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We are excited to announce a new position at Urban Creators, and begin our search for a new Director of Capacity & Development. As we look towards the future, we are searching for a values-driven change agent to join our collective who has the skills needed to build organizational capacity, along with a passion for uplifting the leadership of those most impacted by the systemic injustices facing our community. If you are interested in applying for this position, please review the full job listing bellow and submit an application by e-mailing us at: [email protected] . We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis throughout June and July, with a target start date of August/September, 2022.

We are also searching for a Part-Time Community Organizer to join our team, with the opportunity to expand to full time in 2023. For more information or to apply for this position, please review the full job listing at the bottom of this page.

The Urban Creators is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to building a team that reflects the diversity of our North Philadelphia Community while creating a radically inclusive environment for all employees and members of our collective. We encourage Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and individuals from other historically underrepresented or marginalized groups to apply. Urban Creators does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected factor.

Co-Director: Director of Capacity & Development

About the Urban Creators: The Urban Creators (UC) is a North Philadelphia-based organization that uses food, art, education, and community organizing as tools to nurture resilience, self-determination, and equity in our community. Since 2010, we have transformed 2-acres of land into Life Do Grow; an urban farm, neighborhood creative commons, and an artistic venue for radical self-expression. As we enter our 12th season, we are planning to deepen the impact of our public programs and projects, while supporting the emergence of a new generation of growers, artists, educators, healers, organizers, and entrepreneurs.

We currently have a staff of 6 full-time and 4 part-time employees, and an annual operating budget of $650,000. We operate Life Do Grow farm and one community garden, as well as several public programs, markets, and events, and are exploring opportunities to serve as a platform for emerging creators. 

Position Overview: Our Director of Capacity & Development (DoCD) will be responsible for collaboratively leading the organization’s strategic development, while building the financial capacity to sustain current projects and programs and pursue new opportunities for growth. Our DoCD will also work closely with our Director of Operations (DoO), as Co-Directors, to facilitate collective decision-making & accountability practices with our staff, report to the Board of Directors, and nurture an organizational culture rooted in love, respect, harmony, collaboration, mutual accountability, and commitment to our core values. 

We are looking for a values-driven change agent to join our collective who has the skills needed to build organizational capacity, along with a passion for uplifting the leadership of those most impacted by the systemic injustices facing our community. An ideal candidate is someone with proven leadership and management experience, and demonstrated commitment to building a more just and equitable world.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Co-Leadership & Program Support: Working with our Director of Operations to collaboratively:
    1. Co-facilitate collective decision-making and accountability processes, ensuring that all members of the UC collective are participating in, and abiding by the organization’s core values, community agreements, and meeting goals and objectives
    1. Support department leaders with developing strategies to improve upon existing programs, projects, or earned revenue streams, while exploring new opportunities for growth.
    2. Support Program Managers with implementing evaluation strategies, and co-producing an annual report. 
    3. Plan team building, personal/professional development, and learning opportunities for the staff.
  • Vision & Capacity Building: 
      1. Stewarding the organization’s mission by facilitating strategic planning and exploring opportunities for growth and evolution (with a focus on ‘deepening impact’ as opposed to ‘scaling’).
      2. Cultivating relationships with strategic partners, funders, donors, and political allies. 
      3. Strengthening, enhancing, and enriching UCs visibility and capacity to execute its mission by:
        1. Managing media inquiries and other visibility opportunities
        2. Ensuring the organization has the tools, infrastructure, and organizational systems to be successful in executing its activities.
  • Resource Management & Fundraising: 
      1. Implementing fundraising strategies in collaboration with UC board, staff, and strategic partners.
      2. Leading all fundraising and grant writing efforts.
      3. Cultivating relationships with, and engaging the support of key foundation, corporate, government, and philanthropic partners. 
  • Finance & Administration:
    1. Administering staff payroll, contractor pay, and payment of all general operating expenses.
    2. Maintaining and updating all insurance policies, legal licenses & certifications, and admin records.
    3. ‘Macro-Managing’ organizational budget and finances. Working with our bookkeeper to review monthly finance reports and prepare annual tax filings. Produce annual financial reports. 
    4. Facilitating and monitoring our participatory budgeting process, empowering departmental leaders to propose, manage, and report on their own annual and quarterly budgets. 

