Chair, Book Sale Committee

Organization Details
Organization Name: Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library Inc
Address: 251 Donald St
Winnipeg MB  R3C 3P5
Website: http://friendswpl.ca
Organizational Description: The Friends of the Public Library is a charitable organization that believes in the value of literacy and learning. Our dedicated volunteers have contributed over $278,000 to support all twenty branches of the Winnipeg Public Library in their service to the community.

The Friends Fall Book Sale is a Winnipeg institution. Bibliophiles from all over the city wait patiently for this annual event, and when the doors open, the Grant Park High School gym is flooded by enthusiastic shoppers who gleefully scoop up armloads of books!

Last year, the Book Sale brought in over $26,000 in revenue; it's the single largest event that the Friends run every year, and is one of the funding sources for the Writer-in-Residence program, Spring Break Family programming, the Family Literacy Playgrounds now in many branches, and other projects and programs.

The scope of this project means that it requires year-round volunteer leadership and participation, and with that in mind three new positions have been created. Chair of Book Sale Committee, Book Room Supervisor and Book Sale Event Manager. Since we understand that everyone is already busy, we have structured the positions to accommodate reasonable time commitments with maximum flexibility.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: The Chair of the Book Sale Committee coordinates with the Book Sale Committee. The Book Sale Committee provides leadership and direction for the Friends' book sales.

The Chair's responsibilities inlude:

1. Serve as a member of the Friends of The Winnipeg Public Library Board and prepare written reports for presentation at the monthly board meetings.
2. Work with the Book Sale Committee to plan the book sale events.
3. Evaluate, with the Book Sale Committee, the progress of the planning for the annual sale and develop recommendations for future sales.
4. Provide support for the book room operations and its volunteers.
5. Oversee the development of a budget for the annual book sale.
Skills Required: -Experience leading a board or committee.
-Good interpersonal and communication skills.
-Strong organizational abilities.
-Ability to lead and inspire volunteers.
-Retail and sales experience.
-Comfortable with technology.
Skills Gained/Related Careers:
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
15-20 hours a month.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Online: friendswpl.ca/get-involved/be-a-volunteer/
Closing Date: Sep 30, 2020