Background & Summary
Philadelphia Community Corps (PCC) is the only deconstruction job training nonprofit based in Philadelphia. The organization’s mission is to provide career training programs that empower underserved citizens to revitalize blighted neighborhoods by deconstructing vacant buildings and salvaging materials for reuse. The organization values accountability, trust, and communication.
Our “referral-based deconstruction” model means that the PCC organizes on-the-job training opportunities in coordination with nonprofit program partners, demolition contractors, and the trainees themselves. We are expanding our capacity manage these growing training responsibilities.
Program Manager Job Description
The Program Manager works with the Executive Director as a point person for job trainee communications, logistics, and relationships. The Program Manager is responsible for building new partner program relationships, coordinating with existing program partners, and scheduling projects that utilize PCC job trainees. Other key duties include trainee supervision, communication with referred contractors, and assistance in program planning and execution.
In order to perform the duties of Program Manager the candidate must retain the ability to walk, squat, stoop, reach to, above or below shoulder level, lift, carry, push, pull, climb, and use hands to handle and feel. A valid driver’s license is required. A background check will be administered before an offer will be made.
- Positive attitude and willingness to encourage co-workers
- 3+ years of construction and/or supervision experience
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
- Ability to work with organizational leadership, understands the issues and constraints, and acts accordingly
- Ability to carry out initiatives set forth by the organization, ability to protect its interests, and advance the company mission and further sustainability
- The ability to set priorities and exercise flexibility where necessary
- Ability to communicate constructive feedback to organizational challenges and work towards solutions
- Transparent and high integrity leadership
- Keen understanding of proper safety procedures and recognition of hazards
These are not required but we would prefer a candidate that has:
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
- Forklift Certification
- Responsible for defining project schedule, scope, and salvage yield expectations with contractor partners
- Regular communication with contractor partners for trainee accountability, progress tracking, and disciplinary support
- Regular visits to deconstruction worksites for tracking project progress, drop off scheduling, and salvage yield reporting
Partner Relationship Management
- Program partner outreach in order to source job trainees and building a trusting relationship based on honest communication
- Maintaining existing relationships with program partners, seeking constructive feedback, and improving our coordination efforts based on feedback
- Seek feedback from contractor and employment partners on how to increase employability of trainees
Job Placement Coordination
- Coordinate placement of job trainees on multiple worksites and track attendance
- Connecting contractor partners to trainees and facilitating their communications
- Teaching trainees workplace standards & expectations while instilling discipline and accountability
- All trainees are required to conduct themselves in a safe manner at all times to ensure the safety of our partners and themselves
- Maintain worksite in orderly fashion to facilitate easy access and avoid tripping hazards, etc.
- Maintain a safe, secure, and healthy work environment by adhering to and enforcing safety codes
-Personal Protective Equipment will be provided.
-Candidates must have personal vehicle for transportation, but will also have access to shared PCC vehicle when available.
-Computer will be provided, but personal laptop is recommended for mobile work
-Candidates must have their own phone for communication
Measures of Performance
- Increased productivity in trainee workforce reflected by positive feedback from Contractor Partners
- Accurately maintained project records submitted to office on time
- Records inventory of incoming architectural materials salvaged from projects
- Engages with job trainees effectively
- Receives positive feedback from contractor partners
- Any negative feedback is appropriately addressed in a timely manner
- Trainees follow correct safety procedures without injuries or accidents
-Salary range $40,000 – $50,000
To apply please send:
- Cover Letter
The Philadelphia Community Corps provides career training programs that empower underserved citizens to revitalize blighted neighborhoods by deconstructing vacant buildings and salvaging materials for reuse.
Trainees gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the deconstruction, material salvage, and other building trade industries. Additionally, they receive OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) certification and an introductory course based on curriculum from the Building Materials Reuse Association. Ultimately, we aim to connect trainees to employment opportunities.
We are able to divert materials from landfills to promote practical and creative reuse by utilizing deconstruction, which is an environmentally friendly alternative to demolition. The process also creates more jobs and less pollution because buildings are taken apart by hand.
We aim to utilize deconstruction as an engine for economic growth by creating jobs, removing blight, inspiring community driven neighborhood revitalization, and creating a hub of sustainable reuse.
There are 40,000 to 60,000 abandoned properties in Philadelphia, that combined take up the entirety of Center City. The city spends over $20 million each year in maintaining these properties, which also accounts for over $70 million in uncollected property taxes. These properties drive away investment, attract crime, and drag down property values city-wide by an estimated $3.6 billion, but there hasn’t been a solution profitable enough —or large enough in scale— to reverse the abandoned housing blight. Previously, the Department of License & Inspections paid demolition contractors to remove about 1,000 blighted structures a year at an average cost of $13,000 per house. In 2012 alone, Philadelphia paid $9.5 million to demolition contractors.
Although there is a large abandoned property problem, Philadelphia Community Corps views this as an opportunity to implement job training programs that provide skills and experiences that prepare people with barriers for employment. Also, it allows the presentation of sustainable deconstruction solutions that are more environmentally friendly, and to re-imagine blight as a resource for materials. Within every abandoned property there is a mountain of bricks and a forest of lumber capable of reuse.