Get Involved Job Board Vice President of Development—NKCDC

Vice President of Development—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 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 Vice President of Development is part of NKCDC’s leadership team, planning the successful execution of NKCDC’s fundraising strategies consistent with the organization’s annual and long-range development goals. She/he is responsible for creating strategies to support the growth and diversification of revenue sources in line with NKCDC’s mission, vision, and goals. The VP of Development also works to enhance NKCDC’s image and to develop and implement strategies that effectively communicate NKCDC’s efforts to the agency’s key target audiences. Reporting to the Executive Director, supports all departments, in addition this person supervises the Communications & Development Manager.


Reports to:

Executive Director


Professional Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of fundraising and resource development, including developing and implementing the organization’s overall fundraising strategy and annual development plan.
  • Actively seek, cultivate, and solicit new funding sources, particularly among foundation and corporations, in concert with the Executive Director.
  • Craft compelling written materials for donors and prospects, including providing leadership on grant writing and coordinating reporting to corporate/public funders, and individual donors.
  • Explore feasibility of implementing new fundraising projects including individual giving, annual appeals, special events, and corporate sponsorship.
  • Oversee and maintain processes and systems to support all development efforts, including research, prospecting, cultivation, stewardship, record keeping and acknowledgements.
  • Provide leadership on all fundraising-related events, including planning and logistics for fundraising events, and engagement opportunities for donors and other stakeholders.
  • Cultivate new partners and other resources to support the organization’s work.
  • Regularly identify, review, and research any opportunities which may support NKCDC work; ensure opportunities align with existing programming and mission.
  • Facilitate cross-department communication where needed to support effective grant/contract management.
  • Support staff organization-wide in growing and developing grant writing skills
  • Working with the Executive Director and Communications & Development Manager, ensure consistent organizational brand, and assist staff with overall organizational communications with other audiences and through various strategies like e-newsletters and web site.
  • Support the Executive Director in undertaking an organizational strategic planning process and developing and overseeing implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Monitor industry trends and shifts in donor behavior/preference to help best position NKCDC to take advantage of new opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications and Requirements

Demonstrated experience as a supervisor with an emphasis on the professional development of staff.

  • Demonstrated experience fundraising from the public and private sector with an emphasis on developing emergent program/project areas and fundraising for sustainability of existing effective programs and projects.
  • Exemplary interpersonal communication skills
  • Keen understanding of (and prior experience utilizing) evaluation and assessment tools for measuring, analyzing, and communicating outputs and outcomes.
  • Experienced in supporting the Human Resources function at an organizational level.
  • Prior experience in developing, managing, and forecasting budgets at a program, departmental and organizational level.
  • Strong leadership capabilities with a commitment to co-creating and supporting our REDI centered and trauma-informed organization and community.
  • Proven track record of success in grant writing/management. Experience with government grant proposals and/or government contract management desirable.



The salary for the Vice President of Development is $100,000/yr. The work schedule is 35 hours per week – with evenings and weekends as needed – 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.


Application Process

Applications are being considered on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to, with “[YOUR NAME] NKCDC VP of Development” 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.