Philadelphia, January 12, 2015 Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the City of Philadelphia will award up to five points on its civil service exams for alumni of national service programs. As part of the Employers of National Service initiative, Philadelphia is the first employer in the nation to provide additional civil service points for AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni who have successfully passed their civil service exam.

“With this historic policy announcement, the City of Philadelphia is truly a city that embraces national service. I am pleased to honor the work of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps members and alumni who provide such valuable service to our country,” said Mayor Nutter. “Adding civil service points for national service alumni just makes sense: AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni have the qualities we seek in our workforce, including a commitment to public service and commitment to getting the job done.”

Mayor Nutter was joined for the announcement by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency which administers AmeriCorps, and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of the Peace Corps.

“Philadelphia is a trailblazer when it comes to service, and today the city takes that commitment to the next level,” said Spencer.  “I commend Mayor Nutter for these bold new steps. Not only has Philadelphia signed on as an Employer of National Service, but it is the first city in the nation to offer points for its civil service exam. AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni are motivated, flexible, innovative, and outcome-oriented, making them valuable assets for cities, and all organizations, seeking great employees who know how to get things done.”

Hessler-Radelet said, “I applaud Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia employers that have committed to celebrating and leveraging the many benefits of service by recognizing Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers.  If you’re looking for passionate, determined, culturally competent, globally aware innovators and problem-solvers, hire a returned Peace Corps volunteer.”

Beginning in January 2015, additional points will be added to the examination score of any City of Philadelphia civil service candidate who has passed all other components of an open, competitive examination and has completed a term of national service in AmeriCorps or Peace Corps. Candidates can combine completed service terms to accumulate five points; however, they cannot receive more than five points total for national service. The new regulations were approved by the Civil Service Commission and the City’s Administrative Board in Fall 2014. Candidates must submit official documentation of their completed service to be eligible for additional points.

The chart details the number of points awarded for AmeriCorps and PeaceCorps alumni, based on their length of service.

National  Service Agency

Minimum Length of Service

Points Awarded  on Open Competitive Examinations

Peace Corps

Two years


AmeriCorps VISTA

One year term


Note: AmeriCorps VISTAs who complete less than 12 months of service are not eligible for a prorated number of points. 



1,700 hours



900 hours



675 hours



450 hours


In addition to announcing the City of Philadelphia’s civil service changes, Mayor Nutter called on employers across the city to sign on as an Employer of National Service.

“In Philadelphia, as across the Nation, employers are always looking for committed, competent, and proven employees,” said Mayor Nutter.  “National service alumni have demonstrated that they have the creativity, leadership-skills, and training to succeed in the workplace. I would like to thank Comcast and NBC Universal, which have been strong supporters of national service, for joining me to celebrate this announcement today. I would also like to thank the School District of Philadelphia, SEPTA, Philadelphia Works, CSX, the Philadelphia Youth Network, City Year, College Possible, EducationWorks, Teach for America, and Solar States for accepting the call to action to become an Employer of National Service. I urge other employers to join the movement.”

Employers of National Service, announced by President Obama at the White House in September 2014 as part of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, builds a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. The Corporation for National and Community Service is leading this effort along with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps Alums, and the Franklin Project.

Organizations becoming an Employer of National Service commit to one or more of the following:

Including language in job postings encouraging AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and national service alumni to apply;

Incorporating a check box on job applications for AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and national service alumni.

For more information on becoming an Employer of National Service visit, or contact

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