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NY/NJ Community Life Director

Company: The Community Builders
Location: Albany
Posted on: October 13, 2019

Job Description:

Position: NY/NJ Community Life Director Location: NYC or Albany, NY The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) is a nationally recognized nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable and mixed-income residential and commercial properties. Our mission is to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. We do this by developing, financing, and operating high quality affordable mixed-income housing, by coordinating access to support services, and by planning and implementing other community and economic initiatives critical to the communities we serve. Every employee who works for The Community Builders understands what it means to make a significant difference in the lives of others. About Community Life: Community Life is TCB?s place-based model that provides stable housing as a platform for residents and neighborhoods to achieve success. TCB communities are places of innovation that address some of the most significant challenges facing low-income populations. In TCB communities, we engage residents in creating programs and build strategic partnerships with local stakeholders to maintain stable housing and create pathways to opportunities. Position DescriptionReporting to the Vice President of Community Life, the NY/NJ Community Life Director leads and manages Community Life strategic priorities in New Jersey, the NY Capital District, NYC, Westchester County and growth locations within the region. The Community Life Director will be based in Albany NY or NYC and will work closely with the Vice Presidents of Community Life, Real Estate Development, and Operations to manage all aspects of the Community Life strategic plan for the region, and support TCB regional development goals. Under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Community Life, the NY/NJ Community Life Director will perform the following roles and responsibilities: Community Life Operations:

