Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County


Program:                   Project POWER/AmeriCorps

Position Title:           Project POWER/AmeriCorps Program Manager

Hours:                        37.5 hours per week, some nights, weekends and overnights

Reports To:               Director of Community Supports

Salary:                       Commensurate with experience

Office Location:        Administrative Offices; 31 Brickyard Road

Benefits:                     Full

Overall Responsibility

The Project POWER Program Manager, directs, manages and supports the AmeriCorps grant and serves as the main source of contact with the NC Commission. In addition to managing the program, the program manager will be the liaison between members, site(s) and site supervisors, constituents, and stakeholders. The program manager also communicates with the NC Commission and implements new program requirements for Children First/CIS, the AmeriCorps program and other stakeholders.

Key Areas of Responsibility


Grant management and administration:

  • Maintain documentation systems and practices compliant with federal laws and regulations, the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) and the NC-Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service policies and procedures
  • Ensure grant objectives are met through evaluation and assessment
  • Define and revise program activities to meet performance measure outcomes and strengthen the program
  • Collect data to complete quarterly reports on member and program performance to submit to the NC-Commission
  • Ensure AmeriCorps provisions are met by AmeriCorps members and sites
  • Work cooperatively with financial and leadership staff to effectively plan for and manage program funds

Program management and development:

  • Overall management of AmeriCorps grant and program
  • Supervise and support AmeriCorps Program staff and members (both FT & EAO Corps)
  • Develop and manage community partnerships
  • Facilitate site visits with AmeriCorps members and partner agencies
  • Develop sustainability efforts and manage public relations for program in partnership with designated Children First/CIS staff
  • Participate in all National Service Day events

Member recruitment, training, and retention:

  • Develop and manage member recruitment and retention (including coordination of application/personnel files)
  • Develop orientation for training and development of members
  • Manage ongoing training for members
  • Facilitate team development and cohesion through activities and retreats
  • Supervise and manage members on-site and consult members and site supervisors one-on-one throughout the year

Staff responsibilities:

  • Participate in all required AmeriCorps state and national training
  • Work collaboratively with all CF/CIS staff to maintain a positive image
  • Attend trainings when required and funding is available
  • Understand and demonstrate the mission and goals of CF/CIS.
  • Communicate regularly with the Director of Community Supports and Executive Director
  • Provide sufficient program information to Executive Director to provide CF/CIS Board with a comprehensive overview of services and outcomes
  • Attend and participate in CF/CIS Staff meetings and events
  • Provide all paperwork and reports needed to CF/CIS
  • Cross train, share information and communicate with all applicable CF/CIS staff
  • Other duties, as

Skills and Attributes

  • Ability to work independently and with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to create and lead a team of people
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Committed to a mission of “…improving the lives of children and their families through advocacy, community collaboration and programs”
  • Excellent organizational skills

Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human/social services/education or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years non-profit/education experience
  • Computer literate with experience in data management
  • Experience in
    • effective supervision of staff
    • planning and implementation of programs for children and families
    • grant writing
    • budget preparation/management and financial planning experience
    • volunteer training and orientation
    • community collaboration
  • Previous AmeriCorps experience preferred

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and three professional references  to