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  • Executive Assistant (OppCo)
  • CONNECT Learning & Evaluation - AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Resident Outreach VISTA - AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Accountant
  • CONNECT Intake & Public Benefits Internship

Executive Assistant

Opportunity Communities (OppCo) is a new and innovative partnership launched in April 2018 to provide administrative and program supports that increase the capacity and efficiency of partner community development nonprofits work to build communities that offer equitable opportunity to all residents.  OppCo partners provide stable homes and services 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 Executive Assistant will serve as OppCo’s “Chief of Staff” by providing a wide range of administrative and operational support to the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Team.   This position holds a great amount of responsibility and requires a candidate who has the experience and confidence to make limited business decisions on behalf of the organization.  The position requires a high degree of confidentiality and flexibility.  

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensures efficient and effective administrative management of the CEO’s calendar, correspondence, reports, and related tasks as needed.
  • Oversees office correspondence, responding appropriately and in a timely manner to US mail and electronic communications.
  • Drafting and editing important high level letters and other documents.
  • Ensure smooth flow of timely information of all kinds from the CEO and Executive Team.
  • Oversees meeting arrangements including room reservations, food services and technical support services as needed.
  • Preparation of materials for meetings, taking of minutes, post meeting follow up with Board and Board Committees.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly reports as requested.
  • Creates agendas and ensures follow-up on action items for management meetings.
  • May conduct research, compile data and prepare reports for the CEO and other Senior Managers.
  • Assist CEO with presentations including creating and updating Power Point slides.
  • Make travel arrangements as needed.
  • Perform general clerical duties to include, but not limited to, copying, faxing, mailing and filing.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS  

  • Attend monthly team and organization meetings.
  • Attend necessary trainings to assure up to date knowledge.

WORK REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor Degree required.
  • 2-3 years of Executive or Administrative Assistant experience preferred.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Must be detailed oriented and have the ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments.
  • A proven ability to take initiative and work effectively with a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Command of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Excellent interpersonal, intuition, organizational, and oral/written communication skills required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.  

POSITION ACCOMMODATIONS

Qualification

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. 

Physical

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.

To Apply

We offer competitive compensation and good benefits. Send a cover letter and a copy of your resume to personnel@tndinc.org.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider qualified applicants for employment regardless of expression, age, color, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other protected class.
 


CONNECT Learning & Evaluation - AmeriCorps VISTA

The Neighborhood Developers, Inc.

Reports to: CONNECT Director

The Neighborhood Developers, Inc. (http://theneighborhooddevelopers.org/) creates vibrant neighborhoods where people from all walks of life can thrive. Focused on three cities that abut Boston to the north (Chelsea, Revere, and Everett), TND brings its core strengths -- building homes, engaging neighbors, and fostering economic mobility -- to community partnerships that create thriving families and strong neighborhoods.  One of TND’s signature initiatives is the CONNECT Financial Opportunity Center, which co-locates and integrates the services of five agencies working together to improve the financial mobility of 4,000 clients annually.

CONNECT offers a range of services to assist families on their journey to financial resilience.  The five partner agencies that comprise CONNECT together offer housing counseling, free tax preparation, assistance with public benefits applications, financial education workshops, financial coaching, access to credit-building financial products and mainstream banking services, career counseling / placement, adult basic education (ESL / HiSet), and access to training programs.  The program’s leadership constantly seeks to improve the mix, method of delivery, and quality of its services to better meet community members’ needs.  

Job Description

CONNECT is seeking a capable self-starter to provide one year of full-time service as its Learning and Evaluation Assistant starting August 2018. The VISTA will have two broad roles:

(a) develop, refine, and implement new cross-partner initiatives (50%); and

(b) build TND’s capacity as CONNECT’s “backbone” organization to collect and manage client performance data and to use that data to evaluate and adapt programming (50%).

During the 2018-2019 year of service, the VISTA will be responsible for the following specific objectives:

  1. Develop a plan for disseminating our refined “recipe” for revamped, stickier financial education curricula to new audiences.

  2. Conduct research that enables TND to determine its appropriate role in workforce development to complement existing community capacity.

  3. Make improvements to data tracking system in SalesForce (TND’s database) for CONNECT clients (serving approximately 4000 clients per year) to enhance data quality and usage.

  4. Analyze SalesForce data to provide ongoing and timely feedback to inform improvements to client outcomes, program design and operational processes.

To accomplish these objectives, typical activities in a day can include: creating a project plan, creating instructional materials, soliciting feedback/input from colleagues on a draft plan or materials, meeting with external organizations to understand their programs, training colleagues or volunteers on a new process, running reports, compiling spreadsheets, importing/exporting data, interpreting data, researching best practices, distilling key learnings from conferences and other convenings; creating and monitoring data dashboards; analyzing internal data; and making recommendations.

