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Get Started With Coordinators

A Coordinator record in Volgistics gives a level of access between a volunteer and a System Operator. Coordinator records work well for things like volunteer team leaders who assist volunteer managers, or department heads who need to know about volunteers who are scheduled to work.

Coordinator records can have automated daily or monthly email or text messages sent showing who is scheduled. They can also receive email or text alerts when volunteers add themselves to, or remove themselves from, the schedule. If you include the VicNet portal in your account's service level, Coordinators can also assist with common supervisory tasks such as updating basic volunteer information and managing the schedule for a Site, Place, or Assignment. If you're unfamiliar with what a Coordinator can do in VicNet, we recommend reviewing the Coordinator Guide for VicNet.

If the person will need to perform more tasks such as receiving new applications, entering or reviewing service hours, sending messages to volunteers, or running reports, they will need a System Operator record instead of a Coordinator record.

Add Coordinators

If you do not have Coordinator records in your account already, you will need to create them. If you have volunteers who will also be Coordinators, you will need to create separate records for the volunteer and Coordinator. There is not a way to transfer, or clone, a volunteer record to make a Coordinator record.

The steps to make a new Coordinator record are:

  1. Select Coordinators from the menu.
  2. Click the New coordinator button at the bottom of the page.
  3. Enter the Coordinator's contact information. You will need to complete at least the Last name, First name, and Email fields. Once you save the record, you can return to it to add more information
  4. Click the Save button.
  5. Select the Assignments tab.
  6. Select a Site, Place, or Assignment that the Coordinator will oversee from the Assignment dropdown list. If you select a Site or Place record, the Coordinator will be linked to all Assignments that fall under the Site or Place.
  7. Click the Save button.
  8. Complete steps 6 and 7 for all of the areas the Coordinator supervises.
  9. Repeat steps 1 - 8 for any other Coordinators you need to add to the system.

Enable Schedule Reminders for Coordinators

Coordinators can receive automated Schedule Reminder messages to let them know who is scheduled to serve in the Assignment(s) they oversee. There are daily reminders that show the volunteers scheduled on a certain date, and monthly reminders that show everyone scheduled in the coming month.

If your account is not configured to use reminders yet, Schedule Reminder Message Overview explains more about how it works.

Enable Self-Scheduling Alerts for Coordinators

Depending on your account's configuration, volunteers can add or remove themselves from the schedule at the VicTouch sign-in stations or in the VicNet portal.

Coordinators can automatically receive an alert message when volunteers in the Assignments they oversee make a change to the schedule for the assignment. This will let the Coordinator know about changes to the schedule as the changes happen. You enable these alerts on the Rules tab of each assignment record. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Select Assignments from the menu.
  2. Select an assignment your Coordinators oversee.
  3. Go to the Rules tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Self-scheduling alerts section and check the box by Send an alert to this assignment's Coordinators. There are separate settings so you can have alerts sent only when volunteers add themselves, or remove themselves. You can also configure the alerts to only be sent when certain volunteers make a change. Please note that this setting controls alerts for both the System Operators and the Coordinators.

    Image of Rules Tab Settings

    In the image above, alerts will be sent to the System Operator selected, and the assignment's Coordinators, when volunteers add themselves to the schedule. When volunteers remove themselves from the schedule, alerts will also be sent to the System Operator selected, and the assignment's Coordinators, but only if the volunteer has the High School Type.

  5. Click the Save button after you make your changes.

  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for any other assignments where you want Coordinators to receive alerts.

Configure VicNet for Coordinators

If your account's service level includes the VicNet portal, the next step is to configure the portal for Coordinator access.

First, you need to set up what Coordinators see in VicNet. Coordinators can potentially access the Home, Mail, Volunteers, Schedule, and Account pages. In some cases you can set what Coordinators can see or update in VicNet, provide directions specifically for Coordinators, or even disable access to the page altogether.

The basic steps to update a page for Coordinators are:

  1. Choose Setup from the menu.
  2. Expand VicNet.
  3. Select the page that you want to update. For example, if you want to add special directions to the Schedule page for Coordinators, select Schedule Page. If you need help with the settings once you select a page, look for the Help link in the top or bottom right corner.

    Image of Help Link

Here's some basic information about each of the pages your Coordinators could access.

Home Page

The Home page is the first page your Coordinators see after they log in to the VicNet portal. The Home page cannot be disabled because it is the landing page Coordinators usually see after logging in. There is not a way to display different information on the Home page for Coordinators and volunteers. Both groups will always see the same view of the page. You can learn more about the setup page in the Home Page Settings help topic.

Mail Page

The Mail page is where Coordinators can view VicMail messages. Uncheck the box in front of Use this page at VicNet under the Coordinators can heading if you do not want the page to show for Coordinators.

Volunteers Page (for Coordinators)

The Volunteers page will require the most set up for Coordinators. It's where you control which volunteer records the Coordinator can see, and what information about the volunteer is available. You will also select whether the Coordinator can update the information about the volunteer or just view it.

When Coordinators select the Volunteers page, they'll initially see a list of the volunteers who serve in their assignments.

Example of Initial Volunteer List

Coordinators can select a volunteer from the list to see a page showing more information for that person. In VicNet, Coordinators will need to click or tap the Profile link to go to the page for a certain person.

