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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We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2018

Chief Operating/Financial Officer Position

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is looking for an energetic and passionate professional to build our financial and operations systems at this pivotal time in our history. This is a perfect opportunity for a manager looking to advance their experience with an organization undergoing rapid growth.

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 parks and recreation systems in the country with more than 300 parks and recreation facilities. In addition to our traditional public space advocacy, the Alliance has recently grown our community outreach and direct service arms—increasing our programming and resource development work throughout the city's 150+ recreation centers.

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. In recent years, the Alliance has significantly expanded its staff and volunteer base, and we're now looking to increase our financial and structural support to continue this momentum. Read more about the Parks Alliance's work and mission at


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for financial oversight and strategic operations management.

Job Duties:

1.      Develop and maintain operational and financial management systems, processes and policies

2.      Oversee organizational budget and maintain accurate financial records (e.g., communicate and reinforce financial procedures, draft annual budget and report for Board, funders, IRS and management)

3.      Oversees partner community group bank accounts and ensures their financial compliance.

4.      Provides day-to-day leadership and management for the community outreach, advocacy, and public policy activities under the direction of the Executive Director.

5.      Ensures the effectiveness of all processes internal and external through strategic planning and program evaluation.

6.      Collaborates with the management team to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate the rapid growth objectives of our organization.

7.      Manage and support staff on traditional HR issues

8.      Assists in managing relationships with City departments and for- and nonprofit partners

9.      Fosters a productive and supportive environment within the company.


5+ years of professional financial and operations management experience with demonstrated success in creating systems and evaluating programs, and:

·         Experience in accounting and finance principles and best practices as well as knowledge of internal controls.

·         Skilled in organizational development, budget and resource development, and strategic planning

·         Strong written and oral communication skills

·         Strong desire to work with a lively, passionate team dedicated to improving the lives of Philadelphians—and the spaces we love



Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements with subject "Chief Operations Officer position" to George Matysik 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.

Urban Studies. Before starting a new community outreach project, we like to have a complete understanding of the surrounding neighborhood. Help us better serve our communities by researching the history of neighborhoods, explaining its development and social changes over time, and giving us valuable information on the current wants and needs of the community. The best applicants will be asked for a writing sample that shows their ability to pull narratives from research.

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. 



Email Oneido Luis - - with your resume and a cover letter. Format your email title as ‘[area of application] Volunteer/Intern Application’. Example: Development Volunteer Application. Call Oneido at 215-879-8159 with any questions.