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Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (Allston Brighton CDC) seeks an Executive Director. Serving the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods of Boston for over 35 years, Allston Brighton CDC has led initiatives that: create affordable homes, foster community leadership, enhance and protect open spaces, and offer steps to increased incomes and assets, so that residents can call Allston Brighton home for the long-term.

Our Organization and Our Communities

Allston Brighton CDC builds a stronger and more stable community by representing and supporting the expressed interests, positive engagement and leadership of Allston Brighton’s diverse local communities, institutions, individuals, and families of all incomes. We: develop affordable housing; secure properties for homeownership; train people who wish to become homebuyers; offer services to residents of the housing we develop; and build community leadership and engagement.

In 2017, we:

-Renovated 235 affordable rental units
-Sold six units to owner occupants
-Executed a purchase and sales agreement to acquire a 33-unit housing co-op
-Continued to operate our portfolio of 506 affordable rental units
-Trained 255 people to become first time homebuyers
-Graduated 11 residents of our housing from our leadership academy, and
-Engaged more than 350 community residents in events, work groups, and committee meetings.

Late in 2017, we began working with an Interim Executive Director and a Transition and Search Consultant on an Executive transition. We have affirmed our strategic direction, as we continue to explore development opportunities and engage residents in critical community issues. We have strengthened community partnerships, and expanded our resident service programs, including financial coaching, recreational, and other activities at our new Community Center.

More than 75,000 individuals and families now live in the approximately 4 square miles that make up the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods. Our organization is currently led by a 15- member board made up of community residents and local business people. ABCDC is currently staffed by eight people.

Challenges and Opportunities

Moving forward, we aim to increase our impact, recognizing the challenges and opportunities that are before us, as summarized below.

Strong market area—Our neighborhoods are attractive to families, students, elders and single individuals. New real estate development around our local universities, hospital and highways creates challenges to acquiring and retaining properties for affordable rental housing and to stabilizing the community with homeownership. We continue to identify development opportunities, and partner with key local institutions to secure our communities.

Active local environment—There are a number of organizations offering individual and community support in Allston and Brighton. We seek to continue to build effective partnerships with local service providers to meet individual and community needs.

Ongoing leadership development—Some leaders have transitioned off our board and off local advocacy committees, particularly when they are priced out of the local market or move on to other roles. We continue to build new leaders, in our housing, on our board and committees, and in the community at large.

Strengthening our diverse team—Our staff is busy and dedicated to our mission. We aim to update our systems and strengthen our operations, in order to increase efficiencies, and support our staff to grow and develop in their roles.

The Executive Director of Allston Brighton CDC

The Executive Director will serve as a strategic leader for ABCDC. They will build on ABCDC’s active history and its solid financial base. Together with our board and staff, the new Executive Director will strengthen our organization and partnerships.

The Executive Director will act as:

-A strategic and supportive leader of the staff team
-An engaged partner to ABCDC’s Board of Directors
-A strong advocate and spokesperson for our community’s vision of our neighborhoods
-An effective partner to local organizations, public officials and funders, and
-A responsible overseer of our budget and our operations.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate for Executive Director will be committed to ABCDC’s communities, and motivated to lead the organization into its next phase of growth. They will possess many of the following skills and qualifications:

-At least five years of community development or related nonprofit leadership experience
-Familiarity with affordable housing development and asset management
-Passion for community-based work
-Experience as a mentor and supporter of staff
-Strong organizing and leadership building skills
-Good listener
-Bold, strategic and innovative thinker and decision maker
-Collaborative team manager who can work well with a diverse workforce, board, and community
-Ability to identify issues and resolve conflicts, both internally and externally
-Comfortable fundraiser and spokesperson
-Skilled overseer of organizational finances
-Leader with established relationships in our community preferred
-Ability to establish trusting and respectful relationships both internally and across the cultures and communities of Allston and Brighton required
-Strong communication skills in English
-Additional proficiency in languages spoken in our communities preferred (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian).

The Selection Process

Please submit one PDF document containing a cover letter, detailing your interest and qualifications for this position, and an up-to-date resume to: executivesearch@allstonbrightoncdc.org. Address your application to: Allston Brighton CDC Search Committee, c/o Ann L Silverman Consulting, Consultants to ABCDC. All questions should be addressed to: AnnLSilvermanConsulting@gmail.com.

Allston Brighton CDC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Applications will be reviewed and acknowledged as they are received. We aim to fill this position by mid-summer of 2018.

Allston Brighton CDC seeks a diverse pool of candidates. We are committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.

Resident Services Specialist

Allston Brighton CDC owns 473 affordable rental units in the Allston Brighton neighborhood, offering direct service support through our Resident Service program. We assist tenants in accessing resources that help them accomplish economic self-sufficiency and to become fully engaged in their community. The All Bright Community Center functions as a hub for services and as a safe haven for all households served. Through partnerships with community agencies, services and programs are available on site, removing barriers that impact residents’ ability to access much-needed resources.

The Resident Services Specialist supports the Resident Services Manager to execute the Center programming, including but not limited to program coordination & resident recruitment. The Specialist provides support related to the planning and execution of events, maintenance of resident demographic data, resident intake and referrals, and the development and distribution of relevant program literature.

The Resident Services Specialist reports directly to the Resident Services Manager.

