June 2018 – September 2018 (Negotiable, possible to extend)15 – 20 hours/ week
Ascendant Neighborhood Development (AND) is seeking an intern to help our organization communicate our past, current, and future projects to community stakeholders; to assist our team in applying for grant funding and projects; to help improve and streamline internal communications; and to support plans for our 30th anniversary year celebrations. We’re looking for an independent self-starter with some experience in communications and fundraising, and an interest in learning more about affordable housing and community development in Northern Manhattan.
-Draft content for and update AND website, e-newsletter, and Facebook page
-Support the development and production of other public materials, including flyers, press releases, infographics, and one-pagers
-Work with AND staff to grow e-newsletter subscriber list
-Assist Project Manager and Executive Director in drafting text for grant and project applications -Assist staff in planning events to celebrate AND’s 30th birthday throughout 2018
-Photograph and create catalogue of images of AND buildings, residents, activities, etc.
-Consult with AND staff to help improve internal communications among AND, property management, and our residents
-Assume other activities and responsibilities as needed
Required Qualifications / Skills
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills -Strong proofreading and editing skills
-Ability to manage tasks and time
-Experience with managing websites
-Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
-Proficiency in Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
-Some knowledge/experience of affordable housing/community planning in New York City
Helpful, but not required
-Experience in grant writing
-Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/Mandarin)
Please email a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to CALMESM@ascendant.nyc.
Overview of the Organization
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to unite immigrants, members, & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive. We represent the collective interests of New York’s diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people’s lives, and to strengthen our state.
Our organizational values: Inclusive & Representative; Fair & Just; Accountable & Trusted.
Summary of the Position
The Director of Civic Engagement will work closely with the Vice President of Advocacy to drive the NYIC’s overall civic engagement efforts, which include managing and implementing the Immigrants Vote! Campaign and other civic engagement activities.
- Direct the NYIC’s Civic Engagement program and ensure strong participation of member and partner organizations, identifying new partners to introduce to our work
- Lead the Immigrants Vote! Campaign, which provides grants to NYIC members to conduct non-partisan voter education, registration, and mobilization
- Support NYIC members in developing capacity to build civic engagement programs in their communities and in data tracking
- Develop tools to engage immigrant communities in the Census 2020, through Participatory Budgeting, and using other channels
- Develop and implement strategies to target immigrants applying for naturalization or who have recently been sworn in as citizens to support their civic engagement, in conjunction with the NYIC’s Immigrant Services Support team
- Draft materials for community education, including outreach one-pagers, community education materials, and training curricula
- Manage relationships with key external partners including members, government officials, and funders
- Assist with fundraising including prospecting and identifying new donors as well as grant reporting
- Strengthen and expand the NYIC’s civic engagement work outside of New York City
- At least 3-5 years of experience – experience with immigrant communities and a firm understanding of the electoral process a strong asset; experience working or volunteering on a political campaign is a plus.
- Knowledge of and commitment to social justice and immigrant justice, an understanding of challenges facing New York State’s diverse immigrant communities
- Experience collaborating with multiple, diverse partners
- Experience with community organizing and/or policy advocacy is an asset
- Excellent interpersonal skills, strong communication skills, and comfort with public speaking and meeting facilitation
- Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks
- Proficiency in Spanish or another language is strongly preferred
- Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and one brief writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails must have “Director of Civic Engagement” in the subject line.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we are looking for someone to start as soon as possible.
Summary of Position: Transportation Alternatives seeks passionate, outgoing, team-oriented community organizers to join the organization as hourly canvassers for our TransAlt Ambassador program.
