Chester Workforce Development Center

Eric Bayne, Coordinator, Workforce Development

Contact Eric Bayne:
610-447-7793 (office)
484-213-3141 (cell) or
ebayne@chestercity.com (email)

Job Opportunities


Chester Made Project Manager (Part-time)

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.

Pharmacy Technicians

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Media – Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.’s (CAADC) Pharmacy Technician Training Program has five additional slots available starting in January.  The program is designed to help out-of-school youth gain the skills for a rewarding career including obtaining required credentials and industry recognized certifications.  CAADC has partnered with Delaware County Community College for its Pharmacy Technician Training Program which provides instruction to become a pharmacy technician leading to employment in hospitals and community pharmacies.  This program includes Pharmacy Technician Certification and an externship.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24
  • Currently reside in Delaware County
  • Not enrolled in High School

Income eligibility guidelines do apply.  Only five additional slots are available and are filling up fast so call today to see if you are eligible.  Contact Gail King at (610) 874-8451 if you are interested in the Pharmacy Technician Training Program.

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has been Delaware County’s designated anti-poverty agency since 1979. The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals.  The Agency’s website is www.caadc.org.

Employer Panel

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What are employers looking for from applicants?

How can you make a good impression?

How can you ace the interview?

Find out at the

EMPLOYER PANEL

To be held at the Chester City Hall Council Chambers

1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA

Thursday December 8, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Registration required. Must have complete profile completed on www.JobGateway.pa.gov.

Call 610-447-3350 with any questions.

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PA CareerLink® Delaware County

CAADC Seeking Employment Partners for Youth Building Trades Program

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Media – Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is seeking local employment partners for its youth Building Trades Training Program.   The Building Trades Training Program provides instruction in the construction and maintenance fields and includes paid on-the-job training.  The program is designed to help out-of-school economically disadvantaged youth to gain the skills for a rewarding career and includes obtaining industry recognized certifications.

An important component of the project is providing youth with a paid work experience opportunity, funded by the project.  However, CAADC is still seeking employers from Delaware County in the building trades and maintenance fields to partner with for this project.  Benefits to the employers include:

  • Having an employee for 6 months paid for by the project
  • Chance to help and mentor an economically disadvantaged youth looking to start a career
  • Opportunity to secure a great future permanent employee

Participants will work approximately 20 hours per week for six months.  The opportunities start in January so please contact CAADC by mid-December or earlier.  If you are interested in partnering with CAADC please contact Eileen McCoy at (610) 874-8451.

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has been Delaware County’s designated anti-poverty agency since 1979. The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals.  The Agency’s website is www.caadc.org.

Crossing Guard Positions

Seeking reliable and responsible adults to fill Crossing Guard positions for various locations throughout the City of Chester for the 2016/2017 school year. Pay starts at $9.07/hour. Applicants must be able to stand for 45-90 minutes at a time and possess a reliable means of transportation.

 Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and are required to pass an FBI Fingerprint Clearance and Child Abuse Clearance.

Interested candidates should see Ms. Vernita Perry:

Chester Police Station Lobby
160 East 7th St.
Chester, PA.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 2ND THRU NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 AND SHOULD BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN 4PM NOVEMBER 18TH

Youth Employment Opportunities

Now Hiring (High School Students)

The Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Tobacco Control and Prevention Program) is looking to hire high school students for the following position:

Part-time Youth Surveyor, Youth Access Project

Pay Rate: $12 per hour

To apply, please contact Ms. Yates. Office:  (610)447-7894     Email:nyates@chestercity.com

For more information about the requirements for this positions, please download the document

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