Scheduling of operators and assignments is a task for the Radio Officer to delegate to the operations assistant, although in a small organization the Radio Officer may have to do this activity. The Radio Officer need only bring in the people with operational skills, not be an operator. In fact, the indication of a good manager is the ability to stand back and manage and assist without getting bogged down in doing other people's work. Properly staffed and trained, volunteers should be able to function with or without their leader. This requires depth in personnel and skills, of course. The capable leader (i.e., Radio Officer) does not try to do everything. Instead he or she brings out the unique talent in others and fits them into those places where their services are useful to the agency and meaningful to the volunteers themselves. It's a win-win situation all the way around.
---Stan Harter, KH6GBX