Planning Analyst

The Planning Analyst will work on the Planning and Innovation team, which is part of the Office of Analytics, Technology and Planning (ATP), Allegheny County Department of Human Services.  The department’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of the county’s most vulnerable residents.  ATP supports this mission by providing information that supports good decision-making in human services by researching, collecting and analyzing information that supports local leaders in designing effective ways of providing services and improving program quality, including enhancing clients’ experiences with programs and services.

The Planning and Innovation team at ATP is responsible for developing DHS’s strategic plan with senior leaders and aligning those priorities with spending decisions, as well as legislative and policy actions.  The team spurs innovation and improvement by researching best practices and working with program offices to design better programs and systems, including securing additional funding through developing and writing grant applications and supporting program offices in procuring and implementing new services and process changes. Planning and Innovation team members are results-focused and have a rare set of skills—they can plan, write, analyze, organize, and coordinate projects. They also are highly-adaptable and collaborative. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Organizing and conducting internal and community planning processes that challenge DHS to use its resources to achieve highest-level of impact on health and well-being of people who are most vulnerable.
  • Preparing written plans with clear, measurable outcomes and that integrate programs and meet government requirements.
  • Organizing and conducting thorough analyses of program and systems processes and outcomes.
  • Researching and writing grant applications for government and foundation funding to support innovation.
  • Researching and writing program evaluations and reports.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies with programs.
  • Working with program staff to design new programs and redesign existing ones, to meet specific goals and objectives.
  • Researching health and human services issues and developing well-argued recommendations for action.
  • Strategic Planning:
    • Conducting the research and analysis of community needs and opportunities, with a client-centered approach.
    • Analyzing gaps in services, performance, and service delivery approach, using quantitative and qualitative information.
    • Facilitating planning that engages stakeholders and uses data and other information for decision-making.
    • Researching and organizing planning options aligned with revenue sources.
    • Framing decisions clearly for leadership and facilitates discussions to arrive at decisions.
    • Outlining and writing plans that align with available resources.
    • Writing and submitting detailed plans and reports to funding sources.
  • Developing and planning quality programming for DHS clients—at the request of program offices (e.g., Children, Youth and Families) and other key stakeholders:
    • Researching best practices and gathering data to develop well-informed strategic recommendations to program office leadership.
    • Designing new programs.
    • Redesigning existing programs and systems, considering best practices and current results.
    • Pulling together a team to write formal procurement documents.
    • Coordinating projects during their initial implementation and supports the transition of the initiative to a permanent program leader.
  • Writing grant applications to acquire funding for innovative demonstration programs.
  • Writing annual plans/reports to the state and federal governments and foundations.
  • Using research and analysis to examine business processes and recommending how to improve the ways
  • DHS delivers services to people in the community.
  • Conducting program reviews, descriptions, and evaluations.
  • Developing innovative approaches to solving important problems in human services delivery.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to clearly communicate (written/verbal) with diverse audiences and to work in teams; sensitive to cultural diversity in the workplace and toward clients.
  • Strong analytical skills, as well fiscal management/budgeting skills.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work products with limited levels of supervision, within required time frames, using a very collaborative approach.
  • High degree of skill in analyzing data and information from various sources and in forming and substantiating recommendations for action.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of flexibility while consistently focusing on the organization’s mission and high standards.
  • Willingness and ability to learn and respond quickly on subject areas within the health and human services field.
  • Ability to listen to and respect people with varied experiences.
  • Ability to facilitate agreements that serve the residents of Allegheny County.
  • Ability to clearly and persuasively present information, including presentations of data to stakeholder groups, internal and external to DHS.
  • Ability to see how programs fit within the broader aims of Allegheny County DHS.
  • Skilled in public speaking.
  • Able to thrive in an environment that requires flexibility and multi-tasking.
  • Able to sit at a computer for long periods (2 plus hours) and traverse the building carrying up to 10 pounds (files, books, etc.).
  • Has both available and consistent access to reliable transportation and is able to navigate in the community for work-related assignments.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a related field, plus 2 years of previous experience working in program planning or program development.

-OR-

Any equivalent combination of education and experience which meets the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute.

