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Welfare Reform and the College Option: A National Conference
September 24-25, 1999
Washington, DC

Education has always been the key to long term economic self-sufficiency and social mobility for all people in the United States. However, the 1996 welfare reform legislation that created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program has restricted low-income women's access to a college education. The conference, co-sponsored by McAuley, will bring together low-income activists, educators, academics, social service providers, community leaders, researchers, and federal and state policy makers to discuss innovative strategies to keep the door to college open to women on welfare.

For more information contact:
Becky Steinbach, McAuley Institute,
8300 Colesville Rd, Suite 310, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: 301/588-8110; E-mail: bsteinbach@mcauley.org

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McAuley Award Winners

Courage and Community Award Recipients


1998: Sovanna Koeurt of Asian Pacific Self-development And Residential Association in Stockton, California

In 1986, after escaping her war-torn homeland of Cambodia, and then spending many years in a refugee camp in Thailand, Sovanna Koeurt and her family moved to Park Village, a low-income apartment complex in Stockton, CA. The conditions she found were as bad, if not worse, than the camps in Thailand. Park Village was dangerous, with criminal activity and gang violence, overcrowding, flooding, pest and rodents, and inoperable appliances. Sovanna has dedicated her life to changing those conditions and to improving the lives of Park Village residents. She became a founding member and executive director of the Asian Pacific Self-development And Residential Association (APSARA), the complex's resident association. Under Sovanna's leadership, APSARA purchased Park Village and arranged for an $8 million loan for rehabilitation. HUD committed 15 years of project-based Section 8 subsidies. APSARA provides residents with a variety of services designed to promote economic independence, strengthen families, and build a stronger community. Today, thanks in large part to Sovanna's commitment to her community, Park Village is a resident owned, affordable, safe and clean place to live.

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1997: Fannie McKnight of St. Thomas Resident Council in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A resident of public housing for more than 27 years, Fannie McKnight watched her community deteriorate. "When I got in, it was a place I could call home," she said. Years later, the St. Thomas Housing Development in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans had become a place where "when you lie down in our apartment, you'd see things come at you from your walls, your plumbing leaks, you have to haul water to flush your toilet," Fannie said. "Daddies were in jail, our children were killing. We lived in a community where shooting was going on and you had to hit the ground."

Fannie helped lead the movement to nurture a community spirit, create alternatives for children, and organize a resident council. Under Fannie's leadership, the residents of St. Thomas Public Housing Development got social service providers to become more accountable to the neighborhood. Fannie was key in bringing to the table local businesses and housing developers to forge an overall neighborhood development plan. It will include the development of units for sale to low income families currently living in St. Thomas. Finally, Fannie has assisted the residents in acquiring a $25 million plus $7 million Hope VI award for the New St. Thomas.

Today, redevelopment is on the drawing board, crime and teen pregnancy rates are dramatically decreased, and resident initiatives for childcare and education on family and leadership development are firmly established. The community of St. Thomas Housing Development has new- found energy, pride and, above all, leadership.

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1996: Mary Solorio-Jacka of Peoples' Self Help Housing Corporation in San Luis Obispo, California.

Mary Solorio-Jacka is a farmworker's daughter in California's lush Santa Maria Valley. The youngest of eight children, Mary remembers seeing her father go into the fields each day and her family living in tents. It was the only place her family could afford.

"Every time I see a woman and her children without housing, I see my mother and us as kids," says Mary. "Every time I see a man coming home from the fields, I see my father." Her own history fuels her passion for today's generation of farmworkers and their families.

Mary founded the Interfaith Community Organizing Project in San Luis Obispo, CA. This coalition of 19 churches advocate for farmworkers. As a board member of the Peoples' Self Help Housing Corporation (PSHHC), Mary pressed the organization to address the housing needs of farmworkers and was a key leader in the development of a 65 - unit affordable apartment project. Mary is also working with PSHHC to establish a homeownership program for farmworkers. She is an advocate for children's education and health issues, battered women's needs, and the housing and employment needs of farmworker families.

As one of her many admirers noted, " Mary has a gentle and unassuming way of empowering the people around her. She is quietly insistent that they speak with their own voices for the issues that affect their community. However, when others are too afraid of language, class or other barriers, Mary will speak for the people of her community. At all times, it is with a strong commitment to nurturing leaders within the community."

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1995: Rose Dominguez, Cecilia Paz and Esperanza Godinez of The Resurrection Project in Chicago, Illinois.

Pilsen -- a neighborhood in the heart of Chicago's Latino community -- is rich with history and culture. However, it is also overcrowded and poverty stricken. Many long-time residents want out. But Rose Dominquez, Cecilia Paz, and Esperanza Godinez have no intention of leaving.

"We believed that leadership could be developed in the community, that the community could be energized," Rose said. Embracing the mission to build a healthy community through resident involvement, homeownership and confidence building, the three women founded The Resurrection Project (TRP), which merged two neighborhood nonprofits: The Interfaith Community Organization, a partnership among 6 churches; and Pilsen Resurrection Development Corporation.

The Resurrection Project has developed 52 units of single family and two-unit homes affordable to families who earn less than $20,000 annually. TRP also conducted homeownership workshops and rehabilitated 40 units of rental housing that is controlled by the community.

Meanwhile, Rose, Cecilia and Esperanza spearheaded a $1.2 million renovation of an abandoned church. It has been turned into a family center that houses a day care and Head Start facility and offers cultural performing arts programs. The women have helped to build a community where people want to stay.

