Kensington Soccer Club Strategic Partnerships Coordinator - a VISTA Position

Philadelphia Community Empowerment Through Soccer / aka Kensington Soccer Club

Published 14 days ago

April 12, 2021
March 8, 2021

Join a thriving organization with strong connections and community relationships. Build strategic partnerships that will make an immediate and tangible impact on the lives of thousands of children. 
The Kensington Soccer Club is expanding and deepening its ability to serve the Kensington community; the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator will play a key role in working with our staff to consolidate our gains and increase our reach. 
What: The Kensington Soccer Club has partnered with many other community organizations for many years, to leverage our impact and benefit from their knowledge, experience, and resources. But we haven’t had the capacity to fully realize all the potential benefits of those relationships. 
The VISTA Strategic Partnerships Coordinator will formalize partnerships with organizations with which we’ve been informally working. And they will explore ways to forge closer ties to organizations that we have had contact with but no ongoing relationship. 
Responsibilities include:
  • Working with our after-school partners to implement, oversee, and improve those programs and plan our future relationship.
  • Reviewing potential expansion sites and negotiating new partnerships with the most promising.
  • Working with colleges and universities to facilitate institutional partnerships to benefit our youth and community and expand our capacity.
  • Working with our existing community partners to formulate mutually beneficial strategic plans.
  • Working with the city and private institutions to negotiate the construction of more soccer facilities.
Qualifications: The Coordinator must have:
  • Good communications and computer skills;
  • Ability to write proposals
  • Be able to take the initiative in reaching out to partner organizations;
  • Be able to work both independently and collaboratively with Kensington Soccer Club staff to carry out their tasks;
  • Driver’s license.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia and Kensington is a plus.
  • Soccer involvement / experience is a plus.


VISTA Bi-Weekly Living Allowance: $542.22
Additional Monthly Stipend: $200 towards rent or transportation costs.
  • Leave: 10 sick days and 10 personal days. 
  • Relocation assistance: VISTA members who are moving 50 miles or more from their home are eligible to receive a settling-in allowance of $750. Additionally, members receive a travel allowance to cover any travel expenses and is based on the mileage from the VISTA's home address to site address. 
  • End-of-service benefit: Choice between the Segal Education Award ($6,095) and cash stipend ($1,800) upon successful completion of the term. 
  • Health benefits: If VISTA members have insurance, they can enroll in the Allowance Plan, which will help to cover out-of-pocket expenses. If members do not have insurance, they can enroll in the Benefits Plan, a basic health plan, at no cost. 
  • Non-competitive eligibility: VISTA alumni applying to federal agencies have a faster application process.
About the Kensington Soccer Club:
The Kensington Soccer Club (KSC) is a non-traditional soccer organization, combining aspects of traditional soccer clubs with broad-based community betterment and youth development initiatives. We annually serve more than 1,000 Philadelphia youth ages 3-19, with an emphasis on Kensington and the surrounding communities. Most of our players are Hispanic and African American; the vast majority are low-income. KSC brings soccer to children and families who are new to the sport, using techniques that encourage educational achievement, conflict resolution, community-building, leadership, and healthy lifestyles. 
The Kensington Soccer Club has been awarded this VISTA position through the Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps VISTA Program
Up2Us Sports is a coalition of more than 1,390 nonprofit organizations that believe in the power of sports to fight childhood obesity, end academic failure, and reduce gang participation. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a federal grant program under the umbrella of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and AmeriCorps. For more than 40 years, VISTA has been at the forefront of building the capacity of communities to fight poverty. VISTA members devote a year of their lives to challenge poverty’s root causes. They achieve this by mobilizing community volunteers and local resources, and by increasing the capacity of individuals in low-income neighborhoods to rely on themselves to make positive change.
The Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps VISTA program aims to build the capacity of Up2Us Sports member organizations who run high-quality sports-based youth development programming in under-served communities.
Join a thriving organization with strong connections and community relationships. Build strategic partnerships that will make an immediate and tangible impact on the lives of thousands of children. 
The Kensington Soccer Club is…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Philadelphia, PA
Associated Location
307 West Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133

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