$35,000 – $40,000 a year
The Blocks Project Coordinator will help coordinate and support block-based projects with staff and volunteers as part of the Community Engagement Team and help change the physical environment through block level improvements. Improvements will be identified and guided by residents on the block. The Blocks Coordinator will work with the Community Development team to help organize and work with neighbors to implement these efforts. Projects might include transforming a vacant lot into a greenspace, painting doors and windows, cleanups, starting a garden or working to secure a vacant nuisance property. The Block Projects Coordinator will also assist the Community Engagement Team to conduct outreach to neighbors to connect them to available services, resources, and involvement in deciding the direction of public spaces (like Rebuild).
- Site Improvement Coordination: work with engagement team and neighbors to identify and prioritize final sites for clearing, stabilization, and greening.
- Engage Residents: Coordinate regular trainings including greening techniques, planting, fence building, painting, safety, maintenance, etc.
- Lead Teams: Organize and lead teams of volunteers and Community Connectors to implement physical block improvements.
- Operate the Kensington Truck: drive outreach vehicle to deliver supplies to people and is used to engage them in major decisions in the neighborhood as well as services outreach.
- Coordination with City agencies: report and facilitate follow ups to ensure that nuisance property issues on key blocks (short dumping, vacancy, etc.) are addressed by appropriate city agencies in a timely manner.
- Delivery Coordination: Ensure supplies are delivered on time and coordinated with others. Provide setup and breakdown support of events based materials. Organize and deliver supplies to Community Connectors and Blocks to help advance their projects.
- Theft Prevention: Make sure project sites are secured and ensure tools and materials do not go missing.
- Maintain Equipment and Supply: Make sure a list of tools and supplies in stock are maintained with accurate stock counts before and after every event. This may include rakes, gloves, brooms, garbage bags, lawnmowers, weed whackers, shovels, hoses, etc. Keep mechanical equipment that is used regularly functioning properly. Keep supplies well organized and readily available. Communicate additional needs with Director of Community Development.
- Services Liaison: Provide information, referrals, linkages, and advocacy to assist residents and neighbors in accessing services and resources.
- Record keeping, reporting and data management: ability to keep a log of reports around vacancy and nuisance properties.
- Knowledge of gardening and greening practices and basic building skills (for garden beds, fences, etc.)
- Ability to safely operate and manage tools and equipment (lawnmowers, weed whackers, saws, drills, etc.).
- Driver license and clear driving record. Experience operating a box truck through narrow streets a plus.
- Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to help others.
- Calm presence and the ability to organize, train and manage up to 10 volunteers with varying skill sets to safely and successfully implement block projects.
- Must be reliable and show up on time.
- Able to work independently, take direction, follow a work plan and support/work with the team to get things done.
- Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities
- Good problem solving and conflict resolution skills
- Bilingual (English and Spanish) required
- Resident of Kensington/North Philadelphia preferred