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Lead Community Health Worker—NKCDC

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 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 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 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


The Lead Community Health Worker (CHW) will support the work of the CHW training goals associated with: training preparation for new in-coming cohort, orientation process assistance for new trainees, and aiding instructors with CHW training program. Post-training, the Lead CHW will aid newly on-boarded CHW’s with surveying and survey data collection. Working in a team environment, the Lead CHW is expected to help newly trained CHWs engage neighbors to assess quality of life needs such as: housing, utilities, repairs, physical and mental health needs, nutrition, and childcare resources, trauma informed care trainings, professional development, free workshops, financial counseling, and wellness programs. The Lead CHW will provide mentoring to newly on-boarded CHW employees with ideas for surveying opportunities such as door-to-door and events and workshops. They will build and strengthen relationships between internship partners and NKCDC, with hopes of creating future employment opportunities with other organizations for CHWs.


Reports to

Workforce Development Manager

Professional Responsibilities

  • Assist in day-to-day operations of the CHW training program.
  • Aid in community outreach and engagement with new training cohort.
  • Coordinate creative place-making, engagement, and advocacy opportunities for community residents.
  • Network in the public and private sectors to promote health awareness and engagement.
  • Promote partner programs, services, special events and projects to community.
  • Conduct surveys, collect data, document activities, and prepare activity reports.
  • Aid with the development of internships and employment opportunities for CHW cohort.
  • Participate in professional development trainings
  • Provide administrative support and program coordination to project manager and Community Engagement departments.
  • Serve as a positive role models and community ambassadors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Community Health Worker training is highly preferred.
  • Some Community Outreach/Engagement experience is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, ability to comprehend and interpret information.
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking.
  • Must be able to walk long distances.
  • Experience and comfort working in a team environment.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Proficient in time management, organizational, and team building skills.
  • Must be reliable and self-motivated.
  • Basic computing knowledge.
  • Experience in working directly with people one-on-one.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.


The Lead CHW pays $18/hour, 35 hours per week, with 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 located on-site at our main office, 2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19134.

To Apply

Applications received by Thursday, June 30, 2022, will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to, with “[YOUR NAME] NKCDC Lead CHW 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.