Careers at Restoration

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has been a leader in the development of Central Brooklyn. For its pioneering work, Restoration has been recognized locally and nationally as a model for community development. Through the years, Restoration has been able to attract the highest caliber of talent to advance its mission. Restoration is an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Currently, Restoration has several positions available:


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Vice President of Development

DEPARTMENT
Development

DESCRIPTION:

Armed with a new strategic plan, capital campaign, feasibility assessment, and diverse range of programming, Restoration is committed to generating significantly more revenue. The Vice President of Development will provide strategic and energetic guidance for all fundraising activities at Restoration. Working in close partnership with senior management team and Board of Directors, this position will oversee: foundation relations, corporate sponsorships, individual giving, event fundraising, and communications. Currently, the preparation of government grant proposals, as well as the cultivation of government relationships is undertaken by the heads of the RestorationART, the Centers for Personal Financial Health, Community Asset Building, and the Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. The Vice President of Development will participate in determining the best long-term placement of this public sector fundraising, and the best strategies for maximizing public sector fundraising impact. In order to greatly increase Restoration’s fundraising capacity, the Vice President will need to build a comprehensive fundraising program, including the strategic hiring over time of a competent fundraising team. The Vice President will develop all systems (human, operational, and technological) to support a robust and diverse fundraising program. In addition to achieving the organization’s contributed revenue goals for annual operations, the Vice President will periodically oversee special campaigns. The Vice President of Development will assume a critical leadership role researching, planning and ultimately implementing an imminent capital campaign to support the re-envisioning and re-development of Restoration Plaza.

Additional specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Thoroughly understand Restoration — its mission and values, history, culture, programs, funding partners and key stakeholders, operations and potential;
  • Grow fundraising to meet organization’s strategic goals;
  • Foster relationships of trust and cooperation with Restoration’s Chief Executive Officer, Board Chair, Development Committee, senior management, and staff, forging partnerships that continue to bring forth everyone’s best efforts;
  • Assume leadership of Restoration’s fundraising strategies, establish specific and realistic fundraising goals and benchmark in consultation with the senior management team, affirm strategies for diversifying income sources, establish personal relationships with current Restoration lead donors (both individual and institutional) to encourage ongoing support;
  • Build and regularly assess Restoration’s development department, strategically hire staff to scale up the organization’s fundraising capacity, supervise and motivate the development staff by providing coaching, training and guidance regarding professional
    development opportunities, as needed;
  • Serve as one of Restoration’s primary fundraising liaisons to private constituencies, including corporations, foundations, major donors, etc. Develop external alliances and collaborations to achieve fundraising goals;
  • Leverage the organization’s diverse board, staff, volunteers and friends to help achieve contributed revenue goals;
  • Enhance the Board’s role in fundraising. Work with board members to develop individual fundraising plans and goals. Work with board members to host special cultivation events, as appropriate;
  • Reorient the Development and External Affairs Committee. Restoration’s current board has an external affairs committee which focuses on the organization’s annual benefit. The proposed fundraising committee will look beyond the benefit with an eye towards developing funding opportunities year-round;
  • Continue to enhance Restoration’s annual benefit, as well as create opportunities for additional event fundraising;
  • Diversify corporate fundraising. The banking and finance sector accounted for a significant percentage of Restoration’s private fundraising over the past ten years. Given the ongoing trend toward consolidation in the banking sector, new sources of support
    must be identified and secured;
  • Institute a formal individual giving campaign, which may include (but not be limited to): an expansion of the year-end appeal, exploration of bequest gifts targeting Restoration alumni, and instituting a Facebook and online giving campaign;
  • Enhance Restoration’s brand identity to raise the organization’s visibility locally and nationally;
  • Oversee execution of all aspects of private development process from stewardship to proposal development to grant reporting;
  • Revisit the feasibility process to determine the potential, scope and scale of a capital campaign in support of the new strategic plan;
  • As a senior manager of the organization, work with the executive staff to develop and execute the institution’s budget, strategic plans and operating priorities. Personally representing the interests of the development department within the context of organization-wide issues;
  • Organize the development department’s annual planning, goal setting and budgeting process. Manage department operating revenues and expenditures; and
  • Direct efforts to develop and improve systems and procedures that track the cultivation and acknowledgement of gifts/grants, manage prospect research and monitor grant reporting.

Experience and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, professional fundraiser with the ability to motivate and work closely with high-net-worth individuals, corporate executives, foundation leaders, and others in the philanthropic community. The ideal candidate will have at least eight years of progressive fundraising experience, having executed multi-million dollar campaigns and held senior fundraising management posts, preferably having run a development department.

