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Bi-lingual Project Associate - TIL and HDFC

UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board


Description
The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board supports affordable housing and self-reliance by organizing, developing, and supporting low-income resident-controlled housing co-operatives. Since 1973 UHAB has assisted in the creation and preservation of over 1,300 buildings providing home ownership opportunities for about 30,000 households. UHAB's activities include: advocacy, organizing, classroom and on-site training, direct technical assistance, development consulting, development and sponsorship of new co-ops, and services to member co-ops that include bookkeeping, insurance, legal services, bulk purchasing, newsletters, and IT services.

Responsibilities:
The Project Associate, TIL and HDFC Technical Assistance, will work with residents of buildings that are in the Tenant Interim Lease Program (TIL) administered by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and with co-ops that have graduated from TIL and other NYC programs. Project Associates will provide training and technical assistance to individual residents and groups of residents. Much of this work will take place in the field, at the buildings where residents live and which they manage. Specific responsibilities include:

OUTREACH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE:


* Perform on-going outreach to all residents in TIL and HDFC buildings. 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 entire range of services offered by UHAB, and are comfortable calling UHAB with questions, requests for information and services.
* Help residents organize effectively to improve the performance of their tenant association or co-op board. Work with tenants to identify problems, clarify goals, and implement plans to meet those goals.
* Provide assistance over the telephone, offering information and referrals based on their specific interests, problems and needs.
* Provide advisory consultations to residents on an as needed basis. Consultations may be in the office or on-site at the buildings as determined to be most appropriate by the Project Director or as requested by HPD.

TRAINING AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT:


* Provide or assist in providing technical assistance, training classes, seminars and clinics to residents of city-owned buildings, TIL buildings, buildings participating in other HPD programs and HDFC co-ops. All formal trainings utilize participatory training methodologies wherever possible and appropriate. General technical assistance may be provided one-on-one, to boards of directors, committees, full tenant associations or a full shareholder body.
* Assist tenant and shareholder leaders to recruit and manage consultants for classes and seminars when outside expertise is necessary or desirable.
* Coordinate training for your assigned buildings, including: communicating about schedule changes, and making sure that training materials and supplies are readily available.
* Review the content and objectives any and all existing resource/training and technical assistance materials and revise or develop new material as needed.
* Write and produce or assist in the writing and production of all training manuals and pamphlets when needed.

RESOURCE CENTER:


* Identify, develop and maintain at UHAB's resources relevant to building and financial management, maintenance and repair, and cooperatives as well as serving as a clearinghouse of information on issues including community-based organizations, community development programs, local technical assistance and social service providers, job training programs, local vendors, attorneys and contractors.
* Provide assistance to residents of TIL buildings, HDFCs and other tenants who are seeking resources and information, helping them identify relevant materials and referrals based on their specific interests, problems and needs.
* Develop and deliver trainings and/or tutorials on basic computer skills for tenants and co-op shareholders lacking basic necessary skills to successfully take part in the management and oversight of their respective TAs and HDFCS.

GENERAL:


* Promptly prepare accurate and informative reports on all site visits and technical advisory sessions, and file same on UHAB's computerized database.
* Provide daily and/or weekly work plans and progress reports, and meet regularly with supervisory staff to discuss work progress, future work and identify areas for improvement.
* Produce and/or assist in the production of newsletters and other publications when necessary
* Extensive field work is required throughout Brooklyn, Upper Manhattan, Lower Manhattan and the Bronx.

Qualifications:

* Bachelor's degree and two years of relevant experience or equivalent work experience.
* Commitment to and understanding of self-help housing and participatory training methodologies.
* Demonstrated high level of ability to facilitate classes/technical assistance using the participatory small group activity method when necessary.
* Demonstrated high level of ability and/or strong interest in developing/revising/updating training and technical assistance materials and curriculum when needed.
* In-depth knowledge of self-help resident management and the TIL Program.
* Demonstrated ability to work well and in a positive manner with people of diverse backgrounds.
* Demonstrated ability to work well in a team oriented environment.
* Demonstrated ability to fulfill the administrative requirements of the organization.
* Good working knowledge of PCs, including word processing, database and spreadsheet software, preferably Word, Access and Excel. Familiarity with Desktop Publishing software a plus.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.
* Fluency in Spanish is a requirement.

How TO APPLY:
Email cover letter and resume to: Oscar McDonald UHAB 2023 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10035 Fax: (212) 828-8537 E-mail: mcdonald@uhab.org If you do not write a cover letter, your resume will not be considered.

Salary: $35,355, depending upon qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package.


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