The Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) is seeking a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic leader, with a strong knowledge of the philanthropic community and the political landscape in Philadelphia, to assume the role of Director of Place-Based Initiatives, to lead the City of Philadelphia’s effort to coordinate activities and partners in the Promise Zone.
The Promise Zone is a federal initiative designed to address the challenges of areas of deep and persistent poverty across the country. Instead of providing new programs or services, the Promise Zone helps existing organizations work together to increase opportunities for residents living, working, and going to school within its boundaries. The West Philadelphia Promise Zone is focused on a two-square mile section of West Philadelphia, and has organized across six subcommittees (Education, Workforce Development, Housing, Health and Wellness, Public Safety, and Economic Opportunity) to coordinate existing and future efforts in the area to advance critical goals. The subcommittees are comprised of government agencies, local universities, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood associations that are engaged in these issues. The work is coordinated across subcommittees by an Executive Committee that is composed of the co-chairs of each subcommittee and CEO.
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