Job Posting: Finance Assistant, New York State Homes and Community Renewal

Finance Assistant

Position in: Albany, NY

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 in order 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 Professional Services (OPS)is responsible for all administrative and support services, including Human Resources, Communications and Public Information, Legal Affairs, Fair Housing, Policy Development, Competitive Procurement and Contract Management, Fiscal Planning, Accounting and Treasury Services, Facilities and Building Management Services, Internal Audit, Project Management and Information Technology Services. OPS values professionals that enjoy working in a fast‐paced environment and who have the skills required to effectively plan, direct, and coordinate HCR’s wide array of support services. 

Position Summary: A Finance Assistant is needed to aid the various program units in the administration of various activities.  Reporting primarily to the Finance Manager, the Finance Assistant will assist the Financial Operations, Accounting Operations, and Programmatic Payment, and Mortgage Servicing units with daily operations and tracking activities.  This person will assist with HTFC accounts payable and receivable; both front end and back end processing of programmatic payments; tracking and processing of mortgage servicing invoices and payments; and data entry into various systems managed by the Corporation.The starting salary for the Finance Assistant is $48,857.

Duties:Under the direction of the Senior Finance Assistant, the Finance Assistant will:

·      Aid in the processing of programmatic payments for both the programmatic payment processing unit and the financial operations  

·      Provide additional support for invoicing and payment process.

·      Filing and scanning of finance related documents on a daily basis including but not limited to paymentfiles, warrants, supporting documentation.

·      Assist in the processing of routine check deposits.

·      Entering required information into various systems including but not limited to the Statewide Financial System (SFS), various internal agency systems, SharePoint systems, and external programmatic systems

·      Assisting with daily banking reports and accounts payable

·      Processing supply requisitions on a monthly basis.

·      Other duties as assigned

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:

 ·      Advanced Excel and Word

·      Accounts Payable/Receivable Experience

·      Familiarity with SharePoint systems

·      Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

 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 and cover letter to: HTFCJobs@nyshcr.org

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)

 

Job Posting: Community Developer, New York State Homes and Community Renewal

Community Developer

Position in: Albany, NY

 

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:The position will support Office of Community Renewal grants in addition to other subsidy programs that facilitate the creation and preservation of affordable housing. The estimated starting salary is $57,880, based on qualifications and relevant experience. 

Duties:Under the general Office of Community Renewal Senior Staff, the Community Developer provides support in the review and administration of grant projects and affordable housing development projects. 

 

  • 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 recordkeeping and reporting support.

  •  Understand and articulate program rules and regulations.

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

  •  Assist with review and scoring of all Program-related applications and assist with award notification/declination process, and other grant administration correspondence.

  •  Assist with due diligence review and underwriting grants and loans, including pro forma development

  •  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.

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

 

This position requires 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, project management or real estate finance position. Comparable, relevant work experience will be considered;

  • Affinity toward technology;

  • Understanding of how to work effectively in and with diverse communities;

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

  • Demonstrated understanding of real estate finance through coursework or work experience;

  • 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;

  • Well organized and self-motivated with ability to work under pressure, while prioritizing and managing multiple tasks;

  • Database management, database navigation experience;

  • 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.

Applicant must describe in a cover letter how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications, and how the work experienced outlined in the accompanying resume relates to the available position. Applicant are also encouraged to use the cover letter as an opportunity to identify specific skills, including knowledge of software or database systems that may be useful for this position.

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 and cover letter:HTFCJobs@nyshcr.org

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)

 

Job Opening: Special Assistant, New York State Homes and Community Renewal

 Special Assistant

Position in: Albany, NY

 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:OCR is seeking a team member to fill a unique new role as a Special Assistant that provides support for OCR programs and office operations. The Special Assistant will be responsible for data management, preparation of reports and advanced administrative tasks.

Duties:Under the general direction of the President or OCR senior staff members, the Special Assistant will: 

  •   Manage data by monitoring accuracy and timeliness of updates in databases.

  •  Prepare reports as needed and prepare templates for common reporting needs.

  • Review and prepare data from multiple sources to prepare consolidated reports and spreadsheets.

  •  Prepare and edit fillable forms.

  • Serve as a liaison with agency IT resources for online applications and other technology needs.

  •  Draft memos, correspondence, narrative reports, procedural manuals, written instructions, presentations, informational flyers or other documents as needed.

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

  •  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.

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:

The ideal candidate for this position will be a highly organized problem solver and excellent writer. The candidate will have an affinity toward technology, ease in learning new software and natural attention to detail.

