All Volunteer Settings configuration pages are accessed by HLAdmins in the Admin site Volunteer area. A subset is available to Volunteer Admins as described below.
Experience LevelsSome opportunities require no experience to participate – like manning the check-in table at an event. Other opportunities, like serving on the Board of Directors, likely require a depth of past experience and a history of volunteer leadership. Similarly, the relative organizational value of any volunteer activity differs based on experience required or skills applied. This is taken into account through configuration of experience levels. Different experience levels are defined, with two inputs to quantify the relative value to the organization. The Skills Multiplier input is used for determining the points earned for participating. The Hourly Rate quantifies in dollars the financial benefit of an hour’s service at that Experience Level. Only HLAdmins can create or modify Experience Levels. Experience Levels are applied to Volunteer Opportunities by any user creating an opportunity.
Self Reporting TypesUsers can claim participation in volunteer activities that are not managed in Volunteer Manager. These “self reported” volunteer experiences are added by users on their Volunteer Profiles. The kinds of self-reported inputs are defined by HLAdmins as Self Reporting Types. Using these, users can tell others of the volunteer and leadership experience in charities and organizations not affiliated with the organization that licenses Volunteer Manager.
Time CommitmentsVolunteers need to know how much time will be required for participating in an opportunity. Time Commitments reflect a defined range of hours, such as “between 10 and 20 hours”, and are defined by HLAdmins. Time Commitments are applied to Volunteer Opportunities at opportunity creation. Users can also select a preferred time commitment for volunteer activity on their Volunteer Profiles.
Travel PreferencesJust as they need to know how many hours are required, volunteers also need to know if they need to travel to participate in an Volunteer Opportunity. Travel Preferences reflect a defined range of distances, such as “up to 20 miles”, and are defined by HLAdmins. Travel Preferences are applied to Volunteer Opportunities at opportunity creation. Users can also select a preferred time commitment for volunteer activity on their Volunteer Profiles.
Opportunity FormsOpportunity Types often require applications be submitted before a person is accepted as a volunteer for an opportunity. The application forms can be standardized and then applied to all Opportunities of a given type. Creation of these standard forms is done by an HLAdmin.
Volunteer System AdminsUsers established as Volunteer Admins will be able to access four pages of the Admin website via a single-icon Webmaster Links display. The Admin>Home page can be accessed via the Admin button in Webmaster Links. When opened by a Volunteer Admin the Admin>Home page will display only navigation, the help area below the navigation, and the Top Action button of Volunteer Opportunities. When the Admin site is accessed by a Volunteer Admin the navigation will provide access to only three other pages:
- Volunteer>Dashboard - for the visual overview of the volunteer program and access to reports
- Volunteer>Opportunities - to see, create, edit and manage volunteer opportunities
- Reports>Volunteer - to access reports