Gift to City of Kingston hits it out of the Ballpark

RUPCO Subsidiary Builds Community with Offer of Barmann Park Donation

Neighborhood icon Barmann Park — with its baseball field, bleachers, playground, snack bar and throngs of spectators and players — have called the intersection of Clinton and Greenkill “home base” for decades. Since 1979, the City of Kingston has foot the bill: renting the property for $1 a year, paying the property taxes, maintaining fields, and holding insurance liability season after season to keep America’s greatest sport alive in Midtown.
 
However, the City hit a home run this week, when it officially learned the new property owner, RUPCO-subsidiary Prospect & Green, LLC, will donate the recreational park with its parking, playground, and amenities to the City. “We believe that a community’s greatest asset is its people. And when people love where they live, work and play, community is present,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO. “We have the opportunity to ensure this neighborhood landmark remains accessible to kids, adults and families. At The Metro, we honored nickname local children have called the baseball park area for years. The community benefit this property holds – engaging residents in America’s favorite past-time now and for future generations – will flourish under the City’s ownership. Presenting this Kingston treasure to the people of this city is an honor beyond words.”
 
RUPCO acquired the baseball park as part of its purchase of the former MetLife Building of Records at 2 South Prospect Street earlier this year. The Metro brings community wealth-building to midtown Kingston as RUPCO transform the 70,000-square-foot underutilized factory/warehouse into a film & technology hub including Maker Spaces and other creative uses. RUPCO will collaborate with Stockade Works, a nonprofit specializing in media attraction, production, and training based in the Hudson Valley spearheaded by actor-producer Mary Stuart Masterson.
 
The Metro will focus on activities that create jobs while producing materials and value-added products and services within the community. Along with Stockade Works, The Metro currently hosts private, local enterprises Chronogram and Steintex. “In addition to the already significant job creation and community development that will result from the establishment of The Metro, we will now be able to preserve this beautiful and much-needed greenspace in Midtown Kingston forever,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “This is a natural transition and will expand Kingston Parks and Recreation’s already impressive inventory of community assets.”
 
The $14-million development, slated for renovation in late 2018, will generate a short-term, local economic impact during construction and long-term economic impact through job creation. The Metro was named “signature priority project” by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) in 2016 and 2017. Renovation, upgrades, and historic preservation will utilize a variety of funding sources including historic and new market tax credits. For more information, visit ww.rupco.org.
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 

RUPCO-RCAL Summer Intern Sorts Data for Deeper Knowledge

John Krom, Sacred Heart UniversityRUPCO welcomes Sacred Heart University junior John Krom as a summer intern addressing issues of poverty in the local area. Krom will work closely with experienced staff in Program Services to help identifying families eligible for the Family Self-sufficiency Program, explore resident population statistics, and determine other demographic data. A recipient of the American Legion Scholarship Award, Krom is also a part of Sacred Heart University’s Junior Achievement group, which focuses on teaching young children the aspects of business and what careers are available to their generation. Krom’s internship is a result of a partnership between RUPCO, RCAL and New York State  Education Department’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES).

Bonnie Dumas, ACCES Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, coordinated the summer work experience. “We hope this opportunity at RUPCO will give John work experience and provide him soft skills in a career field he is interested in.” She sees this as an opportunity for John to gain the workforce experience he needs to transition from college schedules to business structure.

RUPCO oversees paid and unpaid internships each year as part of its commitment to the community. “We believe in providing valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector,” notes Tara Collins, Director of Communications of Resource Development. “In just the last three years, RUPCO has hosted a dozen interns from SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Ulster, Kingston High School, Sacred Heart University and Walden School District. Students gain skills and a resume addition, but the real value comes with their increased knowledge about their communities and how nonprofits support their neighborhoods. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit sector accounted for 11.4 million jobs nationwide in 2013, 10.3% of all private sector employment. That employment number is rising each year. Interning is a valuable experience for future young professionals and helps them understand the mechanics of nonprofit business in general, and RUPCO’s community engagement specifically.”

Hilary Nichols of RCAL is glad John has the opportunity to share his skillset at RUPCO while also being open to learning new skills that will cross connect in other spheres of the workforce. “John will brings a sense of eagerness and a way for people to re-look at their own job so they have a renewed sense of importance. I hope it will bring a sense of satisfaction within the RUPCO agency to have him there. I hope John will gain a sense of what the culture and climate is within an office or business environment so he learns how everyone needs to come together as a team to get things done. He can take what he learns and also apply it to college.”

John Krom and familyKrom’s previous customer service experience will come in handy this summer. A former line cook at Hurley Mountain Inn and waiter for Olivebridge’s County Inn, Krom also assisted with planning and organizing college activities. These jobs have prepared him with organizational skills and attention to tend to customer needs. Along with data entry and demographic research, Krom’s investigative skills will help RUPCO better understand its client base and how to serve them better in the future. Krom hopes that through collaborative work, he can help RUPCO clients and program participants advance to “better living, so people can move on, to lead more independent lives, and to help them save money.”

For Krom, Home Matters because it “shelters and protects you. It’s your sanctuary, and it makes you feel safe.” He emphasizes the importance of having a stable family life within home. “Family is what motivates you to your best. It helps you grow into the best human you could be, and provides a safe environment for you to live in. Family teaches you the foundation of life and pushes you to never give up. Without my family, I don’t know where I would be or where my motivation would come from.”

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

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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. 

 

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 rkozlowski@rupco.org or jmichels@rupco.org

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