Michael Bisio Hits the Right Note in Home-Life Symphony

Michael Bisio holding bass black and white headshotMichael Bisio is an accomplished bassist player, music connoisseur, and long-time adjunct professor. Bisio also moved around many times, from Washington State to NYC, adding to his repertoire of cultural experiences.  He found stability at The Lace Mill in Kingston, where he lives with his wife and fellow artist Dawn Bisio.  Their apartment is his happy place with wiggle room to jive in and hang prized artwork hanging. Now, he can balance professorship, musical gigs, traveling, and love—a harmony he’d sought for years.

Bisio was a reserved student in college, shy and unassuming. Professors took note of his talent and realized self-confidence was holding him back from excelling. They routinely pushed him to step outside of his comfort zone in his work, to self-reflect on the success he wanted. They challenged him to see his potential, flaws included, modeling a budding artist into a star performer. For him, it was tough—to stand in front of sheet music and critics for hours a day. By graduation, he collected his degree and the payoff of a sharper sense of confidence.

Years later, married with a son, Bisio owned a home in Seattle. After experiencing a “high point” in home life, he divorced and moved cross-country for his musical career. He came to NYC, hopping from apartment to apartment for about a decade until he heard about The Lace Mill through a friend. He applied, and a “fantastic” opportunity unfolded for his music, housing and finding the love of his life next door. Dawn and Michael met passing through the door of ASK Gallery in Kingston—Dawn caught Michael’s eye. He flirted with a coy “you’re hot.” Dawn reciprocated, and the two instantly bonded. They soon moved in together and made their own hub for artsy exploration.

Now, Bisio is part of a large pool of artists who help each other out with events hosted at The Lace Mill. He’s glad he is in the mix, but with enough privacy to focus on his ever-evolving career. “I think in the abstract, it created a community that in the long run has proven to be diverse. It [The Lace Mill] gives me a platform to produce concerts, which benefits the community.” Artist-residents attend his concerts and they bring friends. Word of mouth spreads concert details quickly around town. Engaged audience members are key in these live concerts; they are an important “ingredient in the process” and contribute vibes—either high or low frequency—that Bisio feeds off for a unique emotive atmosphere. Live performance, he recognizes, is a special relationship between performer and audience. If the audience doesn’t understand the tradition behind the musical number, “they can still feel it—the overwhelming intensity of it.”

Bisio isn’t going to halt the torrent of gigs soon. He plans on affecting more people through his bassist work as long as he “remains creative and positive.” There’s always more good energy to create in the universe, and he feels it is his responsibility to contribute high-frequency vibrations that align people’s energies into a state of bliss. And after the shows are over, he comes home to his apartment, to relax and rejuvenate as he pleases. Indeed, his sacred space couldn’t be more loving and personal, a place which can be completely silent or filled with music, whichever, and whenever, he prefers. His home is where he can fluctuate between living and prepping for a show, balancing out the dynamics of being and doing, in symphony with his life partner.

Michael’s next Lace Mill concert is Saturday, April 21, from 4-6pm in the East Gallery of The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St, Kingston. Suggested donation is $10.00. Guest parking is available on South Prospect Street and Manor Avenue. For more information, e-mail Michael at bisio@earthlink.net or visit MichaelBisio.com.

Check out Bisio’s photo feature on the American Express site: https://www.amexessentials.com/hudson-valley-guide/ Click “Start Slideshow and scroll to image #7.

Woodstock Commons Live-In Superintendent

The Superintendent reports directly to our Maintenance Supervisor, and is responsible for managing the day-to-day maintenance of the intergenerational affordable housing development known as Woodstock Commons located in Woodstock, New York. The Superintendent plays a key role in protecting, cleaning and maintaining the campus’ buildings and ensuring tenant safety and comfort. For many tenants, the Superintendent is RUPCO’s most visible representative. The Superintendent apartment is a roomy 2-bedroom apartment; the position includes  access to a company truck for work-related tasks. This is a full-time, 35+-hour/week, live-in position with duties which may include, but are not limited to.

