Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

Working together, building community



About the Organization:

Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (ABCDC) has served the Allston Brighton Neighborhoods of Boston since 1980. Since its inception, ABCDC has led initiatives that create affordable homes, foster community leadership, enhance and protect open spaces, and offer steps to increased income and assets, so that residents can call Allston Brighton home for the long-term.

ABCDC 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. Today, Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation addresses critical changes in our community, focusing our role as a catalyst for stability and positions us to create healthy communities and new opportunities for people of all incomes to engage as civic leaders and improve their lives. We are dedicated to supporting neighborhood growth that retains a diverse socio-economic population, becoming more stable with stakeholders who actively participate in ensuring its well-being. We are expanding resident participation in civic engagement around safe, healthy communities. In collaboration with our community, we engage with institutional and government partners to address community-identified and community-driven needs and goals.

About ABCDC’s Real Estate Portfolio and Current Activities

ABCDC oversees a portfolio of 520 affordable housing units in ten sites throughout Allston Brighton.  These units range from Single Room Occupancy units (SROs) to three-bedroom family-sized units.  Currently, there is a considerable amount of activity within the real estate department.  In addition to the typical duties related to asset management, there are many development activities including rehab projects, green upgrades, new construction, and the continuous search for new real estate opportunities.

About the Position

The Real Estate Development Project Manager will work closely with the Director of Real Estate Development (Director), along with selected consultants, to stabilize the existing portfolio and foster new ventures, together with key stakeholders, institutional partners, and private/non-profit developers.  In recognition of the dual crises of Boston’s housing shortage and global climate change, the Real Estate Development Project Manager will be expected to approach all opportunities with those two issues in mind.  This position requires a results-oriented professional who is passionate about affordable housing and sustainable development.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Support the Director in managing the wide-ranging activities associated with the active development projects, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Managing budgets;
    • Coordinating with sustainability consultants on green, energy-efficient upgrades, e.g. PV solar, electric heat pumps, and retrofit panels;
    • Ensuring compliance with lenders’ reporting requirements;
    • Monitoring project schedules; and
    • Handling the requisition process during construction.
  • Manage the preparation and submission of applications for financing and grants, equity, and loan programs;
  • Identify new real estate opportunities and conduct early-stage feasibility analyses;
  • Lead research efforts on affordable housing funding, partnership opportunities, and new initiatives, with an emphasis on climate-focused approaches, e.g. sustainable energy upgrades, green retrofits, net zero building, etc.;
  • Create and manage a data tracking system of other development projects within the neighborhood;
  • Assist with monitoring the third-party asset management activities associated with the current portfolio;
  • Work with selected design teams to ensure compliance of new project activity with all applicable zoning and regulatory requirements;
  • Assess new acquisition opportunities for the AllBright Homes Program;
  • In conjunction with the Director, manage transactions for the AllBright Homes Programs, including inspections, appraisals, insurance coverage, loans, and closings;
  • Compile, package, and prepare project data and information as requested by other staff, the Board of Directors, Board Committees, public funders, and/or private lenders;
  • As appropriate, attend meetings, conferences, and trainings related to affordable housing, sustainable community development, real estate financing, etc.; and
  • Complete other duties as assigned, based on the needs of the organization and interests of the employee.

Our Ideal Candidate

Allston Brighton CDC is seeking an affordable housing professional with at least two years of relevant experience, who is creative, mission driven, and can positively engage in a diverse community. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the real estate development process, be able to conduct financial analysis, and have a working knowledge of a wide host of affordable housing financing institutions and tools. The candidate will bring enthusiasm and dedication to their work and possess many of the following skills and qualifications:

