Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Director, Public Engagement

Deadline to apply :
Applications accepted on rolling basis

Type of Position :
Staff (Full-Time)

Position Description :

AmeriCorps is seeking a Director, Public Engagement that will lead a team to plan and execute events and initiatives including, but not limited to listening sessions, speaking engagements, summits and convenings, both virtual and in-person. The Director will work closely with senior leadership to create and implement a public engagement strategy in support of AmeriCorps goal and priorities. This is a highly collaborative position within a newly formed unit, and the Public Engagement team works closely with the office of External Affairs, Office of Government Relations, partnership team, program teams and the Office of Regional Operations.

Job Duties :

The incumbent will:

  • Oversee external public engagements for senior leadership (CEO, Board of Directors, Program Directors, and Senior Advisors) including speaking engagements, listening sessions, round tables and initiatives that drive AmeriCorps’ goals and priorities forward
  • Oversee the development and implementation of convenings and summits in alignment with AmeriCorps goals and priorities.
  • Implement AmeriCorps’ public engagement strategy including the establishment of performance measures, tracking and reporting systems, and documentation of impact in alignment with AmeriCorps’ Strategic Plan.
  • Perform all of the traditional job duties and functions of a supervisor to include interviewing and selecting candidates for positions; training and assigning work; conduct performance evaluations; recommend promotions, reassignments and other personnel actions; review the completeness and thoroughness of work assignments; counsel employees on problems related to work responsibilities; adjudicate complaints where applicable and necessary; balance employee workload; and respond to technical inquiries from subordinates to facilitate the completion of work.
  • Oversee daily business operations, including project management, financial and budgetary management. Provide administrative and technical supervision necessary for executing AmeriCorps’ public engagement strategy.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Regional Operations, Office of External Affairs, Office of Government Relations, the partnership team and program offices, to provide creative thought partnership on strategy for advancing cross-organizational initiatives.
  • Perform public liaison functions to identify and attract public engagement opportunities for senior leadership, including partnering to co-create opportunities with the external stakeholders.
  • Prepare and deliver briefings or other written deliverables for senior level management.
  • Represent the Department of the CEO at internal and external meetings and conferences, as appropriate.
  • Serve as an advisor to senior leadership on policy matters related to public engagement events, protocol guidance, and strategy.
  • Plan, direct and evaluate critical and operational planning, program development, and management and business services programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements :

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees and supervisors.
  • Merit Promotion and internal applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
  • Must be telework ready. See the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for more details regarding the agency’s current full-time telework status.
  • A financial disclosure may be required for this position.
  • Dates of employment, including beginning and end dates in the following format: month/day/year, must be included on resume.


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the upper range of the NY-03 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes performing ALL of the following: 1) developing polices, methodologies, and procedures to accomplish public engagement mission requirements, and objectives that are tailored to meet the needs of an organization; 2) managing and coordinating a public information program; 3) supervising a small to mid-size team in a large organization; AND 4) building and managing relationships with outside interest groups.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant’s resume.