Project Associate - Member Services (Bilingual)

UHAB Member Services is seeking a Project Associate who is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Since 1973, UHAB has been helping New Yorkers with limited means become part of their own housing solutions, with the mission to empower low- to moderate-income residents to take control of their housing and enhance communities by creating strong tenant associations and lasting affordable co-ops. Through training and technical assistance, UHAB’s programs help low-income New Yorkers secure better access to quality and long-term affordable housing, and strengthen the rights of residents across the city.

We organize residents to be active participants and decision-makers in shaping and building their neighborhoods. Most notably, UHAB utilizes cooperative ownership as a model for democratic participation, and a tool for permanent affordability, helping to create and preserve over 30,000 affordable co-op units across the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. UHAB’s programs address a cycle of affordable housing needs: from building resident power and organizing tenants as community leaders to preserving existing affordable co-ops through  training, education workshops, technical assistance, regulatory compliance, and providing co-op share-loans.

In addition to preservation, UHAB’s programs and activities address the needs of future generations through long-term solutions: developing new affordable co-ops, creating energy efficient and solar power opportunities, and strengthening housing policy.

The Member Services -- Project Associate at UHAB has primary responsibility for the delivery of information and cost-saving services to member buildings.  Spanish fluency is required.

 

Responsibilities:

Bulk Purchasing Programs

  • Run UHAB’s Fire and Liability Insurance Program
  • Maintain resident enrollment and support in our Fuel Program
  • Expand UHAB’s Solar Purchasing Programs

Energy Programs

  • Coordinate and administer strategies to reduce energy usage in buildings
  • Grow and expand our services to improve access to energy efficiency and sustainability programs, and oversee delivery of efficiency measures
  • Conduct trainings and seminars on a range of topics to building operations and maintenance.

Communication

  • Publish newsletters, both in print and on-line.
  • Coordinate marketing and publicity of services
  • Communicate with Co-op Board of Directors, shareholders, and managers to deliver information, enroll buildings in programs, publicize new laws, rules, regulations, etc.

 

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be a self-starter and passionate about increasing the sustainability of low-income cooperatives. Fluency in Spanish is required.

  • Fluent in both English and Spanish, oral and written
  • Self-motivation (as there is a lot of space for new project building), creativity
  • Excellent organizational, multitasking, follow-up and interpersonal skills, careful attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to establish, cultivate and maintain relationships with many different types of individuals and groups
  • Comfort working with an economically, racially and ethnically diverse population
  • Strong commitment to social and economic justice and grassroots mobilizing
  • Interest in serving and supporting low-income residents through programmatic work and activities 
  • Ability to work as part of a team or individually, in an environment that values and requires openness, transparency, and information sharing
  • Comfort learning about and discussing more technical aspects of cooperative living (heating systems, solar panels, legal agreements, etc.)
  • Background or degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Environmental Sustainability or related studies is a plus
  • Community outreach and organizing experience, or experience with cooperative housing is a plus
  • Leadership development, team building, or conflict resolution skills are a plus
  • Experience working with media and/or elected officials is helpful
  • Experience training adults is helpful

 

Annual salary: $40,000.00, with a generous benefits package including health care, dental care, a 403B, a flexible spending account, and accrued paid time off.

Start date: March 2019

To apply:  Email a cover letter and resume to Member Services, at memberservicespa@uhab.org.

Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

More Info: www.uhab.coop

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