South of South Neighborhood Association is hiring a Program Manager

  • July 29, 2016
  • 1901 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

About SOSNA:

The South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit neighborhood association and Registered Community Organization (RCO) for the area of South Philadelphia bounded by South Street, Broad Street, Washington Avenue and the Schuylkill River. An all-volunteer Board of Directors ("Board") of 15 members (elected by the neighbors) runs the organization, which is focused on stimulating community and economic development in the neighborhood. SOSNA does so by targeting 5 Initiative Areas: Clean & Green, Community Impact, Economic Development, Safety and Zoning.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the SOSNA Board of Directors, the Programs Manager (PM) is the one paid staff person for SOSNA. The PM acts as the liaison between neighbors and the SOSNA Board of Directors and Committee leaders, working closely to design, organize, promote and implement community projects and programming. The PM works at and staffs the SOSNA office at 1901 Christian Street, and is in many ways the face of the organization, answering emails, phone calls, and greeting walk-ins on a daily basis. The PM attends every meeting of SOSNA Committees or projects and monthly Board meetings.

Key Skills:

Project management, volunteer management, correspondence, grant writing, event planning, exemplary interpersonal, communication and time management skills.


Bachelor's degree preferred. Successful candidate must be able to meet light to medium work physical exertion requirements, as position requires moderate physical exertion (neighborhood clean-ups, set-up and break down of meeting spaces, etc.).

Salary and Benefits:

This is a salaried position - salary and health benefits are competitive and are negotiable based upon experience.


This position is full-time, with the expectation that the Programs Manager will work approximately 40 hours per week. Evening and weekend meetings and events will be required.

Position Details:


Opens, operates and closes the SOSNA office.

Maintains SOSNA website and social media accounts.

Oversees organizational budget, and programming budgets.

Responds to inquiries and questions from all media - in person, phone, email, website, social media, press etc.

Coordinates with numerous partner organizations and entities.

Serves as main point of contact for organization with elected officials and City departments.

Writes all correspondence for the organization subject to approval of the Board.

Board of Directors Support:

Works with Board leadership to prepare for monthly Board meetings, including agendas, project updates and Programs Manager report.

Works with Treasurer and Controller to maintain SOSNA Finances - pays bills, updates Quickbooks, coordinates with accountant, keeps detailed records.

Coordinates insurance coverage and renewals.

Write grants and solicits funding for SOSNA and its projects.

Committee/Project Support

Attends monthly meetings for each initiative/project committee, working with the group's leadership to prepare agenda, minutes, etc.

Executes action items for each initiative/project following each meeting, regularly updating volunteers.

Plans, promotes and administers special events organized by initiative/project committees, including obtaining permits, soliciting bids, paying contracts, recruiting volunteers, overseeing day-of logistics.

Neighborhood Zoning Support:

Oversees the community review process for all properties seeking a zoning variance within the neighborhood.

Coordinates monthly zoning meetings with fellow RCOs, applicants and stakeholders

Ensures proper notification of community meetings and submission of required documentation. Adheres to all Philadelphia City Planning Commission regulations.

Coordinates SOSNA Architectural Review Committee (ARC) meetings, takes notes and follows up with applicants/architects.

With Zoning Committee leadership, drafts and submits all letters to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Testifies at the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Civic Design Review, and other administrative bodies and agencies as needed.

Maintains complete zoning files at SOSNA office.

Additional Duties & Qualifications:

Serve on citywide committees where appropriate.

Attend important citywide functions on behalf of SOSNA where appropriate.

Testify before elected officials and bodies where necessary.

Assist constituents resolve quality of life issues.

Strong sense of self direction- must be able manage day-to-day activities and duties under reduced or no supervision.

The ability to work collaboratively as well as lead a team

Strong attention to detail and ability to work well under pressure.

Background in city planning, communications, community development or project management

A sense of humor and positive attitude.

SOSNA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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