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Volunteer Coordinator Position

(This is a volunteerunpaid 10-15 hour per month position) 

The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the business opportunities and vitality of Black-owned and minority businesses in Rhode Island through access to capital, contracting, business development resources, entrepreneur training, business advocacy, meaningful investor services, and workforce development. 

RIBBA is made up of individuals and businesses of all sizes and membership is open to the public. The organization strives to build a purpose-driven Association where people unite and take actions to create lasting change. RIBBA values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, abilities, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  

About the Volunteer Coordinator Position 

As an essential part of increasing our organization’s impact, RIBBA is seeking to fill the volunteer position of Volunteer CoordinatorThe primary responsibility of this voluntary role is the management of the Association’s volunteer recruitment, onboarding, opportunity matching, and current volunteer communications. The incumbent will assist the organization in its long-term goal of creating a stronger, more engaged, and diverse volunteer base. 

The incumbent will be expected to utilize the organization’s communication and database tools to track and interact with volunteers. An understanding of various technology and communications software a plus. 

This position requires about 10-15 hours of work per month. 


Key Responsibilities 

  • Develop and implement a recruitment strategy for volunteers 
  • Develop and implement an on-boarding strategy for volunteers 
  • Develop and implement a strategy for retaining volunteers 
  • Ongoing communication with current volunteers to share and match with different opportunities 
  • Periodic evaluation of volunteers 
  • Managing the volunteer database 
  • Other administrative and management duties as assigned 

Job Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal, communications, volunteer management, program management, and motivational skills; must be a “self-starter”, with the ability to work independently. 
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communications skills; must be able to communicate with a varied constituency. 
  • Excellent computer skills including, but not limited to, word-processing, spreadsheet, database, social media, and web-based software required. 

Education and Experience

  • Two or more years of Volunteer recruitment and retention experience requireddemonstrated success in communications is highly preferred. If no direct recruitment experience, then incumbent must demonstrate transferable experience from another field. 
  • Previous experience working in a non-profit or community organizing setting preferred. 

This position is fully virtual, but may require some in-person activities later in 2021.To learn more about this role and to apply, please send a resume to 

Rhode Island Black Business Association Now Accepting Applications for Young Adult Mentor Program Pilot

Providence, RI – Monday, October 5, 2020 -The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) and its charitable arm that focuses on empowerment and training related activities – the Institute of Economic Empowerment & Development (IEED), are now accepting applications for mentors and mentees to participate in the LEAP (Leadership Equity Accelerated Pathway) Initiative Mentor Program Pilot.

The mission of the LEAP Initiative is to train and support individuals through their academic and early careers by providing well-informed programs and services that strengthen their skills and support the many complex challenges they face. The LEAP Initiative’s Mentor Program is the first stage in this transformative and multi-layered initiative focused on developing a sustainable generation of diverse, empowered, and well-informed individuals.

The LEAP Mentor Program will take place over the course of 6 months, from the beginning of November  2020 until the end of May 2021. Mentors will be matched with middle school through early career aged mentees. Mentor and Mentee pairs will work together solving attainable goals, resolving challenges and removing barriers with the support of IEED. The deadline for applications is October 28, 2020.

“We’re extremely proud to be launching the LEAP Initiative with the Mentor Program Pilot,” said Lisa Ranglin – President of Rhode Island Black Business Association. “I’m confident that this transformative and impactful program will change the trajectory of people’s lives. There are a wide number of barriers and challenges that underrepresented individuals face throughout their academic and career journeys. We are working diligently to support young people as they navigate these roadblocks and to provide them with mentorship and evaluate each of their needs to determine what else supports their route to success.”

The initiative and program are informed by the Community Advisory Board for Young Adults. Each program detail has been assessed and designed by future participants as well as the business community, ensuring all individuals who are impacted are involved in the planning. The LEAP Mentor Program Pilot is free for both mentors and mentees.

To participate in the program, interested individuals can find more information and the mentee and mentor applications here. For more information on how to  support this program and overall initiative, contact:

 The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) is an independent non-profit organization. RIBBA’s purpose is to leverage the region’s core assets to find solutions in the areas that matter most to the business and community: quality jobs, quality growth, and quality of life. Our membership is open to the public and includes both small storefronts and large corporations – no matter the size or type of business, and professionals. We provide proactive policies, aggressive advocacy, and meaningful investor services that impact our members’ bottom line.

The Institute for Economic Empowerment and Development is a 501 (c) (3) charitable arm of RIBBA and provides mentorship/career/ business readiness training and financial support for RIBBA’s initiatives and programs by the way of grants and fundraisers. Learn More, call 401-383-1179 or e-Mail:

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