Please note this is a VISTA member position, not a staff position. The VISTA member will be supervised by the CONNECT Director and will work closely with the Director of Learning and Evaluation and the staff of CONNECT’s five partner organizations.   The VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program provides full-time volunteers to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. In addition to a living allowance, the VISTA program offers an education award or cash stipend, health insurance, and week-long training in a U.S. city. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, see https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista

Qualifications

Required:

  • College degree or relevant work history

  • U.S. Citizen at least 18 years of age

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Responsible, self-motivated, and able to carry out and prioritize multiple ongoing projects

  • Thrives in a fast-paced work environment

  • Ability to work occasional evenings (e.g. for focus groups), not to exceed 40 hours/week

  • Strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to social justice

Desired:

  • Experience working in a diverse multi-cultural community

  • Relevant experience in community development / workforce programs

  • Database experience, preferably Salesforce

  • Bi-lingual English-Spanish (both written and spoken)

To Apply

TND is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  

Please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@tndinc.org. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2018, but the position will be filled on a rolling basis.


Resident Outreach VISTA - AmeriCorps VISTA

The Neighborhood Developers, Inc.

Reports to: CONNECT Director

The Neighborhood Developers, Inc. (http://theneighborhooddevelopers.org/) creates vibrant neighborhoods where people from all walks of life can thrive. Focused on three cities that abut Boston to the north (Chelsea, Revere, and Everett), TND brings its core strengths -- building homes, engaging neighbors, and fostering economic mobility -- to community partnerships that create thriving families and strong neighborhoods. TND-owned buildings are home to approximately 400 families, of which 91% are low-income and 49% are extremely low-income.   TND’s Resident Services staff seek to build a sense of community among our 400 families, help ensure stable tenancy, and promote a high quality of life.

TND is also home to the CONNECT Financial Opportunity Center (http://www.connectnow.org/), which welcomes residents of TND-owned properties as well as members of the broader community. CONNECT co-locates and integrates the services of five organizations working together to improve the financial mobility of 4,000 clients annually.  Of these, more than 1,000 people use CONNECT’s financial capability services each year: they apply for food assistance and low-cost health insurance, maximize their tax refund using our free tax preparation service,  bolster their financial confidence and knowhow in our classes, and build their upward trajectory with the support of a financial coach.  Through the other CONNECT partner organizations, they can also learn English, advance their education, get into vocational training programs, get help finding a job, use specialized banking products to improve their credit, and solve housing problems.  The integration and co-location of services is designed to make it easier for clients to overcome multiple barriers to economic mobility.

The Resident Outreach VISTA serves as a bridge between Resident Services and CONNECT, and has two major points of focus:

  1. Link TND residents to CONNECT services so they are more able to use the opportunity of stable, affordable housing as an economic stepping stone.  (50%)

  2. Promote, support, and improve financial capabilities programming that is demonstrated to help people move out of poverty, with a particular focus on improvements to CONNECT service mix that will better meet residents’ needs. (50%)

Job Responsibilities

TND is seeking an outstanding individual to provide one year of service as a Resident Outreach VISTA, serving as a full-time VISTA member from August 2017 – August 2018.  Please see https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista for more information about the Federally-funded VISTA program.

During the year of service, the Resident Outreach VISTA will be responsible for the following objectives:

  1. Deepen tenants’ utilization of TND and CONNECT services. Maintain a close working relationship with Resident Services staff; oversee community outreach and cultivate relationships with resident leaders; implement an evolving referral and retention plan; brainstorm, research, design, and test improvements to referral and retention plan; create a plan to improve financial capability services at TND properties and initiate/promote efforts to bring other CONNECT services to TND properties; implement and improve a survey protocol, compile and report on results.

  2. Expand CONNECT capacity to deliver Financial Capability services. Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to increase our capacity to deliver services in novel ways; oversee integration of those services with those of our partner organizations.

  3. Deepen the impact of CONNECT’s Financial Capability services. Build systems and organizational capacity to increase the number of clients that can participate in the public benefits assistance program; collect feedback from clients on specific changes in program delivery that have been selected for testing.

  4. Design and implement improvements to financial education. Research effective methods, convene focus groups, and survey past class participants; create and run a new financial education class using our “rapid prototyping” method, develop train-the-trainer materials, and cross-train other instructors.

The VISTA member will be supervised by the CONNECT Director and will work closely with Resident Services staff.

