Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in INHS.

How to Apply

To apply for a position listed below, email a cover letter and resume to Johanna Anderson, Executive Director, at janderson@ithacanhs.org.

In the cover letter, please specifically address relevant experience and reasons for your interest in this particular position. For more information about INHS, visit www.IthacaNHS.org.

INHS is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

INHS is a Tompkins County Living Wage Certified Employer.

Community Housing Trust (CHT) Project Manager

Purpose of Position

The Community Housing Trust Project Manager is responsible for all aspects of developing, managing and growing the INHS Community Housing Trust Program (CHT). The CHT is a program of INHS in which the organization purchases land and or buildings to create new homeownership opportunities for low and moderate income households. The newly constructed or renovated homes are financed with local, state and federal subsidies and sold at below market rate values. INHS holds the land in its CHT and enters into a long term ground lease with the purchaser ensuring that the property remains affordable in perpetuity. The CHT Project Manager  is responsible for both managing the CHT Program as well as the development of affordable for sale housing projects from inception through final finance closing and sale.

Duties & Responsibilities

Program Development

  • Evaluate ways of expanding the program into the INHS geography.
  • Represent the program to funders, financial institutions, public policy makers and peer groups.
  • Develop a plan for increasing production and improving the programs financial feasibility.

Project Development

  • Explore possible development sites with respect to zoning, cost, environmental and development feasibility, cost and availability;
  • Under direction from the Director of Real Estate Development, negotiate purchase contracts or option agreements;
  • Develop project concepts and initial cost estimates;
  • Create and manage project teams that include INHS staff and outside consultants;
  • Develop financial analyses, project schedules, and financing.
  • Prepare initial assessments of project feasibility, including appropriateness of the site; development of cost estimates; long-term operating viability and market risk;
  • Present feasibility analyses to decision-makers and funders for approval with recommendations;
  • Under direction with the Director of Real Estate Development, negotiate land and property purchase agreements and related vendor contracts;

Project Funding

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge about local, state and federal affordable housing programs;
  • Develop viable project funding plans that include funding for predevelopment, construction and sale;
  • Under direction from the Director for Real Estate Development, prepare grant or loan applications for funding from local, state or federal funders.

Project Design and Engineering

  • Oversee the development of design alternatives by architects and other professionals;
  • Secure zoning/site plan approval for proposed projects, including environmental review;
  • Secure approval of plans/specifications from local authorities and funders.

Funding Approval and Construction Closing

  • Coordinate financing approval with all lenders

Construction Management

  • Oversee contractor selection and contracts;
  • Monitor construction and contract compliance;
  • Monitor or coordinate disbursement/draw requests with accounting/finance staff.

Permanent Closing and Sale

  • Ensure timely closing of completed projects with Finance department and attorneys/funders/investors.
  • Coordinate with Lending and Marketing Staff to ensure the project is sold to an income qualified buyer in a timely manner including coordinating open houses.
  • Troubleshoot homeowner questions and issues related to construction after sale.

SUPERVISORY

Reports to: Director of Real Estate Development

Supervises: no other staff

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Real Estate, Architecture, Engineering, or Urban Planning and a minimum of three years of professional experience in housing and real estate development, real estate finance or planning.

Financial analysis skills are required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently and manage competing priorities in a fast paced, changing environment. Basic knowledge of real estate law in New York. Ability to work effectively with different social and economic groups in community meetings and guide community meetings. Ability to negotiate development and consultant contracts.

Intermediate proficiency in Windows-based software including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and MS Excel.

Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the INHS mission to revitalize neighborhoods and to assist low to moderate income people in obtaining quality housing on a long-term basis.

Preferred: Knowledge of Federal, State and Local public entitlement process and affordable housing funding process required; experience in obtaining planning approval, improvement permits, and building permits. A general knowledge of construction details and methods especially wood frame construction. Understanding of sustainable and advanced building techniques.

Travel

Travel around Tompkins County will occur routinely. A valid driver’s license is required. INHS provides work transportation and tools.

Assistant Property Manager

Purpose of Position

The Assistant Property Manager is responsible for working two days per week with the Senior Property Manager in regards to handling all property management for the Newfield Garden site including tenant relations, tenant move ins/outs, income certification, collecting rents and security deposits, collections, overseeing property upkeep, and other administrative duties.  The Assistant Property Manager will work three days per week at the Main Office in Ithaca, NY and will be the point person for all Ithaca rental applicants.  They will review all applications received and entered by receptionist to ensure they were entered correctly, initially qualify applicants, prepare applicant files, and maintain the waiting list. 

Duties & Responsibilities

Property Management

  • Oversees and maintains an accurate wait list for apartments in accordance with governing regulations;
  • Oversees tenant application processing and background checks;
  • Works with TCA to obtain applications referred by them to all vacant units;
  • Process all referred applications received by TCA;
  • Make final selection of appropriate tenant for residential units;
  • Leases property according to agency policies, funder requirements, and applicable state and federal laws;
  • Oversees preparation, review and sign leases and all related rental forms with tenants;
  • Conducts unit inspection with tenant to determine condition prior to moving in;
  • Resolves resident problems, conflicts, and lease violations – documents these activities;
  • Performs rent collections; implements follow through with delinquent account procedures, including evictions;
  • Coordinates and monitors apartment make-ready procedures;
  • Work with Sec. 8 programs, Social Services and other service agencies as needed;
  • Oversees lease renewal, works with TCA on all certifications, and inspections; inform tenants of any changes in their renewed lease;
  • Ensures that property is maintained in a clean, safe, and attractive manner;
  • Oversees processing of tenant deposit refunds;
  • Oversee rental collection and delinquencies process;
  • Manage eviction proceedings including court actions and interactions with attorneys and insurance liability claims.

 

 

      

 

General Management/Finance

  • Work with Senior Property Manager and Director of Property Management to ensure effective and efficient management of assigned portfolios;
  • Monitors expenditures to keep in compliance with established budget;
  • Cultivate and establish good working relationships with outside vendors and service providers;
  • Coordinate with other agencies to develop alternate housing sources for low-income and special needs households;
  • Provide information and referrals to community members and housing agencies regarding available housing services;
  • Generate monthly watch list numbers for Asset Management;
  • Assist in annual budget preparation;
  • Complete weekly, monthly, quarterly and year-end reports, as required.

Rental Applications

  • Contact applicants regarding waiting list placement and available vacancies;
  • Perform check of applications;
  • Prepare initial eligibility determination, notify disqualified applicants ;
  • Maintains an accurate wait list for apartments in accordance with governing regulations;
  • Oversee tenant application Assist with marketing as needed.

Gym Rental

  • Maintain and schedule all gym rentals. Calculate rentals fee and notify and follow-up on delinquent payments as needed.

General Administration

  • Provide information to applicants regarding the rental program;
  • Prepare reports re applicants and residents as requested;
  • Assist with marketing as needed;
  • Keep Property Managers apprised of all applicant issues;
  • Assist with special projects as needed.

Maintenance Management

  • Work with Maintenance Coordinators to ensure the maintaining of properties;
  • Ensure completion of maintenance requests and repairs; handle complex or unusual tenant complaints regarding maintenance/repairs;
  • Participate in the planning of long and short term property improvements; provide recommendation and strategy to improve properties.

INHS Property Management Team

  • Serve as a member of Property Management team;
  • Participate in the development and monitoring of budgets;
  • Participate in policy development.
Education & Experience

High school diploma (or equivalent).

Good communication and problem-solving skills. Detail oriented and organized. Creativity and initiative to work both independently as well as within a team while able to perform in a busy, changing, multi-tasking work environment. Must pass a criminal background check.

Intermediate proficiency in Windows-based MS Word and MS Excel.

Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the INHS mission to revitalize neighborhoods and to assist low- to moderate-income people in obtaining quality housing on a long-term basis.

Preferred: Two or more years’ experience with property management.  Proficiency in affordable housing software such as Yardi or Boston Post. Tax Credit Specialist (TCS) or Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) certification or similar.

Travel

Travel between the sites will occur routinely. A valid driver’s license and access to transportation is required.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Regional Education & Outreach, Homeownership Preservation Initiative

About this Position

This is a job opportunity with New York State Homes and Community Renewal to support INHS and its homeownership team.

To apply for this position: Go to my.americorps.gov and then click on “search listings”.

About HCR

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) aims to build, preserve and protect affordable housing and increase homeownership across the state. A critical source of affordable homeownership opportunities in New York are manufactured home parks. Yet these communities are seeing a decline in affordability, speculative investment by large financial institutions and degrading conditions due to age and deferred maintenance. HCR’s new Homeownership Preservation Initiative (HPI) aims to strengthen community knowledge of affordable homeownership resources made available to manufactured home park owners and their residents. The HPI is in partnership with the NYS Neighborhood and Rural Preservation Programs (N/RPP). New York is proud to pave the way towards leading the nation in preservation of its housing stock.

Purpose of Position

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions. VISTA members will work in the office of a selected preservation company in either Rochester, Poughkeepsie, Ithaca, Syracuse/Auburn area, or HCR’s Albany office. VISTA members will gain valuable field and office experiences and significant travel will be required in a designated region of the state.

VISTA members will play an important role in the HPI by tracking manufactured home park sales and park conditions. This will be done, primarily, by researching online ads, cold calling brokers and park owners, and speaking with residents and community stakeholders about living conditions.  VISTA members will also conduct outreach to residents and prospective residents of manufactured home parks, as well as to other industry players by distributing promotional materials, hosting and attending informational meetings.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Addressing concerns raised by manufactured home park residents about poor conditions in their communities.

  • Working with safe and health officials at the county and State governments to identify and track “at-risk” communities. 

  • Assisting in conducting introductory sessions for first-time homebuying for residents and prospective residents of manufactured home park communities.

  • Conducting outreach directly to residents/prospective residents of manufactured home park communities and indirectly through manufactured home retailers and other industry players. Outreach will focus on HCR-housing resources and will be done by passing out flyers, making cold calls, knocking on doors, and by conducting community meetings.

  • Training residents on how to access and qualify for HCR-financing. Training enables residents to decide how to preserve their communities, whether through third-party ownership and management or by enabling the residents themselves to purchase, improve, and operate their community as a limited-equity co-operative.

  • Providing information to park owners about how they may access HCR-financing to make infrastructure improvements, while maintaining affordability for the residents.

Requirements/Qualifications
  • Excellent interpersonal, community building, and public speaking skills.

  • Ability to plan and facilitate workshops and effective meetings.

  • Ability to listen to and understand the needs of the diverse populations.

  • Strong organizational skills – planning, follow-through, follow-up.

  • Confident and engaging personality.

  • Excellent computer skills including the Microsoft Office.

  • Willingness to attend evening meetings.

  • Willingness to travel within a designated region of New York, in small groups or alone and sometimes in inclement weather.

How to Apply

Go to my.americorps.gov and then click on “search listings”.

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