Director of Fundraising and Communication

Job Type

Full Time




120 Wall Street
20th Floor
New York
United States


UHAB is seeking the right candidate to help raise more money and tell our story.  Since its founding at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine 45 years ago UHAB has been assisting tenants and low-income New Yorkers to become part of their own housing solutions. Whether as homesteaders using their own sweat equity to rehab a vacant distressed building; or as a group of tenants in a tax foreclosed city-owned property taking over the management and eventually ownership as an affordable cooperative; or as residents in a building owned, managed and rehabbed by UHAB that is being converted to their cooperative; or as tenants in a building in foreclosure, organized by UHAB and now having an opportunity to choose how their building will be owned and redeveloped - each of these circumstances is an instance of a successful housing solution based on UHAB’s founding principle of self-help. Each is a great story that is one of our “best kept secrets”. 

Having assisted more than 1,800 buildings with about 30,000 households over the past 45 years, UHAB has a lot to tell. It is the job of the Director of Fundraising and Communication to get these stories told. 

If you can write a grant application, research and write about housing and community issues, maintain a website, actively participate in meetings with colleagues, post to a blog, be excited about asking for money, network with everybody and above all be passionate about telling a story and raising money, please apply for this job! 


The Organization

UHAB supports affordable housing and self-reliance by organizing, developing and supporting low-income resident-controlled housing co-operatives and tenant associations.  UHAB’s activities include: advocacy, organizing, classroom and on-site training, direct technical assistance, development consulting and services to other developers of affordable housing, development and sponsorship of new co-ops; and services to member co-ops that include bookkeeping, insurance, legal services, bulk purchasing, newsletters, online information and loans for those seeking to be co-op homeowners. We work primarily in NYC but are expanding nationwide as interest in Cooperatives and Community Land Trusts is growing.

UHAB’s work is carried out at our offices in Lower Manhattan by 40 dedicated staff members.

Although 85% of UHAB’s $4.6 million budget is earned income, the funds raised through foundation and private donations are vital to new initiatives. Currently, UHAB relies primarily on foundations and corporations for this donated funding but also has a small but loyal group of donors. The Director of Fundraising and Communication is responsible for expanding UHAB’s base of both supporters and donors and should believe that the best way to accomplish this is to tell our story in a compelling way.


The Position

The Director of Fundraising and Communication will be UHAB’s storyteller. The right candidate must have a track record of successful fundraising at the foundation, corporate and individual level. The ideal candidate will have a broad range of communication skills as the job will span online and social media communication, grant writing and reporting. This individual should have the instincts and skills of a journalist; be able to identify a story, do research and interview sources and write for the web, our blog, a grant application or to illustrate a grant report. A background in journalism and/or public relations and/or affordable housing is a plus for this job. This Director will also need to have strong interpersonal skills; able to develop close and effective relationships with other Directors and UHAB staff as well as community members who will be the subject and source of many of our stories. 

The Fundraising and Communication Department will consist of the Director and an Assistant Director for Communication and will be supported by consultants and part-time staff on a limited and as needed basis. The Director will have the ability to efficiently and effectively manage the consultants and supervise the Assistant Director. This Director will be an integral part of UHAB’s management team. They will work closely with and be supervised by the Executive Director and will work directly with UHAB’s Program Directors and Board. 





  • Work with senior management and Program Directors to develop a fundraising plan, identify the funds needed, preferred funding targets and approaches to include corporate, foundation and government grants and individual and event fundraising. 

  • Conduct prospecting for funding sources; research, write and follow-up on proposals, applications and reports; and track, report and archive all fundraising activity.


  • Manage donor relationship at all levels.


  • Plan and oversee all fundraising events. 


  • Create, facilitate and engage ad hoc staff committee(s) for Fundraising and Communication at UHAB to support these activities in keeping with UHAB’s self-help traditions.



Supervise and work with the Assistant Director for Communication to:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and senior management including other directors and staff, to develop communication strategies that will broaden UHAB’s programmatic reach, deepen our impact and attract resources. 


  • Work with senior management and staff to recognize internal and external communication opportunities and solutions and develop and execute appropriate strategies to support them. 


  • Be responsible for the development, content, distribution and maintenance of all print and electronic communication including but not limited to newsletters, brochures, reports, press releases,, blogs and social media. 


  • Manage all media contacts.



The ideal candidate will be a skilled writer/communicator who is ready to take on UHAB’s fundraising challenge. Specific qualifications include

  • Strong fundraising and networking skills, 
  • Experience in researching and writing about people and their communities,
  • A facility and passion for telling our story and making the case to those who can provide the resources and support for UHAB’s work, 
  • The ability to write in a creative, accessible and engaging manner that at the same time communicates serious and at times complicated social, community development, financial and housing issues,
  • Oral communication skills,
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with and engage with people of diverse backgrounds in all parts of NYC,
  • A collaborator who works well in teams,
  • A “multi-tasker” who is highly organized, detail oriented and able to keep track of multiple projects and deadlines,
  • Computer, Digital and IT savvy,
  • Advanced Excel skills are highly preferred,
  • Social media skills, and
  • Bachelor’s degree and experience.    


The job will be located at UHAB’s main office in Lower Manhattan but travel throughout NYC’s neighborhoods is expected as part of this position.



Commensurate with experience.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send or email resume and a cover letter that includes salary requirements to      


120 Wall Street, 20th Fl.

New York, NY 10005

Attention: Storyteller


Subject Line: Storyteller

Applications without cover letters will not be considered.


UHAB works with a diverse community of tenants, community members and co-op shareholders and believes that the UHAB Staff should reflect this diversity. Women, people of color, LBGTQ people, and people from low-income and working class backgrounds are encouraged to apply. UHAB is an equal opportunity employer.