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 is the housing authority for the City of Knoxville and Knox County. We have 3,500 units dedicated to the low-income and extremely low-income area residents. We also manage an additional 4,000 vouchers through the Section 8 program. All of these residents are facing poverty-related issues.


KCDC strives to improve neighborhoods and communities by providing quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives, and fostering self-sufficiency. The CAC AmeriCorps member will join that mission by contributing to the development of outdoor spaces at several properties under renovation through the collection of best practices, observations, and existing research.

The member will work with their supervisor 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 CAC 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
  • Plan outdoor holiday events with properties
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 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 in a team environment with residents, community partners, and KCDC staff.
  • A modest living allowance of $20,000*, or, $851.06 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
  • Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
  • Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through
  • 10 Holidays
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

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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