Employers of National Service connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
Through this initiative, employers have increased access to a dedicated, highly qualified and mission-oriented pool of potential employees, and national service alumni have additional opportunities to apply their skills in the workplace.
More than 500 employers are now a part of the Employers of National Service program, which recognizes the valuable skills gained by more 1 million Americans who have participated in AmeriCorps since 1994 and the 215,000 who have participated in the Peace Corps since 1961.
Why Hire National Service Alumni?
National service develops essential skills that make AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni high-quality employees for any organizations or company. National service alumni are strong leaders who are motivated, flexible, innovative and outcome-oriented. They learn quickly, work well on diverse teams, and know how to mobilize others to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world.
“The City of Phoenix is proud to be one of the first cities in the nation to pledge to be an Employer of National Service, and we continue to strengthen our commitment. This year, four of our AmeriCorps VISTA members transitioned to a variety of roles at the City, including police forensics, transit, communications and City Council aide. National Service alumni know how to roll up their sleeves and share their passion for service to address some of our community’s most pressing needs. Their commitment to making a difference makes them perfect fits in the City of Phoenix.” —Greg Stanton, Phoenix Mayor (2012-2018)
Benefits of Being an Employer of National Service
Employers of National Service will have a competitive edge in reaching a large and diverse pool of talented individuals. Participating employers will have their job opportunities highlighted via promotional channels that reach a vast network of talented job seekers. Every employer from the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors will benefit from the value that national service alumni add to their organization.
How Does an Organization Become an Employer of National Service?
To become an Employer of National Service, organizations will adopt policies and practices that allow applicants to highlight skills gained through national service. Organizations will identify themselves as an Employer of National Service on their website, in job applications, or in another approved manner that demonstrates to alumni that their organization understands and actively recruits those who have completed a national service program
Employers of National Service is an initiative co-sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps Alums, the National Peace Corps Association and the Service Year Alliance. Identification as an Employer of National Service does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the co-sponsors for the activities of the participating employers.
Robin Hanson is program manager of AmeriCorps VISTA.