Director of Business Strategies

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) is seeking the right candidate to fill the position of Director of Business Strategies (DBS) to help direct and grow our organization and serve as our Chief Financial Officer. 

The Organization

UHAB empowers low- to moderate-income residents to take control of their housing and enhance communities by creating strong tenant associations and lasting affordable co-ops. 

Since our founding more than 45 years ago, UHAB has been assisting tenants and low-income New Yorkers to become part of their own housing solutions.  Whether as homesteaders using their own sweat equity to rehab a vacant distressed building; or as a group of tenants in a tax foreclosed city-owned property to take over the management and eventually ownership as an affordable cooperative; or as residents in a building that is owned and being rehabbed by UHAB on a path to becoming their own co-operative; or as tenants in a building in foreclosure, organized by UHAB housing advocates to choose how their building will be owned and redeveloped -- each of these circumstances is an instance of a successful housing solution based on UHAB’s founding principle of self-help. Since 1973, UHAB has guided some 1,600 buildings from distressed rental to affordable housing cooperative, assisting residents of more than 30,000 apartments in becoming co-op homeowners.

To achieve these results, UHAB’s activities include:  advocacy, organizing, classroom and on-site training, direct technical assistance for boards and tenant associations, development consulting, development and sponsorship of new co-ops and tenant associations; and services to member co-ops that include bookkeeping, insurance, legal services, lending, fuel and other bulk purchasing, newsletters, seminars and online information.

Our work is carried out at our office in Lower Manhattan by 30+ dedicated staff members. Committed to maintaining our very egalitarian culture, UHAB values individual initiative and the principle of self-help among both our staff and the residents we serve.


The Position

All of UHAB’s organizing, development, and cooperative support services are overseen by our management team, whose members also participate actively in financial planning and are accountable for financial performance.  Administrative tasks are handled in a similarly inclusive manner.  The DBS, a member of the executive management team, is at the hub of this non-profit business. His, her or their energy determines how well it functions.  UHAB is seeking an individual with a unique skill set that must include the ability to lead colleagues.  Please apply only if you find our work and organizational culture a good fit for your own personal goals and work style.



The DBS reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for coordinating business development and strategic planning as well as all aspects of fiscal management, planning, and reporting at UHAB.   The DBS will lead UHAB’s Fiscal Department, which currently handles all transactions for UHAB’s operating budget of approximately $4 million. Eighty-five percent of UHAB’s budget is earned income; the rest of the funds are raised through foundation and private donations. Specific responsibilities include-


Business Development and Strategic Planning

  • Analyzing and refining as well as communicating the strategic plan and business priorities to the Program Directors, creating a supportive environment for each individual program unit to thrive.
  • Support and coordinate with the Program Directors, providing them with the tools needed to achieve their departmental goals. 
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Operations in identifying new services to be offered to the communities in order to achieve UHAB’s mission.
  • Support all Program Directors with all aspects of their budgets including business growth and performance analysis.  
  • Participate in the financial monitoring and management of business operations to meet customer expectations and company goals, helping to ensure client satisfaction and to advance new business opportunities. 

Financial Management and Planning

  • Serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
  • Supervise an Assistant Director of Finance and Administration and a part-time book keeper.  
  • Facilitate the annual budget process, making it possible for the Management Team to analyze and make projections for each program area.
  • Assist staff with the development of budgets for new programs, grant applications, RFP responses, etc.
  • Maintain positive relationships with multiple banks and lenders, service and supply vendors, and other professionals.
  • Ensure compliance with financial regulations of all government agencies, including the filing of annual statements with the IRS and the NYS Attorney General’s Charities Registration Bureau. 
  • Manage the annual audit process, for both the parent company and all development and other company subsidiaries.

Analysis and Reporting

  • Prepare Monthly Financial Reports for UHAB as a whole as well as for each program that are understandable and useful to the UHAB Board and Management Team.
  • Regularly update Cash Flow Projections.
  • Create specialized analyses of particular financial transactions, frequently and on short notice.
  • Present financial updates at monthly meetings of UHAB’s Management Team.
  • Present financial updates at quarterly meetings of UHAB’s Board of Directors.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports to foundations and other funders.

Human Resources

  • Administer UHAB’s package of benefits, most in conjunction with an outside Professional Employer Organization (PEO). 
  • Serve as liaison to insurers and other benefit administrators.
  • Enroll new employees.
  • Respond to HR questions from new and existing employees.
  • Assist with securing benefits. 



The successful candidate will be a strategic thought partner and a responsible and independent worker.  Our new DBS will be able to demonstrate that he, she or they:

  • Has at least 5 years of experience in leading operations, finance or administration within, a non-profit organization, a foundation or a similar corporation.
  • Has a Bachelor’s Degree in business and/or non-profit management, public administration or similar area required.  MBA or Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Has a full understanding of the principles and procedures of not-for-profit accounting.
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks is essential. 
  • A self-starter with ability to initiate prospecting activities, sales calls, and face to face meetings.
  • Comfortable addressing tenant groups, board members, elected officials, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Can play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations to enhance UHAB’s quality programs and build capacity.
  • Can derive job satisfaction from serving and supporting UHAB’s programmatic staff and activities. 
  • Is an excellent multi-tasker who can keep track of a variety of simultaneous high-priority projects.
  • Is able to work in a highly organized and efficient manner, with accurate and reliable results. 
  • Can produce reports that are accessible and communicative.
  • Can communicate well with others and work cooperatively and collaboratively.
  • Is a team leader as well as a team player who can communicate effectively with colleagues who administer a wide range of programs, and can explain to them the financial implications of their program decisions.
  • Has a high degree of skill and experience with computerized office operations and basic office software applications.  
  • Embodies integrity, credibility, and dedication to UHAB’s mission.
  • Handles pressure well, with nerves of steel and a sense of humor.


The job will be located at UHAB’s main office in Lower Manhattan. 


Commensurate with experience, starting at $75,000, including a generous benefits package with both health and dental insurance. 

How to Apply  

Email your cover letter and resume to Please put "DBS" in the subject line. 


UHAB is an equal opportunity employer.