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Foundation Communities provides first class, affordable homes and free onsite support services for thousands of working families with kids, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We offer an innovative, proven model that empowers our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. We own and operate 17 properties in Austin and North Texas.

Support Specialist - Community Engagement Department

Youth Program Assistant - M Station Apartments

Event Planner

Housing Development Project Manager

Bilingual Case Manager

Asset Manager

Pre-Literacy Teacher Assistant (South Austin) 

Youth Program Assistant (South Austin)

Support Specialist - Community Engagement Department

The Support Specialist is responsible for assisting the Community Engagement team in our efforts to raise awareness in the community about who we are and what we do, invite people to participate in our work and move them to action, inspire people to invest in our ongoing efforts, and provide leadership opportunities for our supporters.

This position receives direction from the Director of Volunteer Programs and works closely with the Data + Design Coordinator.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer Management:
    • Assist volunteer team with volunteer placement, communication, and trainings for our 12 unique volunteer programs, especially our Holiday Assistance program, Community Tax Centers program, and Supper Club program.
    • Help us cultivate our relationships with individuals, churches, businesses, and universities.
    • Implement good practices of volunteer engagement, including clear and consistent communication, follow through, and meticulous attention to detail.
    • Provide day-to-day support for volunteers and encourage their ongoing involvement.
  • Data Management:
    • Assist with data management for all Community Engagement programs, events, and campaigns.
    • Help us continue to improve systems for creating supporter profiles, mapping out key relationships, recording contacts, and tracking history of engagement. 
    • Assist with development and implementation of seasonal online fundraising campaigns, including Amplify Austin in the spring, Back to School Drive in the summer, and Holiday Assistance in the winter.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum one year experience coordinating volunteers, event planning and/or administrative support.
  • Outgoing, energetic candidate with experience in leadership and building relationships with individuals and diverse groups.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to pay meticulous attention to detail.
  • Flexible work schedule that allows for several nights and some weekends.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and comfortable with a variety of databases.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to jackie.blair@foundcom.org by May 2. No phone calls please

Youth Program Assistant - M Station Apartments

Position Reports To: Learning Center Coordinator

Job Description:  The Youth Program Assistant will assist in leading educational, recreational and enrichment for children of an affordable housing community in east Austin. This position is part-time hourly.  Youth Program Assistants typically work from 2:00-6:30 p.m. during the school year.  Summer program hours are usually from 9:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Primary Duties:

  • Provide direct support to Learning Center Coordinator to help develop and implement after-school and summer program curriculum which includes organizing and/or facilitating activities in the program
  • Lead out daily activities for grade level group including homework/academic assistance, fitness, reading and enrichment
  • Engage youth in education-centered after school and summer youth programs
  • Establish and maintain on-going communication with Learning Center Coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate youth driven programming
  • Provide a fun and safe environment for youth during  program hours
  • Assist with maintenance and upkeep of the learning center space.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • College degree and/or coursework in the following areas:  Education, Psychology, Social Services/Work, Sociology, Family Studies, Youth Development
  • Experience providing educational and/or social services to economically disadvantaged families and working directly with children
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not necessary

Compensation:  $ 9-11/hour

To Apply:  Send resumé, cover letter, and 3 references to:  Michael.weitekamp@foundcom.org

Event Planner

Job Description:

The Event Planner is responsible for organizing and implementing special events throughout the year that introduce Foundation Communities to prospective supporters and enable our Community Engagement team to cultivate relationships with current supporters.

This is a fulltime position and reports directly to the Community Outreach Manager.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organize annual fall fundraising luncheon for 750 guests:
    • Coordinate all event logistics
    • Research, secure, and manage all outside vendors
    • Recruit, train, and lead 50+ volunteer staffers
    • Assist with follow-up to guests and volunteer staffers 
  • Organize monthly (Dec-Aug) open house lunches that showcase our communities and stories:
    • Manage all event logistics
    • Manage RSVP list
    • Follow-up with all guests and plug them into our ongoing efforts 
  • Organize other special events, including donor cultivation events, throughout the year
  • Track all contact information in Abila database
  • Ensure compliance with Benevon model

Required Skills:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • At least 2 years experience organizing large fundraising events with many components
  • Ability to plan, work independently, and adhere to budget and timeline expectations
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with a dynamic team
  • Creative, flexible, and meticulously detail-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable working in fast paced environment on multiple projects simultaneously

To apply: Send your resume and cover letter to EventPlanner@FoundCom.org. No phone calls or in-person visits please.

