Career Opportunity: Housing Counselor

For Sale - SOLD signs and handsOur HomeOwnership Center is looking for a special person to round out out team of housing counseling professionals. The Housing Counselor reports directly to RUPCO’s Homeownership Center Manager. This is a temporary (approximately 18 months)  full-time position, 35 hours per week.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible to support counseling services offered by the RUPCO HomeOwnership Center.
  • Responsible to conduct an initial assessment of income, credit worthiness and mortgage readiness.
  • Responsible to implement RUPCO’s Homebuyer Education program and facilitating orientations on and off site.
  • Responsible to ensure compliance with all grant programs when screening potential applicants for grants. 
  • Properly document and update information needed to determine funding for rehabilitation, down payment and closing costs.
  • Preparation of documents for funding.
  • Responsible to comply with all funding regulations through properly documented client files.
  • Responsible for all client-level data entry in all applicable data bases.
  • Assist the HomeOwnership Center Manager and Vice President of Housing Services in preparing quarterly reports on families served, status, and successful outcomes.
  • Provide additional reports as required.
  • Responsible for timely return of phone calls, follow up with clients, and excellent customer service.
  • Additional duties may be included but not listed here.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience

  • Knowledge of mortgage loan products and documents, detail oriented with organized file management and communication skills helpful.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse groups.
  • Computer literacy and data base experience in Excel necessary.
  • Must have current driver’s license and reliable vehicle for travel.
  • Ability to travel and attain training and certifications as needed.

Please submit notice of interest (cover letter and resume) for this position to saltomare@rupco.org or kgermain@rupco.org . Inquiries will be addressed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Bi-Lingual Receptionist Needed

keyboard where return key says "Jobs"This position has been filled as of July 17, 2017.

Se habla espanol? We’re interviewing for a Bi-lingual Receptionist (Spanish) for our HomeOwnership Center. This full-time position offers terrific Mother’s Hours, 9:30am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Overview:

The Receptionist reports directly to the HomeOwnership Center (HoC) Manager. This full-time position has duties to assist in clerical task of all HoC programs. This position also assists the Vice President of Housing Services with clerical tasks as needed:

Position Responsibilities:
1. Greeting visitors and clients by phone or at the front desk and assisting clients with overview information
2. Providing clerical support for HoC staff
3. Spanish translation ability required, both written and verbal when needed
4. Data entry into RUPCO’s client database management systems
5. Responsible for yearly re-certifications and other program-related follow-up correspondence for various HoC programs
6. Support for initial intakes and basic file preparation, maintenance, and archiving
7. Responsible for maintenance requests on office equipment and ordering office supplies
8. Responsible to assist Vice President of Housing Services with clerical support

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience
– Bi-lingual – fluent in speaking both English and Spanish
– Ability to translate documents into Spanish/English
– Able to communicate effectively
– Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse groups
– Computer literacy and prior clerical experience is required

Please submit notice of interest for this position to mailto:saltomare@rupco.org or mailto: kgermain@rupco.org by no later than Friday, July14 at noon.

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Opening

RUPCO searches for full-time, one-year AmeriCorps VISTA MemberMonique Tranchina will serve as RUPCO’s VISTA Member beginning May 15. She will assist with a variety of projects such as gathering the stories of many residents and sharing those perspectives here online.

RUPCO was awarded a one-year VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) member allocation in collaboration with New York State Rural Housing Coalition (RHC). RUPCO is one of 10 housing nonprofits statewide to serve as a subsite host for a valued AmeriCorps VISTA applicant. RUPCO is a member of NYS RHS which is coordinating the VISTA effort among rural housing nonprofits from Albany, Stamford, and Rochester.

“Our VISTA position is for one year and will assist RUPCO’s Communications Department with behind-the-scene capacity-building support,” notes Tara Collins, Director of Communications and Resource Development. “This is a Jack/Jill-of-all-trades position. We will look to our VISTA to help with getting our new data management solution up and running; assisting with event coordination for Celebrate Community and Community Lunch; and providing a wide variety of communications skills sets from social media campaigns to story writing. This position is perfect for the recent graduate or person looking to gain more experience in the field of communications while making an impact on poverty in our community. VISTAs don’t have to know how to do everything, but they will certainly learn a lot about poverty, affordable housing, community wealth building, creative placemaking and communications in the process. ”

Similar to the PeaceCorps, the VISTA experience is designed to place skilled workers with United States-based nonprofits in need of support. AmeriCorps is one of three programs managed by Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCC). The AmeriCorps is a yearlong residential program for 18-24 year olds that focuses on team-based direct service. Nationally, VISTAs tend to be female (81% ), born in 1982 or later (82%), are experienced volunteers (93%), and come from around the country (62% local recruits vs. 38% national).

The RUPCO VISTA member works full time, commits to one year, and must be 18 or older. A VISTA receives a monthly living allowance of $990 per month and qualifies for VISTA health and child care benefits, student loan forgiveness, mileage reimbursement, relocation assistance, personal and sick leave. Interested candidates should sign up through the VISTA website, https://www.vistacampus.gov/how-apply-americorps-vista . The first-round application deadline is February 17, however RUPCO will take resume submissions through March 10 at tcollins@rupco.org. The official VISTA posting for RUPCO can be found online here.

Assistant Property Manager

RDAC Homeownership Preservation Counselor position openThe Assistant Property Manager provides administrative and clerical support for RUPCO’s Property Management Department located at 39 John Street, Kingston.  In addition, the Assistant Property Manager assumes many basic duties as a Property Manager for a small number of RUPCO-owned apartments.  The Assistant Property Manager reports directly to the Property Management Supervisor and performs a variety of duties such as:

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide administrative support for the Property Management Supervisor, Property Managers and Maintenance Supervisor
2. Create reports and excel spreadsheets as needed
3. Answer incoming phone calls and direct to appropriate staff
4. Greet visitors and tenants
5. Assist Property Management staff in preparing leases and other correspondence
6. Gain knowledge on general Property Management duties to be able to take on full responsibility for a few properties as determined by the Property Management Supervisor
7. Schedule meetings between staff and tenants as needed
8. Order office supplies and replenish as needed
9. Update vacancy listing on a daily basis for all RUPCO managed units
10. Complete new applicant entry into database.  Send letters acknowledging receipt of application.
11. Maintain Wait Lists for all properties
12. Maintain tenant files
13. Receive, Enter, Communicate and Follow up on all Maintenance Requests.
14. Maintain data in the Property Management software, BostonPost

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience:

• Enthusiastic and positive attitude
• Able to work independently but also as part of the team in a fast paced environment
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong computer skills, experience in Excel necessary and BostonPost software a plus
• Attention to detail
• Excellent communication skills: written and oral
• Experience in a customer service environment
• Tolerance and sensitivity to a diverse population
• Strong work ethic
• Prior clerical experience a plus

Position Details:

• Full-time, 35-hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30a-4:30p, some flexibility required to accommodate tenant needs
• Attractive health benefits package, vacation/time-off, 403b retirement savings plan, personal life insurance
• Salary negotiable with experience,  low $30,000’s

Please submit notice of interest and resume to vbishop@rupco.org no later than Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at noon.