Current Volunteer Opportunities

For those looking for a commitment  that is tuned in with your own schedule, our volunteer wish list includes the following (click each item to see detailed job descriptions). [UPDATED 12/3/2020]

High Priority Volunteer Needs

The Board has placed a high priority on these positions as essential to the long term success of the organization:

  • CWC 2021 Event Coordination Assistant: Assist Event Coordinator with planning, managing, coordinating, and expanding the organization’s participation at the October 2021 Custom Workroom Conference.
  • Finance Committee Member: work with the Finance Committee to prepare the annual budget, support other committees in managing their budgets, create reports, and assist with planning.
  • Volunteer Recruitment AssistantWorking with volunteers - building, expanding and improving how we work together

Other Volunteer Needs

Tell us about your interests if you have a talent not mentioned abovewe'd love to work with you!

Volunteer Recruitment Assistant (2)

Duties/expectations: A successful Volunteer Recruitment Assistant is meticulous about keeping records and passionate about volunteer work. A successful candidate will uphold the values of our organization while ensuring the comfort of our volunteers in their positions. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Recruiting new volunteers through online channels
  • Collecting volunteer information, availability, and skills, and maintaining an up-to-date database
  • Using marketing tools such as outreach programs, e-mails, and volunteer databases
  • Keeping new and existing volunteers informed about the organization and volunteer opportunities
  • Matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skill sets, and ensuring they understand the responsibilities and receive the proper training
  • Keeping schedules and records of volunteers’ work
  • Ensuring the organization’s purpose is conveyed to the public
  • Completing the relevant training and asking questions if you are uncertain about anything

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 3 month commitment for an average of 5–8 hours per week initially. Once up to speed, hours may decrease. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Technical skills necessary; experience with Air Table, Zoom, and Slack a plus, but not required
  • The ability to engage and support volunteers in a systematic and intentional manner to meet the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

We are looking for 2 volunteers and hope to fill this position immediately.

Content Curator

Duties/expectations: A successful Content Curator contributes to building brand identity and online presence through the creation and dissemination of multimedia content online. This person will develop and share relevant, engaging, and informative content on behalf of the NUA. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Reaching out to members as well as outside parties such as bloggers or podcasters in related fields in search of stories of interest (average 1-2 blog posts per month) 
  • Coordinating with experts to develop guest blog posts
  • Scheduling and posting monthly announcements, special promos, etc. on the blog and in the newsletter
  • Coordinating with Social Media Coordinator and Website Content Administrator to ensure consistent messaging and timing of posts

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 2-3 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Outgoing, comfortable talking to people
  • Professional appearance and friendly manner
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Technical skills: experience with Air Table, Zoom, and Slack a plus, but not required
  • Experience with a website builder is required. Coding knowledge is not necessary, but the ideal candidate will understand website design and layout
  • Experience with graphic design software desirable; this position may include minor template editing in Canva

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Calendar of Events Assistant

Duties/expectations: The ideal Calendar of Events Assistant will represent the organization and work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement initiatives that will increase the NUA’s visibility within the upholstery community. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Maintaining a calendar of outreach activities, including community meetings, webinars, industry events, book club meetings, appearances, and other communication opportunities
  • Nurturing relationships with collaborative partners
  • Writing and editing monthly email communications announcing upcoming webinars and events
  • Updating webinar schedule and description on the NUA website
  • Maintaining and updating the events calendar on the NUA website
  • Establishing a presence on the Professional Upholsterer’s Network and Upholsterer’s Friendly Forum Facebook groups; representing the National Upholstery Association by posting upcoming events and webinars announcements to their pages

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 3-4 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Outstanding written communication
  • Understanding of online calendar and scheduling, experience with Google Docs and Zoom a plus
  • Strong knowledge of social media and other basic marketing platforms
  • Detail-oriented
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. Training will include a 1-hour session to familiarize the candidate with Wild Apricot, the NUA's membership management software.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Website Content Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Website Content Assistant will have a working knowledge of web design and layout, with experience in back-end website administration.