Please note this is a VISTA member position, not a staff position. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) provides full-time volunteers to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. In addition to a living allowance, volunteers receive an education award or cash stipend, health insurance, and week-long training in a U.S. city. For more information about VISTA, see https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista

Qualifications

Required:

  • College degree or relevant work history

  • U.S. Citizen at least 18 years of age

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Bi-lingual English-Spanish (both written and spoken)

  • Responsible, self-motivated, and able to carry out and prioritize multiple ongoing projects

  • Ability to coordinate and supervise groups of volunteers

  • Thrives in a fast-paced work environment

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including at least one weekday evening or Saturday per month, not to exceed 40 hours/week

  • Strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to social justice

Desired:

  • Experience working in a diverse multi-cultural community

  • Relevant experience in community development programs and/or human services

To Apply

TND is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  

Please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@tndinc.org. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2018, but the position will be filled on a rolling basis.


Accountant

Opportunity Communities LLC partners with Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation and The Neighborhood Developers, Inc., to 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. This opportunity will intrigue the accountant who is interested in being part of a start up operation while within the environment of two CDC’s who have both been in business for 35 and 40 years respectively.

The Accountant is responsible for overseeing the accounting and reporting for Nuestra Comunidad, and its related entities, including cash, preparation of account reconciliations, to ensure that all transactions are prepared in a timely manner. This position requires a strong working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, real estate development accounting, familiarity with the OMB Super Circular, and a high degree of interaction with the real estate team, vendors and funders.  

This position requires close coordination with department managers and Opp Co accounting. This position possesses the willingness to assume additional responsibilities, is organized, detail oriented, able to work collaboratively and solve routine problems independently. This position makes recommendations for improvements in efficiencies in internal control processes.

Essential Responsibilities:

General Ledger/Financial Reporting

  • Prepare and process monthly journal entries. Produce timely monthly financials by 1) reviewing general ledger activity, (2) calculating monthly accruals and prepayments, (3) posting all journal entries and (4) compiling, reviewing, consolidating wholly owned, and distributing final monthly reporting packages for the relevant companies.

  • Ensure that monthly income statements reflect budget, actual and variance amounts.  Identify significant variances and research explanations for variances. Create and maintain supporting schedules and analyses and reconciliations of balance sheet accounts including reconciliation of intercompany balances.

  • Support and assist the external accounting/audit firms with year-end requirements, ensuring that all audit requested schedules and workpapers are prepared in accordance with agreed upon audit schedule; assist with financial statements and tax returns. Prepare miscellaneous financial reports for various funding agencies, etc.

Banking/Treasury

  • Prepare and process cash transfers as needed. Maintain line of credit activity reports; calculate and post applicable interest on a monthly basis.

  • Monitor daily cash balances for significant bank accounts and prepare cash flow forecasts.

  • Provide assistance and support on treasury management and cash flow reporting.

Real Estate

  • Maintain real estate development set of books.  Maintain schedule and provide information and reporting to auditors for related cost certification process. Assist auditors during the cost certification process.

Grants

  • Working with OppCo and its affiliated members, program directors and resource development personnel, participate in developing potential grant budgets, and once awarded, prepare, track, and monitor invoices for foundation, federal and state grants. Ascertain validity of expenses that should be included in invoice submissions. Provide reports and support to various funders substantiating amounts invoiced.

Budgeting/Forecasting

  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer.

  • Assist program directors and managers with the preparation of the budgets.

General Accounting Support/Administration

  • Oversee management of all CDC leases, contracts and financial commitments with facility lessor.

  • Manage document retention policies and retention.

  • Provide operational support regarding accounting and finance-related matters to program teams.

  • Assist in the development of departmental policies and procedures.

  • Identify opportunities to streamline existing processes, focusing upon enhancing efficiencies with the Finance team as well as within the CDC.

Implementation Project

  • Work with Opp Co to establish a comprehensive set of efficient, streamlined processes, reporting and implementing new budgeting system across all member organizations.

Qualifications

  • 5- 7 years of progressive accounting experience required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required.

  • Familiarity with real estate development in a non-profit setting desired.

  • Experience working with SAGE 50 preferred.

  • Previous experience with month end closing and reporting.

  • Knowledge and experience working with GAAP, A-133 audits and familiarity with OMB Super Circular

  • Grants management experience as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate, and foundation grants preferred

  • Detail oriented team player, accurate, having ability to solve problems

  • Strong time management skills to handle multiple tasks and effectively prioritize workload

  • Proactive and strategic thinker who enjoys creating and improving systems and processes

We offer competitive compensation and good benefits. Send a cover letter and a copy of your resume to personnel@tndinc.org .  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider qualified applicants for employment regardless of expression, age, color, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other protected class.


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 Shull, Program Director:
sshull@tndinc.org 617-889-1375


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 mwalsh@tndinc.org.

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