The TransAlt Ambassadors work on the ground to organize and engage New Yorkers around safer streets. We seek knowledgeable and dedicated field staff that are familiar with New York City, and are passionate about working with others to improve the city’s streets in all five boroughs. TransAlt Ambassadors reporting to the Field Organizing Coordinator work alongside staff and local activists at outreach events around New York City. At the beginning of the program, Ambassadors will undergo training about Transportation Alternatives’ advocacy campaigns and New York City government and policy, and canvassing skills as a means to prepare for work in the field.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Reach out to the public and petition for street safety campaigns in every borough
- Work with Field Organizing Coordinator to meet shift goals for petitioning, canvassing, and coalition growth
- Engage New Yorkers city-wide in support of TransAlt’s mission
- Build relationships with community-based organizations to foster support for safe street design and transportation equity on a local level
- Grow the base of TransAlt’s card carrying members
- Distribute promotional and TransAlt membership materials
- Fervent desire to make bicycling and walking safer in New York City
- Ability to work in a team environment to meets deadlines and accomplishes common goals
- A genuine love of their borough and New York City
- Experience in community organizing and strong public speaking skills a plus
- Fluent Spanish, Chinese, or foreign language speaking and writing skills are a plus
- Position requires a flexible schedule, including early mornings, nights and weekends
- Work takes place mostly outdoors, candidates must be comfortable working outside
- Savvy with social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are a plus
- Commitment to making New York City a better place to bike, walk and use public transit
- Commitment to organizing people to achieve change
- Commitment to social justice, transportation equity and access to NYC’s public spaces
- A good sense of humor
- $15/hour with bonus pay
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send a resume, and a short response (250 words max.) to the following question: Describe a time when you convinced someone of something they were initially unsure of. What did you learn from the outcome?
Please send materials to email@example.com with “TransAlt Ambassador” in the subject line
No phone calls or walk-ins, please.
Transportation Alternatives is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law. We value having diverse staff in gender, ethnicity, background and modal preference.
The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) is seeking a Project Associate in our Co-op Preservation Department who is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Since 1973, UHAB has been organizing low- and moderate-income tenants to fight poor living conditions in multi-family buildings neglected or abandoned by landlords. We have helped form hundreds of tenant associations and assisted in the transformation of some 1,600 distressed rental buildings into 1,200 affordable co-ops, providing homeownership opportunities for more than 30,000 households. By promoting self-help among residents, UHAB works to sustain this thriving affordable housing community.
Our activities include advocacy, tenant organizing, classroom and on-site housing management and maintenance training, development of new co-ops, development consulting, and special services to member co-ops, such as bookkeeping, insurance, legal advice, bulk purchasing, IT assistance, and guidance in applying for cost-saving energy conservation programs.
UHAB’s work is carried out at our offices in Lower Manhattan and Harlem by 40 dedicated staff members.
The Co-op Preservation Project Associate, based in our main office in Lower Manhattan, will report to both Co-Directors of Co-op Preservation.
This department is a dedicated team that supports low-income housing cooperatives (HDFCs) through technical, organizational, and financial planning assistance. This work includes loan packaging for distressed co-ops and guidance on management, maintenance, and governance. UHAB provides ongoing monitoring for more than 150 co-ops to ensure compliance with lenders and City regulations. Each staff member is assigned to monitor certain buildings. The successful candidate will be a bright, motivated professional who wants to make a tangible, positive impact on both our team and on the affordable co-ops with which we work. This full-time position has a flexible work schedule to accommodate evening meetings with co-op leaders.
Technical and Financial Planning Assistance: While assessing the financial and physical needs of buildings and helping to stabilize and improve these affordable co-ops, the Project Associate will be part of a team led by the two Co-Directors of Co-op Preservation.
Responsibilities include these:
- Conducting assessments and developing strategies to assist distressed co-ops seeking assistance such as tax relief or loans for debt reduction or capital improvements
- Creating, sharing, and clarifying these strategies with co-op Boards of Directors, other shareholders, management companies, accountants, attorneys, and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
- Helping Boards with organizational issues, such as maintenance collection processes, budget preparation, and building management challenges, while maintaining high levels of trust and communication with building leaders and other residents
- Assisting shareholders in organizing effectively to collectively identify problems, determine goals, and implement democratic work plans to improve the performance of their co-ops
- Providing guidance by telephone and email, offering resources, information, and referrals tailored to specific HDFC co-op needs
- Attending meetings at buildings and keeping Board members and other shareholders informed of progress and tasks that need to be performed
- Providing advisory consultations—both at UHAB’s office and at the buildings—for Board members and other shareholders
Ongoing Monitoring: Most of the buildings working with Co-op Preservation have a monitoring agreement, to help ensure that the co-op thrives, that it is maintained in sound physical and financial condition, is governed democratically by its residents in accordance with its by-laws, and is in compliance with government regulations and loan agreements.