Other specific qualifications include:

  • Proactive, creative, self-initiating and resourceful;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
  • Able to apply a sophisticated knowledge of fundraising strategies and tactical methodologies to achieve contributed revenue goals, including fundraising with social media, and a range of new technologies;
  • Significant knowledge of and successful track record in fundraising from a variety of sources, including individual, corporate, foundation and government. Fundraising experience in New York is desired;
  • Creative, with experience generating ideas for exciting cultivation & fundraising events;
  • Strong corporate sponsorship experience;
  • A systematic approach to fundraising strategies and the management of day-to-day operations. Experience developing and implementing a comprehensive system of fundraising procedures;
  • Collegial and collaborative work style. Adept at leading others through process. Able to be tough-minded if required to ensure goals are met;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build confidence and rapport among colleagues and stakeholders in a diverse organization and fundraising community. A demonstrated record of working successfully with sources of influence;
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to promote and sustain a diverse team of professional staff and volunteers;
  • Unquestioned personal integrity and professional reputation;
  • Strategic thinking, with the ability to conceptualize and express ideas and anticipate and act on events which may create opportunities for Restoration;
  • An outgoing and open personality, with tenacity, pragmatism, high energy, and patience; and
  • A demonstrated interest in and understanding of Restoration’s mission and its goals.

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to: janglin@restorationplaza.org


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Care Coordinator

DESCRIPTION:

The Care Coordinator will report to the Assistant Director of Training and Placement.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the integration of C2C throughout all aspects of the program.
  • Coordinate staff trainings and delivering coaching directly as needed on motivational interviewing, psycho-education and mental health first aid.
  • Screen customers for public benefits/ social service needs and/or mental health needs (Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and Substance abuse), ensuring that this is captured in the Member’s Career Development Plan.
  • Collaborate with the Part-Time Clinician to coordinate pathways to clinical care for certain Members.
  • Collaborate closely with the Career Development Specialist to ensure that the Member is addressing all supportive needs, if any, including wrap around social services and mental health counseling, to optimize for job search.
  • Make appropriate connections and schedule appointments with internal service staff as applicable and/ or refer for external community services.
  • Participate in outreach and recruitment of new customers, conduct customer orientation sessions and facilitate workshops as needed.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and supervisory sessions.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • At least five years of successful experience working social services, mental health and/or substance abuse, or related area.
  • Ideal candidates have experience implementing partnerships and experience in the implementation of community mental health service models, though these are not requirements.
  • Excellent customer service skills, placing the member first and ability to work with customers from a strength-based approach.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as documentation skills.
  • A strong sense of and respect for confidentiality involving both clients and fellow employees.
  • Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse families and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) is preferred but not required.

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to: janglin@restorationplaza.org


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Intake Care Coordinator

DESCRIPTION:

Intake Care Coordinator will be responsible for providing case management services, social services, general screening (depression, anxiety, stress), intake, referrals and one-on-one care coordination sessions with community residents. Assess needs, provide direct services, and make referrals as needed for various services on and offsite.

Specific responsibilities and tasks of the Education Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience with screening and enrollment in benefits: SNAP, health insurance, SCRIE, DRIE and other social service benefits a plus.
  • Willing to assist with procurement and supervision of interns.
  • Goal setting and service planning to connect clients to benefits enrollments, financial counseling and coaching, education and training, job placement and retention services, and other services where applicable, progress monitoring, internal and external referrals and follow up.
  • Provide onsite mental health screenings (depression, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse).
  • After an initial assessment & screening, Intake Care Coordinator will determine the most appropriate service plan to help participants achieve short and long term goals.
  • Discuss any barriers to asset building, financial freedom, and intergenerational wealth, i.e. lack of employment, professional attire, childcare, anger management, GED, English proficiency, housing, etc. and make referrals to appropriate internal and community resources.
  • Document participant progress during every visit.
  • Inform clients of events and activities that could benefit them (e.g. Restoration Plaza events).

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Ideal Candidates will possess a Bachelor’s Degree with 2-3 years of social service experience.
  • Experience with screening for benefits eligibility: SNAP, health insurance, SCRIE, DRIE, and other social service benefits a plus.
  • Experience in housing assistance programs and HPD's Housing Connect a plus.
  • Knowledge of community resources and counseling/social work practices with underserved populations.
  • Experience working in a demanding, fast-paced, high volume environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and good documentation skills.
  • Ability to establish rapport and motivate others towards achieving goals.
  • A strong sense of and respect for confidentiality involving both clients and fellow employees.
  • Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse families and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Experience with data systems and office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to: janglin@restorationplaza.org


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Financial Services Specialist - AmeriCorps Volunteer

DESCRIPTION:

Restoration seeks a full-time Financial Services Specialist for its Financial Inclusion Program at the Center for Personal Financial Health for a 10-month AmeriCorps Volunteer position. The core of this program is one-on-one financial counseling and coaching free of charge to all New Yorkers, focused on serving the Central Brooklyn community. We aim to help New Yorkers take control of their personal finances by increasing financial literacy, developing budgeting and money management skills, developing appropriate financial relationships, addressing financial emergencies, and building assets.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The job will focus primarily on support for the work of our free VITA Tax Site and financial counseling services, providing intake, budgeting and credit score analysis for clients. The specialist will also be responsible for making appropriate referrals and integrating other wraparound supports (i.e. benefits, tax preparation, home buying, and foreclosure prevention) to achieve greater results. All work involves protecting client privacy in compliance with contract requirements The specialist will track client progress through measuring several indicators through daily data entry. This position involves rich training opportunities and significant professional development.

