Career Pathways for Volunteer Engagement Professionals Survey

There is a lack of data on career pathways for volunteer engagement professionals, causing many professionals to leave the field in search of other advancement opportunities. Our Association partner, AL!VE, has a goal to create a Career Pathways Report that will demonstrate the various job levels within our field and the competencies and skills for each level. This will give practitioners and employers a roadmap of progression.  SAVMA Members we need your participation in the career pathways for volunteer engagement professionals survey.


We hope to use this data as validated evidence for the job of the volunteer engagement professional to be officially recognized by the Department of Labor (DOL) in the Occupational Outlook Handbook When DOL conducts its next revision to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), we intend to heavily advocate for the addition of this role!

This means, we need more than 500 volunteer engagement professionals across the country to provide information about their current role, pay and benefits, and work-life balance practices offered. This will provide us with a number of insights into our field that we haven’t received before.

The survey and results are administered by Creative Management Solutions, Inc. (CMS), a management consulting firm.

Important: Survey Eligibility

Survey respondents must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to complete the survey:

  1. Spend a minimum of 25% of time spent on your role fulfilling volunteer engagement responsibilities. Examples include, but are not limited to: directly managing volunteers; building volunteer capacity for own organization or other organizations.
  2. Do NOT work as a consultant or vendor (e.g., selling products/technology for volunteer engagement activities)
  3. Are US based.

The results will be published into a report that can be used as advocacy both individually and organizationally and for the profession as a whole. AL!VE will promote these results and make available through various mediums (e.g., newsletters, presentations, website). Respondents have the option to provide their email afterwards if they would like to receive the final report.

Please complete the survey no later than Sunday, April 23rd, 2023. The survey should take between 15-20 minutes to complete. Your individual data will remain confidential and will be aggregated by industry, job grouping, and location.

Take the survey here:

More info at the AL!VE website!

credit for content of post to AL!VE

Career Pathways for Volunteer Engagement Professionals Survey launched by AL!VE




SAVMA members MUST be counted.