Bookkeeper Project Associate - Member Services

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) is seeking a Bookkeeper Project Associate for our Member Services program who is fluent in both English and Spanish.

The Organization

UHAB has a rich history in affordable housing and community renewal. Since 1973 we have been organizing, developing, and supporting tenant associations and low-income resident-controlled housing cooperatives. UHAB has assisted some 1,400 buildings, creating cooperative homeownership opportunities for low-income residents of nearly 30,000 apartments—securing housing and strengthening communities. UHAB’s activities include advocacy, organizing, development consulting, development and sponsorship of new cooperatives, classroom and on-site training, direct technical assistance, and providing services and resources to member cooperatives, such as bookkeeping, insurance, seminars, and newsletters.

More than half of New York City’s affordable housing co-op community has joined UHAB as members and as a result have access to quality, cost-saving services. These include a group fire and liability insurance purchasing plan (FLIP), a fuel buying program (UHAB Fuel), cooperative accounting options (Bookkeeping Services and Connected Book$ digital bookkeeping), and an array of computer-based and online services accessed through our member-oriented website, www.uhab.coop. UHAB Member Services aims to keep operating costs low through economies of scale, and to provide the tools and support the
co-ops need in order to sustain themselves financially and administratively over the long term. 

UHAB’s work is carried out at our offices in Lower Manhattan and Harlem by approximately 40 dedicated professionals. The Bookkeeping Project Associate will report directly to UHAB’s Director of Member Services and will be based at UHAB’s main office in Lower Manhattan. 

 

The Position

The Bookkeeper Project Associate has primary responsibility for the delivery of information and money-saving services to member buildings through coordination of Bookkeeping Services and the Connected Book$ program, a web-based bookkeeping and financial planning tool custom designed for the needs of affordable co-ops.  Spanish fluency is required.  Services that the Member Services Bookkeeper Project Associate will work on include these:

  • Coordinating the Bookkeeping Services program to provide monthly bookkeeping, quarterly taxes, and annual tax preparation for co-op buildings
  • Updating information on UHAB’s computerized database
  • Providing bookkeeping training and assistance to individual residents and groups of residents. Some of this work will take place in the field, at the buildings where residents live and which they manage.
  • Facilitating and organizing Connected Book$ classes for buildings and staff
  • Acting as liaison between Connected Book$ subscribers and software programmers to communicate troubleshooting issues
  • Assisting with other Member Services programs, the www.uhab.coop website, and seminars
  • Assisting with publication of the quarterly member print newsletter and the monthly e-newsletter
  • Coordinating marketing and publicity efforts as part of a larger organizational strategy to maintain and develop the www.uhab.coop website as well as UHAB’s online profile
  • Communicating with co-op boards of directors and other shareholders, managers, or management companies to deliver services and information to cooperatives
  • Providing work plans and progress reports, and meeting regularly with supervisory staff to discuss progress and future work and to identify areas for improvement
  • Providing support to fellow staff members in growing programs and services for member buildings and the cooperative community

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial self-starter interested in providing services aimed at increasing the sustainability of low-income cooperatives that also generate income to support UHAB’s general work.  Fluency in Spanish is required.

We are seeking a candidate who

  • is competent in basic bookkeeping and accounting; familiarity with accounting programs such as QuickBooks and tax programs such as TurboTax is a plus;
  • would enjoy working directly with leaders and other residents of low-income co-ops and would be comfortable in the role of a trainer in both one-on-one and small group settings;
  • is able to work in a highly organized and efficient manner, with accurate and reliable results;
  • is an innovative communicator who is interested in outreach and committed to the growth of Members Services;
  • is dedicated to finding creative ways to form and preserve affordable housing cooperatives;
  • has a degree in accounting or related studies or equivalent experience;
  • has excellent computer skills and database experience;
  • has the ability to work both as part of a team and a leader, in an environment that values and requires openness, transparency, and information sharing;
  • is an excellent multi-tasker who can keep track of a variety of simultaneous high-priority projects and deadlines;
  • has a strong commitment to public service;
  • is persistent and optimistic in the face of obstacles;
  • is detail-oriented, organized, consistent, motivated, and positive;
  • could derive job satisfaction from serving and supporting residents through programmatic work and activities; 
  • has personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to UHAB’s mission; and
  • has oral and written fluency in Spanish or is a bilingual English/Spanish speaker.

 

Salary:

$35,976.90 annually, with a generous benefits package including health care, dental benefits, 403B, a Flexible Spending Account, and accrued paid time off.

Start date:

January 2018

Application: Email your cover letter and resume to

Member Services
UHAB
120 Wall Street, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10005

memberbookkeeper@uhab.org

 

Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

More Info: www.uhab.coop

 

UHAB is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, people of color, and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.