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.
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.
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.
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.
Emergency Management Director
Volunteer Florida is currently looking for an Emergency Management Director to join our team.
This position will oversee all aspects of Volunteer Florida’s Emergency Management Department, including supervision of finance staff. The Emergency Management Director is a management position at Volunteer Florida, directing the important work of Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF 15 - Volunteers and Donations) and serving as part of the Volunteer Florida leadership team. This position serves as the lead for all Emergency Management activities for Volunteer Florida, including management and program/fiscal oversight of federal, state and private grant funding, leading agency emergency response activities during exercises and disasters, training and directing staff in disaster-specific roles, providing statewide training and technical assistance, and acting as the agency’s Emergency Coordinating Officer.
Desired Skills and Experience
- Knowledge of state and federal emergency management systems and procedures.
- Skill in grant and contract management including procurement.
- Knowledge of leadership and management principles for effective supervision of staff and the development and implementation of the organization’s mission and goals.
- Knowledge of volunteer programs.
- Skill in identifying training needs, developing training materials and conducting training and technical assistance.
- Skill in utilizing PC computers and MS Office.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships with public and private organizations.
- Ability to provide team leadership and supervision, determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments.
- Ability to organize data into logical formats for presentation in reports, documents and other written materials.
- Ability to solve problems effectively and work independently.
- Ability to manage contracts and special projects including assessing compliance and budgetary needs.
- Ability to work long hours under stressful conditions.
- Ability to travel independently and on short notice utilizing both air and ground transportation.
Download the full position description here.
Download the Volunteer Florida Employment Application Form here.
Volunteer Florida offers competitive salary and benefits. To be considered for this position, please email your resume and completed application to: email@example.com.
AmeriCorps Program Manager
Volunteer Florida is currently looking for an AmeriCorps Program Manager to join our team.
The AmeriCorps Program Manager is responsible for the grant and contract management of a portfolio of Volunteer Florida’s AmeriCorps Programs. This position will have the primary responsibility for managing the contract deliverables and grant management activities associated with 10 or more AmeriCorps programs. This position requires grant or contract management experience and strong relationship skills.
Desired Skills and Experience
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience or seven years of relevant experience to substitute for the educational degree. Master’s degree in social work, administration, education or in a related field, preferred. The ideal candidate will be internally motivated towards excellence, a team player with grant management experience and will have a passion for service. Other knowledge, skills and experience include the following:
- Grant Management: Knowledge of contract management, technical assistance, training and monitoring of subgrantees to ensure high quality performance. Ability to provide technical assistance and monitoring compliance activities to ensure program fidelity. Ability to provide AmeriCorps grant application review, ensuring strong proposals are submitted for funding. Ability to understand and provide guidance on federal regulations related to non-profit and government grants.
- Technical Aptitude: Demonstrated ability to learn and fully utilize technology platforms. Volunteer Florida staff utilize the federal eGrants platform and Blackbaud Grants Management.
- Verbal and Written Communication: Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively.
- Data Management: Skill in data collection procedures and supporting subgrantees with tracking outcome data.
- Financial Aptitude: Skill in sub grantee budget review related to funding applications, budget amendments and in monitoring sub grantee utilization of funds.
- Complex Problem Solving: Demonstrated ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Ability to work independently and as part of a high performing team.
- Planning and Coordination: Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate among members of the team and between other departments or external organizations in support of subgrantee training and other Volunteer Florida projects. Ability to develop training materials and present subgrantee training sessions.
- Organization: Skill in maintaining a high level of organization with the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously. Skill in time management.
- Travel: Ability to travel overnight for subgrantee monitoring, training and other events as needed.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Florida is always seeking talented interns!
To apply, send your resume to careers@volunteerflorida.
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.
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.
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:
3800 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Phone: (850) 414-7400
Fax: (850) 921-5146
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.