Position Responsibilities: Conduct daily cleaning duties both inside and outside around the entire Woodstock Commons campus. Tasks ensure:

  • common areas are clean and in good repair; emergency exits and fixtures are in working order; snow, garbage, and recycling is removed from designated areas; elevators, lobbies, walls, and windows are clean; and floors are maintained (i.e. swept, mopped, buffed, vacuumed, and cleaned)
  • Conduct emergency repairs or services as needed.  
  • Manage and monitor grounds to ensure that they are properly and safely maintained. Conduct a walking tour around the campus on a regular basis (daily/weekly) to monitor aesthetics of tenant areas and common spaces. 
  • Maintain grounds. This includes: snow removal, plowing, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways; overall landscaping, picking up trash, cutting grass, raking leaves and tending gardens, weeding, planting, etc.
  • Perform a wide variety of general maintenance tasks such as small areas of drywall repair, painting, appliance repair/replacement, diagnose mechanical, plumbing, electrical problems and make repairs.
  • Liaison and manage vendor relations on various projects needed for work to be done outside of the scope of Superintendent’s ability.
  • Manage work order system to accomplish maintenance tasks. Accurate and timely completion of applicable reports (i.e. work orders, incident reports, etc.) Maintain maintenance files as required
  • Serve as first responder to emergency calls from tenants and alarm company
  • Maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and other mandated guidelines and policies relevant to property management and operations including safety and quality assurance
  • Provide on-call, after-hours, and/or weekend duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience:  

  • Knowledge of maintenance operations in physical plant; ability to diagnose mechanical, plumbing, electrical problems and make repairs; ability to maintain a detailed record-keeping system and prepare correspondence relating to reports and inquiries
  • Experience with operating truck snow plow and landscape equipment helpful
  • Effective communication & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and to maintain harmonious relationships with supervisors, peers, subordinates and tenants
  • Be honest and have strong moral principles
  • Demonstrate good judgment
  • Physical condition that will permit activities including, but not limited to, heavy lifting (must be able to lift at least 50 pounds), bending, walking, climbing, pushing, stooping, and working under adverse temperatures and/or weather conditions
  • Ability to organize, work independently, delegate, and negotiate and problem solve
  • Must be caring and compassionate, but at the same time able to establish a strong presence to enforce policies related to the safety and security of the residence community
  • Have knowledge of, or willing to learn, EEOC, Fair Housing, OSHA, ADA and other applicable public laws
  • Computer literate
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • A minimum of 5 years hands-on maintenance or related experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing
  • Must have valid driver’s license

Benefits:

  • 2-bedroom apartment
  • Hourly pay for 35-hour work week (with possibility of occasional additional, overtime hours)
  • Vacation, Sick, Personal time off plus holidays
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance available
  • 403b Retirement Savings with employer match
  • Use of company truck for work-related duties

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 requirement and resume by January 19, 2018 to:
RUPCO, Inc.
289 Fair Street
Kingston NY 12401
jobs@rupco.org 

HCV Program Specialist

Red Bubble Man holding a Hire Me SignRUPCO is hiring a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Specialist  (long-term) to work collaboratively  with program clients and other HCV Specialists in the Kingston office to administer the HCV Program (Section 8).  This full-time position performs a variety of duties such as:

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage a caseload comprised of households who may be elderly, disabled, handicapped or families with children
  • Interviewing potential candidates for program and articulating the program requirements
  • Determining a family’ eligibility for the program
  • Conducting annual and interim recertifications and re-examinations related to income and program eligibility
  • Work with voucher participants to maintain compliance with program rules and guidelines
  • Conduct apartment inspections as assigned or as needed
  • Work collaboratively with landlords
  • Make referrals for program participants when circumstances present themselves that may put the voucher in jeopardy
  • Other duties as assigned

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 and math skills
  • 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

To Apply:
RUPCO welcomes and encourages diversity in its workforce and all individuals are encouraged to apply. RUPCO is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit cover letter including salary requirement and resume to:
RUPCO, Inc.
289 Fair Street
Kingston NY 12401
jobs@rupco.org 

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.

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

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.

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