  • At least two (2) years of direct experience in real estate development and affordable housing;
  • Master’s degree in real estate development, city planning, or related field preferred, but can be replaced with relevant experience, as appropriate;
  • Demonstrated ability to create financial models and conduct feasibility analysis;
  • Familiarity with the financing tools and regulatory requirements for affordable housing, including rental assistance, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and other State and Federal funding programs;
  • Familiarity with property management and asset management functions and systems;
  • Experience in working with consultants, design teams, and other real estate professionals;
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong communication skills including writing and presentation ability;
  • Ability to work in a team and within a fast-paced environment;
  • Flexibility to adapt, respond, and meet the needs of specific projects and the needs of the Allston Brighton CDC; and
  • Conversational knowledge of Spanish, Chinese, or Russian is a plus.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter documenting experience and interest in this position to: Caitlin Robillard, Director of Real Estate Development, Allston Brighton CDC at [email protected]. Application will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications will be reviewed and acknowledged as they are received. Allston Brighton CDC seeks to fill this position as soon as possible.

Allston Brighton CDC offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus generous benefits.

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

ALLSTON-BRIGHTON PAUSES: Coordinator of Youth and Prevention Programs

PROGRAM SUMMARY: Allston-Brighton PAUSES (formerly Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force) is a coalition of community agencies and residents that mobilizes youth, families, community members and leaders to prevent and reduce substance use among youth and adults in our community. Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (Allston Brighton CDC) serves as the fiscal sponsor for Allston-Brighton PAUSES.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Coordinator of Youth and Prevention Programs will work with the Allston-Brighton PAUSES Director on the implementation, evaluation and reporting of substance use prevention strategies, primarily among youth.

WORK SETTING: A combination of in person office, school and virtual settings.

RESPONSIBILITIES: In collaboration with the Allston-Brighton PAUSES Director, coordinates grant-funded Substance Use Prevention grants using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and a racial equity lens.

  • Coordinates implementation and facilitation of Botvin Life Skills Curriculum at an Allston Brighton middle school.
  • Supervises student interns.
  • Coordinates and oversees all aspects of the Allston-Brighton PAUSES Youth Coalition Program using an equity framework centering youth with marginalized identities.
  • Leads program development and implementation activities on community mental health initiatives as related to substance use and COVID.
  • Attends local and citywide meetings to build partnerships and increase collaborations.
  • Represents Allston-Brighton PAUSES at local, city and state events and conferences.
  • Implements grant-funded communications-based strategies that motivate healthy behaviors, change social norms, and promote public health programs and policies using social media platforms.
  • Assists with organizing community events such as the Annual Recovery and Fundraising Events and other community related events as needed.
  • Coordinates and implements grant-funded community forums and prevention strategies.
  • Assists with preparing and writing grant applications.
  • Responsible for tracking outcome data and preparing grant progress reports.
  • Participates in program evaluations.
  • Attends bimonthly coalition member meetings.
  • Attends meetings and events on evenings and weekends as needed.


  • BA degree; Master’s degree preferred with experience in Substance Use Prevention, Public Health or related field.
  • Certification/Licensure: Certified Prevention Specialist or willingness to work toward certification.
  • Strong background and or experience with Youth Development work within school or community settings.
  • Strong public speaking/presentation skills with ability to adapt to various stakeholders.
  • Preference for Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) knowledge.
  • Strong youth and program development experience.
  • Knowledge of substance use issues with primary youth focus.
  • Knowledge and experience in community outreach and coalition building.
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of a dynamic program, especially in the COVID era where programming changes constantly.
  • Experience using social media to implement health communications strategies.
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal), computer technology and organizational skills required.
  • Must provide own transportation when needed.
  • Experience and comfortability working in a diverse community with people of many different racial, ethnic, gender, and other identities.
  • Experience and comfortability with virtual platforms (e.g., Zoom).

Salary commensurate with experience. Salary Range – $27.00- $31.00 an hour.

Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (Allston Brighton CDC), the fiscal sponsor for Allston-Brighton PAUSES, is an equal opportunity employer. Preference given for a resident of Boston.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Helen Connolly, Director, Allston-Brighton PAUSES [email protected].

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