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There has been quite a bit of research on volunteer satisfaction, but not so much on volunteer manager satisfaction. How satisfied are volunteer managers with their jobs?  Do their working conditions differ from those of managers of paid staff? What are the implications for nonprofit organizations and human resources departments? In this issue, reviewer Laurie Mook looks  at a study of 314 volunteer managers, conducted by a group of Canadian researchers who analyzed job-related and organizational factors such as co-worker respect, supervisor support, closeness to volunteers, and the nature of the work as an expression of personal values. Their final model, Mook explains, predicted job satisfaction for both short-term and long-term volunteer managers.