  • Assisting website Administrator with maintaining the organization’s website, including its content
  • Ensuring website content is accessible, consistent, clear, and presents an excellent user experience
  • Arranging website content in a way that is visually interesting and engaging, especially on the landing page
  • Working with other volunteers and leaders to plan and publish content on the organization’s website (including blog posts, news, events, membership information, and general content)

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment. Initial work may require 7- 8 hours in the first month, tapering off to 3-4 hours per month thereafter. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Strong writing and editing skills, with attention to detail
  • Experience with a website builder is required. Coding knowledge is not necessary, but the ideal candidate will understand website design and layout
  • Understanding of online calendar and scheduling, experience with Google Docs and Zoom a plus
  • An eye for website design and and understanding of what makes a good User Interface (UI)

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. Training will include a 1-hour session to familiarize the candidate with Wild Apricot, the NUA's membership management software used for website design and hosting.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Webinar Coordination Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Webinar Coordination Assistant will help plan, manage, coordinate, execute, and expand the organization’s webinar program. This volunteer will not create or present content, but may introduce the presenter and conduct other housekeeping items at the beginning and end of each webinar. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Developing and managing a calendar of webinars that will expand NUA member knowledge and skills
  • Assisting with identifying, vetting, and recruiting subject matter experts and webinar topics
  • Coordinating scheduling and deliverables with webinar presenters
  • Organizing and providing training to presenters during webinar rehearsals
  • Moderating webinar rehearsals and live webinars
  • Developing and updating webinar guidelines and protocols for conducting webinars
  • Developing benchmark criteria to measure webinar effectiveness and implement improvements as necessary

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 8 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PC with a webcam and microphone (or headphones) and reliable internet required
  • Fluency in webinar technology; ability to troubleshoot issues on the fly
  • Strong technical skills required. Comfort using webinar, video editing, and collaboration programs; experience with Zoom, Microsoft PowerPoint, Camtasia, YouTube, Google Docs, Airtable, and Slack a plus but not required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and an engaging, friendly, and confident “on-air” voice
  • Excellent attention to detail, demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, strong organizational skills, and dependability
  • Knowledge of and contact with various industry professionals and subject matter experts

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. This volunteer will serve as a backup to the Webinar Chair and will cross-train in all aspects of the role.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Book Club Coordination Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Book Club Coordination Assistant will help Book Club members get the most out of their discussions by being prepared, keeping things on track and making sure that everyone's voice is heard.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Managing the NUA Book Club Facebook page; announcing each month’s book in advance and moderating comments for each title
  • Reading each book and preparing discussion topics
  • Advertising Book Club selections and reading schedule to NUA members through additional methods of communication, such as email, newsletters, etc.
  • Assisting in selecting books for club reading; solicit feedback from the community via surveys, polls, and one-on-one engagement
  • Facilitating discussion at monthly “Cocktails & Conversation" meetings
  • Other duties as required; may include special events, conversations with the author, coordinating virtual tours, etc.

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 5 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A passion for reading and a willingness to audit books across a variety of topics
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; comfort engaging with and replying to other Book Club members in writing and in person
  • Technical skills necessary; experience with Facebook necessary; experience with Google Docs, Zoom and Slack a plus, but not required
  • A friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Merchandise Development Manager

Job description coming soon!

Member Outreach Coordinator/Industry Partner Outreach Coordinator (2 )

Duties/expectations: A successful Member Outreach Coordinator functions as the liaison between the organization and its members. This includes recruiting and retaining members, answering questions, providing information, devising regular communication activities, and maintaining membership records.

Member Outreach Coordinators will be assigned to work with one of two membership groups: either Professional/Student members or Educator/Industry Partner members.

Professional and Student Member Outreach

  • Drafting, distributing, and updating all member communications, including the new member welcome email
  • Overseeing membership renewals and the annual membership drive
  • Conducting an annual member survey; collecting and distributing survey data to the Board
  • Compiling, analyzing, and reporting on membership data to the Board on an ongoing basis
  • Developing and implementing various strategies intended to recruit and retain members, including membership perks
  • Responding to member or potential member inquiries
  • Guiding member involvement in National Upholstery Awareness Month (October)
  • Identifying candidates for the Member Spotlight

Educator and Industry Partner Outreach

  • Nurturing relationships with collaborative partners including Educator and Industry Partner members
  • Soliciting event sponsorships and member perks (e.g. discounts) from Educators, Industry Partners, and non-members
  • Assisting Educator and Industry Partners with perk fulfillment, including blogs, shout outs, webinars, etc.
  • Tracking perk fulfillment for each Educator and Industry Partner
  • Ensuring partner satisfaction; reaching out to Educator and Industry Partners annually to request their membership renewal
  • Coordinating with the Webinar Subcommittee to utilize Educators and Industry Partners for monthly webinars
  • Facilitating blog posts from Educator and Industry Partners

