More summer transitions! This time, we are holding a big both/and for our dear Philadelphia Coordinator, Oskar Castro. Oskar joined the QVS staff team in summer 2016. Since then, Oskar led four cohorts of Philadelphia Fellows through the QVS year. We’re so grateful for Oskar’s work to strengthen QVS’s ties to service and justice work and the wider community of Friends within Philadelphia.
Additionally, since summer 2017, Oskar held the role of Director of Equity & Inclusion. In this position, Oskar helped QVS formalize equity initiatives and deepen the team’s overall anti-oppression lens.
Oskar will be leaving our staff team at the end of September, and transitioning into a role with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as their Director of HR and Inclusion. Oskar plans to join the Philadelphia Local Support Committee (LSC) this year to support the new Coordinator, QVS Fellows, and local Friends community.
At this time, we welcome applications for the Philadelphia Coordinator position, with priority given to those received before September 11. The position is scheduled to begin October 1. A detailed job description and application instructions can be found below.
Philadelphia Coordinator: Job Description
The Philadelphia Coordinator reports to the Director of Program and oversees the Quaker Voluntary Service program in Philadelphia, PA. This is a twenty-five hour/week, exempt position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience; salary range is $22,000-$25,000. Primary responsibilities include:
- Provide direct support for Fellows by meeting with them one-on-one each month; spending time at the QVS House to support the development of community life, a non-anxious approach to conflict, and shared spiritual practices; and by helping them identify resources and solve problems.
- Facilitate discussions and exercises grounded in QVS program goals by convening two QVS Days each month and organizing three weekend Retreats each year.
- Coordinate the partnership between QVS and local nonprofit organizations where Fellows work by maintaining good communication, meeting regularly with site supervisors, and recruiting new site placement partners as needed.
- Collaborate with local Friends by meeting regularly with the clerk of the Local Support Committee (LSC), attending LSC meetings, supporting the partnership between Fellows and Spiritual Nurturers, and encouraging Fellow participation in the life of local meetings.
- Contribute to the development of QVS as a national organization by participating in twice-monthly staff meetings, two annual staff retreats, and National Orientation for incoming Fellows at the end of August; by helping to recruit and select applicants; and by providing content for QVS newsletters, social media, etc.
Competencies and Qualifications
- A good working knowledge of Quaker history, thought and practice.
- A personal history of connecting deeply with young adults from a variety of backgrounds.
- A commitment to social justice, anti-racism and anti-oppression work.
- Exceptional skill in managing time and setting personal boundaries.
- Exceptional relationship skills, including the ability to address conflict and motivate others.
- Experience organizing and facilitating small group discussions and times of spiritual reflection.
- Familiarity with nonprofits and social justice organizations in Philadelphia.
- Administrative skills for managing budgets, organizing events, and keeping records.
- Passion for the vision and mission of Quaker Voluntary Service.
How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to Mike Huber [email protected], the QVS Director of Program. In your cover letter, please provide contact info for three references who can speak to your competencies and qualifications. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis as applications arrive, with priority given to applications received before September 11. The position is scheduled to begin October 1.