New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) is a community development corporation committed to sustainable development in housing opportunities, economic development, vacant land strategies, community engagement, and real estate development. NKCDC advances social equity and economic empowerment by nurturing and creating opportunities for residents to live, and actively shape, their neighborhoods of choice. To that end, NKCDC provides free housing counseling to anyone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and offers many additional resources to residents and businesses in the Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods.
NKCDC has a strong reputation both locally and nationally, with longstanding credibility of serving as a trusted and valuable partner and collaborator. The organization is currently one of only two community development organizations in the City of Philadelphia that are chartered members of the NeighborWorks America network. Historically, our approach to arts-based development and vacant land management has been considered innovative and transformative. Our current work using a trauma-informed community engagement model, applying a racial equity lens across the organization, and leading programs at the intersection of health and housing are keeping NKCDC at the cutting-edge of community development. NKCDC draws on the strengths of the communities in Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond — a population of over 62,800, 23% of whom live below the federal poverty level — to make sure neighborhood development benefits all residents. More information can be found at nkcdc.org.
NKCDC is seeking a Program Manager that will lead the Cure Violence Program, a strategic, evidence-based public health approach to reduce gun violence in target areas throughout the Kensington community. The Program Manager will work to meet the long-term goals of the organization, while collaborating with staff and leadership to drive success throughout NKCDC’s day-to-day operations. Reporting to the VP of Programs, this person will develop and strengthen relationships with community members and external partners.
VP of Programs
Specific tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Work with the VP of Programs to supervise NKCDC’s Programs in accordance with applicable
company policies and community guidelines and ordinances.
- Manage NKCDC’s day-to-day operations relative to the Cure Violence Program, including Maintaining caseload of individuals at high risk for violence, canvassing, mediating conflicts, responding to shootings, community outreach and mobilization, and delegation of responsibilities to Outreach Workers.
- Represent Cure Violence through community presence to expand opportunities for support.
- Participate in Cure Violence training and meetings as necessary.
- Distribute and track Cure Violence public education materials in the target areas.
- Evaluate program needs, providing guidance and solutions in accordance with NKCDC’s
- Ensure issues are promptly communicated and addressed within a realistic framework.
- Develop knowledge bank of community needs and use that knowledge to improve quality and
delivery of services.
- Represent NKCDC at community events to expand opportunities for partnership and support.
- Assist with monitoring industry trends to help best position NKCDC to take advantage of new
- Other duties as assigned.
- Proficient in Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, prioritize work, manage multiple
tasks, meet deadlines, and quickly adjust or change course as needed.
- Commitment to NKCDC’s mission.
- Ability to work directly at the community level and document programmatic activities.
- Familiarity with the Kensington neighborhood a plus.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills, flexibility, and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to work with culturally diverse people.
- Flexibility to work off-site, and to work evenings, and weekends occasionally as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field is a plus. Experience may substitute for an academic degree.
Salary for this position will be $60,000/yr. with a full-time schedule, 35 hours per week. To counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, we use a nonnegotiable starting salary system, while benchmarking our pay to competitive markets in the nonprofit sector. Excellent benefits including HMO health plan, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid vacation, and 403(b) retirement plan. This position will be on-site at our main office, 2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19134.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume HR@nkcdc.org, with “[YOUR NAME] Kensington Planning Program Manager” in the subject line. Applications received by September 5, 2023, will be given full consideration. All candidate resumes are given consideration and are kept on file for one year, but we cannot always respond personally depending on the volume of inquiries.
Our hiring process includes a 20–30-minute interview with HR, followed by an in-person interview with the hiring manager, and finally an hour-long “panel” interview with 3-4 staff members. Reference checks are conducted after the final interview.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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. We know groups subjected to systemic oppression– including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities who are marginalized.