Job Opening.


Full time staff position for a tech-savvy administrative support person with three years experience,
energy, self-motivation, creativity and organization. Prior experience working independently to create
and manage written and electronic communications, a website and database is needed. A successful
candidate will thrive in a fast paced, collegial work environment where task prioritization, clear
communication with fellow staff and the public and thinking on your feet are essential.


The position reports to the Director of Administration and has responsibility for:
Media/Outreach
- Design materials (flyers, brochures, invitations)
- Write and produce press releases, e-blasts and other group notices
- Maintain social media sites and post updates
- Update/maintain website
- Create and maintain database
- Document and share media coverage
- Place print and online ads (property rental, personnel)
- Photo document properties and events


Clerical
- Reception
- Mail – incoming/outgoing/FedEx
- Typing/filing
- Order supplies
- Prepare fundraising proposals and online applications
- Schedule meetings and arrange travel
- Copy/scan/fax/copier maintenance and troubleshooting
- Computer – tech help/troubleshoot/maintain printers


Financial
- Process incoming checks and file outgoing check documentation
- Communicate with Property Manager regarding rental tenant payments


Events
- Coordinate Community Leadership Awards event
- Set up and assist in running events (ex: groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, press conferences, community events)


TO APPLY: E-mail resume to robin@handsinc.org


HANDS Background

History of the Organization
Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS) is a non-profit organization committed to the revitalization of neighborhoods in Orange and East Orange, New Jersey. HANDS was founded by a group of clergy and community leaders in 1986 and is tax exempt under IRS 501(c)(3) and a chartered affiliate of NeighborWorks® America.

Mission
The stated mission of HANDS is to “ensure that the neighborhoods of Orange and East Orange remain good places to raise a family”. The HANDS neighborhood strategy is built upon a working philosophy that neighborhoods are revitalized by the actions of hundreds of individuals - investing their time, their funds, their energy and their hopes in the future of that neighborhood. HANDS believes the role of the CDC is to leverage those investment decisions, to bolster public sector action and community initiative and to generate more private sector investment.

Programs
Since 1986, HANDS, Inc. has implemented a neighborhood revitalization effort in the neighboring cities of Orange and East Orange, New Jersey. By targeting the most pivotal problem properties for development, engaging citizens and other stakeholders and leveraging investments of time and funds, HANDS has stabilized neighborhoods and created long-term sustainable change. HANDS focuses on redeveloping vacant homes (some facing foreclosure) for affordable homeownership, adaptively reusing former industrial and commercial buildings as mixed-use developments, developing resident leaders and leading community visioning and comprehensive planning.

The seven inter-related core elements of the High-Impact Neighborhood Development strategy are:
- Redevelopment of pivotal properties in target neighborhoods
- Increasing homeownership; investing in first time homebuyers
- Strengthening neighborhood organizations
- Developing leadership
- Increasing effective citizen engagement
- Forging strategic partnerships
- Shaping public policy and private sector initiatives


HANDS’ accomplishments in recent years have resulted in the following recognition:
- 2004 Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award for Community Revitalization
- 2005 Smart Growth Award from New Jersey Future
- 2006 Achievement in Planning Award from New Jersey Planning Officials
- 2006 Outstanding Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan Award from New Jersey Chapter - American Planning Association
- 2007 Outstanding CDC Award from LISC-New Jersey
- 2008 National Runner-up Innovations in Homeownership by NeighborWorks® America
- 2010 Redevelopment Project of the Year - Urban Land Institute Northern NJ