In accordance with the Allegheny County mandate effective August 9th, 2021 individuals being made conditional job offers with the county will have to be vaccinated from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to applicable federal and state laws. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or have at least one shot of a two-shot series before beginning work. Any employee who does not receive the second shot within 30 days of their start date will have their probationary employment terminated. Please note you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination.

Fully vaccinated from COVID-19 is defined as:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS):

In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it is small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.

DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.

Why DHS?

  • It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
  • DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it his top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
  • It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.

You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better.

“DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”

-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion

 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – M/F/V/D

Social Media Strategist – Full-time

Date: October 2021
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania*

*Our team is currently almost entirely remote due to Covid-19. However, the preference is for candidates to live in the Pittsburgh area, as our office will eventually return to a three in-person/two remote day structure per week.

Salary Range: $42,000 – $50,0000
Benefits: Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance (UPMC)

  • Company-Funded Retirement Plan
  • 2 weeks paid vacation to start
  • Free parking, company-paid bus fare

Submit Resume to:  hr@dennycivicsolutions.com

Purpose: As a social media strategist, this individual will be responsible for creating and executing strategic social media campaigns, as part of Denny Civic Solutions’ advocacy model.

Many of our clients are organizations looking to advance a public policy issue. We believe social media channels are a critical tool in the execution of modern advocacy campaigns, both for their ability to activate grassroots advocates to support (or oppose) a cause, and for their ability to create public pressure on elected officials and decision makers to take action.

This individual should be an innovative thinker who can manage communication between the company, our client teams, and multiple social media platforms, syncing strategies with overall campaign goals.

We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Design, support, and implement social media strategies & tactics to meet client objectives.
  • Create, publish, and manage original high-quality social content.
  • Develop and execute social media strategies on behalf of our own Denny Civic Solutions brand. This includes managing our own DCS social channels and website.
  • Graphic design: In addition to producing eye-catching social media content, the social strategist will also periodically be asked to apply their design skills to final drafts of various types of printable materials: “one-pagers” outlining a client’s advocacy issue; marketing collateral for Denny Civic Solutions; proposals for potential clients; and research reports.
  • Along with our team, actively participate with new proposal development by gaining an understanding of client objectives – specifically relating to social media strategies.
  • Prepare reports as needed by clients summarizing social channel metrics and general effectiveness of social campaigns.
  • Work closely with team members to integrate and maintain cohesive social media strategy.
  • Manage a social media intern who can assist the strategist with social media content creation.
  • Stay up-to-date with new digital technologies and social media best practices.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Design, or related field

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

We know not everyone will have every single skill listed below. We also believe everyone brings their own unique skills and experience — if in doubt, we’d still love to hear from you!

  • 3-5 years’ experience working with social media on behalf of a company, agency, initiative, or cause
  • Tenacity and a passion for social media and innovation
  • Strong command of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn platforms. Additional social channels are a plus
  • Strong writing, verbal communication, and graphic design skills
  • Familiarity with Canva, Adobe Spark, or similar programs for designing digital (and printed) content
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is a plus
  • Experience with Google Suite is a plus
  • Basic video editing skills (e.g. trimming, adding text)
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Proven work experience as a social media strategist; hands-on experience using social media for brand awareness
  • Familiarity with paid social advertising campaigns
  • Understanding of SEO and web traffic metrics
  • An ability to identify target audience preferences and build content to meet them
  • Excellent multitasking skills, ability to adapt to rapid change

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Denny Civic Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.

Foundation & Community Relations Manager

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh is seeking a Full-Time Foundation & Community Relations Manager.

The Foundation & Community Relations Manager (F&CRM) reports to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and is responsible for meeting or exceeding annual revenue goals from corporate, foundation, and government funders to support all programmatic and operational needs of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh. The F&CRM researches, writes, and edits all corporate, foundation, and government grants and proposals.

In consultation with the CDO, the CEO, the other senior management staff, the F&CRM researches current and potential funders; presents concrete plans for achieving goals; manages the solicitation of new and renewing funders; and works with all departments to draft grants and provide appropriate acknowledgement of funding. The F&CRM is responsible for communication pieces, including writing and editing letters; writing content for the website, monthly e-blast, newsletters, annual reports, social media, etc.; writing and editing direct appeals, articles of content marketing and other materials as required. This position also plays a key role in research, advocacy, major gifts, and corporate sponsorships for events.

