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How to Be a Community Service Coordinator

by Chris Snellgrove, studioD

Community Services Coordinators are people whose communities are always close to their hearts. They enjoy helping others and making a positive impact on their immediate and surrounding areas. They excel at management, making and maintaining schedules, and working with the public. Becoming a Community Services Coordinator requires a bachelor's degree as well as relevant experience volunteering in positions that serve the community.

Secrets to Becoming a Community Service Coordinator

There is not one specific subject that you must major in to become a community service coordinator, but you should have a college degree. The job largely consists of rallying community volunteers, organizing teams, and personally managing projects. Some degrees that might increase your odds of obtaining a community service coordinator position include Public Relations, Business, and Human Resources. However, many community service organizations hire coordinators with a bachelor's degree in any field, so long as they have experience relevant to the position they desire. The best way to acquire this experience while in college is to join organizations that help and interact with the local community.

Volunteering for community projects is a great way to gather community service experience. Holding positions at organizations through which you help the homeless, for instance, is evidence of your community involvement, and also proves your ability to work with people of varying socioeconomic statuses, which is useful when helping diverse communities. You may also volunteer for community service through churches or other organizations dedicated to helping the local community, such as Goodwill. Any experience helps move you closer to the goal of obtaining a community service manager position, but it will look better to hiring committees, in the future, if you become a manager or coordinator of any of these organizations, as this demonstrates your leadership ability. It can also help your exposure if the media, such as local newspapers, covers the projects you are working on. If it does not interfere with your studies, this experience can be gathered while you are still in college.

With a degree and relevant experience, you should be able to find a job that involves helping the community, for which you can actually make a living. Some positions may be labeled Community Service Coordinator, while others may be listed as Manager of Public Relations. Begin your search for paid work by contacting non-profit organizations and local government offices. If these do not provide the jobs you are looking for, do not forget that many corporations now hire community service coordinators. You may also consider working for a political campaign during an election season, though the initial salary for a starting campaign worker may be lower than a corporate job. It is the first step, however, towards the more secure and better paying position of campaign manager.

The median salary for a community service coordinator is $59,970. The bottom 10% of reported salaries for this job is $36,250, while the upper 10% is $99,150.

About the Author

Dr. Chris Snellgrove is a writing specialist, and a veteran of everything from a book-length dissertation to a newspaper editor's desk. He has produced work for academic, business, creative, and non-profit endeavors.

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