Deputy Director of National Service Programs, Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service

Posted by City of Philadelphia on June 8, 2015

The Deputy Director of National Service Programs is a position intended to lead efforts, align programs and leverage partnerships within the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (MOCEVS). Specifically, this individual will be responsible for providing strategic and supervisory support for three key programs within MOCEVS: the Foster Grandparents Program, the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps, and the Philadelphia National Service Taskforce. This position reports directly to the Chief Service Officer. Note: this position is grant-funded and will not be affected by a Mayoral transition.
Characteristics of a successful applicant include: a minimum of three-to-five years of work experience in government and/or non-profits; experience in managing programs, including developing and monitoring budgets, supervising staff and ensuring program impact; experience coalition building, fundraising and reporting to funders on program activities; excellent oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills; ability to create and oversee the implementation of realistic action plans; ability to anticipate and meet deadlines; and an ability to build and work as a team. Experience with National Service programs and/or navigating City government systems is preferred, but not required. This position will have three direct reports, the Foster Grandparents Program (FGP) Director, the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Leader, and the National Service Task Force VISTA Leader.

Duties Include:
 Providing grant management and oversight for the federal grants which fund the Foster Grandparent Program and the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps
 Identifying opportunities to strengthen programs, create and/or enhance implementation strategies, and work with a diverse team to implement action plans;
 Identifying new partners and funding streams to support MOCEVS’s National Service programs and oversee the process for obtaining those new resources, in particular for the Foster Grandparent Program and the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps;
 Providing budgetary oversight, including approval of expenditures, and work with the Fund for Philadelphia and the City’s Managing Director’s Office to track program income and expenses;
 Leading the efforts of the Philadelphia National Service Taskforce, which is comprised of staff members from Philadelphia’s numerous National Service Programs, to ensure the goals and objectives of the taskforce are met;
 Developing a performance management system that captures the impact of the Foster Grandparent Program and SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps;
 Ensuring greater awareness of the Foster Grandparents Program and SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps throughout City government and the Philadelphia community;
 Providing strategic support to key MOCEVS initiatives and programs and helping to resolve challenges as they arise;
 Overseeing efforts to report to current funders, submit grant applications, and manage funder relationships;
 Managing professional development for staff;
 Serving as a liaison to key partners including City departments, community advocates, neighborhood organizations, and funders;
 Other relevant duties as assigned.

Salary: $55,000 – $65,000. Excellent City Benefits Package.

How to Apply: If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (no greater than 2 pages) to Pranshu Verma at no later than Wednesday, June 17th. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. For more information on the interview process, please see the timeline below. Please direct any questions in writing to

Application Timeline:

June 2nd- June 17th: Applications accepted. Phone interviews conducted on a rolling basis.
June 17th– June 19th: In-person interviews for select candidates.
June 22nd– June 23rd: ½ day site interview with SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps & Foster Grandparents Program staff, AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers.
Week of June 23rd: Final offer made.
July 13th: Tentative start date

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