This position is eligible for the following benefits:

  • Annual Merit Increases
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Employer Benefit Contribution
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • 401(k) & Employer Match
  • Free Financial Planning
  • 7 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • FREE On-site parking

Functional Requirements:

Foundation and Government Relations:

  • Write and submit grant proposals and letters of request in coordination with other development staff, CEO, and program directors.
  • Manage additional $845,000 in grants prospects
  • Project manage grant awards to ensure timely delivery of services as intended in written grant
  • Work with department heads to draw a picture of the program needs and product/service delivery to fulfill obligations in grant writing, reporting, expenditure of funds, and program implementation
  • Coordinate submission packets for grants with agency staff; track all submissions, research, contacts made, statuses of grants and grants awarded.
  • Meet goals for corporate, foundation, and government fundraising by developing strategies for cultivation and solicitation of current and potential donors through research
  • Work with CDO to create master list and strategy for foundation funding
  • Research and identify the organization’s needs for potential sources of foundation, corporate and government funding to support current program needs and for potential program expansion and growth.
  • Cultivate and direct volunteers and staff through the mandatory Community Needs Assessment process to the completion of the project
  • Monitor income reports related to the status of grants.  Coordinate and write interim and final reports for all grants.
  • Manage grant manager cultivation process through introductory conversations, hospital tours and follow up.
  • Manage acknowledgement process for foundation and government gifts through letters, reporting mechanisms, and ongoing contact with donors and produce acknowledgements for foundations giving $1,000 or more.
  • Cultivate relationships with foundation staff to ensure productive and meaningful investment.

Communications & Graphic Design:

  • Write and edit communication to donors and potential donors through tailored letters, brochure content, videos, etc., related to events, annual and periodic appeals, and special research projects.
  • Maintains up-to-date information on management team and other key personnel including biographies and photos
  • Serves as staff photographer for various marketing and outreach efforts and social media purposes
  • Works closely with the CDO and Volunteer & Outreach Manager on writing and editing press releases, website content, monthly e-blasts, content marketing, and other materials as needed.
  • Writes internal communications, newsletters, etc. as required
  • Designs, develops, and manages production of annual reports
  • Works with Marketing on website marketing and communications, ensuring that messages are consistent with The Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center’s brand and values.
  • Works with communications staff to write and manage distribution of e-newsletters, eblasts and blog posts.
  • Designs all communications pieces in a timely manner including newsletters, annual reports, brochures and any outreach or communication materials as requested by all departments within The Children’s Home.

Special Events & Donor Stewardship:

  • Manage 10 major gifts portfolio prospects or family foundation donors with a goal of an increased donation, or first-time donation from 7 out of 10 of them per year or $10,000-$20,000 in added revenue
  • Attend TCH special events to foster relationships with necessary donors and grant makers and to facilitate work of the Development Department.
  • Assist in securing sponsorships/underwriting for various events
  • Cultivate and steward volunteers/donors for the purposes of increasing private foundation/family foundation support
  • Enter all donor, foundation, and prospect information into the notes section of Donor Perfect
  • Produces all Shake Your Booties design materials including program book, banners, logo, emails, acknowledgment letters, sponsorship materials, presentations and all other items requested.

Misc:

  • Conduct research for the purpose of advocacy to connect the organization with key stakeholders and community partners.
  • Follow health, hospital journals and other resources to stay abreast of trends and awards that may have an impact on the organization.
  • Execute other special tasks as requested by the CDO and CEO
  • All other duties as assigned

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communication, Creative Writing or other related specialty.  Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization, with experience in foundation and government grant writing
  • Knowledge of best practices in grant writing, technical and persuasive writing, and editing
  • Must be a detail-oriented self-started and have excellent oral and written communication skills, exceptional grammar, well rounded vocabulary and articulate speech
  • Ability to communicate with staff, funders and others over the telephone and in person
  • Strong internet research skills; knowledge of search engines and tools
  • Strong organizational abilities and time management skills
  • Excellent research skills and attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficient in MS Office applications with ability to input data into computer, make calculations, and produce reports

