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AmeriCorps & AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager

Spartanburg, SC

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time

Published on 30 Mar 2021

Expires on 14 May 2021

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AmeriCorps & AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department: Community Impact

Core Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5

 Reports to:  VP, Community and Collective Impact


To provide professional leadership and support to the Community Impact Department; responsible for coordinating and developing all aspects of the AmeriCorps VISTA and Direct Service programs. This position will also work to seek, foster, and strengthen relationships with organizations in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties. These relationships will be grown through the management of additional resources such as 211, Charity Tracker, VITA, and our CRC program. This work includes collaborative leadership, agreement building, execution of feasible timelines and budgets, outcomes development, communications and commitment to the strategies of United Way’s community impact work.


Job Responsibilities for AmeriCorps Grant:

•   Serve as main facilitator and grant coordinator for the AmeriCorps Planning Grant

•   Participate in meetings, trainings, and phone calls with the SC Commission development coach.

•   Submit applicable reports to the SC Commission.

•   Develop and facilitate the work of a Financial Stability Partnership in determining the vision, strategies, priorities, focus areas, outcomes and community indicators, as well as form an advisory committee to assist in the development of the AmeriCorps Planning Grant.

•   Attend applicable national trainings and conferences.

•   Develop and coordinate the full programming and grant request for the AmeriCorps Financial Stability Initiative Grant.

•   Develop AmeriCorps member training curriculum and support plan.

•   Assist in the development of AmeriCorps site RFP and site selection review.

•   Identify and leverage all appropriate community resources toward project related  goals, including supporting grant writing and fund development efforts.

•   Ensure work is focused to meet intended/stated outcomes; periodically measure and report effectiveness of this work in achieving desired outcomes.

•   Collect, select, analyze, assemble meaningful data for research and be able to translate data  into “commonly understandable” concepts and community reports.

•   Identify and build partnerships and create positive working relationships between UWP and  other human service organizations, governmental agencies, financial institutions, businesses,  non-profit agencies, schools, faith communities and community organizations.

•   Assist with allocation of funds, research, marketing and developing  agreements, protocols and funding agreements as appropriate.

Job Responsibilities for AmeriCorps VISTA Grant:

•   Recruitment of VISTA placement sites;

•   Selecting and supervising a VISTA Leaders as grant funding allows;

•   Development of relevant training materials for program members and volunteer sites;

•   Training for program members and volunteer sites;

•   Ensuring that volunteer sites are public or private non-profit organizations and maintaining current Memorandums of Understanding with each;

•   Developing and maintaining positive relationships with program members and volunteer sites;

•   All relevant record keeping for members and volunteer sites as described in the Federal Register;

•   At least annually assessing the placement of VISTA members to ensure their safety and assess their impact on community needs;

•   Submitting  appropriate  paperwork  and  grant  requests  to  the  Corporation  for  National  and Community Service as outlined in the Federal Register;

•   Representing the program and organization as appropriate at health fairs, community events, United Way employee campaigns etc. as necessary;

•   Under the direction of the Chairperson of the VISTA Advisory Board, coordinating all VISTA Advisory Board meetings and activities;

•   Coordinate fundraising activities associated with the VISTA program;

•   At least quarterly planning and implementing a training or professional development opportunity for all active VISTA members;

•   At least annually planning and implementing a VISTA recognition event; and

•   Ensuring organizational compliance with all aspects of the Federal Register.

Additional Responsibilities:

•   Provide staff support to committees established to work on UWP’s Priority Initiatives, including building leadership, strengthening problem solving capacity, developing strategic work-plans, securing and mobilizing resources, setting agendas with committee chairs; integrating the work of established committees as they work to accomplish the mission of the Initiative, distributing minutes, meeting logistics, etc.

•   Manage the Safety Net Council adding partners, scheduling meetings, arranging presenters.

•   Schedule and manage trainings for, Charity Tracker, 211 and various other Financial Stability topics.

•   Facilitate and grow partnerships through continued contact and coalition building within communities.

•   Attend personal development and leadership seminars as requested, as well as workshops, staff meetings, webinars, conferences, training refresher courses and meetings.

•   Provide support to partner agencies as needed.

•   Ability to review the work of others on the grant team to ensure conformance to standards;

•   Attend personal development and leadership seminars as requested, as well as workshops, staff meetings, webinars, conferences, training refresher courses and meetings;

•   Maintain integrity and keep all sensitive information confidential.

•   Must be able to work a flexible schedule with the possibility of some early morning and evenings.

•   Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


•   Bachelor’s degree program in social welfare, public policy or related field required.

•   At least two years of progressively responsible program management experience in a nonprofit or human services environment.

•   Any experience in a CNCS AmeriCorps or other form of service is preferred but not required.

•   Experience working with executive level, volunteer decision makers and facilitating volunteer- based decision-making and consensus building.

•   Ability to function as a member of a high-performance team.

•   Ability to simplify complex concepts and systems.

•   Strong knowledge of Nonprofit and Public Sectors and ability to work with a diverse range of community organizations and populations.

•   Strategic thinker, skilled planner, collaborative problem solver, outcomes focused.

•   Strong attention to detail and possess creative energy.

•   Demonstrate:

- Strong ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written format.

- Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work independently or with others as a team.

- Ability to develop strong professional working relationships and collaborate with both internal and external partners.

- Ability to persuade or influence others in favor of a service, point of view, or course of action.

- Strong ethical standards, reliability, accountability, professional excellence, positive attitude, and confidentiality.

- Maintain a high level of integrity for self and others.

- Demonstrated excellent customer service skills.

- Excellent attention to detail and sense of urgency, ability to prioritize with an emphasis on quality and accuracy of work.

- Ability to multi-task, prioritize and deal with interruptions while meeting timely deadlines.

- Ability to change course of action due to shifts in work demands.

- Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks.

•     Demonstrated ability to understand concepts, practices, and procedures with ability to use in varied situations.

•    Demonstrated ability to present information to diverse audiences.

     Demonstrated ability to contribute to important strategy, operational and business decisions that affect department.

     Demonstrated ability to develop solutions using creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, negotiation and diplomacy.

    Ability to read and interpret documents such as federal and state laws, legal documents, safety rules, operating and procedure manuals.

•   Demonstrated ability to build relationships, negotiate, motivate, and persuade others.

•   Demonstrated  ability  to  analyze  situations,  develop  solutions  using  creativity,  resourcefulness, innovation, negotiation, and diplomacy.

•   Demonstrated ability to be adapt and persevere.

•   Demonstrated ability to exhibit extreme integrity and confidentiality.

•   Demonstrated strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

•   Regular and sustained attendance required.

•   Must have valid driver’s license and access to transportation throughout the workday.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone.  The employee is frequently required to reach, stoop or kneel. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance and color vision due to computer work. May be required to lift, push, or pull up to 25 pounds occasionally.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  There is moderate noise associated with a business office including telephones, computer keyboards, printers, office traffic and visitors. The work environment requires the individual to have the ability to work in a confined space and sit at a computer terminal or in conference rooms.

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United Way of the Piedmont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Employer of National Service: AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.