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We are kicking off the 2018 program year and are excited to form a team of dedicated volunteers with diverse professional and lived experiences to help bring SVP Fast Pitch to life! This program does not happen without the dedication of our amazing volunteers – we are grateful for your support!

Take the volunteer survey!


Not able to attend the in-person info session? See below for a webinar recap of all information covered including SVP overview, program updates and what to expect as a volunteer.


Roles with Innovators:

Coach:  Coaches are integral to the success of SVP Fast Pitch. Each participating organization (innovator) is paired with two coaches to help them develop and deliver a 5-minute pitch which inspires listeners to learn more about how they can help the organization, pursue its mission, and achieve its goals. Valued expertise includes: general business/startup skills, nonprofit/for-profit consulting, mission/vision definition and proven presentation skills. Mentors of Color and those experienced in working with communities of color are encouraged to join. The program will be piloting a group model where coaches will be asked to commit to in-person cohort sessions during the season. Please pay special attention to the program schedule and commit with full understanding of the time requirements. Required dates for in-person attendance: 8/20, 9/17,10/1, 10/15, 10/29 & 11/10. (35+ hrs min, 2-4 hrs/wk Primarily Sept & Oct) 

Selection Committee (Screeners): Application screeners help select the innovator cohort accepted into the program and will form this year’s selection committee. This role is primarily virtual, using a web-based program to read and score each application and provide direct feedback to all applicants. Screeners will be assigned a group of applications to read to ensure ample coverage of all applicants. One to two in-person meetings are requested to participate in the deliberation process during the selection period.  Preferred expertise includes previous grant making experience, program evaluation, application evaluation, general business/startup skills, nonprofit/for-profit consulting. (5-10 hours total, early-mid July) 


Program Roles:

Content/Editorial Creation : Creation of editorial copy for newsletter, blog, storytelling series. (Flexible hours, 1-2hrs/wk, June-Nov) 

Curriculum Planning: Development of innovator curriculum for thought-leadership portion of series. (5-10 hours total, May-July)

Email Communications: Strategy and deployment of email correspondence, MailChimp experience desired. (Flexible hours, 1-2hrs/wk, June-Nov) 

Event Planning: Assistance with execution of large-scale Final Showdown event on Saturday, November 10th! Single day event opportunities available for in-session support as well. (1-2hrs/wk July-Sept, ramping up in Oct-Nov) 

Graphic Design: Development of digital and print elements for recruitment and event promotion. (1-2hrs/wk May-June)

Innovator Management: Help to communicate with innovator cohort, manage deadlines and deliverables. (2-4hrs/wk mid Aug-early Nov)

Outreach: Leverage your circle to recruit innovators and promote applications; contact community members to support ticket sales to the Final Showdown. This is a virtual role to be conducted via email.  (1-2hrs/wk, May-June & Oct-Nov) 

Photographers: Experienced event photographers and editorial photographers desired for full-season coverage of program events and the Final Showdown. (Flexible hours, Aug-Nov) 

Public Relations: Assist with securing media coverage of innovators stories and events (Flexible hours, Aug-Nov) 

Search (SEO/SEM): Establishment of search strategy for promotion of program and event happenings. Experience with Google AdWords required. (2-4hrs total, May-June)

Social Media: Planning of editorial calendar, establishment of best practices and deployment of posts across all major social platforms. Preferred platforms include LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – can be an expert on one platform of full suite of social networks. (Flexible hours, 1-2hrs/wk, May-Nov) 

Stage Direction/Technical Support: Assist with production and design of Final Showdown event at University of WA. Includes backstage support and technical direction. Expertise in PowerPoint deck development desired. (2-4 hrs/wk, late Sept-early Nov)

Videographer: Create stories and document the progress and experience of innovators and volunteers throughout the SVP Fast Pitch season. Expertise with video editing also desired. (project based, June-November)


While many roles indicate an end to support needed in November, we will be launching an alumni program to better support innovators year round starting in 2019. We will continue to need support in such areas as photography, content and curriculum creation, social media and email marketing. 


Please fill out the volunteer survey and reach out to fastpitch@svpseattle.org with any additional questions!