2515 Frankford Ave · Philadelphia, PA 19125 · phone: 215.427.0350 · fax: 215.427.1302
Updated May 2, 2013.
NKCDC SEEKS 2 AMERICORPS VISTAS (Volunteers In Service to America)
NKCDC seeks two outstanding individuals to provide a year of service through the Americorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. Our VISTA volunteers will receive a small monthly living allowance made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Our AmeriCorps* VISTAs will function as a core part of our staff devoted to bringing low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.
This position requires a commitment to serve as a full-time employee for a one year period beginning August, 2013. Compensation is paid directly to VISTA’s in the form of a living allowance ($469 bi weekly) from AmeriCorp* VISTA. At the end of the term of service, an education award or cash stipend will be provided. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, see here.
Working closely with staff and community, VISTAs will create and support systems that build the capacity of NKCDC to impact more local businesses and households. VISTA will also work with the community and organize community-based forums for evaluating environmental issues and solutions. Tasks may include conducting/analyzing surveys to inform agency plans, community outreach, event planning, recruiting resident volunteers, building collaborations and partnerships or developing resident leadership capacity. VISTAs will receive specialized training and will interact heavily with VISTAs from other markets in the implementation of successful strategies nationally.
Community Stabilization - Economic Development
VISTA will build capacity within the business communities through support/coordination of neighborhood condition surveys, vacant property identification; developing new and important partnerships with city-wide partners; engaging community through special events and promotions; supporting business development and expansion through City and private incentives and programs; and identify new resource streams to address community stabilization through neighborhood catalyst projects and programs. In addition, VISTAs will support systems that mobilize residents and volunteers on community strengthening projects.
Resident Engagement – Community Leadership
VISTAs will build capacity for and support/coordinate neighborhood condition surveys, vacant property identification; develop new and important partnerships with city-wide partners; develop resident leadership; and strengthen a nascent resident-led association to become an independent civic association. Through the Sustainable 19125 & 19134 Initiative, VISTAs will also plan community education programs that provide tools to help homeowners reduce their living costs through neighborhood conservation, sustainable living, and healthy eating while developing or strengthen financial education and personal asset building programs. In addition, VISTAs will support systems that mobilize residents and volunteers on community strengthening projects.
Training and Qualifications
• U.S. Citizen at least 18 years of age
• Responsible, self-motivated, and able to handle multiple on-going projects
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Relevant non-profit or community development experience
• Computer skills required (MS Office products proficiency important)
• Other language skills a plus
• Ability to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment and follow-through
• Maintains regular and timely attendance
• Thrives in a fast-paced work environment
Applications will be accepted until May 20th, 2013. Please specify which position you are applying for.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:
Shanta Schachter, Deputy Director
New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC)
2515 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125