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PHENND Fellows - Community Development Specialist
Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) works to create an equitable city where every Philadelphian lives, works, and thrives in a neighborhood that offers an excellent quality of life. As a membership association, we foster strong community development corporations and non-profit community organizations by enhancing their skills and advocating for resources and policies to create a just and inclusive Philadelphia. PACDC has over 60 community development corporation (CDC) member organizations throughout the city that work to address housing insecurity directly in their neighborhoods through a range of anti-poverty and direct-service strategies. PACDC works to build these organizations’ capacity to serve their communities. We are currently in the process of designing, developing, and incorporating new programs and services that will help CDCs better address the issue of housing insecurity across Philadelphia. We have solicited input from individual CDC housing counselors as well as their agencies around the types of capacity building services that would be most useful for increasing their impact. PACDC is dedicated to strengthening a citywide network of community-based organizations that come together to organize and advocate, share experiences and information, and learn from each other to increase their impact in the communities they serve.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will help PACDC address housing insecurity in low-income Philadelphia communities by strengthening the ability of community-based CDCs to provide high-quality, accessible services to low-income families and individuals. They will design and test capacity-building programs to support increased CDC skills, talent, networks, and resources, and will help us identify the most effective strategies for growing the collective impact of our network of member organizations. Specifically, the VISTA will: (1) design a “community of practice” model for CDC housing counselor professional development; (2) develop a “train the trainer” curriculum for skill-building targeted to frontline CDC staff; (3) establish evaluation metrics and collect baseline data from participating CDCs and housing counselors; and (4) create a set of goals and workplan for PACDC staff and our partners to improve broad accessibility/awareness of CDC anti-poverty services in Philadelphia.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  SEPTA Monthly Transportation Pass ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Project Mgmt. Research/Eval ,  Team Work ,  Social Services ,  Community Organization ,  Communications . 
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PHENND Fellows - Community Development Specialist

Program Start/End Date
08/01/2023  -   07/31/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  


Accepting Applications
From  02/15/2023  To  05/31/2023 

Contact Roslynn Blount
3440 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19104

Listing ID 116713