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Urbane is a community development venture and certified MBE that builds infrastructure that catalyzes community wealth. Our approach centers on strengthening community anchors through a multi-disciplinary approach: research and analytics, business and development advisory, and place-based investing aimed at generating long term prosperity and wealth creation in historically disinvested communities. We envision neighborhoods that are defined by their strengths and experienced as places of opportunity and innovation.
Urbane focuses on strategies that build community capacity. We specialize in helping entrepreneurs, small businesses, and anchor institutions connect to opportunities and networks to stabilize and thrive. Our clients include municipalities, economic development agencies, housing authorities, foundations, financial institutions, real estate developers, community-based organizations, and small businesses throughout the US.
JOB TITLE: Senior Project Manager
LOCATION(S): Various NYCHA Campuses - Central Brooklyn, NY
REPORTS TO: Director of Place-Based Investment
Urbane is currently seeking a dynamic, experienced professional to join our team and the Reid Park Rock PACT Partners project. Urbane has a long history working with public housing residents and leadership on a variety of economic and community development initiatives throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Urbane is a co-developer and lead entity for resident relationship building through NYCHA’s Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT), a multi-year process at Reid & Park Rock Consolidated Apartments. In this role, we strive to develop meaningful connections with residents before, during and after the rehabilitation and restoration of over 1,600 units of public housing across Crown Heights, East New York and Brownsville via NYCHA’s PACT Program. We view public housing as vital community assets and community anchors, and residents are the most important stakeholders in the process of preserving these assets while introducing tangible opportunities for community wealth building to residents and community members. The Senior Project Manager (RPR SPM) will ensure the project is responsive to resident insights through an engagement process that is executed with integrity. The RPR SPM will own the project engagement plan, serving as an important process manager and analyst of resident insights to inform ongoing strategy development, programs, services and design questions. This position coordinates across RPR team partners and oversees on-site staff at various Central Brooklyn NYCHA campuses, under the supervision of the Director of Place-Based Investment. Using the Reid Park Rock redevelopment as a prototype, the RPR SPM will be tasked with developing and codifying a framework for future public housing partnerships, resident engagement models, and community wealth outcomes for Urbane’s work in public housing across its portfolio.
At its essence, this role a) ensures that the team’s activities are tightly coordinated, b) manages key stakeholder relationships and communications, and c) ensures that residents are meaningfully connected to the PACT process and positioned to have agency over future opportunities and resources within RPR communities, and d) builds a knowledge base for future Urbane-initiated public housing investments. The RPR SPM will serve as a primary point of contact for the greater RPR development team, NYCHA, tenant leadership and other key stakeholders. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
$90,000 to $100,000, commensurate with experience and skill level. The Senior Project Manager role is benefits-eligible if working full-time. Full-Time roles include healthcare benefits, 401k matching, generous PTO policies, professional development, paid parental leave and other comprehensive benefits.
Some flexibility of schedule is allowed and required. While virtual formats will be utilized on an ongoing basis in response to evolving pandemic conditions, a local presence at the projects sites is required and should be prioritized.
Employment is contingent upon successfully passing a background check which includes references from previous employers. Urbane Development Group LTD, is an equal opportunity employer which recruits, hires, trains, and promotes personnel for all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws.
NYCHA developments selected to be a part of the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program will receive much needed renovations, residents will have access to employment opportunities affiliated with the repairs, and on-site social services will be enhanced.
Through PACT, developments will be included in the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and convert to a more stable, federally funded program called Project-Based Section 8. This allows NYCHA to unlock funding to complete comprehensive repairs, while also ensuring homes remain permanently affordable and residents have the same basic rights as they possess in the public housing program.
PACT depends on partnerships with private and non-profit development partners, who will be selected based on resident input. Once the property is converted to Project-Based Section 8, NYCHA will lease the land and buildings to the development partners, who will conduct the repairs, serve as the new on-site property manager, and provide enhanced social services and community programs.
NYCHA needs an estimated $40 billion to fully restore and renovate all of its buildings, but the federal government has provided only a fraction of the funding needed for these improvements. We recognize that many of the conditions in NYCHA buildings are unacceptable and unsafe. Renovations are long overdue but necessary to ensure that the day-to-day needs of residents are met and living conditions improve. PACT is a critical tool that, through partnerships with private and non-profit development partners, allows us to not only modernize homes but also provide enhanced community services and amenities.
PACT brings new partners and maintains public control:
Developments will remain under public control. After conversion, NYCHA will continue to own the land and buildings, administer the Section 8 subsidy and waitlist, and monitor conditions at the development. Where needed, NYCHA can step in to resolve any issues that may arise between residents and the new property management team.
*Source: NYC Housing Authority