Example of Profile Link

Set Which Volunteers Show

The settings on the first page that you see after selecting Volunteers Page (for Coordinators) control which volunteers show for the Coordinator. This is based on the volunteer's Status as well as the Role(s) the volunteer has in the Coordinator's assignment. For example, with the settings below the Coordinators will only see volunteers on their list if both of the following apply:

  1. The volunteer has a Status of Active


  2. The volunteer has a Role of Assigned, Substitute, or Trainee in an assignment the Coordinator oversees.

Example of Which Volunteers Are Shown

Set How List is Displayed

Use the settings under Include these fields on the volunteer list. . . to control what volunteer contact information the Coordinator sees on the list of volunteers. Phone fields will only show if the OK to call box by the number is checked on the Core tab of the volunteer's record.

Example of What Information is Shown

You can also choose the name format for volunteer names on the initial list Coordinators see.

Settings for Name Format

Customize Volunteer Profile Content

The information on the Volunteers page that Coordinators see after selecting a volunteer's name from the list are organized into sections. Click the Customize Volunteer Profile Content link to get to the page where you manage and organize the fields available to Coordinators.

Customize Volunteer Profile Content

The fields you can make available to Coordinators appear on the Available Fields side of the page. There is information on how to add, remove, and organize the fields in the Add & Organize Fields section of the VicNet Profile and Volunteers Page Setup help topic.

Fields must be added to sections, and the sections are located on the Sections and Field Order side of the page. For information on how to add, remove, or change the order of the sections, see Add & Manage Sections in the VicNet Profile and Volunteers Page Setup help topic.

Schedule Page

The Schedule page is where Coordinators can view and optionally make changes to the schedule for the assignments they oversee. Select View schedules only under the Coordinator Access heading to make the schedule read only. Select View and change schedules if you want to allow Coordinators to schedule volunteers or edit current schedule entries.

There are also options to control how information is displayed on the monthly view of the schedule under the Coordinator Name Display heading.

You can find more information about the settings on the Schedule page in the Schedule Page Settings for VicNet help topic.

Account Page

The Account page is where Coordinators can change their password. If your account has text messaging enabled, the Account page is also where Coordinators opt-in to receive text messages. There is not a way to disable this page, but you can change the name of the navigation button.

Preview VicNet as a Coordinator

Before you let Coordinators know about VicNet, we recommend reviewing the changes you have made to make sure things are set up the way you'd like. To do this, you can use a record that you have set up already, or you can add a Coordinator record to use for testing. The steps to review a record are:

  1. Select Coordinators from the menu.
  2. Click on the Coordinator record you'd like to preview.
  3. Go to the Vic tab.
  4. Click the Log in as Volunteer button.

Introduce VicNet to Your Coordinators

The last thing you need to do is let your Coordinators know VicNet is available. The method you use to communicate this will vary depending on things such as how many people you've added, whether you're starting fresh or just adding additional users, and your security and privacy needs. For example, if you're starting fresh and just added a whole group of Coordinators, having an orientation meeting may be most effective. But if you have an established system, or are just adding a few people, simply calling them on the phone or sending an email message may be easiest.

Sending email messages is a convenient method of communication, but there are security concerns if the message contains a temporary password because email messages can be intercepted. So if you choose to send an email message, one of the methods of providing the password other than temporary passwords should be used. You can learn more about how to get Coordinators their passwords in the Initial Password Options box below.

Basically, you will need to let the Coordinators know three things about VicNet:

1. Where to Login

Your Coordinators login at the VicNet portal just like your volunteers. If you (or your webmaster) has placed a link to the login page on your organization's website, you just need to let them know what webpage they need to go to. If you have not placed the link to VicNet on your organization's website, you can also give Coordinators the URL address for the portal. You can find this URL address in the Links section of your VicNet Ground Rules page.

You can also have Coordinators log in using the VicNet app from an iOS or Android device. With the app, you won't need to provide your Coordinators with a direct link to your portal page. All they need to do is enter the email address and password you have on file for their Coordinator record, and they will be able to select your organization to log in. The Coordinator Guide for VicNet help topic explains more about the app and where to download it.

2. Their Login Information

Coordinators login with the email address recorded on their Coordinator record and a password. You can find information on how to get Coordinators their initial password in the Initial Password Options box below.

3. How to Use the System

We have help topics designed to teach your Coordinators about how to use the VicNet portal. They can use the Coordinator Guide for VicNet.

If you are sending an email message to your Coordinators, you can include a direct link to the help topic so Coordinators can access it from the internet. See the Insert Link section of Using the Rich Text Editor if you need help with how to put a link in your email message.

Initial Password Options

While there are multiple ways Coordinators can get their first password, for simplicity and reliability we suggest having them click the button on the VicNet Login page to reset their password. This option helps This option helps reduce the chances that Coordinators will attempt to use an email message with an expired link to set their password. You can learn more about this option in the Set a VicNet Password help topic.

Please note: If you have volunteers who are also Coordinators, you can let them know that setting the same password on their Coordinator record as they use for their volunteer record will allow them to choose between the two records when they login the next time. You can see an example of this in Shared Email Addresses.