The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is looking for energetic, skilled interns for Spring 2018. Founded in 1984, the Parks Alliance is the voice of Philadelphia's parks and recreation users—advocating for and supporting one of the largest urban recreation systems in the country. We work towards Philadelphia becoming a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable city for all.

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The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is looking for an energetic and passionate Community Outreach Manager to lead our outreach to parks and recreation facilities throughout the city. This is a perfect opportunity for a grass-roots organizer interested in working on both the neighborhood and citywide level.

Founded in 1983, the Parks Alliance is the voice of Philadelphia's parks and recreation users—advocating for and supporting one of the largest urban parks and recreation systems in the country with more than 300 parks and recreation facilities. In addition to our traditional public space advocacy, the Parks Alliance has recently grown our community outreach and direct service arms. We now provide support and resources to the city's 150+ recreation centers and their volunteers.


The Parks Alliance is a fast-paced and lively small non-profit that welcomes big ideas and big personalities at our convenient West Philadelphia office. Read more about the Parks Alliance's work and mission at


Job Summary:

Recreation Advisory Councils serve as the governing body for neighborhood recreation centers. The Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Council (PRAC) is the umbrella organization for all recreation center Advisory Councils. It is the goal of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance that every recreation center will have an Advisory Council and that Advisory Council and PRAC members have the training and resources to effectively deliver needed community programming. The Community Outreach Manager is responsible for implementing the Parks Alliance daily, ongoing outreach activities, data management, as well as informing the organization’s overall outreach strategy.

The Community Outreach Manager’s main activities include building the capacity of Advisory Council members and structuring a citywide advocacy network through community engagement and volunteer training. The position reports to the Chief Operating Officer and will work directly with the Executive Director and staff from the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation. The Community Outreach Manager will have one to two full-time fellows and some part-time volunteers as direct reports. This is a full-time position based at the Parks Alliance’s West Philadelphia office. The position involves weekly evening meetings with Advisory Council members.


  • Establish and maintain relationships with Advisory Council members at the City’s 150+ recreation centers
  • Manage data collection on recreation center volunteers, activities, instructors, community participation, facility needs and extent of interaction with the Parks Alliance
  • Organize neighborhood meetings and community dinners at select recreation centers to increase community awareness and interest in recreation centers
  • Lead the organization of the four (4) citywide PRAC meetings and 14 district meetings held each year
  • Coordinate consultations and/or trainings in program development, fundraising, advocacy, marketing for Advisory Council members
  • Collaborate with Parks Alliance colleagues and other local nonprofit institutions on designing community engagement events at recreation centers selected for investment under the City’s Rebuild program
  • Participate in senior staff meetings to coordinate outreach activities with other Alliance strategic initiatives


Qualifications and Skills:

  • At least 3 years experience of direct organizing and/or outreach experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A High School Diploma or GED required, Associate or Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Ability to travel, work some evenings and a valid driver’s license required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel preferred
  • Knowledge of Access or another data management system preferred
  • Understanding of the history and economic condition of Philadelphia neighborhoods as well as the underlying political and social influences is helpful
  • Spanish speakers encouraged to apply


Annual Salary: $40,000 - $45,000

This position is currently fully funded for two years. Contingent upon additional funding the Community Outreach Manager position will be extended.


Health care & retirement package


Proficiency in Spanish preferred




No requirement


Please send cover letter and resume, and with subject "Community Outreach Manager position" to George Matysik at " gmatysik [at] "


We are a fast-paced and lively nonprofit that welcomes big ideas and big personalities at our West Philadelphia office. Our work is collaborative by nature and empowering by design. We are committed to our “no coffee, no copies” volunteer policy - volunteers have real responsibility and do valuable work. These positions are unpaid, but we can promise a rewarding experience doing work that matters.

We are currently seeking volunteers and offering internship opportunities in the following areas:

Community Organizing and Outreach. Through our Recreation Community Initiative (RCI), the Parks Alliance supports and advocates for Philadelphia’s playgrounds, community centers, and recreation centers. Our interns help us build capacity at rec centers throughout the city by engaging neighbors, increasing programming, and activating community networks. We're looking for volunteers who are excited to work in the field and/or help run the program from the office.

Development & Grant Writing. Development is how nonprofits find funding, primarily through relational resources. We prefer applicants with a background in grant writing, fundraising, or event planning to join us. If you are new to the field, we are also looking for volunteers who are ready to learn nonprofit funding strategies and can help us with tasks ranging from donor research to board development.

GIS & Data Reporting. Our GIS and Reporting team analyzes data, writes reports, and distributes information related to parks and recreation in Philadelphia. We provide maps and statistics to City Council members, Recreation Center Advisory Councils, park advocacy groups, and other local organizations, and are working to publish them online for public use. In 2018, we are looking for volunteers that are both proficient in GIS and have strong writing skills.

Design. Decent infrastructure is essential for a sustainable city. We have a need for design students to analyze our public space infrastructure and produce alternate designs for buildings and parks based on the needs of the surrounding community. Experience required.

Public Policy. In the coming year, the Parks Alliance will advocate for a higher parks and recreation budget through building a state-wide coalition of advocacy organizations, city officials, and neighborhood groups.  We are looking for volunteers with strong writing backgrounds and a desire to dive head-first into the world of organizing state politics. Volunteers will gain valuable experience working with our Executive Director and will learn what it takes to have an impact in Harrisburg.

Communications. It’s 2018 - social media and the internet are pivotal tools for any organization. Help us grow our online presence by managing our website and social media accounts. Prefer writing in sentences longer than 280 characters? Take charge of the Parks Alliance newsletter and write op-ed pieces for local newspapers. Experience (and creativity) required. 



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