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AmeriCorps VISTA

Community Economic Development Outreach Coordinator



Philadelphia VIP seeks an energetic, goal-oriented team player to serve as its Community Economic Development Outreach Coordinator and help build VIP’s long-term capacity to represent low-income small business owners and local nonprofit leaders in transactional legal issues and thereby assist more low-income Philadelphians with building generational wealth and providing critical community services.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter, highly detail-oriented, and successful at managing multiple deadlines; has strong skills in written and oral communication and demonstrated experience in working with people from a range of socio-economic background; and cares deeply about access to justice for underserved communities, values volunteers, and enjoys working on a collaborative team.

VIP values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to apply.

This is a one-year AmeriCorps VISTA position. An overview of VISTA benefits for 2021, including living allowance and health benefits, is located here: Overview of 2021 VISTA Member Benefits.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required. This position does not require a law degree.
  • Close attention to detail, organized, and comfortable working individually as well as in a team.
  • Willing to work in a fast-paced environment and able to manage and move between multiple, simultaneous projects and track deadlines.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in data entry, database management, and full suite of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Embraces technology, including leading-edge case management systems.
  • Passion for access to justice for underserved communities.


Support development of VIP’s new virtual consultation program for small business and nonprofit clients:

  • Assess inquiries from potential clients who seek legal consultations by conducting interviews, drafting summaries, identifying potential volunteer attorneys to provide counsel, and logging case-related activity in the case management database.
  • Update and expand VIP’s client resource guides, including by commissioning law schools and law firms to create self-help legal guides.

Improve processes for placing small business and nonprofit consultation cases with volunteer attorneys:

  • Develop, assess, and lead implementation of new strategies and approaches to placing cases with volunteer attorneys.
  • Analyze data to evaluate effectiveness of new strategies and approaches, and refine them accordingly.

Develop a quarterly report to monitor and evaluate the small business and nonprofit program:

  • Review case metrics to identify program strengths and weaknesses.
  • Propose program improvements based on the evaluation.

Grow community outreach to small business and nonprofit clients and volunteer attorneys on social media:

  • Plan and create content for social media posts, including a client-facing Instagram account.
  • Generate content for quarterly e-newsletter and maintain up-to-date recipient lists.
  • Communicate with former clients to document success stories for social media.

Assist with planning and implementing community outreach, education, and advocacy activities:

  • Identify suitable and accessible venues and virtual platforms, and coordinate events.
  • Prepare outreach materials, feedback forms, and helpful resources.
  • Establish processes for following up with community members and participants.


Email cover letter and resume to Karna Laubenstein, Director of Operations,  No calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of June 4, 2021.

What to include in your cover letter:  We invite you to include a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of VIP’s staff team and legal practice.