Community Partner Award: Madeline Fletcher

Every year at Community Lunch, RUPCO honors a community partner doing great work in our neighborhoods. This year, we honored Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director at Newburgh Community Land Bank for her collaborative spirit in transforming Newburgh’s historic East End. Her ability to gather partners and facilitate change has been transformative.

RUPCO Purchases Midtown Commercial Property for Community Wealth-building Development

aerial view of The Metro site mapRUPCO completed the next step in bringing community wealth-building to midtown. RUPCO closed on the former MetLife Hall of Records building last week, a 70,000-square-foot underutilized factory/warehouse at 2 South Prospect Street. RUPCO is proposing The Metro, a film & technology hub including Maker Spaces and other creative uses. Community wealth-building focuses on creating jobs while producing materials and value-added products/services within a community, instead of outsourcing those same products and sending hard-earned local dollars out of the region. RUPCO has entered a strategic partnership with Stockade Works, a nonprofit specializing in media attraction, production, and training based in the Hudson Valley and spearheaded by actor-producer Mary Stuart Masterson.

“The opportunity to once again repurpose a fallow, vacant building — this time through a community wealth-building approach to bring a mix of creative uses, all with the purpose of creating local jobs and capturing local wealth — is very exciting. This project is about creating opportunity for everyone,” says Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO. “The Metro is perhaps the last vacant factory building in Kingston. We’re combing our expertise in rehabilitating and managing old buildings with Stockade Works’ creative vison and drive. This is a new venture for all of us and we are not sure what the final mix of creative uses will be. The goal is to work collaboratively to build and keep the wealth, local. Already, the phone is ringing from Makers and small businesses who want to be a part of the scene at The Metro!”

Stockade Works is dedicated to fostering the further potential of film and technology in the Hudson Valley to increase economic growth and support local communities. As a driver of economic development in the region, Stockade Works attracts outside production and technology startups, connects regional media professionals, and trains the local workforce to create local crew and tech professionals. “Stockade Works is excited to partner with RUPCO to realize our vision for a community media hub to further education and innovation to ready the local workforce for jobs in film, television, and technology,” said Mary Stuart Masterson, Stockade Works Founder and Board President. “Stockade Works is dedicated to fostering the further potential of film and technology in the Hudson Valley to increase economic growth and support local communities. As a driver of economic development in the region, Stockade Works attracts outside production and technology start-ups, connects regional media professionals, and trains the local workforce to create local crew and tech professionals.”

It is our core belief that every individual should have access to fruitful economic opportunities, which includes access to well-paying jobs with avenues for growth. We believe in providing paths of entry to industries that suffer from a lack of diversity in order to transform the faces of entertainment and technology.

The $14-million development will generate a short-term, local economic impact during construction and long-term economic impact through job creation. RUPCO purchased the property with a private mortgage through the Leviticus Fund.

The Metro was named a 2016 “signature priority project” by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC). Renovation, upgrades, and historic preservation will utilize a variety of funding sources including the federal dollars through New Market Tax Credits (NMTC). The project is also eligible for state and federal historic tax credits; RUPCO nominated the property for both state and federal historic registers. Empire State Development is supporting the development of The Metro with a grant of up to $1 million, which was recommended by the MHREDC in Round VI of the REDC initiative. “The Metro will be home to two of New York’s premier industries – manufacturing and film/TV,” said ESD President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “This project highlights the strength and success of New York State’s community-based approach to economic development, by recognizing and responding to a growing need in the Mid-Hudson region for exactly this kind of innovative workspace. The Metro will generate local jobs for local residents and Empire State Development is proud to support this project’s growth and success.”

The Metro property includes the warehouse, parking area, and Barmann Park, which will continue serving the local community’s recreational needs. RUPCO honors the name tradition, Metro, a nickname local children have called the Barmann Park area for years. Along with Stockade Works, The Metro’s immediate tenant roll includes private, local enterprises Chronogram and Steintex.

 “My administration fought long and hard to bring the Upstate Film Tax Credit Program to Ulster County, and we have already seen tremendous results with several multi-million dollar films being shot across our county.  We are extremely excited about the future of the film industry in Ulster County and our many partners including Mary Stuart Masterson who is an integral part of this project. By locating Stockade Works at this sight, there is the potential to deliver meaningful high-quality jobs for our community, as well as industry-specific job training,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein.