All Bright Community Center:
• Open and/or close the Center as necessary
• Provide phone & front desk coverage of the Center
• Ensure all Center visitors/program participants follow sign-in procedures and complete program waiver forms as needed
• Provide onsite support for all community partners
• Assist with development of content for ABCDC social media sites
• Design promotional materials for Resident Services programs and events
• Assist Resident Services Manager with budget tracking and ordering supplies as needed

Resident Services:
• Actively recruit residents to participate in programs, events and meetings
• Utilize Salesforce to maintain up-to-date records related to relevant program documentation, such as attendance sheets, program waivers, & resident referrals
• Compile and submit a monthly newsletter, both in print and via email, to include resources, useful articles and relevant financial topics
• Manage data, both demographic and programmatic, in Salesforce
• Provide regular case management services & support to all residents within ABCDC’s portfolio
• Provide residents with referrals to additional service agencies and, as needed, assist them in getting services

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
• At least one year of experience providing resident services and/or case management
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
• Good interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
• Demonstrated ability to work with low and moderate-income individuals and families and racially and culturally diverse communities

Desired Qualifications
• Proficiency in Spanish and English (both written and oral) strongly preferred
• Social media and marketing skills
• Residents of Allston/Brighton are preferred

All Allston Brighton CDC staff share administrative responsibility for the organization, assume new and emerging responsibilities as the organization evolves, and engage in learning opportunities to share new information and knowledge that can help inform the future of the organization. Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, life/short-term disability/long-term disability insurance, three weeks’ vacation, holidays, sick leave, flexible spending account, and 401(k) plan.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Megan Sharkey, Resident Services Manager at sharkey@allstonbrightoncdc.org.

The Homebuying Mentors® Manager

Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (Allston Brighton CDC) seeks a Manager for The Homebuying Mentors®, our homebuyer education and counseling program. The Homebuying Mentors® is an independent resource for Massachusetts residents to plan responsibly for their future through homeownership education and coaching.

Since 1980, Allston Brighton CDC has led initiatives that create affordable homes, foster community leadership, enhance and protect open spaces, and offer steps to increased incomes and assets. Today, the organization addresses critical changes in our community, focuses and defines its role as a catalyst for community stability, and positions it for the sustained creation of opportunities for families and individuals of all income levels to engage as leaders and improve their lives. We build a stronger and more stable community by representing and supporting the expressed interests, positive engagement and leadership of Allston Brighton’s diverse local communities, institutions, individuals, and families of all incomes.

The Homebuying Mentors ® has served Massachusetts residents, both in person and online, for more than 20 years. We utilize web and social media tools to increase our reach to more first-time homebuyers and to provide an ease of access to high quality information and resources, so that first-time homebuyers may make sound decisions with the purchase of their home. The program is focused on supporting those who are interested in purchasing homes throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

This position is full-time and reports directly to the Director of Operations.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

Homebuyer Education

  • Coordinate, facilitate and teach both in-person Homebuying 101 classes and online homebuying course The Road Home
  • Secure and manage class sponsorships, volunteers and program participants
  • Update all program materials both print and online
  • Collaborate with community partners, including representing Allston Brighton CDC at Homeownership forums including CHAPA, City of Boston forums and others as appropriate.

Homebuyer Counseling and Financial Coaching

  • Work with class graduates to discern need for short-term counseling versus long-term coaching needs
  • Ensure up to date financial coaching processes in accordance with grant guidelines
  • Manage volunteer homebuying/financial coaches
  • Collaborate with Resident Services staff in seamless execution of financial coaching program.

Data Management and Reporting

  • Collect and track required program data via all required data management systems, including Salesforce, HomeCounselor Online, and ETO
  • Work with Director of Operations and Salesforce consultant on CMS system updates
  • Perform ongoing program reporting, including HUD, grant, United Way, others at necessary
  • Follow-up and track homebuying class graduates for progress including counseling, coaching and home purchases
  • Track and prepare reports on new homeowners, including an Annual Outcomes report.

Outreach and Marketing

  • Manage program marketing and outreach
  • Lead annual production of the Homeownership Resource Guide
  • Oversee design of all program marketing materials
  • Develop and oversee use of social media for program promotion.

Volunteer Management

  • Manage volunteer real estate professionals who present at classes, and support the program through the giving of knowledge, expertise and financial support
  • Manage and supervise volunteers who support both homebuying counseling and financial coaching efforts
  • Coordinate efforts with other staff responsible for financial coaching in the Resident Services program.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is a highly organized and detail oriented person who is excited about the opportunity to work in a community-based nonprofit and help people become homeowners. They will have many of the following skills and experiences:

  • At least two years of work experience, preferably in community development or a related field, and a B.A.
  • Ability to build and lead a team, cross-collaborate with departments on programming, and motivate others
  • Skill managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Ability to set, follow-through, and measure progress against goals
  • Competency with fundraising, including one-on-one relationship building and grant writing
  • Successful experience in working with people of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; adept with social media platforms
  • Facility in multiple languages, such as Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish
  • Experience with adult education techniques
  • Understanding of the residential real estate and mortgage industry
  • Experience with public relations and marketing
  • Some experience with Salesforce, WordPress, Google Analytics.

All Allston Brighton CDC staff share administrative responsibility for the organization, assume new and emerging responsibilities as the organization evolves, and engage in learning opportunities to share new information and knowledge that can help inform the future of the organization.

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest and skills to Andrea Shapiro at shapiro@allstonbrightoncdc.org.

Allston Brighton CDC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and residents of Allston Brighton are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Supported by United Way