Divisional Coordinator, PhillyRising Collaborative

Posted on May 09, 2011

Divisional Coordinator – PhillyRising Collaborative

Managing Director’s Office
Agency: City of Philadelphia, Managing Director’s Office
Salary: Assistant Managing Director, commensurate with education & experience
Type: Exempt, Full time position; must establish residency in the City of Philadelphia within 6 months of appointment

GENERAL DEFINITION:
The PhillyRising Collaborative (PhillyRising) targets neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia that are plagued by chronic crime and quality of life problems that require a coordinated, multiagency and community response. Neighborhoods selected for PhillyRising typically have issues concerning blight, crime, vacant properties, low income, and other indicators of a poor quality of life. The primary objectives of PhillyRising are to help those living and working in neighborhoods to realize their vision for their community; develop cost-effective methods for improving service delivery to each neighborhood; build sustainable, responsive solutions to the concerns of people living and working in each neighborhood; and fight crime and the fear of
crime, including terrorism.

Divisional Coordinators (DC) are responsible for implementing PhillyRising in the City’s neighborhoods. Each DC is assigned to one of the six Philadelphia Police Divisions, and is responsible for bringing PhillyRising to targeted neighborhoods within those boundaries. Working with a Divisional Police Inspector, each DC will develop a prioritized list of areas that meet PhillyRising criteria. The DC will develop an action plan to address the neighborhood’s specific concerns, and then work with City departments and outside partners to coordinate efforts. Though each DC is assigned to one division, the program’s DCs will collectively serve as an interchangeable team, supporting each other’s efforts whenever possible.

The primary responsibilities of the position include:
• Prioritize, plan, schedule, and deliver services required to address chronic crime or disorder problems;
• Actively engage community members and organizations, listen to their concerns, and guide them in crafting a vision for the future of their neighborhood;
• Attend, participate, and speak at public meetings;
• Work with partner organizations and residents to prioritize problem areas, develop a work plan, and schedule tasks;
• Ensure that agencies deliver all requested work on schedule and in a coordinated manner;
• Resolve conflicts between the PhillyRising schedule and other departmental/agency demands;
• Assist the community in developing sustainable, financially responsible solutions to local issues;
• Build capacity within each neighborhood to effectively transition responsibility for program operations to community members or organizations;
• Report the progress and challenges of the assignment in divisional PhillyStat sessions involving the appropriate departments/agencies; and
• Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university is a minimum. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration is preferred. Compatible work experience may be considered in lieu of education.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:
Three to five years of experience in government operations, community engagement, and/or project management (preferably in a municipal or non-profit setting). This experience should include planning, implementing, and adapting to changes in project plans as operations evolve. The experience should also stress an ability to organize a complex system of actors and organizations. Multilingual, communications, or geographic information systems (GIS) experience are a plus.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:
• A high energy, results oriented individual who can make a difference; an individual who takes initiative, makes things happen, accepts accountability and has a “can do” attitude; has a sense of urgency.
• Decisive; able to process facts and circumstances and make quick decisions that are in line with the goals and objectives of the PhillyRising Collaborative.
• Action oriented; an individual not afraid to roll up his/her sleeves and get into the details of the operation.
• Detail oriented and extremely organized; must be able to manage an ever-evolving, diverse set of community activists, local organizations, and government entities.
• Must be a team player with strong interpersonal skills who is capable of working both independently and collaboratively.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Consistently demonstrates sound judgment.
• Analytical; able to use analysis to assist in making decisions.
• Consistently meets deadlines and is able to handle several projects simultaneously.
• Must be willing to work in neighborhoods with high rates of crime and quality of life concerns, often after traditional working hours.

Please send resumes to:
John L. Farrell
Deputy Managing Director
hr.recruitment@phila.gov


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