New Kensington CDC seeks AmeriCorps VISTA

NKCDC seeks outstanding individuals to provide a year of service through the VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program.
This position requires a commitment to serve as a full-time employee for a one-year period beginning August 19, 2019.

Working closely with staff and community, VISTAs will create and support systems that build the capacity of NKCDC to affect the economic opportunity of the community through interactions with local businesses and households.

NKCDC offers three positions:

Economic Development Department: Pathways to Entrepreneurship
This VISTA will build a pathway to formalize entrepreneurship and generate wealth and self-employment opportunities for families living in Kensington. Design a program that organizes entrepreneurs currently running businesses out of their homes. Create peer-based learning opportunities to help formalize their business, raise money, and open in Kensington. Improve NKCDC’s marketing and tech tools to make it more user friendly for this new audience. This VISTA will increase our capacity to serve these residents through improving our technological infrastructure and marketing strategies. Design a series of new events and workshops that catalyze activity on commercial corridors by providing needed resources such as shared marketing concepts and back-end services.

Community Engagement Department: Healthy Housing
This VISTA will strengthen NKCDC’s efforts to increase high-quality affordable housing in Kensington that improves health and minimizes displacement. Create internal systems and conduct external community engagement needed to pilot new ways to get Healthy Housing resources out to residents through our Community Engagement and Housing Services departments. Lead outreach campaigns and enrollment programs to sign up as many residents to available home repair programs as possible. This VISTA will also complete residential perception surveying in NKCDC’s focus neighborhood and produce analytical results that guide NKCDC’s future programmatic direction.

Community Engagement Department: Resilience and Equity
This VISTA will work on the ground with neighbors who are piloting new community organizing methods to tackle issues ranging from drug crime to new market-rate development. Support Kensington residents in poverty by creating processes needed to address challenges such as toxic stress, social and racial inequity, and social determinants of health. Coordinate launch of “healing centered” resident engagement program that includes training for community leaders and local service providers. Develop an Equitable Development Toolkit that neighbors can use to advocate for more community-minded private development in their neighborhood. Assist NKCDC in incorporating “healing centered” principles into its physical projects such as vacant land conversions.

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