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Philadelphia, PA, 19122
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Neighborhood help desk and catalyst for community engagement & action in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia

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SKCP is Hiring an Executive Director!

South Kensington Community Partners

Organizational Background: South Kensington Community Partners is a community-based nonprofit that is currently looking for a dynamic person to grow the organization. SKCP serves the residents and businesses of South/Olde Kensington. The mission of SKCP is to connect our community to resources, services, and opportunities, the land, and each other. We act as, and encourage others to become, engaged stewards of the neighborhood. We advocate for responsible development that builds upon the physical, social and economic fabric of the neighborhood. Our service area is Girard Ave. to Berks St., Front St. to 6th St.

Position Overview: The Executive Director of SKCP works to ensure the goals, values and services of the organization are transmitted to and reflective of the residents within the service area. He/She will do this by working with the board to ensure program requirements are being met, develop a strategic and operational plan, and ensure its implementation once developed. The Executive Director will do this by working with staff and board to identify the highest and best use of office resources, identify funding, and develop implementation resources.

The ideal candidate is resourceful, ambitious, has an entrepreneurial spirit and should have an interest in grassroots community organizing and a passion for empowering community residents. The Executive Director must be professional, customer-service oriented, organized, and have the skills necessary to work with a diverse group of people. He/she will work collaboratively with other program staff to pursue the mission, advance a common vision, and to grow SKCP’s capacity to be a high-performing organization. The Executive Director will maintain administrative standards, provide fiscal controls, direct fundraising efforts, and foster partnerships. A collaborative spirit is necessary in order to foster a cooperative work environment with other team members and the board.

Function: The Executive Director will organize the programs and operations of the office, communicate and delegate day to day activities required for all office administration & operations. These responsibilities and duties are subject to change based upon the needs of the organization and at the Board’s directive. Following is a breakdown of the responsibilities; as this position encompasses a broad field, this list is not all-inclusive and is subject to amendments at any time.

Core Responsibilities:

● Strategic Oversight and Direction for Organization: Identify and secure funding strategy to develop and implement a strategic plan for the organization. Work with the board to develop a strategic and operational plan and ensure its implementation once developed.

● Grant Management & Solicitation: Provide development & fundraising functions for organization [grant research, writing, program development, promotion, reporting]. Meet with funders. Discuss the goals and vision of the organization. Identify resources to support the goals of the organization through grant research, writing, donor solicitation, ad sales, etc. Secure funding for strategic planning.

● Board Liaison: Provide weekly program updates, manage monthly reports and meeting documents. Disseminate information between staff & board and ensure that communication is a core piece of organizational culture. Work with Board President and staff to identify agenda needs for board meetings. Work with board & staff to review strategic plan and outline operational plan. Work with various committees to provide office support where needed.

● Mission and Programs: Engage and the community in shaping and participating in the programs and goals of the organization.

● Establish constructive working relationships and cooperative arrangements with city agencies, community groups, organizations and stakeholders.

● Support the community residents, volunteers, and organizational committees in developing leadership,action, and engagement.

● Develop and maintain an integrated communications plan to publicize the organization’s goals, programs, and events in effective way to other organizations and the community at large.

● Execute the OHCD contract and related programming, communications, and reporting, in a timely and effective fashion.

● Support, maintain, and grow all existing programming, including but not limited to land care, greening, zoning, planning, and other programs in development.

● Develop and implement strategies for volunteer efforts and contributions to the organization.

● Office Management: Create and maintain office procedures. Develop and maintain appropriate record-keeping. Support the board & staff regarding programs and operations. Circulate minutes, agendas, reports etc. Provide weekly office reports to staff and board. Manage, coordinate and supervise staff, interns and volunteers to foster a collaborative, cooperative work environment.

● Finance & Accounting: Supervise and coordinate development of an annual budget to be approved by the board in September. Work with the Finance Committee to see that reports and invoices are submitted in a timely manner to the board and funders. Monitor financial conditions of the organization. Analyze the cash flows of the organization and keep in contact with the Financial Control Committee and the Executive Committee. Coordinate contract negotiations and assure contract compliance. Provide financial management (payroll, budgeting, A/R + A/P, bookkeeping), monthly financial reports, banking. Provide monthly financial reports to the board including budget versus actual, projections, OHCD budget reports, and other financials by request.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-5+ years professional experience managing teams in a self-directed environment
  • Experience developing strategic, operational, and financial plans in conditions of uncertainty
  • Comfort working within ambiguity and able to chart a path forward despite challenging circumstances
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative programming to fulfill a mission.
  • Grass Roots Community Organizing
  • Ability to organize and empower residents and build organizational coalitions
  • Ability to prioritize, multi task, and meet deadlines, independently, collaboratively, and as a manager
  • Comfort and familiarity with accounting, financial management, and building financial models
  • Proven track record of developing and obtaining significant financial resources to support the activities and growth of an organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, leadership ability, management skills, and self-motivation.
  • Skill with modern computer tools, including Adobe suite, Google Docs, web and social media management, etc.
  • Spanish is a plus

Salary is commiserate with standards of small community-based nonprofits.

To apply, email cover letter & resume to

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