Critical Qualities:

  • A collaborative approach to leadership, partnership development, and people management.
  • Understanding of and interest in community-based efforts to build a more just world.
  • Ability to successfully support groups that come together across race, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, and ability.
  • Have experience working in either the arts, education, community development, or urban agriculture industries. 
  • Personal energy, enthusiasm, and demonstrated commitment to UC’s mission.
  • Comfortable working in a range of working environments, including outdoors and remotely; in groups/teams and alone; with flexible/adapting schedules.
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities, project and people management skills, and facilitation experience.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience with grant writing, fundraising, finance management, and organizational/program/business development. 
  • Ideal candidates have lived experience within urban communities of color addressing systemic inequities. BIPOC applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Schedule & Compensation: This is a full-time position with an annual salary of between $60,000-$75,000 year, commensurate with experience, with additional stipends towards transportation, personal/professional development, health and self-care, and generous leave time allowances. 

To Apply: 

Submit materials to [email protected]

We will review applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis throughout June and July, with an anticipated start date of August/September, 2022.

Your application should include:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter that speaks to who you are; what skills and experience you hope to bring to the Urban Creators team; why you are passionate about social justice, land sovereignty, and collaborative leadership; and why you think you would be a good fit for this position. 
  3. Any relevant photos, videos, art, music, letters of recommendation(s), articles, etc. that speak to your passion. We welcome creativity!
  4. Contact information for 2 or 3 professional references.

Community Organizer

Position Overview: We are seeking an experienced Community Organizer to join our team in support of ongoing community programs and outreach initiatives, and to lead new organizing activities that foster the necessary alignment to address critical community concerns. This role is central to our work as we continue to explore new and meaningful ways to build sovereignty in North Philadelphia, particularly as our community faces waves of displacement and gentrification. Our Community Organizer will be responsible for: 1. Building and strengthening relationships with local community members, stakeholders, and partners; 2. supporting and actively promoting our public programs, markets, and events; 3. facilitating community resource sharing; 4. developing strategies and partnerships to support anti-displacement efforts in our community; and 5. nurturing the growth of emerging young organizers.

We are looking for a values-driven change agent to join our collective who has a passion for uplifting those most directly impacted by the systemic injustices facing our community. Ideal candidates will have the organizing experience to build capacity for ongoing community programs and initiatives, while spearheading new anti-displacement efforts and strategies.

Roles & Responsibilities: Our Community Organizer will be the newest member of our Organizing team, and will be responsible for the following roles & responsibilities:

  • Developing anti-displacement strategies and partnerships
  • Developing vision and plan for Community Resource sharing at Urban Creators
  • Developing vision and plan to develop the leadership capacity of young and emerging organizers
  • Working with our current Community Organizing Team to:
    • Represent Urban Creators at relevant community meetings.
    • Maintaining and building strategic partnerships with local stakeholders, RCOs, NACs, CDCs, elected officials, and other community organizations.
    • Gather input from neighbors to continuously inform our current and future programs and organizing priorities
    • Promote our markets, events, programs, and volunteer opportunities to community members and partners
    • Plan and co-facilitate quarterly Community Advisory Board meetings
    • Support ongoing community programs and initiatives

Required Knowledge & Experience

  • A collaborative approach to leadership, partnership development, and community organizing
  • Understanding of and interest in community-based efforts to build a more just world.
  • Ability to successfully support groups that come together across race, class, gender, age, sexual orientation and ability.
  • Personal energy, enthusiasm and demonstrated commitment to UCs mission.  
  • Comfortable working in a range of working environments, including outdoors and remotely; in groups/teams and alone; with flexible/adapting schedules.
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities, project management skills, and facilitation experience.
  • At least 2 years of experience with community organizing and facilitation
  • Ideal candidates have lived experience within urban communities of color addressing systemic inequities. BIPOC applicants are strongly encouraged to apply, as are members of our North Philadelphia community. 

Schedule & Compensation: This will be a salaried position of between 20-30 hours/week with an annual salary of between $20,000 – 31,000, commensurate with experience, with additional stipends to go towards transportation and health/self-care, and generous leave time allowances. There will also be an opportunity for this position to expand to full time in 2023. 

To Apply: 

Submit materials to [email protected]

We will review applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

Your application should include:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter that speaks to who you are; what skills and experience you hope to bring to the Urban Creators team; why you are passionate about social justice, land sovereignty, and collaborative leadership; and why you think you would be a good fit for this position. 
  3. Any relevant photos, videos, art, music, letters of recommendation(s), articles, etc. that speak to your passion. We welcome creativity!
  4. Contact information for 2 professional references.