Job Opportunities – AZ: 1) Volunteer Program Manager 2) Grant and Staff Writer

  1. Volunteer Program Manager
Arizona State Parks Mission Statement: Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people both in our parks and through our partners. To learn more about Arizona State Parks, visit our web site at
Volunteer Program Manager
Arizona State Parks Phoenix Office
23751 N. 23RD AVENUE, SUITE 190
Phoenix, AZ 85085
Arizona State Parks (ASP) oversees and manages thirty parks in Arizona.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES                   
The position is responsible for planning, developing, analyzing, expanding and implementing volunteer programming for Arizona State Parks. This includes the direct supervision of a seasonal support employee, and indirect management of 1000+ Statewide Park Volunteers and “park specific” volunteer program management through Park Volunteer Coordinators at all Arizona State Parks. Under the direction of the Chief of Community Stewardship this position also manages National Service volunteers including hiring, training, evaluation of the volunteers. This position is responsible for the mandatory reporting associated with these volunteers. Lean principles.
Knowledge of:
Best practices in volunteer resource management. Current trends and issues in volunteer resource management. Legal issues, insurance issues and risk management concerns in volunteer resource management. Electronic volunteer record-keeping practices. Effective management of volunteer programs, including recruitment, placement, supervision and recognition of volunteers. Event, project and program coordination. Americans with Disabilities Act, Title II Americans with Disabilities Act, Outdoor Recreation Guidelines
Skill in: 
Effective individual and team interaction. Effective written, oral and interpersonal communication. Use of computer software programs in MAC and/or IBM operating systems, Microsoft and electronic communication. Effective time and priority management. Effective organization and event coordination. Problem solving. Data and trend analysis. Technical/electronic database management. Public speaking. Program planning and implementation. Writing reports and presenting project data summaries as required.
Ability to:
Develop effective and positive interpersonal working relationships with diverse staff and volunteers at Arizona State Parks Phoenix office and field locations, professional colleagues, Friends group members, vendors, and other stakeholders. Analyze complex situations and make sound recommendations.. Manage sensitive and delicate situations with a high degree of cordiality.. Travel frequently, drive alone for long distances, stay overnight when necessary. Camp at parks when necessary. Meet project deadlines. Evaluate and establish priorities. Work evenings and weekends. Speak articulately in public/private settings. Collect, analyze, interpret and present information of high level complexity and broad impact. React to changing program needs.. Posses and maintain a Class D Arizona Driver’s license.
Proven ability to work effectively with diverse personalities in a variety of sensitive situations.
Certified Volunteer Administrator (certification) Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree with a major in Volunteer Management, Non-Profit Management, Parks and Recreation, any environmental or cultural science (Biology, Geology, History, Anthropology), Public Administration or closely related field..
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)
All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
*Up to 21 days vacation
*12 sick days with accumulation benefits
*10 paid holidays
*Participation in the state retirement system
*Deferred Compensation
*Superior health care options
*Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available)
*Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available
*Discounted auto and/or home insurance
*Employee Assistance Program
*Wellness Program
*Many more benefit programs are available


Vicki Adney, SHRM-CP, PHR
Human Resources Manager
Phone: (602) 542-6919


2) Grants and Staff Writer



Arizona State Parks Central Office
23751 N. 23rd Avenue, Suite 190
Phoenix, AZ 85085


Work is performed under the broad direction of the Chief of Resources and Public Programs with the majority of work performed independently. This individual must be able to multi-task. 
The Grant and Staff Writer will lead the agency’s grant development efforts by working closely with agency staff at all levels of the agency to identify and secure alternative funding opportunities. This will include grant research, identification of appropriate applications, coordination among entities, proposal development and grant writing in pursuit of federal, state, public and private funding on behalf of Arizona State Parks. This position will also coordinate the implementation of grant awards and ensure post-award compliance. Will compile financial data (in conjunction with Administration staff) and non-financial data for the preparation of internal and external reports, compliance reports, and grant billings and maintain a grants status database. This position will set up site visits to parks to conduct research, gather data and compile necessary information to write proposals. Document, organize and maintain program files (e.g. budgets, photos, articles, outcomes) to keep up to date on the parks programs. The ideal candidate writes persuasive, clear, concise proposals; solicits state and federal funding agencies; meets deadlines and juggles multiple priorities; and maintains a professional and flexible work style. Ideal candidates would see the position as a growth opportunity within the grants section.

 This position will also write and edit Annual Reports, survey responses, will contribute to the SCORP (Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan) and CAPRA (Commission for Accredition of Park and Recreation Agencies) narratives and other correspondence. This position will write, edit and proof communications for the agency. 

Comprehensive knowledge of standard office practices, procedures, equipment, and techniques. Highly motivated with proven experience in writing and editing, grant writing and pursuing funds. Ability to interpret federal, state and local laws, codes, rules & regulations.

 Technical Skills: Proficient to expert in use of Microsoft Office and Adobe Suites. Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others; superior organizational skills.

Language Skills: To read and interpret documents such as safety rules, travel policies, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals; to write and edit reports and correspondence; to speak, effectively before groups or employees.
Analytical Skills: Mathematical skill to calculate figures and amounts.
Interpersonal Skills – Flexible, adaptive and reliable; focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under,control; remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
Computer Skills – Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc) and database applications. 
Proven Writing Skills – Strong editing skills and well-written reports; skill to develop concepts and ideas in both an acceptable oral and written form. 
Must be highly organized. Ability to use judgment, discretion and initiative in establishing priorities. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to articulate Arizona State Parks’ position summations, reports and other formal business correspondence in an organized and concise manner. Ability to work effectively under pressure, use independent judgment and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints. 
Ability to obtain and maintain an Arizona class D driver’s license. Ability to travel and stay overnight when necessary. Ability and specialized skills to independently prepare letters, memos, and reports. Ability to analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information and to prepare reports and correspondence. Ability to comprehend and make inferences from written material. Ability to interpret federal, state, and local government laws and regulations regarding grant contracts and administration. Ability to review the work products of others to ensure conformance to standards. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with supervisors, peers and the general public. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with a variety of partners, state and federal agencies, community agencies, public and private organizations.

 Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Communication, English, Writing
  • Experience in writing to include successful grant research; writing and submitting successful grant proposals to federal, state and private resources, articles, and announcements
  • Organizational Skills
  • Concise
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to write, edit, and evaluate
  • Experience in working with eCivis database
The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
  • Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
  • Accrued vacation pay and sick days
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Wellness plans

All newly hired employees are subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program. 
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. 
Vicki Adney, SHRM-CP, PHR
Human Resources Manager

Phone: (602) 542-6919
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