  • Manage the implementation, and execution of TCB?s Community Life plan in coordination with TCB?s Property Management and Real Estate Development teams.
  • Develop and monitor the progress of each Community Life site?s Community Success Plans (CSP), a one-year strategic plan outlining site priorities and strategies that fit into TCB?s strategic objectives.
  • Ensure the implementation of the TCB Housing Stabilization Standard of practice and collection of the annual Community Life questionnaire (CLQ) from 80% of the residents across Community Life sites.
  • Assess and report on CSP progress during quarterly Regional meetings with TCB corporate staff and as required by funders to fulfill grant commitments.
  • Develop and oversee partners Memorandum of Understanding and/or Service Agreements, and budgets including exercises authority as needed to ensure that partner organizations are held accountable for high quality performance.
  • Supervise the Schenectady Community Life Service Coordinator (CLSC) and provide support to other CLSCs in the Region including ensuring documentation in ETO (Efforts-to-Outcome data-based system) by site staff.
  • Develop and monitor Regional grants (e.g. ESSHI, NYSSHP), including preparing vouchers, overseeing budgets and meeting reporting requirements for all grant funded activities and managing progress towards fulfilling grant deliverables.
  • Coordinate with staff to ensure effective communication between site teams (PM-CL), community partners, agencies, funders, and TCB corporate support.
  • Support non-Community Life sites as needed to maintain stable operations and develop partners who could support residents? housing stabilization.
  • Participate in professional development and training sessions conducted by TCB?s Community Life, Property Management, Development, and other departments as well as external conferences and trainings by SHNNY, CSH, and NJ SHA.
  • Provide strategic guidance regarding staffing, site operations/capacity, and programming.
  • Keep the Community Life Vice President and Regional Vice President of Real Estate Development, NY/NJ appraised of issues affecting and relating to the progress of CL strategic priorities in the region.
  • Maintain required project documentation and perform other project-related duties as needed. CL Responsibilities related to future TCB properties
  • Support future TCB development projects throughout prospecting, pre-development, development, and construction/relocation phases:Prospecting:
  • Complete Community Resource Scans: Identify existing resources including funding opportunities and partner service organizations.Pre-Development/Development:
  • Coordinate the implementation of Resident Assets and Needs Assessments.
  • Determine the use of the CL Index in assessing the need for CL at the beginning of the development process and determining how to support those needs.
  • Ensure the timely preparation of complete and accurate Tenant Service Plans for presentation to neighborhood committees, commissions and City Councils.
  • Serve as an internal decision-maker responsible for adding the Community Life perspective alongside the Regional Vice President of Real Estate Development NY/NJ, Project Managers and Property Operations Manager.
  • Provide Input concerning space design for residents and CL staff and potential resource partners
  • Partnership scouting and relationship building
  • Collaborate in seeking funding for operating budgets from foundations and government agencies.Construction:
  • Provide relocation support to residents
  • Create and execute MOUs and/or Service Agreements with partners for services
  • Coordinate with the Community Life Hub team the ETO setup for program evaluation. Partnership and Relationship Management
  • Develop and manage relationships with key community stakeholders, local leaders, service providers and partners. Ensure CL presence at Continuum of Care meetings in areas we operate in.
  • Maintain familiarity with issues, opportunities, challenges, and key contacts in NY and NJ to be knowledgeable and responsive in supporting TCB Development and Property Management goals. Be an active member of SHNNY and NJ SHA.
  • Manage administrative tasks required for securing and executing contracts with service providers and partners to carry out programming.
  • Represent organization in a professional and ethical manner when meeting with area agencies, funding bodies and community stakeholdersFundraising
  • In coordination with Regional Vice President of Real Estate Development, NY/NJ and with support from the Director of Fund Development, lead and coordinate fund development efforts by seeking out relationships with funders and pursuing local and state grant opportunities in alignment with Regional fund development priorities.
  • Lead site?s research and development for local resources in collaboration with the Director of Fund Development.
  • Assist Regional Vice President of Real Estate Development, NY/NJ in developing and managing strategic partnerships in the NYC, NJ, Westchester County and the Capital District with the goal of leading and maintaining strategic partnerships to support CL funding opportunities.Education & Experience:
  • B.A. required, ideally a graduate degree in social work, sociology, public policy, or a related field with 7+ year of overall professional experience.
  • At least 4 years of experience supervising staff and managing a team of individuals to accomplish common goals and objectives.
  • Experience managing nonprofit partnerships and/or working with social service providers and community-based organizations on projects that require coordination among multiple agencies.
  • Familiarity with NYS ?O? Agencies, including ESSHI and/or NYSSHP programs.
  • Experience with rental assisted housing and supportive services, addictions, and working with seniors and people with disabilities, as well as families, is preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and interest in motivating and energizing staff while implementing a multifaceted strategy that is being tested to refine the TCB model.
  • Experience building and maintaining positive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to: senior staff, volunteers, interns, community partners, organization donors, media.
  • Experience engaging, communicating and collaborating with residents of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent organizational, communication (oral and written), and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong personal initiative, attention to detail, and ability to work independently required.
  • Entrepreneurial, creative with an interest in guiding an initiative through uncharted waters.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and be self-directed. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required:
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to: senior staff, volunteers, interns, community partners, organization donors, media.
  • Ability to understand and respect values, attitudes, and beliefs that differ across cultures and to respond appropriately to these differences with residents and in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs.
  • Ability to analyze data to see trends and inform strategic decisions
  • Self-starter who can work independently and as part of the team to carry out and prioritize multiple ongoing projects
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment and interact with all levels of organizational staff and community members a must.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with demonstrated problem-solving initiative.
  • Ability to think creatively to develop new solutions and systems where current ones don?t exist. Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge about best practices to drive economic mobility and foster social capital within communities.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in using data and evaluations to inform practice and design social interventions that promote successful mixed-income communities.
  • Understanding of Property Management operations and pertinent data
  • Bi-lingual/multilingual a plus.
  • Please attach a Cover letter along with your resumeThe Community Builders, Inc. is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Company Description:

    The Community Builders, Inc. (---TCB---) is a recognized leader in the public/private transformation of distressed properties into vibrant, mixed-income communities. Established in 1964, TCB has over fifty years of experience planning and implementing comprehensive neighborhood revitalization projects in fifteen states. TCB was among the pioneers in nonprofit use of the tax code to raise equity for affordable housing, and at the forefront in crafting citywide partnerships supporting large-scale redevelopment and comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts through new uses of public housing funds and of project-based assistance. Over the years, TCB has assembled more than $2.5 billion in project financing to construct and/or preserve 320 residential developments resulting in over 25,000 affordable and mixed-income housing units. Visit www.tcbinc.org for more information.

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