Chester Made Project Manager (Part-time)

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is seeking a dynamic manager to coordinate and support the Chester Made Exploration Zone, a place-making and engagement project that explores and animates the underground history and cultural assets of downtown Chester, PA, from a new makerspace and hub for the project called #TheBuild.  A mile-long corridor celebrating arts and culture has been proposed between City Hall and Widener University, and this project will support and manage the efforts of our local partners, artists, historians, entrepreneurs, and citizens to rebuild and renew the city.  The part-time position (3-4 days a week) will be supported from winter 2017 through summer 2018 and will work closely with project partners to set community engagement strategies and coordinate project activities. During each week, this individual will spend approximately one day in PHC’s office in downtown Philadelphia and the remaining time in City Planning Department in City Hall in downtown Chester.

ORGANIZATION
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) leads a unique cross-sector partnership in Chester between the City, Widener University, and a local artist collective The Artist Warehouse.  Together, we use the arts and humanities to engage with many who live and work in Chester in the remaking of their city.  An independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, PHC is part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions.

PHC connects Pennsylvanians to each other through stories, ideas, and experiences that can change lives and transform communities. PHC champions and redefines the role the humanities play in educating citizens and strengthening community through programs that create pathways for learning and creativity, spark dialogue and civic engagement, and encourage diversity of expression.  PHC has a $1.5 million annual operating budget, with a strong senior leadership team and an engaged board of directors from across the state. Learn more at pahumanities.org.

POSITION
The Project Manager will work directly with the project partners to manage project activities for the City of Chester, including coordinating planning and logistics for information sessions and a series of community workshops, events and building projects; working within the Chester community to build and cultivate resident involvement in project planning and activities; facilitating partner and community meetings; and planning a final learning exchange with a team of artists from Chicago.

The project will run from through summer 2018 and will make use of public spaces in Chester to animate the arts and culture corridor. The Project Manager will work with artists, historians, entrepreneurs and citizens to plan, coordinate and launch activities that incorporate resident feedback and interests in an effort to support the long-term development of the community.

The position requires superlative people and project management skills, knowledge of Chester and respect within the community, commitment to the goals of the project, strategic thinking, optimism, and collaboration. This is a tremendous opportunity for a professional with a passion for the arts and humanities who has expertise in community engagement and coordinating cultural events.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate and support community design-build projects in downtown Chester, including a pop-up storefront and workshop that serves as a hub for the project.
  • Plan and implement a series of information sessions, community workshops, and events in downtown Chester with project partners, residents and leading national and local practitioners in public history, design, visual documentation, place-making, and tactical urbanism.
  • Work with the partners to develop a resident engagement strategy that includes cultivating the existing network within Chester and engaging new voices, especially youth and seniors
  • Organize a final learning exchange in Chester with the partners and a team of artists working in Chicago and Gary, Indiana
  • Manage a micro-grant program to support community-led projects and events
  • Coordinate and facilitate collaboration among the partners
  • Recruit and manage community volunteers
  • Work with project partners to promote events and market the Chester Made brand.
  • Manage Chester Made social media channels
  • Oversee and manage project budget
  • Support evaluation activities

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Successful track record of project management with the ability to handle multiple assignments in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Chester community, and personal values consistent with the partners and the local community
  • Experience adapting to changing situations and coordinating complex projects involving input from residents, partners and multiple stakeholders
  • “Can Do” attitude, positive energy, and willingness to pitch in to help others and get the job done
  • Highly motivated and able to take initiative, yet team-oriented and collaborative
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Passion for people, culture and community engagement
  • Experience in event planning, outreach, promotions, and marketing
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills and the ability to speak and write messages for different, diverse audiences
  • Excellent computer and administrative skills
  • Willingness to travel and work evenings
  • Bachelor’s degree required

To Apply

Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position addressed to CMProjectManager@pahumanities.org. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 31st.