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 3-4 hours per month. Larger commitments are possible leading up to National Upholstery Awareness month (October). Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Extensive customer service experience
  • Ability to listen and to communicate effectively in writing and in person, and to build rapport and develop effective relationships with others
  • Strong written, oral and presentation communications skills
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Ability to work independently while communicating well with co-workers

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their (title TBD), who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Social Media Coordinator

Duties/expectations: A successful Social Media Coordinator contributes to and assists in the development and implementation of a social media strategy to increase overall reach and program awareness. They will use social media outlets to promote active NUA campaigns, engage the public, and increase online presence. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Maintaining relevant social media accounts; scheduling and posting content on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn and moderating comments on each platform
  • Scheduling and posting monthly announcements, special promos, etc. on social media
  • Sharing engaging content from other social media sources
  • Identifying creative ways to engage both new and existing followers
  • Attending bi-weekly meetings to brainstorm ideas for content and campaigns and give feedback
  • Coordinating with Content Curator and Website Content Administrator to ensure consistent messaging and timing of posts
  • Additional duties as assigned, if the candidate is able to contribute more time

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 2-3 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Strong writing and editing skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Technical skills necessary; experience with Air Table, Zoom, and Slack a plus, but not required
  • Proficiency using social media platforms; experience with Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn preferred
  • Experience with graphic design software desirable; this position will include minor template editing in Canva

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

CWC 2021 Event Coordination Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful CWC 2021 Event Coordination Assistant will help plan, manage, coordinate, execute, and expand the organization’s participation in the Custom Workroom Conference.

Background: The NUA holds a special event the day before the beginning of the Conference. In 2021, this event will take place in Hampton, VA on October 3rd, 2021, with the Custom Workroom Conference following on October 4th-6th.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Helping to develop a budget for the event and establishing appropriate ticket prices
  • Following through with negotiating hotel rates and insurance; booking an appropriate event space; making arrangements with the venue to provide refreshments and A/V services during the event
  • Helping to recruit upholstery educators to demonstrate/present during the event
  • Soliciting sponsorship from industry partners; developing gold/silver/bronze sponsorship levels
  • Ordering banners, event signage, and branded merchandise; soliciting swag from sponsors; assembling and distributing swag bags to event attendees; organizing and coordinating special giveaways
  • Assisting with: printing of name badges and event maps; staffing the check-in table at the event; distributing badges, maps, gift bags, and early-bird CWC event packets to attendees; facilitating the event and ensuring its overall success
  • Day of event: Helping with addressing potential issues that may arise, keeping things running smoothly.
  • Helping handle shipping & distribution of supplies
Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 12 month commitment for an average of two to three (2-3) hours per month, with increased commitment of up to 6-8 hours in the month prior to CWC’s open registration period (usually March-April), and in the month prior to the actual event (October, 2021). Additional volunteer assistance will be arranged for the event itself to assist with setup, coordination, and teardown. This has been a fun group effort during past events! “Many hands makes short work”.

Travel commitment: Participation at the event is highly preferred, requiring travel to the event in Hampton, VA. (reimbursement of hotel & entry possible)

Location: This is a remote position for all but the event itself. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be dependable
  • Ability to coordinate in an effective and timely manner with the hotel, educators, industry partners, and others involved in the Conference
  • Strong communication skills; comfortable picking up the phone, sending emails, or using other forms of communication to meet deadlines.
  • Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Finance Committee Member

Duties/expectations: The ideal Finance Committee member will represent the organization and work with the Finance Committee to prepare the annual budget, support other committees in managing their budgets, create reports, and assist with planning and meeting fiscal requirements.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Working with the committee to develop annual budget and financial goals
  • Assure the organization is meeting all legal obligations
  • Communication with other committees in the organization
  • Working in collaboration with the committee to submit required State or Federal reports
  • Helping to develop financial long term planning & strategies for reaching financial goals

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 2 hours per week. Additional hours required during budgeting period (Sep-Dec). Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Fiscal expertise and accounting experience
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Technical skills necessary: experience with record-keeping, proficient in Quickbooks
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other committee members
  • Experience in creating budgets

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their committee chair, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

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