To meet these goals, the Co-op Preservation Project Associate will perform the following duties, among others:
- Review and analyze co-op financial records on a quarterly and/or annual basis
- Attend meetings (often in the evening) with co-op leaders and other residents on an as-needed basis
- Review all documents pertaining to the resale and transfer of apartments
- Monitor elections of co-op boards
- Respond by phone and email to questions and requests for technical assistance
- Format and maintain databases
- Record in the Intranet database any substantial assistance provided to an HDFC
- Perform detailed quantitative analysis
- Prepare budget recommendations
- Write clear and concise reports of visits and interactions with co-ops and draft correspondence for the buildings as necessary
- Compile Annual Monitoring Reports for submission to lenders and government sponsors
• Promptly prepare accurate and informative reports on all site visits and technical advisory sessions, and file the reports on the database
• Provide daily and/or weekly work plans and progress reports, and meet regularly with supervisory staff to discuss progress and future work and to identify areas for improvement
• Participate in UHAB-wide meetings, committees, and activities and contribute to improving and promoting the organization
Coaching and on-the-job training will be available to fill skill gaps. However, from the start, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that he or she is fluent in both English and Spanish and proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
The Project Associate will also have a variety of talents and attributes, including the ability to
- establish productive trust-based relationships with leaders and other residents of HDFC co-ops
- establish effective professional relationships with real estate professionals, particularly property managers, bank representatives, and government officials
- analyze and develop budgets in Excel
- research government regulations and legal documents and interpret them to concerned parties
- express themselves clearly and persuasively when speaking and in writing
- work productively both independently and as part of a team
- meet pressure and challenges with optimism and attention to detail
- be flexible and creative in solving problems and resolving disputes among shareholders
Along with the annual salary starting at $35,976.90, UHAB offers an excellent benefits package, including health care, life insurance, a 403B, and a flexible spending account.
How to Apply
Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Full medical and generous vacation policy
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Application: Send a cover letter and resume to:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The tenant organizer works with individual tenants and tenant associations to obtain necessary repairs, upgrade building services, stop landlord harassment, prevent displacement, resolve building-wide complaints and/or otherwise assert the rights of tenants.
- Meet with tenant groups
- Organize tenant associations
- Under the supervision of an Attorney, he/she will assist tenants with rent strikes for repairs
- Conduct landlord/tenant mediation to attempt to resolve matters without court litigation
- Conduct home visits and inspections
- Prepare repairs lists with photo documentation as necessary
- Negotiate with landlords regarding repairs and other tenant related issues, as necessary
- Conduct informational and educational outreach
- Coordinate with other staff members and staff attorneys on court proceedings/actions
- Participate in the meetings and activities of the North Brooklyn Anti-Displacement Task Force
- Provide tenants’ rights counseling and benefits advocacy
- Input and maintain accurate case file and tracking information
- Participate in community meetings and events
- Attend staff and case strategy meetings
- 1-2 years of comparable work experience
- Knowledge of New York Housing Court highly desirable
- Experience and/or commitment to working with low income populations
- Detail oriented and organized
- Ability to work creativity, effectively and consistently independently
- Ability to interact effectively with tenants and landlords
- Bilingual Spanish strongly PREFERRED
- Ability to work nights and weekends
Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefits:
Accident, Disability and Specified Disease (Cancer) Insurance:
Pension Plan: Tax-Deferred Annuity
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Commuter Benefits Plan (CBP)
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Holidays: 12 holidays, annually
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual Spanish strongly PREFERRED
Professional Level: None specified
Minimum Education Required: No requirement
How To Apply
SUBMIT RESUME and COVER LETTER TO: Mirtha Duran, VP Empowerment at firstname.lastname@example.org