“This is an exciting step forward for RUPCO, Stockade Works and for our community at large,” said City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble. “This building in the heart of Midtown will no longer sit vacant. Instead, it will be bustling with innovation and purpose, empowering our local residents to access training, employment, and entrepreneurship. This isn’t just job creation, it’s community revitalization.”

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.

Building Maintenance Custodian

keyboard where return key says "Jobs"RUPCO is looking for a Building Maintenance Custodian, under general supervision by the Maintenance Supervisor, to perform a variety of custodial duties. These include maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of the assigned RUPCO owned properties to include offices, rental apartments, and surrounding outdoor areas. 

The Building Maintenance Custodian reports directly to RUPCO’s Maintenance Supervisor.  This full-time hourly position provides a salary of $15 per hour. The 35-hour work week includes a rotating on-call schedule, generous health benefits, vacation and personal days.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning and dusting of floors, windows, carpets, counters, window/door frames, baseboards, and walls
  • Take out trash in all offices, conference rooms, breakrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and common areas
  • Maintain all entrances, hallways, stairs, elevators and common areas in assigned buildings
  • Clean and sanitize bathrooms on a regular (in some cases daily) basis.  Ensure paper towels, soap, toilet paper and other necessary items are restocked and available.
  • Restock supplies in breakrooms, kitchens and common areas
  • Maintain cleanliness of custodial/maintenance closets at all properties
  • Help set up and break down for events and meetings
  • Assist with apartment turnovers as needed 
  • May be expected to make minor repairs as part of daily routine such as check/change lightbulbs, tighten screws, fix vacuum cleaner belts, replace dryer lint hoses, take down and clean light covers, plunge toilet, replace outlet plates, etc.
  • Small maintenance projects such as painting, landscaping, snow shoveling may be required from time to time
  • Maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations as well as follow all OSHA and RUPCO safety guidelines
  • Be part of a rotating on-call schedule for nights and weekends. On-call duties may include receiving phone calls and triaging tenant needs, traveling onsite to assist with tenant lock-outs, performing minor plumbing repairs, dispatching vendors to complete a repair if beyond area of expertise, as well as other duties
  • Maintain a positive and professional relationship with tenants and staff 
  • Other duties as assigned or as required

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Must be able to prioritize tasks
  • Must have a high level of energy and able to multi-task when necessary
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be able to climb stairs and a ladder
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to work as part of a team
  • Must be organized and able to work independently without constant supervision 
  • Must have effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have basic knowledge of cleaning products
  • Must have basic knowledge of cleaning equipment
  • Must have six months or more of related experience
  • Must have basic hand tools to complete minor repairs
  • Must have valid driver’s license and driving record that meets RUPCO insurance underwriting standards
  • Must have  reliable transportation to get between properties
  • Must have personal phone for communication with supervisor                

Please submit notice of interest for this position to vbishop@rupco.org or rkozlowski@rupco.org by Wednesday, December 14 at 4 p.m.

Night Office Superintendent at The Stuyvesant

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED AS OF MAY 27, 2016: The Night Office Superintendent is responsible for tenant safety and security after regular business hours at The Stuyvesant building, 289 Fair Street, Kingston. This job is designed to help reduce incidence of emergency services and provide on-site crisis intervention after hours. The position will be supervised by Resident Services Manager.  This full-time position has duties which may include, but are not limited to:

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide an commanding presence to visitors and tenants entering and exiting the building
  • Provide building security and monitoring.  Pay close attention to any “questionable or unwanted” visitors to the building after regular business hours
  • Provide additional observation time beyond traditional business hours related to the comings and goings of tenants.
    Provide informal interaction and engage in communication with the tenants
  • Tenant interaction may include but should not be limited to:
    • Tenant outreach to pass along information directly from day staff (Services or Property Management)
    • Basic service referrals for tenants or warm handoffs to other support agencies
    • Crisis intervention and diversion for tenants
    • Wellness checks on tenants
    • Safety and security with visitors entering the building
  • Attend to emergency lock-outs while on duty to avoid Maintenance Staff having to respond.
  • Establish a rapport with EMS, Fire and Police that respond to the Stuyvesant building. Provide a greeting and an escort to the unit in which they are responding to. Complete an incident report and leave for Program Services Supervisor to provide follow up on the next business day.
  • Responsible for logging observation of tenant and visitor traffic through lobby area.  Communication must be shared with day staff regarding sightings of concern or those deemed out of the ordinary
  • Receive & communicate non-emergency maintenance requests to the Property Managers
  • Additional duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Proficient in computer use
  • Must be caring, compassionate but at the same time able to establish a strong presence to enforce policies related to the safety and security of the building
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse individuals
  • This is an AWAKE and INDEPENDENT evening position