Housing Development Project Manager

Foundation Communities is seeking to expand the existing Housing Development Team with the addition of a new Development Project Manager (DPM). The DPM will assist the Housing Development Team (currently consisting of the Co-Directors of Housing Development and an existing DPM) with a full range of development activities for affordable housing projects, including, but not limited to, the acquisition, entitlement, financing, design and construction administration on behalf of Foundation Communities, with an emphasis on architectural design and development. Though the DPM will be responsible for discrete projects, we work as a team and responsibilities will range beyond the typical confines of those projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Architecture and Construction-related:

  • Assist with the acquisition and due diligence: develop feasibility analyses for new development opportunities; coordinate and review site due diligence, including utilities, easements, ESA Phase I, and proximate amenities; participate in preliminary site and architectural concept development; assess existing buildings and infrastructure (if applicable).
  • Assist with the entitlement and land use approval: supervise third party consultants, including architect, engineers and consultants; prepare and submit entitlement development applications,working with city officials; and participate in community outreach and public hearings.
  • Assist with architectural and site design: work with architect and engineers to implement development program at building and site scales; communicate FC design standards and program requirements; and work with contractor to estimate project costs and ensure conceptual design is within budget.
  • Assist with construction administration: coordinate bid and qualifications processes to select general contractor; attend construction job site meetings acting as Owner’s Representative.
  • Assist with securing financing: prepare loan and grant applications; work with public agencies, conventional lenders and investors to secure predevelopment, construction and permanent financing; and assist with public agency and lender compliance requirements.
  • Assist with project transition to operations: work with the Director of Asset Management to coordinate initial lease-up, construction close-out, and punch-list and warranty items.
  • Provide administrative support to the Co-Directors of Housing Development and perform other duties as may be necessary to further FC’s mission.

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree with two plus years of work experience in real estate development or related field; a Masters degree may replace work experience if applicable.
  • High degree of independence, motivation and accountability.
  • Experience with architectural development and construction methods.
  • Experience with and strong interest in green building programs and implementation.
  • Entrepreneurial in identifying problems and obstacles and proposing solutions based on independent research and analysis to the Housing Development team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, computer expertise (Word and Excel), ability to work on several projects simultaneously and independently.
  • Ability to visit and inspect job sites under construction.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exposure to private and public debt financing and equity typical for affordable housing development.
  • Experience with the low income housing tax credit program preferred.
  • Experience with project coordination: managing consultants; meeting project timeline deadlines; and managing communication with government agencies.
  • Experience with cost estimating and value engineering a plus.
  • Experience in real estate development, urban planning, architecture, construction, finance, property management, community development strongly preferred – familiarity with city, state and federal affordable housing programs and policies a plus.

COMPENSATION AND REPORTING

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. The office is located at 3036 S. First Street, Austin, Texas. The DPM will report to the Co-Directors of Housing Development.

HOW TO APPLY

Please respond by April 21, 2014. Email a cover letter (including Salary History/Requirements) and resume to sunshine.mathon@foundcom.org referencing “Housing Development Project Manager Position” in the subject line.

Bilingual Case Manager

Position Reports To:  Financial Coaching Coordinator

Position Summary:  The Bilingual (English/Spanish) Case Manager is responsible for providing case management and financial counseling to families in the St. John neighborhood in North East Austin. The case manager will meet individually with clients and connect them with resources that create and maintain a financially stable household and provide guidance on financial issues. 

Primary Duties:

  • In collaboration with the Outreach Coordinator, recruit eligible families to participate in the St.John project.
  • Meet individually with clients. Asses their financial standing, identify and address barriers preventing the client from attaining and maintaining housing and financial stability.
  • Connect clients with other resources available through Foundation Communities including (and then track client’s participation in): Tax preparation, post-secondary education guidance, health insurance enrollment assistance, and emergency savings program
  • Connect clients with community resources to establish stability in housing and other key areas
  • Conduct credit counseling sessions
  • Coordinate group workshops and classes on topics related to personal finance
  • Regularly conduct follow up with clients through in-person meetings, phone calls, and emails to track client’s progress.
  • Maintain database and track program data for internal and external reporting
  • Deliver presentations to partner agencies
  • Modify existing marketing materials and curriculum resources to meet project needs. 
  • Maintain confidentiality of client records

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Experience working in a case management setting and working individually with clients 

Our ideal candidate will possess experience and/or familiarity with issues around household financial issues, experience connecting clients to community resources, and have demonstrated the ability to work under minimal supervision.  Training on credit counseling, and financial coaching is provided. This is a full-time (40 hrs/week) position with benefits.  The candidate must have the flexibility to work some evenings and weekends. 

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, three references and salary history to resumes@foundcom.org.  No phone calls or in-person visits please.  In the subject of your email please include Bilingual Case Manager.

Asset Manager

Job Description: Foundation Communities, a 25 year old locally owned and operated nonprofit focused on affordable housing, is hiring an Asset Manager. This is a new position available and will be based at the corporate office in Austin, Texas. The primary responsibility will be to assist the Director of Asset Management overseeing the real estate portfolio owned by Foundation Communities. This portfolio consists of two commercial buildings and fourteen multifamily properties in the Austin area and three in the North Texas area. Two new projects are under construction in Austin and will open in 2014 and 2015. This will be a total of 2948 rental units. This position will not only be responsible for the real estate but interface with the other facets of the organization to include learning centers, resident services, community tax centers, adult education programs and health services.

Position Requirements:

  • Experience in real estate, property management and asset management practices
  • Understanding of real estate development process
  • Ability to coordinate and project manage small construction projects
  • Can coordinate a competitive bidding process
  • Familiarity with multifamily repairs, construction and structural maintenance
  • Skills to administer property insurance, property service contracts, procurement practices
  • Capacity to review and analyze financial reports
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and graphing
  • Can travel to multiple property locations in Austin and North Texas
  • Must be highly organized with a strong attention to detail, strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills, with ability to produce quality work in a fast paced office environment
  • Must work as a team and coordinate with various disciplines on projects
  • Bachelors or Masters Degree required
  • Full Time job that is a entry to mid level opportunity for immediate hire

If interested in a complete job description or would like to submit a resume please contact Vicki McDonald at vicki.mcdonald@foundcom.org

Pre-Literacy Teacher Assistant (South Austin)

Job Description:  The Pre-Literacy Teacher Assistant will assist in leading educational, recreational, and enrichment activities for children in an affordable housing community in South Austin. This position is part-time hourly. Pre-Literacy Teacher Assistants typically work from 8:00am – 12:30pm.  Weekly reflection, training, and planning meetings typically constitute an additional hour.

  • Provide direct support to Pre-Literacy Teacher to develop and implement Pre-Literacy program curricula which includes organizing and/or facilitating activities.
  • Participate in school and community outreach opportunities in order to increase our presence in the community and inform youth and adults about our programs. 
  • Engage youth and Lead out daily activities including Center Time, Calendar Time, Thematic Lessons and Outdoor Activities. 
  • Engage and Assist Families in Weekly “Family Tuesday” activities.
  • Provide a fun and safe environment for youth during program hours 
  • Assist with maintenance and upkeep of the space.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • College degree or experience in the following areas: Education, Psychology, Social Services/Work, Sociology, Family Studies, Youth Development 
  • Experience providing educational and/or social services to economically disadvantaged families and working directly with youth
  • Bilingual

Positive Attitude, Flexibility, and Creativity are a MUST!

Position Reports To: Pre-Literacy Teacher

Compensation: $ 10-12/hour

Location: Sierra Vista Learning Center

To Apply: Send cover letter, résumé and 3 references to vincent.tovar@foundcom.org

Youth Program Assistant (South Austin)

POSITION OPEN IMMEDIATELY!

Job Description:  The Youth Program Assistant will assist in leading educational, recreational and enrichment activities for children in an affordable housing community in South Austin. This position is part-time hourly. Youth Program Assistants typically work from 2:00-6:15pm during the school year after-school program.  During the summer program, the hours are typically from 9:00 to 3:00.

  • Provide direct support to Learning Center Coordinator to develop and implement after-school program curricula which includes organizing and/or facilitating activities
  • Participates in school and community outreach opportunities in order to increase our presence in the community and inform youth and adults about our programs. 
  • Lead out daily activities including homework/academic assistance, fitness, and enrichment 
  • Engage youth in education-centered after school and summer youth programs
  • Establish and maintain on-going communication with Learning Center Coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate youth driven programming
  • Provide a fun and safe environment for youth during program hours 
  • Assist with maintenance and upkeep of the space.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • College degree or experience in the following areas: Education, Psychology, Social Services/Work, Sociology, Family Studies, Youth Development 
  • Experience providing educational and/or social services to economically disadvantaged families and working directly with youth
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not necessary

Positive Attitude, flexibility, creativity a MUST!

Position Reports To: Learning Center Coordinator

Compensation: $ 9-11/hour

Location: Sierra Vista Learning Center

To Apply: Send cover letter, résumé and 3 references  to megan.elkins@foundcom.org

**On resume please include ANY experience working or volunteering with kids. Please include call back/contact information also include dates and times that you are available to work. Qualified applicants will be called for interview.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE