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At a time when cities across the country are challenged to build positive relationships between residents and law enforcement, the significance, track record, and impact of PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids” is more important than ever.

This is an exciting time to join PAL. The organization has recently adopted a new five year strategic plan, developed in consultation with the highly regarded Bridgespan Group, secured three of the largest gifts in organizational history in the past year, begun planning for a new headquarters, and will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2017.

From time to time PAL has openings within our organization for motivated people seeking to make an impact on our society through our children.

Current Employment Opportunities:

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (Full-Time) *click to expand

 

Context:  This is an exciting opportunity for a communications professional to join one of Philadelphia’s bedrock youth-serving organizations.  The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) is unlike any non-profit organization in the region, in that it brings a unit of the Philadelphia Police Department and a non-profit organization together with a shared mission of Cops Helping Kids.

Established in 1947, PAL has become part of the fabric of Philadelphia, with tens-of-thousands of children benefitting from the mentorship, guidance and coaching of specially trained Philadelphia police officers through an array of year-round fun, safe, and free programming.

In addition to supportive police and civilian staff, PAL enjoys a passionate and engaged Board of Directors, which includes many members of the media, advertising, and public relations industries, each of whom are eager to support your success.

Position Description:  The Communications Manager is a critical role for PAL as it is responsible for developing and leading all efforts to tell the story of our impact on crime, character, and education to internal and external audiences alike.  In this capacity, she/he will compose, edit, and manage the production of a full range of communications to effectively promote the organization to diverse constituencies and support the fundraising goals of PAL.  These include, but are not limited to:  digital platforms (web and social media sites), newsletters, annual reports, talking points, white papers, info-graphics, media advisories/releases/pitches, traditional collateral marketing materials (brochures, flyers), etc.

Specific Position Accountabilities:

  • Develop, facilitate, and manage the implementation of PAL’s communication plans (in line with PAL’s five-year Strategic Plan) including traditional, print, and online PSA campaigns, direct mail, earned media, branding, and events; define and inform appropriate PAL audiences: Board, parents, police department, politicians, donors, and potential donors; boast about PAL’s metrics, outcomes, and impact on crime, character, and education.
  • Manage PAL’s digital-presence by creating and managing an external editorial calendar and creating content for all digital platforms (PAL website, social media sites)
  • Seek proactive storytelling opportunities, including op-eds, conference panels/keynotes, podcasts, and more.
  • Maintain consistent corporate brand through all messaging; write strategic communications materials including plans, messaging, press releases and blog posts.
  • Work closely with the PAL Leadership Team and key staff to ensure PAL communications are leveraged to fuel the organization’s development and programmatic needs
  • Foster relationships with PAL’s media partners, and prepare and coordinate press events; write and send PAL media alerts and press releases
  • Create monthly communication reports from the Executive Director to PAL Board, PAL Donors, Adopt-A-Center-Partners, Philadelphia Police and City of Philadelphia Leadership
  • Serve as staff liaison with the Board’s Communications Committee
  • Oversee development and production of the Annual Report and Award Dinner Tribute Book
  • Write copy for speaking points, scripts, and PSA’s
  • Staff media events and tours with donors as needed; attend various community meetings as a PAL representative as well as make site visits to PAL centers when necessary
  • Measure effectiveness of social media campaigns and use those metrics to inform future content
  • Coordinate the production of multiple PAL videos and communications throughout the year
  • Manage PR budget and the use of external resources as they pertain to the marketing and communications function (e.g. advertising agency, printers, etc.)

