Community Engagement Manager

  • 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential. 

Agency Description

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of over 10,200 acres of public land and waterways as well as through hundreds of safe, stimulating recreation, environmental, and cultural centers. PPR promotes the well-being and growth of the City’s residents by connecting them to the natural world around them, to each other, and to fun, physical, and social opportunities. PPR is responsible for the upkeep of historically significant Philadelphia events and specialty venues, and works collaboratively with communities and organizations in leading capital projects and the introduction of inventive programming. To learn more about Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, visit us at, and follow @philaparkandrec on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr.

Recreation Advisory Councils

The Recreation Advisory Council is a partnership between community members and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) created to support individual recreation centers and playgrounds. Advisory Councils work closely with staff to assist with programming, fiscal operations, fundraising, and special events.

Local Recreation Advisory Councils are composed of community residents, participants of recreation center programs, parents of participants, and facility staff. Through the Advisory Council, citizens can express their desires as to the type of relevant programming that their recreation center or playground should offer from sports, to arts, to environmental stewardship, to STEM and more.

The Advisory Council functions as a liaison between the facility staff, community, and city agencies to assure community input on a regular basis. They work in partnership with staff to serve as a source of volunteer leadership, introduce new and innovative programming, manage recreation center fiscal operations, as well as conduct fundraising activities.                                                                                                                                                                        

Job Description

Under the direction of the direction of the Deputy Commissioner of Strategy and Engagement, the Community Engagement Manager will work with individual Recreation Advisory Councils to build and strengthen them, and to manage a sustainable network of recreation volunteers.

The Community Engagement Manager is also responsible for:

  • Training community members in best practices, PPR standards, processes and sustainability for recreation centers.
  • Strengthening relationships with members of recreation advisory councils. 
  • Conflict resolution
  • Acting as a liaison between the recreation center volunteers and City Council members – bringing recreation centers needs to their attention.
  • Providing all underserved recreation centers with available resources and programming to meet needs defined by the community.
  • Partnering with local organizations to expand the advisory councils.
  • Overseeing efforts in community outreach

Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist advisory councils with outreach and project development.
  • Manage relationship between Recreation Leaders and advisory councils.
  • Analyze community needs and communicate information to key Parks and Recreation staff.
  • Liaise with the Philadelphia Parks Alliance to develop new advisory councils.
  • Develop strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives and other organizations.
  • Evaluation and process requests for disbursement of funds and ensure that they align with the project budgets.
  • Track expenses, reimbursements, and provide financial reports to PPR’s Executive Leadership
  • Respond and resolve PRAC inquiries regarding financial reports and other needs.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of PRAC.
  • Maintain hard copy and electronic files
  • Represents PPR at weekend meetings and events as needed.
  • Supports the Deputy Commissioners as needed


  • Formal Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Parks and Recreation, Business Administration, Communications, Sports Management or equivalent is required.
  • Experience: Over five years of experience in a Parks and Recreation, youth development or related field is required.
  • Driver’s License Required: Valid PA driver’s license.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Skills Required: 

  • Conflict resolution
  • Community organizing
  • Highly detail oriented, with excellent organizational skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Solid computer skills, especially Excel and financial software
  • Knowledge of budget development and tracking
  • Ability to work independently, follow organizational procedures and perform under deadlines
  • Presentation and speaking skills to represent PPR at community meetings and events
  • Self-directed, with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Strong time management skills
  • Outgoing personality and willingness to be flexible with duties and priorities is desired

Writing: Advanced Level. The Community Engagement Manager must have the ability to write policies, formal presentations, and/or technical documents.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Building Collaborative Relationships and Teamwork
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative and Follow-through
  • Professional Judgment
  • Clear Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Results-Oriented
  • Environmental and Civic Stewardship
  • Continuous Learning

Additional Information

This position requires travel to all Philadelphia Parks and Recreation sites.

Successful candidate must be a City resident within six months of hire

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age,disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: Human Relations Website at: