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- Executive Director
- CONNECT Intake & Public Benefits Internship
- AR/AP Specialist
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH
The Board of Directors of The Neighborhood Developers (TND) seeks an Executive Director. TND is an active and experienced community development corporation (CDC), based in Chelsea, Massachusetts, that creates vibrant neighborhoods where people from all walks of life can thrive. We are embarking on an exciting and ambitious new phase in our organization’s growth.
Our Organization and Our Communities
The Neighborhood Developers began as Chelsea Neighborhood Housing Services in 1978. Over time, TND extended its geographic reach and its programming, recognizing that affordable housing alone was insufficient to end the cycles of intergenerational poverty and neighborhood disinvestment. Today, TND increases economic diversity, opportunity and quality of life. We bring our core strengths to partnerships that support family and neighborhood prosperity. TND programs and impact to date include:
- Affordable housing: TND currently provides affordable apartments to 395 households in Chelsea and Revere, and is actively developing another 134 units. Our staff is constantly evaluating new opportunities create more homes in Chelsea, Revere and Everett.
- Economic mobility: TND is the managing partner of CONNECT, a financial opportunity center. CONNECT annually supports 3,800 low-income families from throughout Greater Boston to pursue financial and employment goals.
- Community engagement: TND fosters community connectedness, building a diverse leadership network, and activating residents of its target neighborhoods to participate in issues of public life. By 2019, TND seeks to increase its membership from 1,900 to 3,000 individuals.
Our primary constituents are diverse, low-income households in Chelsea, Revere, and Everett. These cities have significant populations of documented and undocumented immigrants. In Chelsea, 44% of the 39,700 residents are foreign born, while in Revere 35% of the 53,160 people are foreign born, and in Everett 41% of the 44, 636 residents are foreign born. Poverty rates are among the highest in the state: 21% of Chelsea’s,16% of Revere’s, and 19% of Everett’s residents live in poverty, compared to 22% for Boston and 12% statewide.
A New Model for Community Development
In 2018, TND is piloting an innovative new model of community development partnership. Together with Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation (NCDC), another strong CDC that is based in Roxbury, we have created Opportunity Communities (OppCo).
OppCo integrates the staff of partnering CDCs to provide an administrative and service provision platform and increase expertise. We will rely on OppCo to bring high level real estate, financial and other resources to our work of building sustainable, equitable and inclusive communities. Certain staff will work across communities while others will focus on targeted community-based needs and services.
TND will maintain its distinct identity and control over mission, assets, work plan, budget, governance and strategy. TND’s Executive Director of 14 years will become the Chief Executive Officer of OppCo. Our new Executive Director will be the chief executive for The Neighborhood Developers, and serve on the senior management team of OppCo.
The Executive Director of TND
The Executive Director will be the strategic leader of TND. They will leverage TND’s financial strength, national reputation as a leading NeighborWorks organization, and new operational strength. Together with TND’s board and staff, the new Executive Director will build thriving communities and an even more effective model of community development.
The Executive Director will act as:
- Strategic and programmatic leader and builder of strong community partnerships
- Supporter of and partner to TND’s Board of Directors
- Local spokesperson for affordable housing and community development
- Communicator and manager of relationships with partner organizations, public officials and funders
- Thought leader who brings new information and ideas forward, and fosters board and staff engagement in developing responsive programming to meet community needs
- Director who insures that TND activities are aligned with the organization’s mission and achieve high impact
- Leader of TND’s senior team and community-based programs
- Partner and coordinator of local mission-focused real estate activities together with OppCo, and
- Responsible manager of TND’s assets, budget and operations.
The Executive Director will oversee the supervision of all TND program staff, and serve as a strategic leader for all OppCo staff working at TND. They will report to TND’s Board of Directors.
Our Ideal Candidate
Our ideal candidate for Executive Director will be deeply committed to TND’s communities, and motivated to lead the organization into its next phase of growth. They will enthusiastically embrace this opportunity to collectively implement a new model of community development, and to ensure that our communities are well served by TND, its partners, and its collaborators.
TND’s next Executive Director will have many of the following skills and qualifications:
- Passion for community-based development and social justice
- Understanding of comprehensive community development, principles of neighborhood change and equity
- Ability to recognize local, regional and national trends and act on them within a local community context
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Experience building strong collaborative teams, supervising and motivating others
- Personable public speaker and fundraiser
- Effective relationship builder, preferably with local, regional and national connections
- Deep cultural competence and immersion in one or more of the immigrant groups represented in Chelsea, Revere and Everett Strong communicator and spokesperson in English and in Spanish
- Skilled manager with a clear sense of risk management, who can review complex financial statements comfortably
- At least 5 years of direct experience managing programs and people
- Education or training in nonprofit management, community development, economic development or a related field, and
- Ideally, some additional language skills in Arabic, Khmer, Vietnamese or Haitian Creole.
The Selection Process
Please submit one PDF document containing a cover letter, detailing your interest and qualifications for this position, and an up-to-date resume to: ExecutiveDirector@tndinc.org. Address your application to: TND Search Committee, c/o Ann L Silverman Consulting, Consultants to The Neighborhood Developers. All questions should be addressed to: AnnLSilvermanConsulting@gmail.com.
TND offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Applications will be reviewed and acknowledged as they are received. We aim to fill this position by early summer of 2018.
TND actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. We are committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.
CONNECT Intake & Public Benefits Internship
The Neighborhood Developers, Inc. (TND) creates vibrant neighborhoods where people from all walks of life can thrive. Focused in Chelsea and Revere, TND has crafted a remarkable track record of success through investments that are conceived, designed, and fostered by neighborhood residents, municipal partners, and many stakeholders. TND brings its core strengths -- building homes, engaging neighbors, and fostering economic mobility -- to community partnerships that create thriving families and strong neighborhoods. TND created and supports the CONNECT Financial Opportunity Center that co-locates and integrates the services of five agencies working together to improve the financial mobility of 4,000 clients annually.
Based at the CONNECT office in Chelsea, the Intake & Public Benefits intern will work one-on-one to help families apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps), MassHealth, and WIC benefits. These public benefits have proven antipoverty impacts for low income families and provide an important safety net. Each of these public benefits provides clients with a significant increase to their monthly income, but many of CONNECT’s clients are missing out on accessing these benefits due to systemic barriers in the application process, stigma associated with participation in government programs, or lack of awareness of eligibility. The Public Benefits intern will help eliminate barriers to financial stability among CONNECT’s low-income constituency through providing application assistance and case management support throughout the entire application process. The intern will help families to submit applications for benefits, collect required documentation, and navigate the complicated application process. Additional responsibilities include participating in bi-weekly core services staff meetings, providing an orientation of other services to clients, completing intake forms, calling the DTA and MassHealth customer assistance lines to help resolve client cases, and creating referrals to other services. Other tasks and activities may be added, based on the intern’s interests and organizational need.
This position is a good match for you if you like working directly with families, are bilingual (English and Spanish), have a high attention to detail, and can advocate for others. You’ll find that no two cases are the same, so this position requires creativity and flexibility in figuring out how to best help each client. The position also requires a high level of responsibility and ability to work independently.
We are looking to fill multiple intern positions and will fill the positions on a rolling basis. The ideal candidate can commit to a minimum of 10 hours a week. The schedule is flexible, and will be determined based on your availability and program need.
For more information, please contact Stefanie Shul, Program Director:
OppCo partners provide stable homes within great neighborhoods, which serve as a foundation for thriving families and individuals. Our homes and neighborhoods promote healthy families as well as work, economic, and educational success.
The AR/AP Specialist is directly responsible for processing the Community Development Corporation’s (CDC) vendor liabilities, insuring that all appropriate documents are aligned with the liability, all disbursements are properly administered, and all filings are made in a timely manner. This position requires a high degree of interaction with company employees and vendors in processing payroll, the issuance of vendor checks and resolving any related discrepancies. This position requires a high degree of problem solving, due diligence, and decision making to determine the proper accounting of CDC’s receivables and liabilities.
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
Process all vendor liabilities in a timely manner and in accordance with the proper accounting principles.
Determine the proper GL code, department, location, and ensure that all invoices are approved by the appropriate level of management.
Match the packing slip to the invoice, and where warranted, to the purchase order. If there are quantities/dollar discrepancies, independently identify and determine the appropriate course of action for resolution and follow through until resolved.
Review employee expense reports to ensure that receipts are attached and meet appropriate government and audit standards. Determine that all line items are in compliance with the travel policy and that the reports are signed by the employee and appropriate level of management.
Review and code company credit card statements, ensure that the appropriate level of supporting documentation is included, the statements are approved by the appropriate level of management, and allowable and unallowable expenses are properly coded.
Primary communicator with all vendors regarding payment terms and any issues regarding discrepancies.
Prepare weekly check run and identifying escalation of vendor liabilities for payment.
Responsible for preparing cash disbursements to all vendors as needed within a normal accounting processing cycle.
Prepare Form 1099’s for vendors. Ensure that all vendors provide W-9 prior to being entered into accounts payable system.
Reconcile bank accounts within the monthly closing schedule.
Process timesheets for all OppCo employees in Sage. Ensure that employees/supervisors are reminded of due dates for timesheet submission. Follow up with employees/supervisors when late.
Enter payroll hours into PEO’s payroll system. Provide supervisor with payroll report for review/approval.
Work with Accounting Manager to ensure that timesheet hours are properly allocated to the proper grant/project/CDC.
Assist in preparation of the OppCo invoices to CDC’s for time charges.
Review quarterly 940’s and ensure that annual wages are properly reflected on W-2’s.
Deposit all checks received in timely manner into appropriate bank account.
Analyze construction in process accounts against the requisitions and general ledger. Prepare monthly sources and uses of funds, reviewing with the Real Estate team. Maintain schedule and provide information and reporting to auditors for related cost certification process. Assist auditors during the cost certification process.
General Accounting Support
Assist the Finance Team in preparing invoices/timesheets, etc. selected for audit by the external auditors.
Assist the Finance Team in varied projects during month end closing cycles, audit periods and on an as required basis.
Identify opportunities to streamline existing processes, focusing upon enhancing efficiencies within the Finance team as well as within the CDC.
Attend monthly team and organization meetings.
Attend necessary trainings to assure up to date knowledge
Work Requirements and Qualifications
Associates degree in accounting, finance or business administration
3-5 years related business experience, including payroll and accounts payable
Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
A proven ability to take initiative and work independently
Ability to collaborate and pitch in as part of team to achieve objectives
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Sage software preferred
This is a sedentary job by nature. Requires being able to sit at a desk and use a computer and phone for most of the day.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Become a Member
If you are just looking to get involved in a more general way, become a TND Member. The Neighborhood Developers relies on members like you! As a community organization, membership is a crucial part of TND’s mission to strengthen our neighborhoods-and that can only be done with your help. Sign up to be a member today and get exclusive access to members-only events, newsletters and updates on community happenings that effect you and your neighborhood! For more questions contact Melissa Walsh at 617-889-1375 x 34 or firstname.lastname@example.org.