Position Details: 

  • Full time position, 35-hour work week
  • Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 4pm to Midnight
  • Generous benefit package includes vacation, personal and sick time; paid holidays; company-paid health benefits; 403b Retirement Savings Plan with company match. Salary in low to mid $30k, negotiable based upon experience
  • The Stuyvesant is located at 289 Fair Street, Kingston, NY

To Apply:  RUPCO welcomes and encourages diversity in its workforce and all individuals are encouraged to apply. RUPCO is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Please submit cover letter including salary history and resume highlighting relevant experience by noon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to:

RUPCO, Inc.
Attn: Sheila Kilpatrick, Vice President of Operations
289 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401
jobs@rupco.org

Homeownership Preservation Counselor

RDAC Homeownership Preservation Counselor position openThis position has been filled as of March 28, 2016.

RUPCO is looking for a Homeownership Preservation Counselor for its affiliate office, RDAC in Walden, NY. This is a 6-month temporary position through September 30, but has extension potential pending grant funding.

Responsibilities: 

  • Handle individual counseling for homeowners facing foreclosure or in default with their mortgage
  • Provide budget, credit, pre-purchase and post-purchase education for clients
  • Coordinate and facilitate public education and outreach
  • Prepare and maintain counseling files
  • Produce reports as assigned

The Homeownership Preservation Counselor must have or be willing to achieve and maintain certifications in housing counseling including, but not limited to, fair housing, lending, foreclosure prevention and homebuyer education.

Requirements: 

  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience providing housing counseling services with not-for-profit housing agency or related working knowledge of housing programs
  • Knowledge in purchasing, banking, legal, personal money management or real estate preferred
  • Must have strong planning and organizational skills
  • Must possess effective communication skills, computer literacy (specifically with databases), and strong writing skills
  • Must be willing to travel, attend off-site trainings and have a valid driver’s license

Skill Set:

  • Must be open-minded to recognize customer uniqueness
  • Have empathy for each individual situation
  • Be able to provide guidance as opposed to demands to clients
  • Be able to get along with co-workers in a small office working environment
  • Have the ability to project a smile over the phone

Salary:  Low to Mid 30’s based upon experience, benefits included

Deadline:  Please submit notification of interest to faithmoore@ocrdac.org by NOON, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Property Management Assistant

keyboard where return key says "Jobs"This position was filled as of March 2016. Submit a letter of intent and resume/qualifications to Sheila Kilpatrick, Vice President of Operations, at skilpatrick@rupco.org through close of business Friday, February 12. Please hand-deliver resumes to 289 Fair Street, Kingston, NY 12401.

Overview:  The Property Management Assistant provides administrative and clerical support for RUPCO’s Property Management Department.  The Property Management Assistant reports directly to the Property Management Supervisor.   This is a full-time, exempt position.  Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Provide administrative support for the Property Management Supervisor, Property Managers (2) and Maintenance Supervisor.
  2. Answer incoming phone calls and direct to appropriate staff.
  3. Greet visitors and tenants.
  4. Assist Property Management staff in preparing leases and other correspondence.
  5. 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.
  6. Schedule meetings between staff and tenants, as needed.
  7. Order office supplies and replenish as needed.
  8. Update vacancy listing on a daily basis for all RUPCO managed units.
  9. Complete new applicant entry into database.  Send letters acknowledging receipt of application.
  10. Maintain Wait Lists for all properties.
  11. Maintain tenant files.
  12. Receive, enter, communicate and follow up on all Maintenance Requests.
  13. Additional duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience:  Must have high school diploma or equivalent and excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Must be able to work independently.  Must be proficient in computer use.  Prior clerical experience required.

Position details: Salary $26k-$30k. Generous benefit package, 13 paid holidays, paid vacation and sick time. Office hours Monday through Friday, 8:30a-4:30p, 35-hour work week with one hour for lunch.

Care Manager: NY Connects

Social Care Photography, DHThese positions were filled as of January 2016.

