Community Design Collaborative seeks Economic Development Program Manager

The Community Design Collaborative is currently seeking an Economic Development Program Manager to coordinate technical assistance to support the revitalization of neighborhood commercial corridors in the City of Philadelphia. The Program Manager provides expertise on site specific projects, manages community engaged design process, serves on a design review committee, and organizes workshops and educational programs to support commercial corridor managers and businesses. Early design assistance informs high-impact, strategic investments for community organizations, utilizing their limited resources effectively and making positive contributions to the surrounding business district. The Program Manager is a contract-funded position through the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department.

Working closely with the Director of Design Services, the Program Manager will manage and deliver effective economic development programs, as described below. The ideal candidate has 3-6 years of experience. The Collaborative offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package, plus the opportunity to work with a talented staff, dedicated community leaders and an extraordinary group of volunteers.


Commercial Corridor Revitalization: Through Design Grants, work directly with community development corporations, small business owners, and volunteer design professionals on corridor façade, streetscapes and building designs; responsible for related Design Grant administration, selection and review.

Storefront Improvement Program: Participate on the Commerce Department’s Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) design review committee (weekly); consultations as requested; provide technical assistance and strategic feedback that support smart and effective use of commercial corridor investments.

Commercial Corridor Design Workshops/Training: Plan, organize, and host an educational roundtable or training workshop for commercial corridor managers and design professionals. Events may include presentations, panel discussions, and workshops. Every year, the Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce celebrate corridor champions during DesignPhiladelphia, including the Storefront Challenge awards program.

Outreach: Attend commercial corridor-related events and programs; personal outreach to corridor managers and potential clients to promote the Collaborative’s program; personal outreach to partner organizations that can further enhance/support the Collaborative’s program or mission.

Design Services and Organizational Support:  Assist with administrative, marketing, event and program support; board, staff and Design Services committee meetings as needed.


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