The position pays a stipend of $17,000. Upon successful completion of the full term of service, the member will be eligible for a $6,195 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school.

Qualifications:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Some knowledge and interest in personal money management, savings and investment options, safe financial products and services and consumer rights
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines with little supervision
  • Passion for helping low-income adults meet their financial goals
  • Strong personal resonance with the organization's mission
  • Bilingual (English, Spanish or Creole preferred). Ability to translate oral and written documents between spoken languages is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required, other programs is a plus.

Please email your cover letter, resume, and two references to Molly Ornati, Assistant Director at the CPFH at mornati@restorationplaza.org.


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Tax Site Manager

DESCRIPTION:

Restoration is seeking an experienced tax preparation professional to run a year-round tax site and manage all aspects of a Vita Site during tax season. The manager will supervise all aspects of the Vita site from preparation, staff employment and training through return of on-site and remote tax returns with a goal of approximately 4,000 individuals served.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide oversight for year-round tax site and Vita Site seasonal preparation of 3-5,000 returns with a remote tax site season.
  • Participate in the hiring, training and oversight of VITA site, and ensure that the staff is trained and certified to prepare tax returns.
  • Responsible for oversight of the day to day adherence to all site procedures by tax preparers, admin staff, intake and volunteers.
  • Maintain an ongoing working relationship with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the DCA/OFE Tax Coordinator.
  • Daily transmission of tax returns to IRS and New York State.
  • Corrections of all rejected and outstanding tax returns.
  • Monitor tax preparers for errors and adherence to tax laws, regulations, & site procedures.
  • Ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the tax returns prepared at the VITA site, as described in Publication 4299, Privacy and Confidentiality, and that these requirements are adhered to by the staff.
  • Maintain a record of volunteer agreements for all certified and non-certified staff.
  • Ensure all staff have a copy of Publications 17 and 4012 at the workstation.
  • Ensure that copies of Quality Alerts are distributed to each staff member to review.
  • Rap up and closing of tax sites post April 15.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience.
  • Candidates should have at least 4 years experience in the tax preparation field and strong knowledge of personal income taxes as well as tax law knowledge.
  • Any management and/or supervisory experience is a plus.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills, is self motivated.
  • Good attention to details with excellent follow up skills.
  • Must be able to balance competing priorities and work on multiple tasks, often on a time sensitive basis.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English/Chinese) is a definite plus.

Please email your cover letter, resume, and two references to Molly Ornati, Assistant Director at the CPFH at mornati@restorationplaza.org.


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Housing Counselor

DESCRIPTION:

BSRC seeks a full time HUD-Certified Housing Counselor for its Center for Personal Financial Health. As part of the Financial Inclusion team, the counselor will assist with housing search and placement, leverage supportive services that will enable clients to maintain their current rental or home and prepare clients for home purchase. The Housing Counselor will work in concert with a team of financial counselors that support clients movement towards financial stability, including becoming banked, reducing debt, building credit, and increasing savings. Restoration has a high performing team that will support the Counselor’s assimilation to our integrated approach to services.

Responsibilities:
Counselor will be establishing a new program at Restoration. Work will involve refining program design and direct service provision. Direct service provision will include

  • Assessment of barriers to housing and creation of a viable procurement plan.
  • Provide mediation on clients behalf with landlords to develop a plan to maintain housing.
  • Assist clients with locating and securing the housing of their choice.
  • Development of a long term plan for asset building through first-time home ownership that involves training and contacts with specific banks and grant programs.

The Counselor will also solidify partnerships with peer providers to strengthen program impact. Program will maintain a client data system to track baseline, program impact and retention. The counselor will also be responsible for creation of public programs for outreach and homeowner education. The counselor will report monthly on program goals and craft reports to funders.

Qualifications:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2-5 years of experience in implementation of housing programs.
  • Good knowledge of the field in terms of organizations, programs and funders.
  • Proven ability to meet quantitative benchmarks.
  • Experience organizing training programs and working with partner organizations.
  • Strong personal resonance with the organization's mission.
  • Bi-Lingual a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal, networking and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft word, Excel required, other programs is a plus.

Please email your cover letter, resume, and two references to Molly Ornati, Assistant Director at the CPFH at mornati@restorationplaza.org.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, unemployment status, partnership status, familial status, military status, religion, pregnancy, predisposed genetic characteristic, status as a domestic violence, stalking, or sex offense victim, arrest and conviction record, or citizenship status in all employment decisions.