About Us

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Volunteer Florida, the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administers $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding for national service and volunteer programs across the state.
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Volunteer Florida is guided by a bipartisan board of Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

Volunteer Florida administers national service programs like AmeriCorps, which offer Floridians the opportunity to engage in intensive service to their community while increasing capacity for nonprofits and other service organizations. Volunteer Florida’s grantees include schools, educational foundations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations.

Volunteer Florida provides required fiscal and programmatic oversight of these grants so that we maximize funds and ensure grantees are accountable for results.

Volunteer Florida also leads initiatives throughout Florida that use volunteerism as a strategy to meet needs. This includes leading Florida’s national days of service, such as the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

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National service – which helps Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service – addresses some our nation’s most pressing challenges.

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. Learn more about the history of CNCS here.

In 1993, President Clinton amended President Bush’s legislation to create the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency. The law required each state to create a state commission in conjunction with its Governor’s office to receive and administer federal funds for national service programs.

In accordance with this federal legislation, Volunteer Florida, 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 in 1994. Our Commission is one of 52 state service commissions administering national service grants across the United States (including Puerto Rico and Guam).

In 1997, following lessons learned from Hurricane Andrew, Volunteer Florida also became the lead agency for coordinating volunteers and donations for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Officers


Sarah “Sam” Seevers

Commission Chair
Owner, Life's a Beach, LLC
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Autumn Karlinsky

Vice-Chair
Volunteer and Philanthropist

Todd Demko

Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Flaharty Asset Management

Commissioners


Vance Aloupis

CEO, The Children's Movement of Florida

Chucha Barber

President, Chucha Barber Productions

Christina Bonarrigo Villamil

Associate Director of External Affairs, University of Florida Coral Gables Office

James Croteau

Former CEO & President, Elder Care Services

Julie Galvano

Director of Business Development & Sales, Blake Medical Center

Susan Glickman

Consultant, Susan Glickman Associates

Philip Harris

Human Services Administrator, Children's Services Administration Section, Broward County Government

Ashton Hayward

Mayor, City of Pensacola

Natalia Martinez-Kalinina

General Manager, Cambridge Innovation Center Miami
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Michael McLeod
Former Dean of Academic Support, South Florida State College


Patricia “Penny” Miller

Owner, Miller & Associates
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Cindy O'Connell

Director, Florida Prepaid College Foundation

Maritza Rovira-Forino

MBE Director / Client Relations,
Foresight Construction Group

Kerry Anne Schultz

Attorney, Fountain, Schultz & Associates, P.L.
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Susan B. Towler, APR

Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation and Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Florida Blue

Kelli Walker

District Volunteer Coordinator, Leon County Schools

Sherry Wheelock

President & CEO, Special Olympics Florida

Jane Atkinson

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Paula DeBoles-Johnson

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Bonnie Hazleton

Chief Operating Officer

Brittni Johnsen

External Affairs Coordinator

Cat Keen

National Service Programs Director

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Savannah Kelly

Executive Assistant

Audrey Kidwell

Volunteer Generation Fund Program Manager

Tracie Lambright

Financial Analyst

Arnold McKay

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Vivian Myrtetus

Chief Executive Officer

Christy Rojas-Kasten

CERT Program Manager

Ken Skalitzky

Emergency Management Director

Erik Steffen

Communications Technology Specialist

Richard Swarttz

Chief Financial Officer

Anitra S. Thomas

Grants and Training Coordinator

Erin VanSickle

External Affairs Director

Marcia Warfel

Emergency Management Specialist

Jovita Woodrich

Volunteer Services Director

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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.

Director of External Affairs

Volunteer Florida is currently looking for a Director of External Affairs to join our team. If you possess high-level organizational skills, have the ability to set goals and priorities, and have the desire to work in a collaborative team atmosphere, this may be the position for you!

Position Summary
This position requires the ability to exercise discretion, judgment and responsibility for the continual development of Volunteer Florida’s communication strategies and public relations plans; directing the organization’s communication efforts with a special emphasis to promote and sustain current Volunteer Florida partnerships across a diverse spectrum of industries. This position also directs and plans special events such as service projects, recognition programs and signature events. In addition, this position is responsible for developing legislative strategies using independent discretion and judgment for the organization to manage intergovernmental relationships through liaising with state agencies and legislators, to achieve the organization’s legislative objectives.

Desired Skills and Experience
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and a minimum of three years’ experience in the field of communications/public relations. Legislative experience is preferred.

