Co-op Housing Development & Outreach Project Associate

UHAB seeks the right candidate to fill the position of Co-op Housing Development and Outreach - Project Associate—to help establish partnerships to grow and support our cooperative affordable housing model. 

The Organization

Since 1973, UHAB has been empowering low- to moderate-income New York residents to take control of their housing and to enhance communities by creating strong tenant associations and lasting affordable co-ops. Through development, training and technical assistance, UHAB’s programs help New Yorkers secure better access to quality 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 their neighborhoods.  UHAB’s programs address a full spectrum of affordable housing needs: from building resident power and organizing tenants as community leaders to developing thousands of units of affordable housing across the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, to preserving existing affordable co-ops through  training, education workshops, technical assistance, regulatory compliance, and providing shareholder purchase loans. 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 Position

This is a rare opportunity for someone who has an interest in the full cycle of affordable housing creation and stewardship. Our work in development begins by identifying low-income rental and co-op buildings in distress, reaching out to residents to assess internal governance capacity and financial options, then organizing and trainings residents. It also includes building relationships with public officials, agencies and other stakeholders to determine a path to long term stability, including the option of co-operative ownership. UHAB’s culture is one of cross program collaborations, and this position will report to the Director of Organizing and Co-op Development, but work collaboratively with UHAB’s Organizing and Policy, Co-op Development, Co-op Preservation, and Member Services staff to help further UHAB’s mission. The successful candidate for Co-op Housing Development and Outreach - Project Associate is a bright, motivated professional who wants to make a tangible, positive impact on both our team and on the residents with which we work. This full-time position has a flexible work schedule to accommodate evening meetings with tenant and co-op leaders.

Responsibilities

These include: research and database creation/tracking, outreach activities, such as establishing, cultivating and maintaining relationships with many individuals and groups, including leaders and residents of co-ops and, tenants in rental buildings, property managers, bank representatives, and government officials, and providing technical and financial planning assistance to future and existing housing co-ops.

Specifically the position entails:

 Organizing and Development oriented activities

  • Identify a pipeline for NYC’s Neighborhood Pillars program consisting of buildings seeking assistance, underleveraged buildings, and through conducting research of online.
  • Conduct outreach to tenants in rental buildings that are interested in becoming a cooperative or where we think there may be an opportunity for cooperative ownership.
  • Provide training and organize tenants in rental buildings and work individually with tenants to develop future cooperative leaders.
  • Perform underwriting, tenant engagement, and work with City agencies and public official to support existing pipeline of development buildings.

Stewardship and Preservation Oriented activities:

  • Identify pipeline of “at risk” co-ops through research and reference to UHAB’s expansive database.
  • Conduct assessments and develop strategies to assist distressed co-ops though mechanisms such as tax relief or loan packaging for debt reduction or capital improvements.
  • Assist shareholders to collectively identify problems, determine goals, and implement democratic work plans to improve the performance of their co-ops.
  • Work with Preservation team to identify thresholds of financial viability and governance levels to support loan packages and financial options.
  • Attend occasional resident and board meetings at buildings.
  • Be flexible and creative in solving problems and resolving disagreements among shareholders
  • Establish effective professional and trust-based relationships with leaders and residents of HDFC co-ops and rental buildings, with real estate professionals, particularly property managers, owner/developers, attorneys, bank representatives, and government officials
  • Coordinate and facilitate an organization wide policy committee including relevant staff to support legislative initiatives to improve the financial health of HDFC co-ops and the cooperative sector. This will also include meeting with relevant elected officials and partner organizations
  • Create, share, and clarify these strategies with co-op Boards of Directors, shareholders, managers, accountants, attorneys, and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).
  • Conduct outreach and support towards renewable energy and specifically solar adoption, including budgets and analysis to determine financial feasibility and funding sources.
  • Participate in UHAB-wide meetings, committees, and activities and contribute to improving and promoting the organization.

Qualifications

  • Self-motivated (as there is a lot of space for new project building), creative.
  • Excellent organizational, multitasking, follow-up and interpersonal skills, careful attention to detail.
  • Relevant financial, underwriting acumen.
  • An ability to communicate complex ideas, orally and in writing, in a clear and accessible way.
  • Ability to establish, cultivate and maintain relationships with many different types of individuals and groups promoting solidarity, inclusion and respect.
  • Supportive of equity and justice for diverse populations.
  • Strong commitment to social and economic justice and grassroots mobilizing.
  • An understanding and interest in cooperative housing and alternative models of ownership.
  • ​Interest in serving and supporting low-income residents through programmatic work and activities.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or individually, in a fast paced environment that values and requires openness, transparency, and information sharing.
  • An interest in project management and learning about and discussing the technical aspects of cooperative living (heating systems, solar panels, legal agreements, etc.).
  • 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.
  • At least one year prior experience working as a community or labor organizer, project manager or other related employment in NYC strongly preferred.

 

Annual Salary

Along with the annual salary starting at $40,440, UHAB offers a generous benefits package including full family health care, dental care, a 403B, a flexible spending account, and accrued paid time off.

 

Start date

July 2019

 

How to apply

Email a cover letter and resume with “Co-op Housing Development and Outreach Project Associate-” in the subject line to UHAB, at memberservicespa@uhab.org and organizingjobs@uhab.org.

Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

 

More Info: www.uhab.coop

 

UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. Adult applicants of all ages, women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.