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Community Planning Coordinator

Website SEAMAAC, Inc.

JOB TITLE: Community Planning Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Community Development
REPORTS TO: Community Development Director


General Description:
SEAMAAC welcomes applications for the full-time position of Community Planning Coordinator (“Coordinator”). SEAMAAC (a nonprofit organization founded in 1984, as the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc.) has 37 years of experience serving and advocating for Philadelphia’s immigrants and refugees. Our mission is “to support and serve immigrants and refugees and other politically, socially and economically marginalized communities, as they seek to advance the condition of their lives in the United States” Throughout our history, SEAMAAC has worked to bring issues affecting immigrants/refugees to the forefront for policy makers and other service providers, while offering a variety of programs to meet the needs of community members. Currently, our programs include English as a Second Language (ESL) and computer literacy classes, afterschool and summer camps, truancy prevention, food security , domestic violence prevention, elderly services, health
insurance and public benefits enrollment assistance, health education, civic engagement, refugee services, community development, commercial corridor revitalization, neighborhood building, and women’s health.

Primary Function:
SEAMAAC seeks to hire a dynamic and creative organizer to engage a diverse set of communities around Neighborhood Planning and Building.

The Mifflin Square Park Engagement, Planning and Implementation Project (EPIP) builds civic dialogue, engagement and a vision for shared community ownership through improving the largest green asset in the diverse Southeast Philadelphia neighborhood that is connected to and uses Mifflin Square Park. The role of the Coordinator in this project is to manage both the implementation of the Mifflin Square Park “Making Room for Everyone” plan and the completion of the Mifflin Square Neighborhoods Planning Process, which will cover all aspects of the area (current status, assets, challenges, opportunities and potential support for implementation) with short and long term goals/implementation steps. The Coordinator will work along with other SEAMAAC leadership, planning consultants, and the Mifflin Coalition to ensure that the Plan identifies all of the properties, uses and zoning in the area as part of an assessment of potential ownership and usage changes. The key products in these two efforts will be the implementation of the current park redevelopment vision and a full neighborhood plan for the neighborhood bounded by 4th Street, 9th Street, Mifflin Street, and Oregon Avenue. The Coordinator will also facilitate the completion of early action items, which may include seating, new pedestrian lighting, art projects, wayfinding signage to and from the 7th Street corridor to the Park and working with food and other vendors to facilitate an active “Vendor Village” space that will activate the Park and engage many more users. The Coordinator will develop various brochures and documents, both paper and electronic, highlighting the process and the Park and neighborhood assets in various languages. This will include a
Survey that documenting the change in peoples’ perceptions of the park and neighborhood. The Coordinator will also be responsible for the daily management of the Growing Home Gardens, an immigrant and refugee focused garden located in South Philadelphia with 111 garden plots. The work will include managing gardener signups, plot rentals, volunteer days, regular maintenance, and neighborhood relationships. The Coordinator will work closely with SEAMAAC staff and partner organizations including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Neighborhood Gardens Trust to manage the gardens, make necessary improvements, and program the space. The Coordinator will work with gardeners of many diverse
national and linguistic backgrounds to sustain a vibrant, unique, and welcoming open space in South Philadelphia.

Qualification Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

• Bachelor’s Degree in City Planning, Community Organizing or related field
• Or 3-5 years in community organizing and/or city/urban planning.

Language Requirement:
• Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual in English and either
Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Khmer, Laotian, Indonesian, Burmese, Karen,
Spanish or Nepali.

Mifflin Square Park Engagement, Planning and Implementation Project (EPIP)
• Work closely with the Community Development Director and other SEAMAAC
Management Staff to determine strategies, build relationships and identify resources
needed to achieve success.
• Develop strong relationships with community stakeholders from diverse racial, ethnic,
linguistic, gender, immigration, and socioeconomic backgrounds including but limited to
residents, businesses, community organizations, civic associations, friends groups, and
political and neighborhood leaders.
• Coordinate a neighborhood planning process with stakeholders and residents including
surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, and meetings.
• Develop, coordinate, and facilitate a stakeholder coalition to lead the Neighborhood and Park
Planning and implementation process.
• Support the development of the Vendor Village work by helping to coordinate vendors,
events, permits and other support as needed
• Represent SEAMAAC at appropriate meetings, presentations, and community events
• Collaboratively develop and implement time specific plans to resolve identified community
• Ensure that goals, deliverables, outcomes, reports, and evaluations for project grants are
completed on schedule.
• Assist with the creation and distribution of communications on project activities and
issues, including website, social media, flyers, and newsletters
• Serve as the point person communications regarding EPIP
• Provide project supervision to project staff, interns, and volunteers.
• Build knowledge of appropriate community services and resources to make
appropriate referrals for residents.
• Contribute to maintenance of organizational and community calendar of events,
organizational databases, and records.

Growing Home Community Gardens Program:
• Manage daily activities at the Growing Home Gardens.
• Organize annual plot signups, rental payments, and regular financial management of the
gardens including paying water bills and other expenses associated with garden
• Organize and oversee regular volunteer cleanup days at the gardens.
• Work closely with partner organizations to provide seedlings, soil, compost, and other
• Plan for and work to implement physical and programmatic improvements at the gardens.
• Serve as the point person for all communications regarding the Growing Home Gardens.
• Provide project supervision to project staff, interns, and volunteers.
• Participate in Management Team, All Staff, Department, Program, and Supervision
• Actively participate in organization and community work efforts and events.
• Provide translation/interpretation as required.
• Other duties may be assigned from time to time.
Essential Functions/Competencies:
• Excellent multi-tasking skills, and experience coordinating multiple events and volunteers
• Attention to detail, and ability to create, collect, and analyze data collection tools
• Excellent public speaking, negotiation and group facilitation skills
• Exceptional writing skills
• Excellent computer skills
• Experience working with neighborhood organizations, city government, and grassroots
• Experience maintaining program databases, ensuring program deliverables are met, and
conducting program evaluations
• Ability to mobilize communities and building coalitions around sensitive social issues
• Experience supporting individuals and communities to grow in their leadership
• Demonstrated experience in planning staff professional development and program quality
• Ability to work with diverse staff as well as a strong commitment to supporting the
collective efforts of the team in accomplishing program objectives and goals.
• Experience managing coalitions
• Knowledgeable about the issues facing Asian, African, and Caribbean refugee/immigrant
communities and/or urban immigrant/refugee communities in general
• Excellent organizational and planning skills
• Demonstrated ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds
• Demonstrated ability to influence key stakeholders
• A strong Team Player and the ability to interact positively with a wide range of people at
different levels including those on opposite sides of sensitive and controversial issues.
• Grant writing, fundraising, and reporting experience desirable
• Self-motivated

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Potential for unpredictable and violent clients. Inside and outside work with exposure to weather conditions.

This description is intended to describe the essential job functions. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Other functions may be assigned, and management retains the right to add or change the duties at any time. A job offer with SEAMAAC is contingent upon being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and providing proof of this vaccination before your start date


Flexible, and primarily during business hours, but some weekend and evening work as necessary. This position may require some travel, nighttime or weekend assignments.

Salary: $45,000

Benefits: This position offers health insurance, paid vacation, sick and personal leave
SEAMAAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer Interested applicants should submit a resume and detailed
cover letter to: [email protected]

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