 ·      Bachelor's degree in humanities or business field plus two (2) years of work experience in housing, grants or project management position. Candidates with significant work experience and the required data management skills will be considered. 

·      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;

  • Data management, database navigation experience;

  • Experience with reporting software such as Crystal Reports and building SQL expressions and formulas;

  • Ability to distill data into graphic formats such as informational brochures, infographics and presentations;

  • Experience with desktop publishing software, designing informational brochures or infographics;

  • 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.

 Applicant must describe in a cover letter how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications, and how the work experienced outlined in the accompanying resume relates to the available position. Applicant are also encouraged to use the cover letter as an opportunity to identify specific skills, including knowledge of software or database systems that may be useful for this position.

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 and cover letter:HTFCJobs@nyshcr.org

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)

Job Opening: Urban and Regional Planner/Community Development Consultant

Urban and Regional Planner/Community Development Consultant

 Who we are:  Thoma Development Consultants is a respected community development and planning firm based in Cortland, NY.  We’ve served municipal customers throughout the Central New York, Southern Tier, and Finger Lakes Regions since 1980.  Thoma provides a full range of community development services from initial planning, to funding, and project implementation.  Our goal is to work with our customers long-term to create real and lasting change in Upstate New York communities.  Thoma provides a flexible and supportive working environment and follows a strengths-based management style.  More information regarding our company can be found at www.thomadevelopment.com.

 What We Need:  Thoma is now seeking a highly motivated self-starter to join our team of dedicated individuals and assist us in growing our planning services.  The Urban Planner/Community Development Consultant must be proficient working as both a team member and a team leader to implement planning projects for our municipal customers.  This position may also include grant preparation, grant administration, and the provision of other community development services for our customers.  

 The successful applicant should have experience in managing planning projects, including project implementation, public participation techniques, and zoning standards.  Preference will be given to candidates that are AICP Certified, but entry-level candidates will be considered.  Experience with municipal grant writing, including preparation of NYS Consolidated Funding Applications and/or Community Development Block Grants is also preferred.  Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are required.  Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. 

 How to Join Our Team:  Please send a cover letter and resume, including anticipated salary range, to: Thoma Development Consultants, 34 Tompkins Street, Cortland, NY 13045 or by email to TDC@thomadevelopment.com.  Thoma Development is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thinking Holistically about the Future of Our Streets

Thinking Holistically about the Future of Our Streets

In January of 2019 Smart Growth America released Dangerous by Design 2019 which documents the issues surrounding the design and function of our roadways in the United States. While the most dangerous places in the nation tend to be located in the Sun Belt – the Rust Belt is not immune. The Upstate cities of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse all appear in the top 100 of the reports Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI). As a state, New York ranks 40th on the PDI; but it is number four for pedestrian fatalities from 2008-2017, and 19th in terms of the number of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents during the same time period.

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February 2019 Federal and State Legislative Update

The partial federal government shutdown that marked the beginning of 2019 has ended, 2019-20 state budget talks are in full gear, and Dunkirk Dave – the world’s second longest prognosticating groundhog – is predicting an early spring. For those of you who are intrigued to know more about these topics, please read on. For the rest of you, take a late winter’s nap and maybe you’ll be more interested when you wake.

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NYS Civil Service Job Openings: Professional Career Opportunities exam

Attention young planners! Taking the Professional Career Opportunities exam opens the door to a variety of NYS civil service jobs related to environment, housing, climate policy, coastal resources, economic development and transportation to name a few. Sign up today.

https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc/26-570.cfm?fbclid=IwAR23cNX6LgTzRCFeO50ONRJg0BDyz4vcUwA4y-YX3-RRzFMyJTKrk3earOc

For a full list of jobs, see this page https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/pco-titles.cfm

2019 Chapter Sponsorships

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association is kicking- off its 2019 sponsorship call and we need your support! Today, our Chapter has more than 750+ members across Upstate New York representing professional planners in a wide variety of public, private, and non-profit organizations. This sponsorship call includes opportunities for visibility on our website, in our newsletter and at Spring Planners Day, and offers a cost-effective way for your organization to reach our professional membership and promote your services and products throughout the year.

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2019 AICP Reduced Fee Scholarship Program

The 2019 AICP Reduced Fee Scholarship Program has been announced and submissions will be accepted until 4pm on 2/22/19.

Submissions must include a written explanation of financial hardship (including the financial hardship(s) which necessitate the request. Submissions must be sent to the Chapter Professional Development Officer (Richard Guarino AICP - rguar@outlook.com). The winner will be announced on March 1.