Assemble Board of Directors

January 2022-December 2024 Term – Board of Directors Position Description

Assemble, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering learning and creativity, is searching for committed and enthusiastic individuals to join its Board of Directors.  As ambassadors of Assemble, our Directors provide leadership in the oversight and execution of Assemble’s strategic plan.  It is important that Directors share Assemble’s vision for arts, STEAM education, the Maker movement, and community outreach.  Director candidates should be ready to work collaboratively as part of a working Board while striving to become a governing Board.  Directors are required to participate in at least one committee, each of which meets on a monthly basis or as needed.

Vision:  Assemble envisions neighborhoods of empowered, diverse people who create, connect, learn, and transform together.

Mission:  We build confidence through making by uniting communities of artists, technologists, makers, and learners.

Assemble’s Directors serve 3-year terms and are eligible for reappointment for 1 additional 3-year term for a total of 6 years.  Board meetings are held 6 times a year in the odd-numbered months.  Directors are required to attend — either in-person or virtually — all 6 of the Board meetings and the Board Retreat in addition to the committee meetings.  Directors are expected to consider Assemble to be a philanthropic priority and to make and solicit annual gifts that reflect that priority.

Special consideration will be given to candidates who possess any of the following qualifications:

  • Dedication towards Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Justice practices
  • Identifying as BIPOC, LGBTIQIA+, or as an intersectional person of oppressed identities
  • Experience or skills in one or more of the following:
    • Legal expertise for nonprofit organizations
    • Human resources management and procedures
    • Non-profit accounting, finance, and experience setting up an endowment fund
    • Operations, policy development, and public health expertise
    • Leadership for strategic planning for growth and succession experience
  • Interest in leading fundraising and friend-raising events to build Assemble’s donor base
  • Interest and ability to build Assemble’s family of supporters, fans, and participants
  • Connections to the Garfield/Friendship/Bloomfield community as a resident or via allied organizations
  • Connections to the Technology, Art, and Creative Industries

If you have questions regarding a position or the commitment involved, please contact Brett Fulesday, Board President, at brett@assemblepgh.org.  If you are interested in joining Assemble’s Board of Directors or a committee, please send an email of interest and a resume to jobs@assemblepgh.org by November 12.  No phone calls, please. If you are interested in learning more about Assemble, please join us for one of our meet and mix events:

Neighborhood Business District Program Analyst

The Business Solutions Neighborhood Business District Team is a newly formed unit that will provide data driven strategic advisory and service delivery to the URA. Included in these services is implementing a citywide business district program for neighborhood commercial corridors and adjacent residential areas including but not limited to organizational development, promotions, market analysis, design, business/neighborhood improvement districts, district management, research, data analysis etc. The Neighborhood Business District Program Analyst will provide staff support and coordination for several URA grant programs and will work with neighborhood business district organizations to assist them in connecting their businesses with resources.

The ideal candidate for this position will be passionate and committed to supporting the revitalization and growth of Pittsburgh’s neighborhood commercial corridors and connecting business district organizations and entrepreneurs with support and resources. Working with public, private, and nonprofit agencies to advance business start-up, retention, and expansion initiatives will be integral to success. The position requires outstanding ability to adapt and pivot, provide strategic and innovative spirit and vision to the URA’s work.

Job title: Neighborhood Business District Program Analyst
Department: Business Solutions
Divisional Unit: Strategic Initiatives
Paygrade: 6
Reports to: Business Program Officer
Full-time / Exempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Business Program Officer to coordinate the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund and other URA business district grant programs, including:
  • Manage the contracting, approval, and invoicing processes for all awardees
  • Work with project managers when applicable to ensure that grantees and projects are on track.
  • Attend meetings with grantees and potential grantees
  • Work with the Business Program Officer to Develop working relationships with partners and stakeholders, such as (but not limited to) Neighborhood Allies, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, and Department of City Planning
  • Troubleshoot potential issues with projects and contracts
  • Manage budgets for related programs and contracts with the NetSuite program.
  • Provide tracking and project closeout reports, including tracking outside investment and job production when possible.
  • Coordinate with other URA staff who are working on related projects within neighborhood business districts.
  • Attend PA Downtown Center, National Main Street Center, and other training/conferences as needed.
  • Attend neighborhood meetings facilitated by the individual neighborhood business district and other community groups as needed.
  • Draft Board agenda items and receive proper approvals for all contracts that the URA enters into for neighborhood business district programs.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, public administration, business administration, or a related field.
  • 3+ years of experience in business development and/or neighborhood revitalization.
  • Other combinations of education, experience, knowledge, and abilities demonstrating the qualifications necessary to perform the duties of the position may be considered.
  • Familiarity with commercial corridor and community revitalization techniques
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and public speaking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including coalition building, ability to build relationships with diverse populations
  • The demonstrated ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of business development finance programs.
  • Familiarity with the City’s Community Development Corporations and development climate.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with GIS and NetSuite preferred.

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Establishing Focus
  • Managing Performance
  • Influencing Others
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Entrepreneurial Orientation
  • Results Orientation
  • Decisiveness
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs., standing, sitting, reaching and stretching.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone.

Disclaimers:

The URA is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual origination, political, and/or union affiliation.

AN APPLICANT MUST BE A CITY OF PITTSBURGH RESIDENT OR BECOME ONE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT AT THE URA.

Consumer Lending Program Assistant

This position is for a Consumer Lending Program Assistant in the Residential & Consumer Lending department at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA). The Residential & Consumer Lending Division provides a portfolio of housing programs to both developers and consumers in the City of Pittsburgh. The division helps make Pittsburgh a more affordable place for its residents.

The Consumer Lending Program Assistant is responsible for providing programmatic support through administrative skills for the consumer housing programs including but not limited to: Homeowner Assistance Program, Down Payment & Closing Cost Assistance Program, OwnPGH, and the Energy Equity Fund. This includes fielding general inquiries, assisting with reviewing applications for home repair programs, helping homeowners apply for programs, and providing outreach and education around homeownership in the City of Pittsburgh.

Job title: Consumer Lending Program Assistant
Department: Residential & Consumer Lending
Divisional Unit: Lending & Investments
Pay Grade: 5
Reports to: Manager of Consumer Lending
Full-time / Nonexempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Departmental Director, managers, and staff in the activation of the consumer housing programs’ day-to-day activities related to operational oversight and organizational effectiveness.
  • Schedule application follow-up calls, consumer orientation meetings, and other necessary meetings with internal and external parties to coordinate consumer applications getting approved.
  • Maintain physical and electronic files for the consumer housing programs.
  • Coordinate the centralized application process with department leadership for consumer programs and maintain a master spreadsheet and/or database of all client inquiries and applications.
  • Review consumer applications for eligibility and issue pre-approval or denial letters.
  • Research City, County, and local School District property taxes for the real estate associated with homeowner and conduct qualified borrower checks.
  • Prepare reports on the status of projects, programs, and initiatives including monthly production and inquiry reports.
  • Attend community meetings, present housing programs, and/or help the departmental organize and lead charettes.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks such as scanning, copying, creating PowerPoints, data entry into various systems, running reports from various systems, maintain invoicing systems, maintain system databases such as SharePoint, NetSuite, The Mortgage Office, etc.
  • Complete Part 58 paperwork including requests to the State Historic Preservation Office and requests to the City Planning Department as required.
  • Coordinate public outreach events to increase visibility to the URA’s homeownership programs.
  • Assist with preparation and execution of closing documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Business, Communications, Public Policy, Public Relations or a related field.
  • At least three (3) years of experience in an operations, coordinator, or administrative support role.
  • Basic mathematical skills and proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling are required.
  • Experience in MS Office Suite products, including SharePoint.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Communications, Public Policy, Public Relations or a related field.
  • Pennsylvania Notary License preferred
  • Knowledge of the affordable housing field is a plus
  • Experience in NetSuite, The Mortgage Office, and/or any other tracking software preferred

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Information Gathering
  • Takes Initiative
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Fostering Teamwork
  • Personal Credibility
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Customer Orientation
  • Interpersonal Awareness
  • Flexibility

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs., standing, sitting, reaching and stretching.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone.

