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 trusted and valuable partner and collaborator. The organization is currently the only community development organization in the City of Philadelphia that is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks America network. Historically, our approach to arts-based development and vacant land management have 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 87,000 residents, 35% of whom live below the federal poverty level — to make sure neighborhood development benefits all residents. More information can be found at nkcdc.org.
This position will work closely with the Economic Development, Housing Services, and Community Engagement departments of NKCDC and combines two distinct functions. The first is small business assistance in close collaboration with two Commercial Corridor Managers. The second is “Healthy Housing,” in particular connecting neighborhood residents to home repair services through Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. This position will be located on-site at our main office, 2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19134.
Director of Real Estate & Economic Development (DREED)
Small business support responsibilities
1. Develop relationships with and provide technical assistance to small business owners, especially those led and owned by African American, Latino, Asian American, American Indian, and Alaska Native people. Assistance will focus on the commercial corridors of Kensington Ave. from Front St. to Allegheny, E. Allegheny, and Frankford Ave. north of Lehigh. Examples of assistance include:
- Business services navigation
- Referral to specialized providers, including services from professional service providers such as accountants, attorneys, insurance specialists, technology and communications providers
- Support for grant and loan applications and programs such as the Storefront Improvement Program
- Technical workshops
- Peer to peer learning
- Marketing and communications
2. Assist with other Economic Development activities such as the following:
- Coordinate and communicate commercial corridor economic development activities and revitalization efforts with businesses.
- Maintain and develop relationships with business owners, funders, city officials and partners who can assist/ collaborate in business support work.
- Use surveys to better understand businesses, identify trends, and improve services to businesses and residents.
- Organize and implement events and activities to support local businesses and promote the arts.
- Provide up to date outreach and communication (e.g., newsletters, text messages, blog, social media).
- Assist with public safety initiatives on commercial corridors.
3. Track data related to small business support work, e.g., types and hours of technical assistance; demographic information; numbers of jobs preserved or created; and qualitative information about impact and successes.
Healthy Housing responsibilities
- Lead outreach team to gain interest and register homeowners for Rebuilding Together Philadelphia’s annual repair cycle in Kensington.
- Assist neighbors in applying for home repair programs, scheduling appointments, and preparing for counseling sessions with Housing Services.
- Assist clients in navigating barriers to home repair applications and access to resources.
- Provide follow-up communication with Kensington residents enrolled in the workshops.
- Collaborate with Housing Services to understand client intake process and services offered, and to increase access to home repair programs.
- Support future expansion of home repair initiatives and repair partners.
- Provide event planning support.
- Maintain training and on-boarding documents for other individuals who can assist with outreach and referrals to services, home visits for repair clients, and organize community events centered on housing services.
- Work with internal and external partners to evaluate and improve performance.
- 3 to 4 years work experience dealing with the public in a relevant field (e.g. economic/community development, city planning, business development, public administration) required; BA in relevant field a plus, but not required.
- Bilingual, Spanish/English, highly desired.
- Bilingual, Vietnamese/ English or Mandarin/English desired.
- Knowledge of/familiarity with 19134/19125 businesses and communities highly desired.
- Excellent interpersonal & public relations skills required. Self-motivated to develop strong working relationships. Cold calls/visits are an important part of this position.
- Knowledge of and business development required; knowledge of city business development programs and agencies a plus.
- Familiarity with/commitment to equitable community development programs, policies, best practices, and trends.
- Both team player and self-starter with ability to prioritize tasks. Meeting facilitation or event planning skills a plus.
- Highly organized with excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse groups of people.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office/MS 365/Sharepoint applications required.
Competitive salary with excellent benefits including HMO health plan, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid vacation, and 403(b) retirement plan. Salary for this position will be $923.08 per week, with a full-time schedule, 35 hours per week. This position will be located on-site at our main office, 2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19134.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Severa Kata, our Human Resources Director, at HR@nkcdc.org, with “[YOUR NAME] Commercial Corridor Manager Application” in the subject line. All candidate resumes are given due consideration and are kept on file for one year, but we cannot always respond personally due to the high volume of inquiries.
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.