Job Opening: Grant Project Manager, New York State Homes and Community Renewal

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) fosters the creation and preservation of high-quality affordable housing, while working strategically to revitalize neighborhoods and communities throughout the Empire State. Under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, HCR is a vibrant, innovative agency that integrates and leverages New York State’s housing resources. We have offices in New York City, Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, and employ a diverse workforce of professionals who are hard-working and committed to serving low- and moderate-income families. Our mission is far reaching, encompassing single and multifamily housing finance, home improvement, rent regulation, housing subsidies, and community development. We partner regularly with a variety of public and private stakeholders.

Achieving this mission requires a wide range of skills and backgrounds in public policy, administration, real estate, architecture, finance, law and many other areas of expertise. We seek to provide a workplace environment that is productive, flexible, accountable, ethical and caring. Our employees are empowered to make a difference where they live and work. We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision, retirement and family-friendly policies.

HCR’s Mission and Goals:

  • Partner to improve and preserve New York State’s homes and communities

  • Finance and leverage resources to create and preserve safe, decent and affordable housing for the States low-moderate income individuals and families

  • Support the revitalization and economic growth of the State’s destressed communities and neighborhoods

  • Increase compliance with rent laws and regulations to protect the legal rights and obligations of tenants and owners: and

  • Proactively enforce rent regulations and identify potential fraud.

 New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR) consists of all the major housing and community renewal agencies of New York State, which were recently merged and integrated under a single management structure.

The Office of Community Renewal (OCR) is one of four program offices within NYSHCR. The OCR’s mission is to administer a combination of State and Federal funding resources to develop or support programs that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons.

Position Summary: This position will support the New York Main Street program and other downtown revitalization grant activities administered by the Office of Community Renewal. Project Managers in OCR oversee a portfolio of grant projects by providing technical support to applicants and awardees, processing payment requests and monitoring project progress and compliance. The estimated starting salary is $60,000.

Duties: Under the general direction of the Program Director or Assistant Program Director, a Project Manager will:

  • Carry out routine office activities such as answering and routing phone calls, copying, transcription, filing, data entry, handling incoming and outgoing e-mail, and mail, and other tasks as needed.

  • Draft memos, correspondence, reports, manuals, presentations or other documents as needed.

  • Provide database record keeping and reporting support.

  • Understand and articulate program rules and regulations.

  • Assist in providing and directing technical assistance to program grantees to ensure comprehension of program regulations, requirements, and the application and award processes.

  • Assist with review of all Program-related applications and reports and assist with other grant administration correspondence.

  • Assist with review and processing of all program-related payment requests and contracts.

  • Attend, participate, conduct presentations and/or assist with preparation for community development meetings, conferences, webinars and workshops.

  • Represent the Office of Community Renewal in community development meetings, conferences, and interagency working groups including the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) and Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) activities;

  • Special projects and general Program-related support and assistance, as needed.

These positions require occasional travel. Amount of travel varies throughout the year.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive and employee will be expected to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications and Desired Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in humanities or business field plus two (2) years of work experience in grants or project management position. Comparable, relevant work experience will be considered;

  • Experience and/or interest in Historic Preservation, Downtown Revitalization, Housing, Community & Economic Development;

  • Demonstrated experience performing administrative duties with speed and accuracy without immediate and constant supervision;

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with attention to detail and professionalism in all communications;

  • Knowledge of Internet and ability to research and retrieve information;

  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills; self-motivated with ability to work under pressure, while prioritizing and managing multiple tasks;

  • Database management, database navigation experience;

  • Experience with reporting software such as Crystal Reports, and PDF forms;

  • Comprehensive experience with Microsoft Office. Specifically: Word, Excel, and Access.

Instructions for Applicants:

Applicants must include a cover letter and resume for review. Resumes not accompanied by a cover letter will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.

What we offer:

  • Exciting opportunity to be part of New York’s resurgence to greatness;

  • Extensive benefits package including paid leave, excellent health, dental, vision and retirement benefits;

  • Promotional opportunity for dedicated professionals.  

TO APPLY, please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:

Please include the name of the position that you are applying for in the subject line.

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)