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Project Director, RSVP of Westchester

Full-Time / Grant Funded Position


 

Position Description

RSVP of Westchester is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is locally sponsored by Volunteer New York! located in Tarrytown, NY (www.volunteernewyork.org). The program is also funded in part by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, NYS Office of the Aging and the Westchester County Dept. of Senior Programs and Services. RSVP is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation; engaging people aged 55+ in a diverse range of volunteer activities. Currently, Volunteer New York! has over 900 RSVP members serving throughout our local communities.
 
The RSVP of Westchester program is Volunteer New York!’s primary strategy for meeting the needs of volunteers 55 and over. Qualified candidates will have a greater understanding of the unique needs and interests of this dynamic pool of volunteers. In addition, as directed by CNCS, all RSVP of Westchester volunteers must be mobilized in one of CNCS’s strategic focus areas. RSVP of Westchester focuses its efforts on Education, Healthy Futures, Economic Opportunity and Veterans. The successful candidate will be able to think strategically about how to develop new partnerships with community partners that provide direct service in these focus areas as well as to recruit and mobilize volunteers who are looking to make a difference in these areas.
 
Although the RSVP Project Director is ultimately responsible for the successes of the RSVP of Westchester program, s/he will work collaboratively with other Volunteer New York! staff in the areas of outreach, communications, finance and development to ensure programmatic success. It is a critical task of the RSVP Project Director to be a team leader in ensuring the program does not operate in silo and, as such, no component of RSVP is left unattended.
 

 
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing administrative oversight of RSVP by ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the federal grant and applicable regulations.
  • Maintaining program quality by setting annual goals and objectives; ensure goals comply with CNCS guidelines and grant requirements.
  • Recruiting, selecting, orienting and placing RSVP volunteers with volunteer stations.
  • Maintaining close relationships with the nonprofits that host RSVP volunteers. Ensuring the nonprofits are using volunteer management best practices and set up training and support when appropriate.
  • Collecting volunteer hours from all sites on a quarterly basis; assisting in the collection of sound impact measurements from appropriate nonprofit sites, as needed.
  • Generating required quarterly reports and statistics as well as identifying success stories that can be used to promote and communicate our work to the community.
  • Build and strengthen collaborations with new nonprofits who align with the strategic focus areas.
  • Review and sign all new RSVP membership applications and Memorandum of Understanding agreements
  • Enhance total efforts of RSVP through active involvement with community organizations who are aligned in the areas of older adults and volunteering and other national service programs, where appropriate.
  • Manage the e-grants system to prepare the renewal grant application and submit progress reports for CNCS. Work with the staff of Volunteer New York! to prepare other grant applications and special fundraising projects, as needed.
  • Adhering to approved budgets and applying sound fiscal procedures.
  • Arranging for formal and regular recognition of volunteers, organizations and individuals who have contributed to the support of RSVP.
  • Attending training programs as mandated by funding sources and other appropriate meetings and conferences on aging, volunteerism and related fields as appropriate. Occasional (once or twice a year) long-distance travel.
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer staff including a volunteer to assist with the maintenance of RSVP database; Ensure data accuracy of active volunteers, and hours served.
  • Assisting the Volunteer New York! Outreach team at volunteer recruitment events when needed.
  • Planning and implementing, in coordination with Volunteer New York!’s Director of Communications, public relations opportunities to promote RSVP activities and volunteerism.
  • Work with the Advisory Committee to expand and evaluate RSVP activities. Hold monthly Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Work in cooperation with Volunteer New York!, and the Advisory Council to obtain resources for the programs.
  • Assisting, as necessary, with Volunteer New York! “all hands on deck” initiatives such as Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards Breakfast Benefit, Leadership Westchester Graduation etc.
 

 
Qualifications:
  • Proven experience in designing, implementing, and running nonprofit programs
  • Demonstrated interest in working with older adults (55+)
  • Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and manage many projects simultaneously while maintaining event timelines and meeting deadlines
  • Broad-based computer skills, database experience a plus
  • Outstanding writing, verbal communication, interpersonal and presentation skills across all mediums
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Flexible schedule, including the ability to attend evening and weekend meetings/events, as needed
  • Ability to be flexible, to keep a sense of humor and to solve problems with confidence and creativity
  • Experience managing federal grants, preferred.
  • Must have own transportation
 

 
Schedule: Full-time position
 
Salary: Low $50k; we offer a very competitive benefits package.
 

 

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Volunteer New York!, 220 White Plains Road, Tarrytown NY 10591, Attn: Jeanette Gisbert

Via e-mail at jeanette@volunteernewyork.org or fax to 914-948-3032.
 
Volunteer New York! is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
 
 

 

About Volunteer New York!
Volunteer New York! is a one-stop resource devoted to increasing volunteerism in Westchester and our surrounding communities. Our core mission is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in our community.

For more than 67 years, Volunteer New York! has evolved to meet the changing needs in our community, creating initiatives in collaboration with the business community, expanding services to engage volunteers of all ages, and expanding its online outreach to make it even easier for people to get connected. Through organized volunteer projects, as well as by connecting individuals to nonprofit organizations, Volunteer New York! helps people take action to strengthen the quality of life in their community.
 
During the past year alone, Volunteer New York! inspired over 20,000 volunteers in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties who contributed over 285,000 hours of service valued in excess of $8.1 million.
 
Volunteer New York! prides itself on a culture of excellence and for the seventh year in a row, GreatNonprofits.org named us a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” based on online reviews from volunteers and nonprofit partners. The 914Inc. Small Business Awards has named us an “Outstanding Non Profit.”
 
 
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