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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.1
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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.


Jane Atkinson

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Bonnie Hazleton

Chief Operating Officer

Cat Keen

National Service Programs Director

Savannah Kelly

Executive Liaison & Legislative Coordinator

Audrey Kidwell

Volunteer Generation Fund Program Manager

Tracie Lambright

Senior Financial Analyst

Arnold McKay

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Vivian Myrtetus

Chief Executive Officer

Audra Peoples

External Affairs Director

Christy Rojas-Kasten

CERT Program Manager

Ken Skalitzky

Emergency Management Director

Erik Steffen

Information Technology Director

Anitra S. Thomas

AmeriCorps Program Manager

Marcia Warfel

Emergency Management Deputy Director

Jovita Woodrich

Volunteer Services Director

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.

Grants and Training Coordinator

Volunteer Florida is currently looking for a Grants and Training Coordinator to join our team! Be part of the people powered solution of AmeriCorps, supporting solutions to Florida’s most pressing challenges.

Position Summary
Volunteer Florida’s Grants and Training Coordinator will serve in the National Service Department and support other Volunteer Florida projects. The position is responsible for managing the administrative functions of the AmeriCorps grant application and award process and the training of sub grantees. This position will have the primary responsibility of supporting the training needs of sub grantees representing Volunteer Florida’s $23 million annual investment in AmeriCorps. The Grants and Training Coordinator will lead the team’s efforts in developing agendas, training content, contracts and logistics associated with multiple face to face trainings and webinars annually. The position will also be responsible for the administrative support of the AmeriCorps funding cycle, specifically as the technical lead for the application and contract interface on the Blackbaud/MicroEdge Gifts Online platform. The position requires creativity and a high level of attention to detail. This position requires experience in event facilitation and/or contract management experience and strong relationship skills.

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’ relevant experience or relevant experience to substitute for the educational degree. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, internally motivated with demonstrated success in event facilitation or grant management. Other knowledge, skills and experience include the following:

  • Event Planning – Skill in agenda development, on site logistics, participant registration and staff support for multi day trainings hosted in various Florida locations.
  • Training – Ability to develop training materials and provide training to sub grantees on grant requirements.
  • Technical Aptitude – Demonstrated ability to learn and fully utilize technology platforms, including the development of surveys and compilation of data. Volunteer Florida staff utilize the federal eGrants platform and Blackbaud/MicroEdge Gifts Online.
  • Grant Administrative Support – Ability to manage the AmeriCorps grant submission process, including uploading and tracking support documents with grant records. Ability to oversee the external review process including the utilizing the Peer Reviewer portal (Blackbaud/Microedge Gifts Online).
  • Planning and Coordination — Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate among members of the team and between other departments or external organizations in support of sub grantee training and other Volunteer Florida projects.
  • Verbal and Written Communication— Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Data Management – Ability to develop surveys and track submission data associated with sub grantee performance.
  • Collaboration – Ability to work independently and as part of a high performing team.
  • Time Management – Skill in maintaining a high level of organization with the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously and deliver work products on time.
  • Travel – Ability to travel overnight for sub grantee training 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 a cover letter, your completed application form and a copy of your resume to: 
careers@volunteerflorida.org. 

 


Disaster Case Management Finance Director

Volunteer Florida is currently looking for a temporary Disaster Case Management Finance Director to join our team working in an Orlando office. This position is funded through September, 2019 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 is responsible for fiscal oversight and management of the FEMA Disaster Case Management Program as administered through Volunteer Florida. The position requires oversight of fiscal staff working with DCMP as well as fiscal management of a portfolio of sub-grantees. The qualified candidate must have the ability to exercise discretion, judgment and responsibility for overall programmatic and fiscal administration of the federal grant, including the ability to oversee and direct staff in sub-grantee fiscal management.

Desired Skills and Experience
This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Emergency Management, finance, accounting, or a related field; and two years’ experience with fiscal grant management of federal and/or state grants is preferred. Experience may be considered as a one for one substitute for education.

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:

  • Management — Experience managing staff and ability to conduct all supervisory functions.
  • Emergency Management Operations – Knowledge of Emergency Management operations, activities, and duties.
  • Fiscal Oversight — Extensive knowledge in bookkeeping, preferably the natural flow of accounting balances along with a working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and an understanding of grant management accounting principles, along with the ability to provide proactive oversight of grantee invoicing/payment processes.
  • 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 using vehicles and/or air transportation, for overnight stays.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the Finance Department for the FEMA Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP).
  • Establishes daily priorities of work for subordinate employees. Exercises the capacity to analyze and manipulate data in order to identify and mitigate risk associated with fiscal requirements.
  • Directs, plans, or implements policies, objectives, or activities of the organization to ensure continual operations that are following the audit requirements of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Analyzes operations to evaluate performance of sub-grantee organizations or their staff in meeting fiscal objectives.
  • Reviews and reconciles the general ledger with respect to all sub-grant accounts with a focus on accuracy of reporting within established timelines.
  • Completes all required federal reporting requirements within established timeframes.
  • Ensures overall program and fiscal implementation aligns with the approved DCMP grant and all applicable federal and state regulations.
  • Ensures reports and other documentation are timely and accurate.
  • Provides fiscal training for sub-grantees.
  • Monitors budget to actual expenses.
  • Reviews and approves invoices for payment.
  • Provides fiscal on-site monitoring.

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.


Chief Financial Officer

Volunteer Florida is currently looking for a Chief Financial Officer 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 collaborative team 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 for work flow management to ensure timely AC/AR booking, grant draws, sub-grantee payments and is responsible for developing spending plans and preparing budgets and financial reports as well as other fiscal duties. In addition, 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 and participate in strategic planning.

Desired Skills and Experience
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or related discipline as well as 5 years of experience. Non-profit accounting experience and experience with MIP accounting system is preferred. The ideal candidate will be a team player with a “hands-on” approach to work tasks. Additional qualifications and requirements include:

  • Understanding of grant management accounting principles and able to provide proactive oversight of grantee invoicing/payment process
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage and supervise others concurrently on multiple projects
  • Advanced proficiency in multiple accounting software systems, preferably Microsoft Office (Excel), Payment Management System, and MIP
  • Extensive knowledge in bookkeeping, preferably the natural flow of accounting balances
  • Ability to perform office and bookkeeping duties accurately and efficiently without direct supervision
  • 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
  • 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
  • Occasional overnight travel

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.