The Care Manager provides nonjudgmental, individualized information and assistance to persons of all ages with disabilities regarding Medicaid Long Term Care Services and Supports (LTSS) which provides linkages to programs and/or services that the individual and/or their caregiver qualify for. The Care Manager bridges the gap between client and partners, working collaboratively with agencies and other service representatives to ensure, tot he fullest extent possible, that benefits and entitlements are accessed. This is a 13-month pilot program designed to provide seamless coordination across systems and populations seeking LTSS and provide easier access and understanding.

Responsibilities:

  • Use of online and other questionnaires
  • Collection of preliminary functional and financial information and coordination with other agencies to guide individuals through the eligibility process
  • Guidance with the requirements of application and enrollment assistance for public benefit programs including Medicaid
  • Provision of Person Centered Assistance/Options Counseling
  • Assistance in care transitions
  • Confidentiality

Position Requirements:

  • Must have strong work ethic
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Good interviewing and problem-solving skills
  • Good documentation skills
  • Basic proficiency using computers and web-based systems
  • Excellent public speaking and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide services to seniors and disabled clients with patience and compassion
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to communicate, orally and in writing
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to respond to customers in a professional , nonjudgmental an d culturally appropriate manner

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma plus one of the following:

  • Three (3) years paid full-time or its part-time equivalent experience involving work within a health or human services agency, preferably in Ulster County providing customers with information OR
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s degree and one (1) year of experience as defined in (A) above OR
  • Associates degree plus five years relevant experience.  or related disciplineMaintain a clean and safe
  • Any equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above
  • Valid NYS Driver’s license

Salary: $498.75 per week

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2016

Submit notification of interest by email: Kim Mapes, Program Services Manager

Project Clerk: Green Jobs | Green New York

green_jobs_53This position was filled as of January 2016.

Under RUPCO’s Green Jobs | Green New York (GJGNY) Program, the Project Clerk must complete both administrative and customer follow-up tasks. The Project Clerk component focuses on fulfilling certain contractual administrative and electronic customer management duties. The customer follow-up component focuses on tracking and documenting the customer’s process through the program and communicating with the customer accordingly.

Responsibilities:

  • Increasing awareness of NYSERDA residential programs in the region, via presentations, exhibiting at events, web-based marketing, social media and other marketing techniques
  • Providing customer assistance and hand-holding for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR© Program via phone, email, and in-person
  • Tracking customers from the front substantial point of contact to the completion of work using electronic tracking tools
  • Coordinating and communicating with the Outreach Staff to ensure they are kept up-to-date on customer steps and process

Position Requirements:

  • Comfortable working in diverse settings
  • Intercultural/multicultural experience and attitude
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively in a team setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and able to communicate with multiple audiences including public officials, business owners, property owners and residents
  • Strong, demonstrated public speaking skills, especially an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively
  • Experience in grassroots organizing, community outreach, and/or coalition building
  • Excellent project management skills: detail-oriented, extremely organized, able to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines under time constraints
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter, creative, collegial, hard-working, and demonstrates a positive attitude and strong ethical fiber

Educational & Relevant Knowledge Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in marketing, communications, business, natural or environmental science, engineering, architecture, planning or related discipline
  • A high school diploma or equivalent plus five years relevant experience as described above
  • Foreign language fluency a plus
  • Knowledge and background in environmental issues or other related issue advocacy
  • An interest in the environment and a commitment to reducing energy use
  • Familiarity with building science, residential/commercial energy efficiency and/or renewable energy

Salary: Commensurate with experience; part-time position with no benefits

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2016

Submit notification of interest by email: Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development

Outreach Coordinator: Green Jobs | Green New York

RUPCO's Green Jobs | Green New York logoThis position was filled as of January 2016.

RUPCO’s Green Jobs | Green New York (GJGNY) Program is looking for a flexible person to educate homeowners, community leaders, businesses and those interested in energy alternatives. The Outreach Coordinator shares the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable resources with these audiences and increases participation in the NYSERDA and GJGNY programs.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Developing GJGNY promotion methods
  • Providing information and assistance to residential customers and businesses
  • Working with community planners
  • Maintaining database of partnerships and projects
  • Meeting program deadlines
  • Planning events to include extensive travel, media relations and participation in evening and weekend events.

Position Requirements:

  • Excellent public speaking and written communication skills
  • Clean driver’s license

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in marketing, communications, business, environmental science, architecture, planning OR
  • Associates degree plus five years relevant experience.  or related disciplineMaintain a clean and safe
  • BPI Certification referred

Salary: Commensurate with experience; full-time position with benefits

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2016

Submit notification of interest by email: Guy Kempe, Vice President of Community Development