Disclaimers:

The URA is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual origination, political, and/or union affiliation.

AN APPLICANT MUST BE A CITY OF PITTSBURGH RESIDENT, OR BECOME ONE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT AT THE URA.

Consumer Lending Program Coordinator

This position is responsible for the coordination of one or more programs under the Consumer & Residential Lending Unit, within the Lending & Investments Department. In particular, this position will work with the Consumer Programs Manager and other necessary staff to administer programs including, but not limited to, Homeowner Assistance Program, Home Accessibility Program for Independence and the Energy Equity Fund.

This position will be responsible for any activities related to processing loan applications and closing loans within the designated programs. In addition, this position has the responsibility of tracking loans in construction and any closeout activities which may be necessary. Individuals filling this position will need to train lenders and realtors as necessary. This work is performed independently according to guidelines of the URA and other agencies.

Job title: Consumer Lending Program Coordinator
Department: Residential & Consumer Lending
Divisional Unit: Lending & Investments
Pay Grade: 7
Reports to: Manager of Consumer Lending
Full-time / Exempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work with homeowners to assist with loan applications and explain the Residential & Consumer Lending programs and other funding resources.
  • Review loan packages for completeness and accuracy.
  • Review/prepare closing documents with accuracy, completeness and conformity to URA and Department policies, guidelines and regulations.
  • Work with participating lending institutions to obtain required documentation and to coordinate project financing.
  • Work with real estate agents to ensure their understanding of applicable URA program guidelines and procedures.
  • Work with contractors in obtaining required documents, permits and executing URA contract documents.
  • Review, process, and approve contractor stage payments, working collaboratively with the Quality Control department.
  • Underwrite loan applications and provide recommendations or declinations of funding to the Manager and Department Director.
  • Schedule and coordinate inspections with Quality Control department staff to review plans and specifications as required.
  • Coordinate and conduct loan closings. Collect and deposit fees from loan closings.
  • Attend community meetings, events, banking and realtor conferences, seminars, etc. as required.
  • Assist in assessing the effectiveness of the Lending & Investments programs and the need to make any necessary revisions to the programs.
  • Maintain all applicable databases including NetSuite and The Mortgage Office.
  • Maintain and organize project files in accordance with URA procedures.
  • Correspond and manage contracts with partners.
  • Develop reports which highlight loan production, status of fund balances, loan delinquencies and foreclosures, and lender performance.
  • Participate on committees and special projects and seek additional responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, or a related field.
  • 5 or more years of related experience
  • A combination of education, experience, knowledge, and abilities demonstrating the qualifications necessary to perform the duties of this position will also be considered.
  • Specialized training or experience in housing finance and development.
  • The ability to establish and maintain relationships with co-workers and with private lending institutions.
  • Knowledge of housing financing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Customer service and interpersonal collaboration skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Information Gathering
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Forward Thinking
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Customer Orientation
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Thoroughness
  • Flexibility
  • Personal Credibility

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs., standing, sitting, reaching and stretching.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone.

Disclaimers:

The URA is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual origination, political, and/or union affiliation.

AN APPLICANT MUST BE A CITY OF PITTSBURGH RESIDENT, OR BECOME ONE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT AT THE URA.

Lending Analyst

The Lending Analyst will work to advance the development of single family and/or multifamily housing projects, with a strong focus on affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh. The Lending Analyst will be responsible for discussing clients’ need, recommending the best loan products, helping clients submit a complete loan application, underwriting the loan request, executing the loan closing, and disbursing funds.

This position requires excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills. A successful candidate should be familiar with single family and/or multifamily programs available to developers by the URA, local banks, non-profit organizations, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), and other federal, state and local sources. The individual should also have a passion for public service and a desire to improve communities.

Job Title: Lending Analyst
Department:  Residential & Consumer Lending
Divisional Unit: Lending and Investments
Pay Grade: 6
Reports to: Manager of Residential Lending
Full-time / Exempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: 

  • Manage assigned single family and multifamily developments
  • Maintain an active knowledge base of all the URA’s financing products and an understanding of the qualifications required
  • Review and analyze applications for financing with regard to the eligibility and the financial feasibility (including proformas, revenues, operating expenses, and financing) of the development, and the capability of the development team
  • Schedule, coordinate, and analyze examinations made by the URA’s technical staff of the project site, plans, and specifications and construction costs to support an acceptance or rejection of proposals
  • Assist development clients with the understanding of and compliance with public requirements and approvals
  • Assist development clients in securing financing, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other affordable housing funding sources
  • Coordinate project team meetings with development team, URA technical staff and other parties as necessary to further development progress
  • Assist development clients with preparation of and compliance with Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise (M/WBE) plans as required
  • Assemble and present completed financing proposals, including visual materials, to the URA’s Real Estate Loan Review and Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF) Advisory Committees
  • Review closing documents for accuracy, completeness and conformity to URA and department policies, guidelines and regulations; coordinate and conduct loan closings.
  • Coordinate with developer, bond counsel, underwriter, and financial advisor for the scheduling, marketing and closing of multifamily bond issues.
  • Maintain and organize project files in accordance with established procedures
  • Enter project information into Salesforce and Portfol (or futures programs utilized for loan origination/servicing, check requests and project management) systems as required
  • Maintain and manage development budgets and process stage payments for construction and soft costs;
  • Reconcile all project sales proceeds
  • Review and evaluate all items related to project construction and correspond with URA Engineering & Construction Department from initial review of plans, specifications and costs through final build-out and sale of project, including all change orders
  • Produce and analyze housing development budgets and proformas
  • Work with various federal, state, and local agencies and lenders to coordinate project financing
  • Represent the URA at banking, finance, development and other conferences, seminars, etc., as required by department needs or interests
  • Participate with other URA staff, the Department of City Planning and/or other stakeholders in the preparation of Request(s) for Qualifications (RFQ), Request(s) for Proposals (RFP) for development sites, financing and/or professional services and the review and analysis of submitted responses
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Planning, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field, plus at least two (2) years related experience; or a Bachelor’s Degree and training in housing finance and development, plus at least four (4) years related experience.
  • A different combination of education and work experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with co-workers, individuals, agencies, private and public lending institutions, and community organizations is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills are required.
  • Mature judgment with an ability to support and explain reasoning for decisions is required.
  • Ability to think creatively and problem solve while staying within guidelines is required.
  • Customer service skills are required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of housing development and financing.
  • Experience with real estate transactions and evaluations.
  • Knowledge of regulatory issues in both underwriting/finance and real estate.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Access and Salesforce is desired but not required.

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Information Gathering
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Forward Thinking
  • Technical Expertise
  • Customer Orientation
  • Fostering Teamwork
  • Stress Management
  • Oral Communication

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs., standing, sitting, reaching and stretching
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone

Disclaimers:

The URA is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual origination, political, and/or union affiliation.

AN APPLICANT MUST BE A CITY OF PITTSBURGH RESIDENT, OR BECOME ONE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT AT THE URA. 

Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant is responsible for the accounting day to day accounting transaction processing in the Finance Department. This position is responsible for all duties associated with the automated accounting system. The Staff Accountant will work with various auditors including, but not limited to, the outside general auditor, HUD monitors, insurance auditors, City reviewer and State auditors to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Job title: Staff Accountant
Department: Finance Department
Divisional Unit: Finance Department
Reports to: Senior Accountant
Pay Grade: 6
Full-time / Exempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Documents financial transactions by entering transaction details into NetSuite.
  • Process, submit, and record payment requisitions for all funding sources on a monthly, quarterly and as needed basis.
  • Create and process customers invoices and manage collections of Accounts Receivable.
  • Record and process daily lockbox receipts.
  • Perform month-end duties, including journal entries.
  • Maintaining documentation and requirements according to funding regulations and requirements.
  • Adhere to procedures and policies and make recommendations on process improvement.
  • Work with Finance management on annual audit.
  • Must maintain confidentiality.
  • Ensure compliance with GAAP & GASB principles
  • Perform other assigned duties.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Effective Communication.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Thorough knowledge of basic accounting procedures
  • In-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) & Government Accounting Standards Board principles (GASB)
  • Experience and full understanding of financial accounting statements
  • Aptitude for numbers and quantitative skills

Competencies:

  • Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Develops Talent
  • Establishing Focus
  • Attention to Communication
  • Forward Thinking
  • Takes Initiative
  • Managing Performance

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs., standing, sitting, reaching and stretching.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on the telephone.

