Assistant Director, PennSERVE

Posted by PennSERVE on February 27, 2017

PennSERVE seeks a professional with a passion for service and volunteerism and expertise in grant-making, grantee support and monitoring, and program development.

PennSERVE: The Governor’s Office of Citizen Service encourages, develops, and facilitates volunteer and citizen community service, which builds upon the talents, strengths, opportunities and challenges of people and communities in ways which enhance the quality of life for all citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Working cooperatively with PennSERVE and Commonwealth staff, the Assistant Director provides administrative and technical leadership for Pennsylvania’s portfolio of AmeriCorps State programs; manages the overall grant-making process; serves as a liaison to the federal government on AmeriCorps/national service applications in the state; and works with staff and sub-grantees to promote compliance with national service regulations and requirements. The Assistant Director may also develop, lead, and/or support new volunteering and service initiatives as opportunities arise.

AmeriCorps Alums and individuals with experience managing or supporting national service programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should apply by March 30, 2017 via the PA Employment website.

Instructions for Applying

The PennSERVE Assistant Director position is not listed explicitly on the PA employment website; rather, interested candidates should apply for the Administrative Officer/Assistant Positions. Interested candidates should apply as follows:

· Go to

· Select “Job Opportunities”

· Select “Administrative Officer/Assistant Positions”

· Select “Apply” and follow the instructions accordingly.

After applying via the PA Employment website, applicants are strongly encouraged to inform PennSERVE that they have applied by emailing This will allow PennSERVE to specifically request candidates by name when contacting the Bureau of State Employment for qualified candidates.

Assistant Director Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with PennSERVE technical and clerical personnel; provides leadership on key projects or initiatives.
  • Reviews statistical and financial reports, including overseeing preparation of the reports, before submitting for final review to the Executive Director.
  • Prepares and reviews the Application for Funding Instructions before submitting for final review to the Executive Director.
  • Manages the Request for Applications (RFA) process, including coordinating the staff and peer review process, and aggregating the peer review and staff recommendations.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, supervises the submission of applications and reports to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Communicates programmatic requirements, fiscal policy, and performance requirements to funded programs through regular correspondence, official policy guidance documents, and site visits.
  • Ensures programs have access to training and technical assistance related to program design, performance measurements, compliance, and other key areas of program operations.
  • Prepares an annual grantee performance review tool to be edited as needed each year.
  • Annually reviews each program’s performance, ranks the programs based on the review findings, and reports findings to the Director.
  • Assists the Executive Director in implementation of the PennSERVE State Service Plan.
  • Acts as point of contact for other bureaus within Labor & Industry and to other state agencies and organizations as statutorily required by PennSERVE legislation.
  • Represents the Executive Director at any meetings the Director is unable to attend.
  • Serves as a staff assistant to the PennSERVE Advisory Board, providing project management services as needed for any initiatives the Board may enact.
  • Assists in the development of PennSERVE policy, including reviewing state and local legislation and providing a summary to the Director.
  • Stays abreast of new funding opportunities; collaborates with Executive Director to implement new initiatives as available.
  • May perform other duties as assigned consistent with current duties and responsibilities.

Interested applicants should apply by March 30, 2017.

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