The ideal candidate will be a team player with experience in coordination and administration at an executive level. Other knowledge, skills and experience include the following:

  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of and ability to apply business and management principles involved in strategic planning and coordination of people and resources.
  • Verbal and Written Communication — Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with a clear command of the rules of composition, and grammar. High level of skill and attention to detail in writing and editing is required.
  • Legislative Process — Knowledge of the legislative process and bill tracking. Knowledge of the tasks related to tracking legislation and analyzing proposed bills in order to advocate for agency funding and governance.
  • Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes traditional written, oral, and visual media and social media.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge and ability to apply principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Service Orientation — Skill in actively seeking and developing ways to assist others with a high level of professionalism and customer service.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Demonstrated ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Ability to exercise independent discretion and judgement to resolve matters of importance in the absence of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Planning and Coordination — Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate among members of the team and between other departments or external organizations to meet performance objectives.
  • Organization – Skill in maintaining a high level of organization with the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Travel – Ability to travel overnight for all in-person Commission and Foundation Board meetings and other events as needed.

Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service for Florida. Volunteer Florida administers over $32M 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: www.volunteerflorida.org

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

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Volunteer Florida, the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, seeks a Communications and Marketing Coordinator to serve in the agency’s External Affairs department.

Position Summary
The Communications and Marketing Coordinator will support Volunteer Florida’s mission by helping to implement the agency’s overall communications strategy and departmental communications efforts. This position will also support Cabinet Affairs, media relations, and legislative affairs as needed.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build, update and manage social media presence as directed
  • Engage VF departments to ensure consistent and proactive communications to partners
  • Engage VF partners across Florida, including volunteers and community organizations
  • Work with VF team to design graphics and visual content for website and social
  • Write talking points, press releases, and op eds
  • Draft original content for social media and website and update website as needed
  • Draft email marketing materials and send out through email marketing vendor
  • Support database operations
  • Assist with event planning and outreach
  • Produce effective marketing campaigns for Volunteer Florida initiatives and events
  • Create marketing and committee presentations
  • Develop, maintain, and implement a comprehensive communications calendar
  • Support legislative affairs initiatives
  • Support Cabinet affairs

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Communications, Public Relations, Speech, English, Journalism or other related field
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
  • Two years of experience with public relations activities, including promotional campaigns, government affairs, public speaking, special events, publications, advertising, or media. This position will manage Volunteer Florida’s social media presence and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social channels and should have an established social media presence
  • Writing sample required

Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service for Florida. Volunteer Florida administers over $32M 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: www.volunteerflorida.org

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

Emergency Management Consultant

Volunteer Florida is currently looking for a temporary Emergency Management Consultant to join our team. This position is funded through December 31, 2018 with the possibility of an additional funding period. If you possess high-level organizational skills, have the ability to set goals and priorities, and have the desire to work in a collaborative team atmosphere, this is may be the position for you!

Position Summary
This position requires the ability to exercise discretion, judgment and responsibility for developing, supporting and conducting training with various stakeholder groups to build capacity to effectively strengthen community disaster programs before, during and after disasters. In addition, the position requires the ability to develop partnerships with local, statewide, national partners, and voluntary organizations to promote volunteers engaged in emergency management roles. The Emergency Management Consultant must also be able to maintain close working relationships with county emergency management directors, staff and community based organizations to enhance coordination of volunteers and donations before, during and after disasters. The ability to professionally represent the agency in public presentations and training sessions is essential for this position.

Desired Skills and Experience
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Emergency Management, Public Administration, or Education or a related field, and two years’ experience. Education and experience may substitute for one another on a year for year basis. AmeriCorps experience is preferred and hiring preference is given to AmeriCorps alumni.  The ideal candidate will be a team player with experience in coordination and administration at an executive level.  Other knowledge, skills and experience include the following:

  • Training — Knowledge of and ability to apply training principles in developing and conducting training for a variety of audiences. Skill at public speaking and developing and presenting training materials.
  • Emergency Management Operations – Knowledge of Emergency Management operations, activities and duties, and the ability to perform such activities and duties effectively and efficiently.
  • Program Development — Knowledge of volunteer and donations program development.
  • Verbal and Written Communication — Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with a clear command of the rules of composition, and grammar. High level of skill and attention to detail in writing and editing is required.
  • Service Orientation — Skill in actively seeking and developing ways to assist others with a high level of professionalism and customer service.
  • Work Environment — Ability to work in a variety of environments including inside, outside, in high heat and humid conditions and in temporary shelters, etc.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Demonstrated ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions, potentially during stressful emergency situations.
  • Planning and Coordination — Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate among members of the team and between other departments or external partners in order to meet performance objectives.
  • Organization – Skill in maintaining a high level of organization with the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Travel – Ability to travel independently and on short notice using vehicles and/or air transportation, for overnight stays. Ability to travel for up to one week during disaster activations.

Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service for Florida. Volunteer Florida administers over $32M 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: www.volunteerflorida.org

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


Volunteer Florida is always seeking talented 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.