Qualifications: 

  • The ideal candidate will have corporate or nonprofit communications experience, strong project management skills, and exceptional writing, editing, critical thinking, storytelling, and proofreading skills.
  • We’re looking for a genuine self-starter who will embrace the opportunity to work closely with PAL Police Officers, parents, donors, and staff to creatively tell our story.
  • Minimum 3 years in Communications
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferred in Public Relations, English Composition, Communications, Journalism, or similar area
  • Possess in-depth understanding and experience in creative engagement through social media and digital communications;
  • Experience leading content strategy, creative development and production for use within an interactive setting.
  • Ability to write quickly, distilling concepts into key messages for multiple audiences.
  • Past media relations experience a plus.
  • Previous event coordination experience.
  • Exercise consistent independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance.
  • A 24/7 professional capable of juggling projects at night and/or on occasional weekends
  • Must have strong working knowledge of MS Office software and basic video-editing software (iMovie, etc.) and familiarity with graphic design software, a plus (PhotoShop)
  • Valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required to travel to various PAL centers, events and community meetings (Mileage reimbursement will be available)
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING (FULL-TIME) *click to expand

 

Context: This is an exceptional opportunity to make a remarkable and tangible impact on Philadelphia youth. One of Philadelphia’s bedrock youth-serving institutions, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) is unlike any non-profit organization in the region, in that it brings a unit of the Philadelphia Police Department and a non-profit organization together with a shared mission of Cops Helping Kids.

Established in 1947, PAL has become part of the fabric of Philadelphia, with tens-of-thousands of children annually benefitting from the mentorship, guidance, and coaching of specially trained Philadelphia police officers through an array of year-round fun, safe, and free programming.

With a focus on reducing juvenile crime, improving positive character attributes, and improving educational success, PAL implements a variety of sports-based, educational, and positive youth development programming across a citywide network of 20 PAL Centers.

Position Description: Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as part of the organization’s Leadership Team, the Director of Programming is a critical role for PAL as it responsible for the operational success of all PAL programming. This position “keeps all the trains running on time” by working closely with the Commanding Officer of the PAL Police Unit, to ensure PAL programming is consistently delivered across the City.

The Director manages full-time employees in the Programs Department and approximately 100 part-time staff and volunteers. The Director for this multi-site and multi-program organization, has an externally facing role managing relationships in the community.

There also is a heavy emphasis on team management and development and establishing standards of performance across all programs while leading the implementation of the organization’s current strategic plan.

Specific Position Accountabilities: This position operates where the non-profit organization and the PAL Police Unit come together to deliver on the promise of Cops Helping Kids. To successfully fulfill that promise, the Director of Programming must be able to wear different hats at different times, build consensus, and motivate both civilian and police staff.

Overall Leadership:

  • Develop and implement strategies to leverage and maximize synergies among program areas (athletic, character-building, cultural)
  • Serve as a leader within the implementation of PAL’s strategic plan; serve on the PAL civilian Leadership Team; collaborate with Board leadership
  • Partner with PAL Police Unit leadership in managing center-based and city-wide programming, support staff, and volunteers

Program Operational Management:

  • Co-prepare and co-manage PAL’s Programming budget with the PAL Police Unit Commanding Officer in conjunction with the Finance Department.
  • Co-create and co-manage PAL’s programming operations plan to ensure execution of programmatic priorities
  • Cultivate new and steward existing program partnerships
  • Develop and implement a program dashboard; establish consistent, objective program performance standards of accountability
  • Oversee PAL’s Volunteer Department and programming, including recruitment, clearance and certification processes, on-boarding, training and service support; ensure successful delivery of Volunteer Department special events

Team Management and Development:

  • Lead and manage the PAL programs team, inclusive of full-time and center-based support staff to meet organizational expectations
  • Work with police leadership to assess the needs and opportunities within PAL centers and develop a support staff strategy. Recruit, hire, and implement center-based program staff plans.

Scholarship Program Management

  • Administer the PAL Scholarship Program; manage program evaluation; ensure successful delivery of PAL’s annual Scholarship Luncheon

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of professional experience, including working with elementary, middle or high school-aged children; experience working with children from diverse backgrounds
  • Bachelor’s degree (MA/MBA preferred) in Education, Social Sciences or other relevant degree.
  • Knowledge of Out-of-School-Time programs, experience in sports-based youth development, a plus.
  • Exceptional project management, leadership qualities, communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience in program development and evaluation
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required to travel to various PAL centers, events and community meetings (Mileage reimbursement will be available)
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check

To apply for a position at PAL , please email a cover letter and resume to Jobs@PhillyPAL.org.  Please include the position title in the Subject line.

You can also find position vacancies listed on CareerBuilder.com

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