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Co-op Preservation Project Associate

UHAB - Urban Homesteading Assistance Board


Description
General Overview: The Co-op Preservation staff is a dedicated team that works to support existing low income cooperatives (HDFCs) through technical, organizational and financial planning assistance including loan packaging and work outs for distressed co-ops. Each staff member is assigned to monitor co-ops to ensure compliance with lenders and City regulations. On-going monitoring is provided for over 150 co-ops. We are looking for smart, motivated professionals who want to make a tangible, positive impact - an impact on our team and an impact on the co-ops. The Co-op Preservation Project Associate will have an appropriate combination of skills necessary to fulfill many roles and responsibilities within a project and the organization. This is a full-time position with a flexible work schedule due to the requirement of evening meetings with co-op leaders. The Co-op Preservation Project Associate reports to the Director and Assistant Director of Co-op Preservation.

Responsibilities:
Technical and Financial Planning Assistance: This position works with the Director and Assistant Director of Co-op Preservation as a team to assess the financial needs of each co-op and develop a strategy to stabilize and improve the co-op. The Co-op Preservation Project Associate will be expected to: o Conduct assessments of the needs of HDFC co-op clients and develop strategy to assisted distressed co-ops. o Communicate with Board of Directors, shareholders co-op’s management company, accountant, attorney, HPD, etc. of strategy that has been developed. o Provide assistance to co-op boards of directors dealing with organizational issues, rent collection strategies, budget preparation, management, etc. Maintain open lines of communication, positive working relationships, and high levels of trust with building leaders and residents. Insure that residents are fully aware of the work out plan and their role in it. o Help boards of directors and shareholders to organize effectively to improve the performance of their co-op. Work to identify problems, clarify goals, and implement plans to meet those goals. o Provide assistance by telephone and e- mail, offering information and referrals based on specific issues, problems and needs. o Attend meetings at the building to address specific issues and keep board and shareholders informed of progress and tasks that need to be performed. o Provide advisory consultations to board members and shareholders on an as-needed basis. Consultations may be in the office or on-site at the building, as determined to be most appropriate. o Provide on-going monitoring to co-ops including analysis of annual expenses, preparation of the annual budget, meetings with the Board, attend annual election, etc. Qualifications: We fully expect that candidates will offer some but not all of the skills needed to do this job. Coaching and on-the-job training will be available to fill skill gaps. o Bachelor-level degree or equivalent experience. o The ability to establish productive trust- based relationships with residents and leaders of limited equity housing co-operatives. o Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel. o Ability to analyze and develop budgets in Excel. o The skill needed to express oneself clearly and persuasively in speech and in writing. o The ability to work both independently and as part of a team. o A disposition that is inclined toward optimism, even under conditions of some adversity and pressure. o A problem solving/dispute resolution style that favors flexibility and creativity o Bilingual Spanish / English preferred. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. UHAB offers an excellent benefits package including health care, life insurance, 403B, flexible spending account and accrued paid time off.

Qualifications:
We fully expect that candidates will offer some but not all of the skills needed to do this job. Coaching and on-the-job training will be available to fill skill gaps. o Bachelor-level degree or equivalent experience. o The ability to establish productive trust- based relationships with residents and leaders of limited equity housing co-operatives. o Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel. o Ability to analyze and develop budgets in Excel. o The skill needed to express oneself clearly and persuasively in speech and in writing. o The ability to work both independently and as part of a team. o A disposition that is inclined toward optimism, even under conditions of some adversity and pressure. o A problem solving/dispute resolution style that favors flexibility and creativity o Bilingual Spanish / English preferred.

Preferred:
Location: The job will be located at UHAB’s main office in Lower Manhattan but travel throughout NYC’s neighborhoods is expected as part of this position.

How TO APPLY:
To apply send cover letter and resume to: jobs@uhab.org

About Organization:
UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. For more information visit the UHAB website: www.uhab.org


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