Join Our Team

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians hires smart, energetic people who have experience with cross-cultural work.

If you think your talents might be a fit for us, please e-mail a thoughtful cover letter and a resume to Amanda Bergson-Shilcock (amanda@welcomingcenter.org, fax: 215-557-2825).

Current Job Openings:

We're hiring for an Employment Specialist. Please see our job listing on Idealist. Application Deadline: October 10, 2014.

Current Volunteer Skills Needed:

Interested in volunteering at the Welcoming Center? We offer a broad range of volunteer opportunities ranging from independent research projects to direct, one-on-one work with jobseekers. Past volunteers have contributed 4-30 hours per week, for periods ranging from a few months to several years. 

If you would like to be considered for a general volunteer position, please send a resume and brief cover letter explaining your interest to Amanda Bergson-Shilcock at amanda@welcomingcenter.org or fax to 215-557-2825. Please note: Due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate volunteer groups.

In addition to general opportunities, we sometimes have specific volunteer needs. Please see below.

EMPLOYMENT DEPT. VOLUNTEER INTERN

We are currently looking for a volunteer intern for our Employment Department. This is an unpaid position that requires a commitment of 15 hours/week for 10 weeks. See our volunteer listing on Idealist.org for more information.

ENGLISH OR GED TUTOR

Are you a well-organized, effective and dynamic person who likes helping others? As a volunteer tutor, you'll be able to apply your skills immediately, working with adults who are learning the English language skills necessary for living and working in our community.  Tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with individuals who are learning English and/or preparing for the GED exam.

Tutors work closely with experienced instructors using established curriculum materials to meet students' individual listening, speaking, reading, math, and writing needs. Tutors must be able to commit from 3-6 hours per week and need to make a 10-week commitment. Classes meet in Center City Philadelphia.

Qualifications

  • Strong desire to improve the English language skills of students
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Patience, understanding, flexibility, and an unceasingly positive attitude 
  • Outgoing personality.  Ability to meet challenge with enthusiasm.
  • Ability to serve as a tutor/conversation partner for 3-6 hours a week for 10 weeks
  • Fluency in English

To apply, submit your resume and a brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in this job to Jesse James at jesse@welcomingcenter.org.

SMALL BUSINESS OUTREACH ASSISTANT

Are you a curious, friendly person who enjoys talking to people? Are you a “helper” who is interested in assisting immigrant business owners to succeed? Join our small business outreach work! You’ll work as part of a two-person team, walking commercial corridors in West and South Philadelphia build connections with immigrant and American-born business owners.   

What skills we're looking for:

  • Interested in small business
  • Commitment to respect for people from all racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious groups

Time commitment: 8-10 hours per week on a stable weekday schedule (to be mutually determined)

To apply, send your resume and a short cover letter to Natalie Cramer at natalie.cramer@welcomingcenter.org.