Disclaimers:

The URA is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual origination, political, and/or union affiliation.

AN APPLICANT MUST BE A CITY OF PITTSBURGH RESIDENT, OR BECOME ONE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT AT THE URA.

PHDC Project Development Manager

The PHDC Project Development Manager is responsible for advancing the development of single family and /or small scale multifamily housing projects with a strong focus on affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh. The PHDC Project Development Manager will provide substantial guidance to housing developers and community development corporations. A large portion of the job involves taking on the role of developer and assisting our community partners with planning, site assembly, securing private and public financing. This includes providing project management services and working closely with community stakeholders. The PHDC Project Development Manager will also be responsible for reviewing and or preparing development budgets and exploring ways to control project costs.

Job Title: Project Development Manager
Department: Development Services Unit
Divisional Unit: Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation
Reports to: PHDC Deputy Executive Director
Pay Grade: 7
Full-time / Exempt

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Manage assigned development projects, by determining available private and public project financing alternatives.
  • Act as the primary PHDC contact for community partners, architects and other professional service providers during the course of the project. Coordinate development team meetings as needed to facilitate development progress.
  • Work with the Authority’s Real Estate Department and/or other parties on property acquisitions.
  • Initiate requests to the Real Estate Department for acquiring tax delinquent and City owned property.
  • Review PHDC property acquisitions, recommends and files timely tax appeals.
  • Review and analyze project needs’ and make required applications for pre-development, construction, and/or permanent financing for developments with regard to the eligibility, the financial feasibility and development capability.
  • Produce and analyze housing development budgets and proformas.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and review all examinations made by the PHDC Construction Manager and or URA technical staff. This includes inspections, plans, and specifications and construction costs to support an acceptance or rejection of proposals.
  • Lead in securing all required public approvals and review with our community partners the process for their benefit.
  • Assist development partners/clients with preparation of and compliance with Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise (M/WBE) plans as required.
  • Assemble and present completed financing proposals including visual materials to the Authority’s Real Estate Loan Review Committee and PHDC Board Meetings.
  • Review closing documents for accuracy, completeness and conformity to Authority and department polices, guidelines and regulations and then coordinate and conduct loan closings.
  • Assist with preparing requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for qualifications (RFQs) as needed.
  • Assist with preparing and submitting applications for non-URA grant funding as needed.
  • Input project information into data base systems as required.
  • Arrange for the documentation of the condition of properties throughout development process with periodic updates throughout.
  • Inform the PHDC Construction Manager and the PHDC Deputy Executive Director of any project concerns.
  • Review and evaluate all items related to the project construction and correspond with the PHDC Construction Manager, for initial review of plans, specifications and costs approvals including change orders through final build-out and sale.
  • Maintain and management development budgets to ensure the project is within budget for construction and soft costs. At the end of the project, reconcile all project cost and close out the budget.
  • Recommend modifications to development procedures as needed to senior management.
  • Prepare development status reports with assistance from the Construction Manager and submit to the PHDC Deputy Executive Director or Manager.
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Finance with a minimum of 2 years of relevant Real Estate Development and/or Project Management experience.
  • Microsoft Office experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Effective client relationship management experience
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Planning or related field.
  • Experience developing reports for use in strategic decision making.
  • 3+ years’ experience with affordable housing development projects

Competencies:

  • Promote Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Developing Talent
  • Establishing Focus
  • Fostering Team Work
  • Managing Change
  • Attention to Communication
  • Influencing Others
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Technical Expertise
  • Managing Performance
  • Takes Initiative
  • Thoroughness
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs., standing, sitting, reaching and stretching.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone.

Disclaimers:

The URA is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual origination, political, and/or union affiliation.

AN APPLICANT MUST BE A CITY OF PITTSBURGH RESIDENT, OR BECOME ONE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT AT THE URA.