Coalition Organizer - Philly Counts 2020 (Bilingual Spanish or Mandarin)

  • 2 E Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

With a workforce of over 25,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the fifth 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 our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential. 

Agency Description

Philly Counts 2020 was established by Mayor Kenney in February of 2019 to lead all City efforts related to the 2020 Census. We are responsible for convening the City of Philadelphia Complete Count Committee, supporting all US Census Bureau efforts including recruitment and onboarding of new staff, and all aspects of community engagement to ensure a complete and accurate count.

Job Description

The Philly Counts 2020 Coalition Organizer will be responsible for coordinating a set of the City of Philadelphia’s Complete Count subcommittees. The Coalition Organizer will be charged with building subcommittees, coordinating meetings and collective engagement activities, and general administrative duties. In coordination with the Director of Partnerships, the Coalition Organizer will write and oversee the execution of individualized plans for each subcommittee. They will be responsible for meeting goals related to coalition building and collective engagement efforts. This position reports directly to the Director of Partnerships.

Essential Functions: 

  • Recruit and build volunteer networks with one-on-one meetings, stakeholders engagement, and community leaders' referrals; identify, recruit and assist in training trusted voices in targeted communities by canvassing and conversations with community organizations
  •  Develop and manage volunteer leaders and volunteer teams
  • Engage community members on a daily basis to collect commitments (petitions) to participate in the 2020 Census
  • Engage new supporters over the phone and in person, and move them to action through email and text, meetups and other community building events, and workshops
  • Plan and execute community events promoting action on Census and related activities



  • Be available to work a flexible schedule
  • Passion for advocacy and social change
  • Work collaboratively and meet deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs and social media engagement and VAN preferred
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to engage diverse audience, from members of community and civic organizations, local elected officials staff, faith communities, to students, volunteers and the general public
  • Prior experience organizing and managing volunteers is strongly preferred
  • Bilingual, bicultural in Spanish or Mandarin
  • Must have valid driver’s license and access to a car

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Project Manager: ability to create high level strategy and outline the steps needed to meet all objectives, strong organization skills, detail-oriented, thorough in completing tasks, and persistent in pursuit of goals
Mission-oriented: passionate about and dedicated to ensuring a complete and accurate Census in 2020
Critical thinker: proven ability to work through complex problems/ tasks and the ability to prioritize and multi-task to meet deadlines
Adaptable: ability to understand and respond quickly to changes in the environment or direction; ability to toggle between big picture and details; able to be motivated about many different kinds of tasks and projects; self-starter with the flexibility to work independently and as part of a team
Effective communicator: strong oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, high level of emotional intelligence, and a track record of building effective relationships with diverse people
Facile with electronic tools: Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite required; excellent skills in Excel and PowerPoint; experience with VAN a plus


Additional Information

Salary: $40k 

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

This position is temporary and will end with the completion of work related to the 2020 Census.

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. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: