an understanding of fundraising within the organization
  • Recruit and manage volunteers as needed

The Length of Appointment: We ask that the Development Director commit to one year of service. We also ask that the Development Director train a successor before resigning.

Time Commitment: The Development Director will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of 5-10 hours per week, depending on the upcoming activities. The Development Director will meet with the Executive Director at least once a month.

Qualifications:

  • 1-5 years experience in development
  • Knowledge of fundraising management
  • Knowledge of federal and state legislation affecting charities
  • Knowledge of special events planning and management
  • Knowledge of the management of volunteer resources

Support: Development Director will be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance. Board of Directors and other SHN volunteers will be available to assist with event planning and execution.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org, with "Development Director volunteer" in the subject line. Please include a brief introduction of your background and what interests you about The Safe Haven Network and our mission.

Volunteer Director

Purpose: The Volunteer Director is responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers. They will be responsible for allocating responsibilities and retaining the best people to help us further our mission of helping domestic violence survivors and their pets escape abuse and build new lives together. The Volunteer Director should know how to distinguish talent and do everything possible to motivate and inspire. They must possess excellent organizational skills and ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and experience. The Volunteer Director is responsible for high-level activities and must be comfortable working independently and making their own decisions. The goal is to ensure that our organization is always staffed with the best and most reliable individuals at every level, and that they are correctly utilized for the fulfilment of our mission.

Location: The Volunteer Director must be located in Chicago or the Chicago area. They must be able to attend meetings in Chicago at least once a month.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate new volunteers through various techniques (databases, e-mail, social media etc.)
  • Collect information on availabilities and skills
  • Arrange for appropriate training when needed
  • Produce schedules for regular activities
  • Assign responsibilities to the right people for special events
  • Coordinate teams of volunteers for large-scale actions
  • Communicate frequently with volunteers to ensure they are satisfied and well-placed
  • Disseminate information for upcoming actions and events
  • Keep detailed records of volunteers’ information and assignments
  • Track volunteer hours and use the data to create reports
  • Εnsure the purpose of the organization and its actions is clearly communicated
  • Develop program goals and policies
  • Manage a budget for volunteer activities and support

Reports to the Executive Director

Length of Appointment: We ask that the Volunteer Director commit to one year of service. We also ask that the Volunteer Director train a successor before resigning.

Time Commitment: The Volunteer Director will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of 5-10 hours per week, depending on the upcoming activities. The Volunteer Director will meet with the Executive Director at least once a month.

Qualifications:

  • Proven experience as an Operations Director or similar position
  • Experience in volunteering locally and/or internationally
  • Experience in recruiting through various channels
  • Working knowledge of databases and MS Office (especially Excel), as well as Google’s GSuite
  • Able to communicate effectively with diverse people
  • Excellent organizational and team coordination abilities
  • A pleasant, outgoing personality
  • A degree in business administration, human resources, social studies or relevant field will be appreciated

Support: Volunteer Director will be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. The Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance. Board of Directors and other SHN volunteers will be available to assist with programs and activities.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org, with "Volunteer Director Application" in the subject line. Please include a brief introduction of your background and what interests you about The Safe Haven Network and our mission.

Referral Program Director

Purpose: The Safe Haven Network is a referral service that connects individuals escaping domestic violence to temporary emergency shelter for their pets. The emergency shelters care for the survivors' pets while the survivor focuses on her own safety planning and rebuilding her life, knowing that her pet is safe. When her program is complete, the survivor can reunite with her pet.

The Referral Program uses a secure online portal to allow domestic violence advocates to submit referral applications on behalf of their clients, and to allow animal shelters to review and accept the applications. The Referral Program relies on strong relationships with domestic violence agencies and animal welfare providers to provide a responsive service to as many survivors as possible.

The Referral Program Director is responsible for soliciting and maintaining relationships with domestic violence advocates and animal welfare providers as referral program partners. The Referral Program Director will act as liaison between referral program partners and The Safe Haven Network to share feedback about usage of the referral program portal and operation of the referral program.

Location: The Referral Program Director Volunteer must be located in Chicago or the Chicago area. They must be able to attend meetings in Chicago at least once a month, and be able to meet with prospective and established partners in and around Chicago.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop relationships with potential referral program partners
  • Onboard new partners, including training on portal usage
  • Obtain and maintain memoranda of understanding with referral program partners
  • Regularly meet with referral program partners to discuss feedback about portal and referral program operation
  • Share referral program partner feedback with Executive Director and portal development team to improve usage and usability
  • Recruit and manage volunteers as needed

Reports to Executive Director

Length of Appointment: We ask that the Referral Program Director Volunteer commit to one year of service. We also ask that the Referral Program Director Volunteer train a successor before resigning.

Time Commitment: The Referral Program Director Volunteer will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of 5-10 hours per week. The Referral Program Director Volunteer will meet with the Executive Director at least once a month.

Qualifications:

  • 1-5 years program management or operations management experience
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Experience in recruiting through various channels
  • Access to own transportation or willingness/ability to arrange transportation as needed to meet with partners in and around Chicago
  • Working knowledge of databases and MS Office (especially Excel), as well as Google’s GSuite
  • Able to communicate effectively with diverse people
  • Flexible schedule to meet with partners in and around Chicago
  • A pleasant, outgoing personality
  • Prompt and responsive
  • A degree in business administration, human resources, social studies or relevant field will be appreciated

Support: Referral Program Director Volunteer with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and brief statement of interest to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org with "Referral Program Director" in the subject line.

Social Media Coordinator

The Social Media Coordinator develops The Safe Haven Network’s social media strategy and manages SHN’s social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and manage organization’s social media strategy
  • Define most important social media KPIs
  • Collaborate with other SHN volunteers to promote events and activities
  • Manage and oversee social media content generation
  • Measure the success of every social media campaign
  • Keep abreast of the latest social media best practices and technologies
  • Use social media marketing tools such as Buffer, Hootsuite, etc. and know how to use social media tools together for maximum efficacy
  • Monitor SEO and user engagement and suggest content optimization
  • Communicate with industry professionals and influencers via social media to create a strong network
  • Recruit and train others on the social media team
  • Provide constructive feedback

Reports to the Community Outreach Director.

Length of Appointment: We ask that the Social Media Coordinator Volunteer commit to one year of service. We also ask that the Social Media Coordinator Volunteer train a successor before resigning.

Time Commitment: The Social Media Coordinator Volunteer will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of 5-10 hours per week. The Social Media Coordinator will meet with the Community Outreach Director or Executive Director at least once a month.

Qualifications:

  • Proven social media and marketing experience and success
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Experience in recruiting through various channels
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel), Google’s GSuite, and social media tools
  • Able to communicate effectively with diverse people
  • Flexible schedule
  • Prompt and responsive

Support: Social Media Coordinator with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

Looking for volunteer opportunities that require less time commitment? The following volunteer roles involve more contact with the community and are essential to SHN’s success:

Referral Program Ambassador

Purpose: Referral Program Ambassadors establish and manage relationships with partner agencies for the Safe Haven Network Referral Program. Referral Program Ambassadors must be knowledgeable regarding the link between domestic violence and pet abuse generally and the SHNRP and the secure portal specifically.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify prospective new SHNRP partner agencies
  • Meet with prospective SHNRP partner agencies to inform them about The Safe Haven Network, our mission, and our work
  • Onboard new SHNRP partner agencies, including training in usage of the secure portal
  • Serve as The Safe Haven Network’s representative to assigned SHNRP partner agencies
  • Check in regularly with assigned SHNRP partner agencies to collect feedback and generally maintain partner relationship

Support: Referral Program Ambassadors will be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and brief statement of interest to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org with "Referral Program Ambassador" in the subject line.

Purpose: Community Link Training Facilitators lead training presentations in the community on the link between domestic violence and pet abuse. Community Link Training Facilitators must be knowledgeable regarding the link between domestic violence and pet abuse generally and The Safe Haven Network's mission and work specifically.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Present information on the link between domestic violence and pet abuse in training/information sessions in the community
  • Regularly practice presentation by attending monthly SHN-hosted link information session
  • Assist in keeping the presentations up to date through research and audience feedback
  • Help Community Outreach Director schedule sessions with new community partners

Support: Community Link Training Facilitators wi be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and brief statement of interest to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org with "Community Link Training Facilitator" in the subject line.

Social Media Content Generation Volunteer

Purpose: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers are responsible for generating at least 5 posts for The Safe Haven Network to share on social media.

Location: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers may work remotely from any location.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research industry-related topics to generate at least 5 original posts
  • Promote content on The Safe Haven Network’s social networks

The Length of Appointment: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers must generate at least 5 original posts

Time Commitment: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of up to 5 hours per week.

Qualifications:

  • Social media content creation experience
  • Communication experience
  • Creativity

Support: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse upon request, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Social Media Director and Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and/or brief introduction to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org, along with your social media handles and a few sample tweets that you think would fit our brand and messaging.

Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteer

Purpose: Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteers are responsible for engaging with social media accounts through The Safe Haven Network’s social media accounts to establish relationships and promote content.

Location: Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteers may work remotely from any location.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Social media outreach as well as prospecting groups/images
  • Promote content on The Safe Haven Network’s social networks

Time Commitment: Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteers will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of up to 5 hours per week.

Qualifications:

  • Discretion
  • Communication experience
  • Creativity

Support: Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteers with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse upon request, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Social Media Director and Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and/or brief introduction to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org, along with your social media handles.

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