Senior Project Manager: Byrne Criminal Justice Project, Advancing Equity Through Public Safety: The Village of Arts and Humanities


The Village of Arts and Humanities is seeking a highly motivated and talented candidate to serve as Project  Manager for our Byrne Criminal Justice Project, “Advancing Equity Through Public Safety.”

The Project Manager will build upon groundwork laid by Village leadership, staff, and the Project Steering Committee during 2020-21 to engage community residents in building or adopting alternatives to policing that reduce violent crime in Fairhill-Hartranft.

The Project Manager will enter this project as the Steering Committee (comprising community leaders, stakeholders, and other experts) develops and finalizes a plan to invest at least ~$750 in these community oriented strategies and tactics to improve safety and reduce violent activity.

Advancing Equity through Public Safety seeks to impact four objectives: (1) Build community power to inform, design, and drive positive change; (2) Invest in innovative and evidence-based alternatives to law enforcement that reduce violent crime; (3) Reduce social and economic drivers of crime through increasing economic opportunities and providing effective youth development and post-incarceration reentry programs; (4) Foster a physical environment that discourages violent activity and promotes community cohesion and trust and spur equitable neighborhood revitalization.

This position affords the selected candidate tremendous opportunity to advance in both administrative and programmatic non-profit work by positioning them to work directly with Village Leadership, Board Members, community members, and institutional partners on a high profile project with tangible results.

This Project Manager position requires a flexible and professional individual who is resourceful and can work independently to complete assigned tasks and projects. We’re looking for a fast learner who is excited about being part of a dynamic team of designers, activists, organizers, educators, and community developers. This individual will gain invaluable experience in the connected fields of art and equitable community development while serving the Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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Reports to: Director of Organizing and Social Justice Initiatives


Design and Engagement

  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate regular meetings of the Fairhill-Hartranft Public Safety to design and implement project goals, objectives, and strategies
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings between The Village and project consultants
  • Develop and implement collaborative community events and forums alongside Steering Committee in order to gather and share project-related  information
  • Serve as liaison between residents, partners, city agencies, and other stakeholders
  • Establish and maintain strong partnerships with local groups of community-based organizations and service providers on an ongoing basis.


  • Plan and ensure successful implementation of strategies and tactics proposed by in the Steering Committee
  • Mobilize residents and businesses to participate in safety activities through day-to-day and special outreach and communication efforts
  • Work with research team to document outcomes related to implementation plan strategies and tactics
  • Identify other potential public and private entities for participation and support of the strategic interventions developed in order to maximize resources and build sustainability of the program.
  • Document and publicize neighborhood safety achievements to build confidence and buy-in among program partners.

Grant Management

  • Coordinate program activities as outlined in grant proposal to successfully fulfill the goals, objectives, and strategies during the 3-year award period including:
  • Managing day-to-day tasks and activities during the reminiang planning and implementation phases of the project
  • Collecting required data to be used to monitor, improve, and evaluate program performance
  • Facilitating the activities of the law enforcement and research partners and their data collection and analysis and monitoring strategy implementation and achievement of goals and objectives
  • Work effectively with the research partner to develop and manage a process to analyze data to evaluate program interventions throughout the initiative and to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity throughout the three-year program
  • Participate in periodic meetings with the project advisory committee to review progress in coordinating, developing and implementation of program strategy.
  • Compile and maintain a calendar of events, database of participants, and administrative records and reports.
  • Prepare and maintain documentation as required by the Department of Justice, including, but not limited to meeting minutes, progress and final reports, and expenses.
  • Obtain outcome reports, expenditure documentation, and other documents as needed from community collaborators and research institutions.
  • Maintains expenses and monitors invoices related to the program.
  • Provide periodic reports and briefing papers for all partners on the implementation of the project.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field or five (5) years of professional experience in community development
  • Experience working with and in extremely low income communities
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia-based resources and agencies is a plus
  • Familiarity with arts-based community development and/or cultural organizing is a plus
  • Experience and interest in both ground level and systems-based efforts to advance Human Justice

Skills-Based Competencies

  • Group facilitation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint or GSuite equivalents
  • Good analytical, negotiation and problem- solving skills
  • Strong administrative, time and task management skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people and experience in building and maintaining relationships in the community
  • Highly motivated and independent; but also able to work as part of a team
  • Must be able to work flexible hours and have reliable transportation

Village Culture-Based Competencies

  • Passion for promoting social and economic justice for marginalized individuals and communities
  • Strong communication skills and “emotional intelligence”
  • Positive attitude and ability to work in a team
  • Willing to give and take constructive criticism
  • Adept at agile listening
  • Familiar with and capable of using inclusive language, terminology, and behaviors


This is a Part-time or Independant Contractor Role  that provides opportunities for both remote and in-person engagement.

The PT salary range or contract amount for this position (for an average of 24-30 hours per week) is $40k – $50k per year.

About Us

The Village values art as its most powerful and effective tool for catalyzing healthy and sustainable societal change. Art, in this context, is creativity in thinking, in methodology, and in implementation.

Our 30-year legacy is anchored in artist-facilitated community building beginning with the work of Arthur Hall and the Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center (predecessor to The Village) and Village Founder, Lily Yeh.

Today, The Village remains a community-rooted, anchor institution,

Our seven core programs work at the intersection of art, education and social justice to:

  • amplify the creative power of our community,
build bridges across race, class, age and expertise,
  • question and replace unjust and ineffective systems,
  • activate passion and enhance skills present in community youth/adults,
  • and construct new avenues towards civic engagement.

Apply for this job

This job opening was first posted on Sept 19, 2021. Candidates are highly encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible and before October 10, 2021. Please note: The Village will review and select candidates for interviews on a rolling basis. All applicants will receive a response from a Village representative. Please send an email to with the subject line: [Your First and Last Name ], Opportunity: Project Manager, Safety Include the following two (2) documents as pdf’s: A brief cover letter that answers the following questions in approximately 300 words: 1. Who are you? 2. What would you like to learn from The Village and its community 3. What can you offer The Village and its community 4. Resume(s)