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Volunteer Florida (officially recognized as the Florida Commission on Community Service) receives over $43 million in federal and state funding to support our efforts to expand national service, promote disaster resiliency and advocate for volunteerism in Florida. The agency is guided by a bipartisan board of Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

In 1994, Volunteer Florida was established to administer national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, throughout the state. Today, the majority of these programs are education-based, but grantees are also actively working to protect public land, end homelessness and help adults with developmental disabilities live independently.

After Hurricane Andrew hit Florida, Volunteer Florida evolved to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters. The Volunteer Florida Foundation also manages the Florida Disaster Fund, the official fund for aiding Florida’s communities after disasters.

Finally, Volunteer Florida exists to endorse volunteerism as a solution to critical issues in Florida. The agency hosts annual community service projects (i.e. Suits for Session) and manages Florida's official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect.

 

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National service addresses some our nation’s most pressing challenges and allows Americans to meet their fellow citizens' needs through service.

It began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (now known as NCCC) in the 1930s. President Kennedy established the Peace Corps in the 1960s; President Johnson worked with Congress to pass the Volunteers in Service to America Act (VISTA) in 1964; and President George H.W. Bush signed into law the National and Community Services Act of 1990, which established a Commission on National and Community Service.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton amended President Bush’s legislation to create the federal agency known as the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The law also required each state to create a state service commission, administratively housed in the Executive Office of the Governor, that would receive and distribute federal funds for national service programs.

In accordance with this legislation, Volunteer Florida (officially recognized as the Florida Commission on Community Service) was created by an Executive Order of Governor Lawton Chiles in 1993 and established in Florida Statutes 14.29 by the Florida Legislature a year later.

In 1997, following Hurricane Andrew, Volunteer Florida’s mission evolved and the agency expanded to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and managing donations before, during and after disasters.

Today, Volunteer Florida is one of 52 state service commissions throughout the United States (including Puerto Rico and Guam).

Volunteer Florida is a great place to work! We value the unique talents of each of our employees and encourage a positive, fun culture for our team. In addition, as an Employer of National Service, Volunteer Florida recognizes the unique skills of national service alumni. Accordingly, AmeriCorps alumni, returned Peace Corps volunteers, and other national service participants are encouraged to apply to our job openings.


Employment Opportunities

Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) Finance Specialist

Volunteer Florida (VF) is looking for a DCMP Finance Specialist for an anticipated opening to work in Tallahassee, FL to support its disaster case management programs.

Our vision is that Florida’s communities are resilient before disaster, robust during recovery, and restored as great places to live after a crisis.  We are looking for a Finance Specialist with a background in contract and grant management including experience in general accounting, reviewing and reconciling client’s general ledger with respect to all sub-grant accounts with a focus on accuracy of reporting within established timelines.  The position will be part of a team leading a multi-million dollar program to facilitate long term recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Michael.  This is a temporary grant funded position and is expected to last 12-18 months.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee the sub-grantee reimbursement for the FEMA Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP)
  • Exercise the capacity to analyze and manipulate data in order to identify and mitigate risk associated with fiscal requirements
  • Direct, plan, or implement policies, objectives, or activities of the organization to ensure continual operations that are following the audit requirements of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Review and reconcile the general ledger with respect to all sub-grant accounts with a focus on accuracy of reporting within established timelines
  • Complete all required federal reporting requirements with established timeframes
  • Ensure overall program and fiscal implementation aligns with the approved DCMP grant and all applicable federal and state regulations
  • Ensure reports and other documentation are timely and accurate
  • Provide fiscal training for sub-grantees
  • Monitor budget to actual expenses
  • Review and approve invoices for payment
  • Provide fiscal on-site monitoring in coordination with the DCMP Program Director

Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of a relevant Bachelor Degree in a related field
  • Knowledge of emergency management principles and practices
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Skill in organizing administrative processes and administrative details
  • Ability to provide training and technical assistance for projects and programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to speak publicly, make presentations and conduct training
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, especially governmental entities, volunteer organizations and volunteer/community service programs
  • Ability to solve problems effectively and assess budgetary needs of disaster case management projects
  • Ability to work independently and a strong commitment to team environment
  • Ability to think independently, prioritize needs and work effectively with public and private non-profit agencies and organizations on a statewide basis
  • Ability to work for long hours in a fast-paced work environment with tight deadlines
  • Ability to travel independently and on short notice, using vehicles and air transportation
  • Ability to apply economic and accounting principles and practices, and the analysis of financial data.
  • Volunteer related emergency management experience preferred.

Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service for Florida. Volunteer Florida administers over $43M in federal and state funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida.  For more information about our organization, please visit us at: VolunteerFlorida.org

To apply for this position:

Volunteer Florida offers competitive salary and benefits. To submit your resume for consideration please send an email to careers@volunteerflorida.org with the subject line DCMP Finance Specialist Opening.


Human Resources/Financial Analyst

Volunteer Florida is currently looking for a Human Resources/Financial Analyst to join our team. If you possess great organizational skills, have the ability to set goals and priorities, and have the desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative atmosphere, this is may be the position for you!

Position Summary

This position will perform bi-weekly payroll functions as well as accounts payable and travel voucher processing for the employees of the agency. They will provide assistance with accounting data entry for budgets and expenditures for local, state, federal, and private funding, contracts, and grants. Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, payroll processing activities and A/P and expense reimbursements for timely payments to employees, as well as payments to vendors, suppliers and sub-grantees; reviewing and examining supporting documentation from sub-grantees to ensure accuracy of information, calculations, proper authorization and conformance with agreements, contracts, and state and federal regulations; maintaining financial databases and manual filing systems; explaining processes and accounting policies to staff, vendors and sub-grantees.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance or related field and a minimum of two years of experience in State of Florida HR/payroll and benefits administration and accounting, or other equivalent combination of qualifications and experience.

  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, payroll, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Knowledge of financial and accounting software applications, preference given to individuals with MIP software experience.
  • Assist in maintaining accurate employment records and files.
  • Assist in on-boarding new employees to ensure understanding of agency policies, use of equipment and available benefits.
  • Coordinate communication and employee information with People First.
  • Reviews and imports employee time card information into the payroll system.
  • Checks figures for accuracy and necessary approvals.
  • Reviews payroll documentation for accuracy and makes any necessary adjustments.
  • Responsible for the timely entry of new hires, pay rates, pay status changes and termination information of all employees into the Center’s payroll and timekeeping systems.
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations.
  • Strong analytical and auditing skills.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and external agencies to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving, and results.
  • Detail oriented and organized in work, ability to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and flexible work environment.
  • Knowledge of State of Florida operating procedures regarding grants, personnel, fiscal management, budget development, program operation and travel.
  • Knowledge of federal grant procedures as well as the OMB Circulars related to non-profit state and local government grants.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service for Florida. Volunteer Florida administers over $43M in federal and state funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida.  For more information about our organization, please visit us at: VolunteerFlorida.org

To apply for this position:

Volunteer Florida offers competitive salary and benefits. To submit your resume for consideration please send an email to careers@volunteerflorida.org with the subject line Human Resources/Financial Analyst Opening.

 


Internship Opportunities

Volunteer Florida is always seeking skilled interns. To apply, send your resume to careers@volunteerflorida.org.

Commitment to Transparency

Volunteer Florida values transparency and accountability in order to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Volunteer Florida’s fiscal activities are reported regularly to federal and state funders and the organization undergoes an annual A-133 audit. Additionally, Volunteer Florida’s Commission and Foundation Board meetings are publicly-noticed and in compliance with the Florida Sunshine Law. Volunteer Florida is committed to the highest level of transparency.


Governance

Volunteer Florida is governed by a bipartisan Commission, whose members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate per Florida Statute 14.29. The Volunteer Florida Foundation is a non-profit established as a direct support organization for Volunteer Florida. The Foundation raises funds to support Volunteer Florida’s programs and support Governor’s initiatives. The Volunteer Florida Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors subject to approval by the Volunteer Florida Commission.

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Public Records

Volunteer Florida operates in compliance with the Florida Public Records Law, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, governing the public’s right to access records. Records are available during normal business hours and may be requested in person, or via phone, fax, email or regular mail using the contact information below. Please address requests to:

Volunteer Florida
1545 Raymond Diehl Road
Suite 250
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 414-7400
Email: info@volunteerflorida.org


Sunshine Law

As part of the State of Florida’s commitment to Government in the Sunshine, Volunteer Florida provides public access to agency meetings and records. Volunteer Florida’s Commission and Foundation Board meetings are all publicly-noticed and in compliance with the Florida Sunshine Law. For a listing of publicly noticed meetings, click here.