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Planners Day 2018 – Another Very Successful Get-Together     

Planners Day was held on Friday, March 9th at SUNY ESF and once again we had a great turnout. We would like to thank our speakers – Andrew Frasier & Aaron McKeon from SMTC, Joe Bovenzi (GTC MPO) & Chris Dunne (Highland Planning), Darren Kempner (NFTA), and Tim Frateschi, Esq. (Frateschi Schiano & Germano, PLLC). We also want to thank our great members – without your interest and attendance we would not be able to continue to put on Planners Day events. We received some great feedback and are looking forward to doing it again next Spring.

Planners Day Legislative Update Follow-up – Opportunity Zone Selection

As promised, our Legislative Affairs Director Darren Kempner was able to reach out and get additional information regarding Opportunity Zone selection – thank you Darren!

He was informed by the Western NY ESD Director that areas are being reviewed based on tax law changes, however, they are looking for local input regarding priorities. If you are interested in the Opportunity Zone selection process and wish to get more information, please visit https://esd.ny.gov/opportunity-zones and reach out to your regional ESD office ASAP if you have not done so already.

President's 2018 Sponsorship Letter

Dear APA Members:

I am writing you to offer you the opportunity to sponsor the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) website, newsletter and Spring Planners Day in 2018. Today, our 600+ members across the region represent professional planners in a wide variety of organizations. The annual website, newsletter and Spring Planners Day sponsorship offers a cost effective way for your organization to reach our professional membership and promote your services and products throughout the year.

Chapter sponsorship enables your organization to be recognized by our members in the Chapter website, annual events, and The Upstate Planner, our electronic newsletter sent to members three times annually. Last year we overhauled the website to make it more user friendly and aesthetically pleasing and user friendly. I encourage you to check it out by visiting www.nyupstateplanning.org. On average, the website receives more than 2,000 visits per month. This year, as a sponsor, your organization will be recognized by sponsorship level during the Spring Planners Day and on promotional materials used that day.

Each year, we strive to offer valuable professional development opportunities. This Fall, the Central NY Section hosted a successful Chapter conference in Syracuse. It was a condensed conference because the National APA Conference was held in NYC in May. Despite having a national conference in our home state the same year. One hundred twenty attendees took advantage of new learning opportunities at the Syracuse conference. In March, we held a Spring Planners Day at SUNY ESF in Syracuse. The one-day event included three sessions providing CM credits at a minimal cost to our members. We are actively planning events to bring planners together including a Spring Planners Day in Syracuse which will take place in March 2018 and are hosting our annual Chapter conference in Ithaca, October 3-5th.

In order to communicate these Chapter initiatives through our website and newsletter sponsorships, we need your support. I hope that you will demonstrate your commitment to the New York Upstate Chapter of APA in 2018, and consider a sponsorship. Please take a moment to look over the attached form to see which level best suits your firm. We are always looking for new ways to promote our Sponsors. If you have suggestions, we would appreciate you forwarding them to us. Furthermore, to make this process easier for you this year we have added a fillable form and the option to send payment though the Chapter’s website. We hope this will be a more efficient way for you to show your support.

If you have any further questions, please contact me or our Chapter Administrator, Jen Topa at 585-354-3214 or jen@highland-planning.com.

Sincerely,

Katie Evans
Chapter President

New York Upstate Chapter Comment Period on Percentage-Based Dues is Open

A membership comment period has opened today (October 13, 2017) to gather input on a proposal to index the New York Upstate Chapter of the APA’’s dues at 15% of the dues members pay to the National Association.

All APA chapters are required to transition to percentage-based dues at the end of this year. The 15% index rate dues are summarized in the table below. Please note these are base APA memberships, exclusive of AICP dues.

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Under our bylaws, a dues increase is enacted by a majority vote of the Chapter Board. We are required to hold a formal comment period of a minimum of 30 days. The board will hold its vote on the change at its November 17 meeting.

An article about the change to percentage-based dues was published in our most recent newsletter. The newsletter can be accessed here: http://mailchi.mp/a8d2e871b1e9/ny-upstate-apa-chapter-newsletter

Please provide your feedback using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/bAX49mbvnfGOI7OR2

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this proposed change.

New Student Membership Fee Structure

New Student Membership fee structure (FREE!) for any student despite what you are studying as long as you are full time. 

All students currently actively matriculated in a college or university degree-seeking program are eligible for free membership status for the duration of their studies. Participation is open to students in any field of study and is not restricted based on past membership status or date limitations.

See https://www.planning.org/join/students/ for more information.

There is also a new, “New Membership” discount.  You can find information for that at the following link:  https://www.planning.org/join/specialoffer/  It is quite a significant discount for any new APA member.