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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 in 1994, 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).

Employment Opportunities

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.

Finance Director

Volunteer Florida is currently looking for a Finance Director 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 oversee all aspects of Volunteer Florida’s Finance Department, including supervision of finance staff.  This position is responsible ensuring timely and accurate fiscal activities, including but not limited to federal financial reporting, accounts payable/accounts receivable booking, grant draw requests, sub-grantee payments, payroll preparation for the payroll company, bank reconciliation and preparation of monthly financial statements and developing spending plans and preparing budgets. This position oversees fiscal monitoring of grant recipients and directs the annual audit process for the agency.  As a member of the agency’s Leadership Team, this position will perform reviews and quality control as needed, engage in development of policies and operating procedures, participate in strategic planning and provide recommendations to Executive Leadership.

Desired Skills and Experience

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or related discipline as well as 5 years of experience. Experience in Abila MIP accounting system is highly preferred. The ideal candidate will have non-profit and grant accounting experience. Additional desired qualifications include the following:

  • Understanding of grant management accounting principles and ability to provide proactive oversite of grantee invoicing/payment process
  • Excellent leadership and time management skills with the ability to manage/supervise others concurrently on multiple projects
  • Advanced proficiency in multiple accounting software systems, preferably Abila MIP, Payment Management System and Microsoft Office (Excel)
  • Extensive knowledge in bookkeeping, preferably the natural flow of accounting balances
  • Ability to perform office and bookkeeping duties accurately and efficiently
  • Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
  • CPA training and non-profit accounting experience is preferred for this position.
  • Self-driven, demonstrates initiative and is able to multitask and adapt to changing priorities in a small but fast-paced office
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills and ability to maintain strong relationships with external and internal partners
  • Knowledge of State of Florida funding allocations and budget process
  • Ability to understand federal OMB Circulars related to non-profit and government grants
  • Ability to travel overnight

To apply for this position:
1) Download the Volunteer Florida Job Application Form
2) Fill out the application form completely
3) Submit a cover letter, your completed application form and a copy of your resume to: careers@volunteerflorida.org

Grants and Contracts Manager

Volunteer Florida (VF) is looking for a Grants/Contracts Manager to work in Tallahassee, FL to support its Emergency 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 Grants and Contracts Manager with a background in state and federal grants management to work on current and upcoming projects.  The position will manage grants Volunteer Florida receives as well as those Volunteer Florida awards to recipients to create resilient communities pre-disaster and for disaster response and long term recovery.

Position Description
  • Support grant contracts that fund the Emergency Management programs at VF including division operations and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program
  • Manage multiple contracts awarded by Volunteer Florida that support the delivery of services to clients through available CERT funds and response and recovery grants through the Florida Disaster Fund
  • Draft plans, reports, and assessments based on research and analysis
  • Support the development of administrative and programmatic policies and procedures
  • Monitor state and federal grantee and sub-recipient activity for compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Augment State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) as a member of the Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF-15) Team that facilitates volunteers and donations during SEOC activation
  • Support other Volunteer Florida mission areas including AmeriCorps Program and statewide Volunteer Management
  • Draft documents, memos, letters, and other formal communications to clients
Desired Skills and Experience
  • Minimum of a relevant Bachelor Degree or 5+ years of documented relevant experience
  • Documented experience working contract or grant management for state or federal grant programs (work in State or Local Emergency Management or with FEMA strongly preferred)
  • State of Florida contract or grant management experience (current Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM) certification strongly preferred)
  • Experience with Black Baud and/or Salesforce highly desired
  • Work with non-profits or volunteer groups a plus
  • Strong analytical skills and capable of retrieving, analyzing and synthesizing data in a meaningful way
  • Knowledge of financial management and budgets
  • Knowledge of federal grant program regulations
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and a strong commitment to team environment
  • Ability to meet project milestones and delivery schedules

To apply for this position:
1) Download the Volunteer Florida Job Application Form
2) Fill out the application form completely
3) Submit a cover letter, your completed application form and a copy of your resume to: careers@volunteerflorida.org


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
3800 Esplanade Way
Suite 180
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Phone: (850) 414-7400
Fax: (850) 921-5146
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.