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Director of Community Partnerships & Strategy

Organization: North10 Philadelphia
Date Posted: 9/14/2017
City: Philadelphia
Location: Pennsylvania
Country: United States
Primary Category: Project Management
Type of Position: Full-Time

Description & Details

Posted on behalf of The H. Chase Lenfest Foundation


North10, Philadelphia (“North10”) is a newly-created, innovative community development
and neighborhood revitalization organization in the Hunting Park and East Tioga
neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. Growing out of a decade’s work and commitment
of The Lenfest Center, North10 aims to deepen impact as a place-based community
agent, focused on affordable housing, cradle to career education and comprehensive
community wellness programming.

In partnership with civic leaders and community stakeholders, North10 will improve life
outcomes for residents and provide greater supports to these vibrant neighborhoods
where current and future generations can live happy, healthy, and civically engaged
lives. Our vision is that by 2026, Hunting Park and East Tioga will be home to:

● Safe, clean streets; well-maintained green spaces; accessible public
transportation; and commercial options that reflect the needs and desires of the
● Stable, high-quality housing; readily available resources for homeowners and
homebuyers; and both rental and ownership opportunities at a range of prices;
● A high-quality cradle-to-career educational pipeline so that every neighborhood
child has access to educational opportunities worthy of their promise;
● Accessible and affordable healthy food; safe, diverse, and well-structured
recreation options; physical, mental, and behavioral health services for adults
and children; and continuing education opportunities for adults.

About The Opportunity:
The Director of Community Partnerships & Strategy will help the CEO actualize the
mission and vision for North10, providing the strategic thought partnership, relationship
management, and project management and execution to define and drive all of the
organization’s community initiatives.

This is a truly unique opportunity, with high potential for growth, to join a transformative
neighborhood revitalization initiative on the ground floor. The Director will join the CEO
in a wide variety of community and city-wide contexts, developing relationships with
influential leaders and potentially own the build out of a particular initiative. Ultimately,
the Director will help craft the story of North10 and partner with the CEO to tell it.

Sample responsibilities include:

● Strategize on partnership and funding opportunities
● Help the CEO prepare for speaking engagements and community meetings
● Synthesize information and project manage actions and next steps
● Write grants and build capacity of community partners to write grants
● Help define and project plan community development initiatives in neighborhood
stabilization, affordable housing, cradle to career opportunities and health and
wellness work

Sample Day Might Look Like:

● In collaboration with the CEO, host and facilitate a meeting with leaders of local
community based organizations, faith leaders, community activists and law
enforcement to discuss how to improve prominent commercial corridors and
access to affordable housing.
● Drive agenda and follow up for meeting with group of stakeholders engaged in
beginning transformation efforts at local school
● Draft grant application in support of local community development corporation in
areas of job training, benefits enrollment and housing and financial
● Begin research to identify and attract a high quality early childhood provider to
neighborhood and begin drafting associated partnership agreement
● Attend and speak on behalf of CEO at stakeholder meeting to introduce
prospective funders to the work of North10
Desired First Year Outcomes:
● Develop marketing collateral that is compelling and accurately communicates the
mission, vision, current initiatives, and outcomes of the organization
● Create compelling narrative/talking points for North10 that engage and excite a
wide range of stakeholders, including funders and community leaders
● Completion of project plan of one or more community initiatives which shepherds
it from idea stage to action and execution
● Design seamless process for drafting and submitting grants in support of North10

Ideal Candidates:

● Deeply believe in the mission and vision of North10, Philadelphia, demonstrated
by prior experience in community development & engagement, urban
development & transformation, and/or other community relations/partnerships
● Have experience in grant writing and fundraising, including directly soliciting
● Bring passion and excitement about working on the ground and in partnership
with the local community to revitalize the Hunting Park and East Tioga, ideally
through a meaningful connection to or experience with North Philadelphia
● Thrive in and are able to execute in a “startup”, entrepreneurial-like environment
characterized by ambiguity and not having a road map
● Have a strong track record of designing, leading and executing on projects
through completion
● Are highly skilled written and verbal communicators and storytellers, with a
strong track record of drafting clear and thoughtful prose and engaging a variety
of stakeholders
● Bring demonstrated or emerging leadership skills; having served as a close
thought partner to an enterprise leader or served on a senior leadership team
● Ideally have Spanish language fluency

How to Apply / Contact
This search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners. Candidates should submit a
resume and cover letter detailing their interest in the organization’s mission and
qualifications for the position to:

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