Open Spaces Coordinator – KCDC

Location of Service: Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) – 901 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

About Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC):

KCDC serves as the public housing authority for both the City of Knoxville and Knox County and the redevelopment agency for the City of Knoxville. KCDC provides affordable housing at 19 separate sites for some 3,600 families and individuals while concurrently administering some 4,000 section 8 vouchers.

KCDC strives to improve neighborhoods and communities by providing quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives, and fostering self-sufficiency. The AmeriCorps member will join that mission by supporting the internal working of the agency. The member will work directly with clients onsite at properties, helping them maintain their garden spaces. The AmeriCorps will serve in a backbone unit of the organization and joins 3 other onsite AmeriCorps VISTA in complementary positions.

For those interested in additional opportunities to give back, getting involved in our internal Community Involvement Council is a great way provide direct impacts for both residents and employees. There are also opportunities to engage with residents through public events and holiday gatherings.

This opportunity will provide the member with an opportunity to become very familiar with public housing, the importance of affordable housing, and urban planning at the city level.

*KCDC provides reduced-cost housing for AmeriCorps members serving with KCDC.


The member will primarily work within the gardens at 9-10 KCDC housing properties. There will also be the opportunity to work with partners to develop outdoor recreational spaces and activity plans for each site based on the resident demographic profile. Several of the housing sites have existing community gardens. At these sites, the member will evaluate current community gardens programs and possible expansion to other sites, develop operational plans for the community gardens programs, and identify partners for outdoor activities and gardens. The member will also assist with partnership-based community activities such as food and commodities distribution.

  • Building and developing community gardens at KCDC properties.
  • Coordinating Keep Knoxville Beautiful street clean-ups and tree planting, in and around KCDC housing.
  • Partnering with Bike Walk Knoxville to have youth bike classes for family communities.
  • Build/Partner to build new raised garden beds where needed (scouts, neighborhood groups, volunteers, etc.)
  • Develop class or find partners to deliver seminars on healthy eating and cooking
  • Work on developing/Coordinate ways for residents to access fresh food and needed food year-round, working with VISTA member
  • Plan outdoor holiday events with properties

The member(s) in this position will have the opportunity to gain the following skills/credentials:

  • Event planning
  • Grant writing
  • Gardening
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; social media platforms; Zoom
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work well with residents, community partners, and KCDC staff is required
  • Event planning experience
  • A positive attitude
  • Self-directed, with the ability to work alone and in groups
  • Experience with gardening or working outdoors in gardens
  • Experience working with seniors and low-income populations is also helpful

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.

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