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Vice President of Programs

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 shaping 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 a trusted and valuable partner and collaborator. The organization is one of only two community development organizations in Philadelphia chartered members of the NeighborWorks America network. 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 VP of Programs is part of NKCDC’s leadership team and is responsible for supporting and overseeing several program areas within the organization including Community Engagement, Housing, and Health and Wellness. The VP of Programs will work to successfully execute NKCDC’s programmatic and operational goals, supporting staff in setting key objectives and then establishing strategies for accomplishing those objectives. The VP of Programs 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, this person will also develop and strengthen relationships with board members, external partners, and funders.

Reports to
Executive Director

• Utilize strong project management skills and thought leadership to provide management support to Managers and Directors.
• Develop and lead collaborative and inclusive processes across all agency functions and their related programs.
• Serve a guide to NKCDC Employees, Managers and Directors to help them deepen their knowledge of banks and enhance their skillsets.
• Develop new organizational strategies and ensure alignment with NKCDC’s Mission & Values.
• Work with the Executive Director on the execution of all strategic goals and initiatives. Oversee proposals for grants and fundraising initiatives for all areas of the agency.
• Refine existing program policies to ensure continuous improvement.
• Maintain and comprehensive external engagement to ensure awareness of local community needs.
• Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs and the growth of NKCDC.
• Develop new funder relationships and enhance existing relationships.
• Monitor industry trends and shifts in donor behavior/preference to help NKCDC to take advantage of new opportunities.
• Other duties as assigned

• Demonstrated experience as a supervisor with an emphasis on the professional development of staff.
• Demonstrated experience fundraising from the public and private sector emphasizing developing emergent program/project areas and fundraising for sustainability of existing effective programs and projects.
• 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.
• Experience in any or all the following areas is appreciated but not required, Health and Wellness (Community Health Workers; Nutrition Education; Urban Agriculture); Housing Counseling; Community Engagement; Violence Intervention.
• Exemplary interpersonal communication skills
• Ability to build and manage relationships.
• Keen understanding of (and prior experience utilizing) evaluation and assessment tools for measuring, analyzing, and communicating outputs and outcomes.
• Proven ability to manage staff and to appropriately delegate responsibilities.

The salary for this position will be $115,500/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 include an HMO health plan, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid vacation, and a 403(b)-retirement plan. This position is available for (1) work from home day. Work hours are from 9am-5pm. This position will be on-site at our central office, 2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19134.

Application process
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to, with “[YOUR NAME] Vice President of Programs” in the subject line. Applications received by February 28, 2024, will be given full consideration. All candidate resumes are considered and kept on file for one year, but we cannot always respond personally depending on the volume of inquiries.

Hiring process
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.