Community Organizer

Posted by
Kensington Corridor Trust
Philadelphia, PA
Published 21 days ago

About Us

The mission, duty and purpose of the Kensington Corridor Trust (KCT) is to help the Kensington community reclaim control over a once thriving commercial corridor by reactivating real estate, fostering local entrepreneurship and reinvesting capital in the neighborhood. Activities will focus on restoring cleanliness and safety, attracting and accelerating businesses to provide goods and services that meet local needs, and increasing job opportunities. The Trust’s programming is underpinned by strategic property acquisition, development, and activation. The KCT’s vision is that Kensington Avenue is a safe, healthy, and socioeconomically diverse commercial corridor with accessible opportunities for the existing and future residents of Kensington.

The KCT seeks to foster the equitable economic revitalization of a commercial corridor and its surrounding neighborhood through local partnerships, strategic programming, and innovative approach to moving real estate assets out of the speculative private market. Leveraging patient, flexible capital and a long-term trust vehicle, the KCT de-commodifies real estate assets and transitions them to neighborhood control. This pioneering model of neighborhood ownership, governance and local economic development has the potential to keep control within the neighborhood and ensure long-term affordability. The KCT introduces neighborhood-based property control for long-term, equitable revitalization of a key commercial corridor.


Job Summary

The KCT is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing Community Organizer to join our small, yet effective team. The Community Organizer will conduct outreach, base building, training, education and leadership development among residents and small business owners in Kensington. The organizer will be responsible for membership involvement in city, state, and federal campaigns and coalitions working on issues related to our mission and equitable neighborhood development. Beyond connecting with the communities of Kensington, the organizer’s job is to gather stories from impacted communities and work with them to build a vision for the Kensington Avenue corridor. To this end, the work will involve organizing community information sessions and facilitating access to resources and programs that would benefit the neighborhood. As part of the job, the community organizer will develop outreach and education materials, plan events, and identify impacted community members to share their own stories in ways that will enhance advocacy and policy.


We meet people where they are. That means meeting residents and small business owners on their time at their doorstep, at community meetings, public spaces, and while canvassing on Kensington Avenue. Community Organizers are neighborhood mobilizers who conduct outreach and organize residents and small business owners year-round, listening to and addressing their individual concerns. Organizers develop neighborhood centric initiatives, prioritizing the needs of those who live and have businesses in Kensington.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Develop and nurture relationships with residents and small businesses in Kensington, with a deep focus on Kensington Avenue.
  • Build positive working relationships with community-based organizations, houses of worship, and social services agencies in Kensington.
  • Develop marketing and educational materials in conjunction with other team members for residents and small business owners.
  • Develop events and other community programs that will improve the safety, stability, and visibility of Kensington Avenue as a destination for commerce.
  • Work with mission-aligned partners to ensure existing and new businesses along Kensington Avenue are supported in their growth.
  • Conduct regular outreach to build awareness and increase participation in KCT initiatives.
  • Coordinate and conduct leadership training for leaders among the residents and small business owners.
  • Establish advocacy campaign plans and strategies in partnership with residents and small business owners.
  • Provide formal referrals for services/supports for communities seeking supportive services from existing and available resources.
  • Recruit, coordinate, and engage volunteers.
  • Social media post planning and information dissemination. Utilize pre-post capabilities to produce content on a weekly basis. Engage our social media audience and create thought provoking posts and relay important information.
  • Develop presentations and represent the KCT at relevant events, community meetings, media events and collaborative community-based projects. Work to ensure that the services of the KCT are known, understood and accessible to residents, small businesses and community-based organizations.
  • Work with residents and small business owners to identify and document complaints of illegal dumping, graffiti, and other nuisance activities on Kensington Avenue and refer to appropriate authority or resource.
  • Network with other groups that are organizing solidarity and restorative economy campaigns in Philadelphia and connect members to those campaigns.
  • Maintain updated statistics about the state of the corridor using our online database.


Qualifications and Requirements

The Community Organizer will be thoroughly committed to the KCT’s mission. The KCT is a supportive work environment for those looking to grow personally and professionally.


WORK SCHEDULE, ENVIRONMENT, AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work will be performed in an office setting, in the Kensington neighborhood, and at community meetings. Due to COVID-19 the KCT is currently not maintaining an in-office presence, but is actively engaging in neighborhood events both in-person and virtually. Required to work some evenings and weekends for events and meetings. Job responsibilities include door-to-door canvassing, coordinating and participating in events, and community meetings.



  • One to two years of previous experience working (formally or informally) in community, labor, or faith-based organizing with tangible results – i.e., number of members/leaders, campaign victories, visibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player and foster collaboration in environments with racial, ethnic, language, immigrant status, and economic diversity.
  • Resident of Kensington, Philadelphia.
  • Familiarity with the history, political, and service landscape of Kensington.
  • English and Spanish verbal and writing skills.



  • Special interest in building power among the communities of Kensington to fight for social, economic and racial justice.
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, and communicate different kinds of information so that it is useful to people with various learning styles, backgrounds, and life experiences, especially those that are marginalized.
  • Proficiency in writing styles necessary to communicate professionally with a wide range of individuals.
  • Ability to effectively utilize job-related software including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, Canva, social media platforms, and the internet; to type proficiently, prepare reports, write correspondence, schedule meetings/events, and e-mail.



Location: Kensington, Philadelphia, PA

Employment: Full-Time (40+ hours/week)

Reports to: Executive Director

COVID-19: The Kensington Corridor Trust staff are currently working remotely and do not meet in a central office daily. At this time the organization is actively canvassing on Kensington Avenue and meeting with residents and business owners in the neighborhood. The organization follows the latest federal, state, and municipal guidelines for prevention and safety.


Equal Opportunity Employer

The Kensington Corridor Trust is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Kensington Corridor Trust believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

About Us

The mission, duty and purpose of the Kensington Corridor Trust (KCT) is to help the Kensington community reclaim control over a once thriving commercial corridor by reactivating real estate, fostering local entrepreneurship and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    December 6, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 26, 2021
USD $50,000 - USD $60,000
/ year
Commensurate with experience

Level of Language Proficiency

English and Spanish - Verbal and Writing Skills

English and Spanish - Verbal and Writing Skills


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Philadelphia, PA
Associated Location
1952 E Allegheny Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA

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Interested applicants should submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume. In the cover letter please describe your experience working as a community organizer (formally or informally), what you learned from that experience, and your philosophy of community organizing. Please submit your cover letter and resume to with the subject “KCT Community Organizer”. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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