Director and Grant Manager – Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps Vista Program

Allegheny College, a selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Director and Grant Manager for the Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA Program, a two-county project that seeks to build the capacity of non-profit organizations in Crawford and Erie Counties to fight poverty. The position is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Executive Director of Economic, Civic & Community Engagement (ECCE) and is responsible for general program management and grant administration.  Allegheny College administers the program in collaboration with Gannon, Mercyhurst and PennState Behrend Universities.

The following are essential duties and responsibilities for this position: serves as a liaison with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for grant management and compliance, facilitates a sub-grant process for the recruitment of VISTA host sites, coordinates program leadership and strategic planning via a multi-institution Coordinating Committee, supervises the Member Recruitment and Development Manager who oversees the recruitment of VISTA members, supervises and supports VISTA members and increases the program’s visibility via community partnerships, social media and participation in regional events.

Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, social work, higher education or a related field. Service experience with a CNCS program or as a prior AmeriCorps VISTA member, grant writing/management, volunteer management, supervisory experience or work in a higher education setting is preferred.  The successful candidate must possess a strong ethic of service, excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently.  The position requires frequent remote work and travel, with time split between Erie and Crawford Counties.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

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posted 04/13/2022