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Construction Associate

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) is an ambitious and highly respected Philadelphia nonprofit using strategic real estate development as a catalyst for sustainable and equitable community development. This year NKCDC completes Orinoka Civic House, a high-profile redevelopment of an abandoned textile mill in Kensington, Philadelphia, into 51 units of affordable housing with indoor community space and commercial space (orinokacivichouse.com). Additionally, a new mixed income residential development dubbed "Awesometown" won Pennsylvania's first LEED V4 residential certification. In the role of Construction Associate, you will assist in the planning and execution of both new and rehab construction projects.

Reports to

Managing Director, Real Estate and Finance


  • Oversee multiple construction projects from conception to completion simultaneously to ensure timeliness and cost-effectiveness.
  • Review progress of the projects on an as needed basis, possibly daily.
  • Review the project in-depth to schedule deliverables and estimate costs.
  • Plan ahead to prevent problems and resolve and emerging ones.
  • Ensure quality construction standard and the use of proper construction techniques.
  • Ensure permitting, inspections and code compliance are completed as needed.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in construction management, architecture, engineering or related field is preferred. Experience may substitute for academic degree.
  • Understanding of all facets of the construction process.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, prioritize work, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to community development programs including low-income housing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Understanding of the workings of various city agencies such as VPRC, PRA, Landbank and of the zoning process is a plus.


Competitive salary 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 and resume to Barb Varela, NKCDC, 2515 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, 215-427-4908 (fax), bvarela@nkcdc.org (e-mail).

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.

Construction Associate job description
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New Kensington Community Development Corporation
2515 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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