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.
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
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.
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.
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…
English and Spanish - Verbal and Writing Skills
English and Spanish - Verbal and Writing Skills
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “KCT Community Organizer”. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.