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Community Engagement Project Manager

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) strengthens the physical, social and economic fabric of Philadelphia, by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building. We believe in a multi-faceted approach to neighborhood revitalization, working with housing services, economic development, real estate development, vacant land management, community engagement and neighborhood planning.

NKCDC is administering a three-year grant through the U.S. Department of Justice's Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction program. Our lead program partners are fellow Kensington service providers IMPACT Services and HACE. We propose a three-year collaboration that unites law enforcement, human services, community development, and community volunteers around shared values and common priorities. Our proposed strategies pull from national best practices and decades of our own experience serving the Kensington community that demonstrate how neighborhood crime can be reduced through a comprehensive approach that increases collaborative problem-solving, improves social cohesion and community trust, reduces physical disorder and provides new opportunities for youth and adults alike.

Function

As part of the grant, NKCDC is hiring a full-time staff person to coordinate and shepherd this grant for its duration. The Community Engagement Project Manager will lead collaborative efforts to improve safety and quality of life in the Kensington and Fairhill neighborhoods, acting as a liaison between residents, community-based organizations, community anchors, and police. The overarching goal for the position is to integrate the resources of people and institutions which influence crime and perceptions in the neighborhood to uncover more strategic and effective remedies for safety problems. Responsibilities include organizing multiple phases of community input, performing required outreach, convening and facilitating all needed community and stakeholder meetings, and coordinating with our academic research partner in the Rutgers University Center for Urban Research and Education.

Reports to

Director of Community Engagement

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the efforts of residents, community organizations and law enforcement to address safety and crime issues, such as by creating/staffing a multiagency safety committee or task force.
  • Oversee all aspects of the Planning Process as required by the U.S. Department of Justice, including community engagement, data collection, survey administration, partner meetings, and drafting final report.
  • Mobilize residents and businesses to participate in activities focused on community cohesion and safety, with special focus on youth engagement and improving communication lines between residents and police.
  • Serve as point person for community volunteers -- including resident Community Connectors, surveyors, and anchor businesses.
  • Work with evaluation research partners at Rutgers University Center for Urban Research and Education.
  • Cultivate and steward the desired institutional relationship between NKCDC, HACE, and IMPACT and the police as determined by the project Leadership Committee to encourage strategic resource-sharing and creative collaboration.
  • Coordinate communication between internal Leadership Committee and stakeholder Steering Committee.
  • Advocate for the community on public safety and resource issues.
  • Coordinate community events and activities planned and sponsored by NKCDC, HACE, and IMPACT as they relate to this project.
  • Create and distribute crime prevention and safety education information.
  • Document and publicize neighborhood safety achievements to build confidence and buy-in among program partners.
  • Represent NKCDC, HACE, and IMPACT at appropriate meetings, presentations, and public events.
  • Compile and maintain a calendar of events, database of participants, and administrative records and reports for NKCDC, HACE, and IMPACT.
  • Develop and manage the safety program budget, including overseeing funding contracts and required funder reports.
  • Assist in securing additional grant funding consistent with safety program objectives and manage additional grants as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Facilitation skills for community meetings large and small
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong administrative, time and task management skills
  • Genuine commitment and sensitivity to residents and community issues
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish is required
  • Experience or residency in the 19134 zip code is preferred
  • Knowledge of City of Philadelphia and related nonprofit structure is preferred
  • Youth engagement experience is preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively with police officers and other law enforcement
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups, prioritize work, take initiative, and meet deadlines
  • Computer and other standard professional skills sufficient to prepare written reports, maintain databases, and develop competitive funding applications
  • Valid driver's license; access to a personal vehicle is a plus
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed

Compensation

This position offers a fixed $62,000 annual salary, along with excellent benefits including HMO health plan, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid vacation and 403 (b) retirement plan.

Application Process

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Andrew Goodman at agoodman@nkcdc.org. Please note that all candidate resumes are given due consideration and are kept on file for one year, but we cannot always respond personally to individual applications due to the high volume of inquiries.

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, February 1.

NKCDC provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, race, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, religion, language, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

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