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AmeriCorps VISTA positions

NKCDC seeks three 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.

These positions requires a commitment to serve as a full-time employee for a minimum one year period beginning August 28, 2017. Compensation is paid directly to VISTAs in the form of a living allowance ($472 bi weekly) from AmeriCorps VISTA. At the end of the term of service, an education award or cash stipend will be provided. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA here.

Working closely with staff and community, VISTAs will create and support systems that build the capacity of NKCDC to impact the economic opportunity of the community through interactions with local businesses and households. VISTAs will work closely with the resident and small business community and organize forums that lead leadership capacity and help Kensington neighbors address common needs together instead of struggling in isolation. 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 on how to implement successful projects locally and nationally.

Available positions

Economic Development and Small Business Engagement
Improve job availability and economic climate by advancing the capacity of the local business community to organize and grow sustainable business associations and adopt appropriate organizational structures. VISTA will build economic opportunity by working with the existing business communities through support/analysis of neighborhood condition surveys, vacant property identification; developing new and important partnerships with citywide partners; engaging community through development of special events and promotions; and identify new resource streams to address community stabilization through neighborhood catalyst projects and programs. VISTA will help guide and implement such interest new projects as a Kensington Storefront Improvement Program, a "Business Block Captain" program, and the creation of a cooperative Kensington Tool Library. Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills (bilingual or proficient in Spanish a plus); have a working knowledge of community and economic development principles and practices; have some experience in social media, website development and/or client management systems (CRM); and be highly organized and self-sufficient.

Affordable Housing and Community Programming
VISTA will strengthen NKCDC's efforts to increase high-quality affordable housing in Kensington that improves health and minimizes displacement. Help organize pilot of Jumpstart Kensington program as an innovative approach to building individual wealth of longtime Kensington residents while also increasing the inventory of affordable housing. Lead outreach campaigns and enrollment programs to sign up as many residents to available home repair programs as possible. Act as point person for Block Build event in partnership with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. The VISTA will study the different data collection needs of various departments and understand the current collection systems; explore the current functionality of our current platforms and propose any recommendations that would lead to increased organizational efficiency and more Kensington residents served; work with management team to finalize user interface and train staff. VISTA will develop how-to guides and tweak systems as needed. VISTA will also complete residential perception surveying in NKCDC's focus neighborhood and produce analytical results that guide NKCDC's future programmatic direction. Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills (bilingual or proficient in Spanish a plus); have a working knowledge of community and economic development principles and practices; have some experience in social media, website development and/or client management systems (CRM); and be highly organized and self-sufficient.

Community Engagement: Building Resident Leadership and Community Pride
VISTA will build capacity by working with the existing resident communities through support/analysis of neighborhood condition and health surveys; developing resource guides; and engaging community through development of special events and promotions. In addition, VISTA will support systems that mobilize residents and volunteers on community strengthening projects. VISTA will build capacity by working with the existing resident initiatives, especially on the blocks around our new office location on East Somerset Street. VISTA will help guide NKCDC's stress-reduction trauma-informed programming through activating our newly opened Kensington Storefront on Kensington Avenue. Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills (bilingual or proficient in Spanish a plus); have a working knowledge of community and economic development principles and practices; have some experience in social media, website development and/or client management systems (CRM); and be highly organized and self-sufficient.

Training and Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen at least 18 years of age as of July 31, 2017
  • 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

To apply

Please send cover letter and resume to: Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, at agoodman @nkcdc.org. Please specify which position you are applying for. Applications now accepted until Monday, June 26, 2017.

AmeriCorps VISTA job descriptions
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