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McAuley Publications


Unlocking the Door III……………………………………………………$10.00

The National Women and Housing Task Force presents this detailed report of recommendations to prevent homelessness and eliminate barriers to affordable housing for women. It carefully explores the connection between housing and healthy communities. Task Force members are women with extensive experience in housing and related services. This year's steering committee includes representatives from the Housing Assistance Council, Housing Opportunities for Women, McAuley Institute, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Council of Large Public Housing Associations, National Neighbors and the Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development.

You can retrieve Unlocking the Door III off the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.housinglink.com/unlock.htm

The report covers the following topics:

Homeownership and Access to Capital Battered Women
Housing Women with Disabilities Displaced Homemakers
Housing and Community Design Welfare Reform
Service-Enriched Housing Older Women
Minority Women Housing Discrimination
Public Housing Rural Women
Homeless Women


Gazette…………………………………………………………$2.00 each

McAuley Institute Quarterly Newsletter (subscription rate -- $15.00 per year)


BankRight………………………………………………………………free

This guide to socially responsible banking is intended for religious organizations that want to encourage the banking industry to reinvest in inner city and rural areas that lack housing, jobs and other essential services.


McAuley Institute Annual Report…………………………………free


Building Healthy Communities Case Study Brochures…………free


Order Form -- This form is in pdf format, which may be accessed using Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please download a free copy.

Unable to access the order form? Please phone or mail your order request to:

Alison Campbell
McAuley Institute
8300 Colesville Road, Suite 310
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 522-8110
acampbell@mcauley.org

Please indicate the items(s) and quantities you are ordering, and make check payable to: McAuley Institute.

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Job Openings

McAuley Institute is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

For more information, please contact:

Carole Watson
Director of Administrative Services
McAuley Institute
8300 Colesville Road
Suite 310
Silver Spring, MD 20910
ATTN: Admin-WEB
cwatson@mcauley.org


Senior Accountant

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide financial analysis, income and cash flow forecasting, and the coordination of accounting and financial services by Institute staff and contractors. The accountant will work at the direction of the Administrative Services Director to provide:

  • Budget preparation and management (operating, proposals and grants);
  • Accounting management of the $10M Revolving Loan Fund including interest tracking and loans payable services;
  • Effective linkage with the Institute's primary contractor, the Finance Department of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas which provides accounting services to McAuley Institute including: accounting operations in accounts payable; accounts receivable; general ledger and financial statements, and investment monitoring and performance analysis.

A key responsibility is to communicate regularly with senior management to provide the financial tools, services and analysis necessary to support the core services of McAuley Institute to its community partners and to work collaboratively with its leaders and allies.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Budget and Annual Audit

  • Coordinate the preparation of the annual budget including assembling and compiling budget information to be used by MI teams in preparing their department budgets and provide budget alternative scenarios;
  • Provide analysis of historical budget performance and trends;
  • Monitor compliance with financial policies and procedures as established by the Board of Trustees;
  • Assist SMA Finance Department with supplying auditors with necessary data and information in preparation of the annual audit;

Accounting Management

  • Coordinate the delivery and operations of accounting activities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and procedures;
  • Analyze monthly financial statements prepared by the SMA Finance Department to ensure accuracy, compliance with budget guidelines, and correction of discrepancies;
  • Provide monthly financial analysis, budget forecast data and reports on the organizations financial condition for internal management review including quarterly written and verbal reports to the Board of Directors;
  • Provide analysis of financial trends for strategic planning and other special projects;
  • Supervise preparation of accounts payable;
  • Coordinate functions related to accounts receivable transactions including timely preparation of loans payable and receivable schedules and banking transactions related to RLF;
  • Monitor the preparation of cash receipts and payroll functions such as tracking of staff time allocation relative to monthly HUD billing and other programmatic obligations;
  • Work with SMA Finance department to maintain adequate cash balances in operating accounts by maintaining and adjusting as necessary the established cash flow model. Use model results and other analysis to recommend timing and level of cash transfers.
  • Monitor investment performance reports and work with SMA staff to develop recommendations on alternative investment options;
  • Assist SMA Finance Department in the preparation of all tax reports for various state and federal jurisdictions or any special reporting requests;
  • Keep abreast of all changes in the nonprofit accounting field including requirements for federal, state and local jurisdictions;

Loan and Program Management

  • Assist with the preparation of financial sections of major proposals like Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) cooperative agreement and major grants including all monthly follow-up financial reporting to agencies and funders;
  • Assist with preparation of reports to grantors and other funders;
  • Assist with the development of cost effective service delivery strategies and the design and implementation of income generating projects;
  • Work with Director of Development to maintain effective and accurate tracking of gifts and donor activity;
  • Collaborate with SMA Finance on the allocation of fringe benefits, overhead costs including indirect cost rate development and modification;
  • Participate in or lead workshops on finance and budget when appropriate and necessary;

Other Duties

  • Assist with landlord negotiations and other vendor purchases in cooperation with SMA and MI staff ensuring that terms of contract are met and meet financial standards;
  • Coordinate and maintain the filing systems and procedures manual of all finance related materials;
  • Participate in special events and gatherings that promote the organization, mission and values;
  • Promote collaborative efforts among SMA, McAuley clients and local, state, and national housing advocates and funders;
  • Assume other responsibilities as time permits and as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of three to five (3-5) years experience in financial analysis and accounting in a nonprofit environment.
  • An undergraduate degree in accounting or finance required however, equivalent combination of work experience and college (qualifying experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis).
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of accounting, finance, budgeting, and management in a non-profit environment - CPA preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Windows95 environment including Microsoft Excel or comparable spreadsheets programs, and Great Plains Dynamics Accounting Software.
  • Strong analytical skills and the capacity to organize and coordinate complex financial functions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment to build consensus and problem solve.
  • Supports the mission, values and programs of McAuley Institute.

Supervises: Consultants, Volunteers and Interns

Open: Until filled

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to McAuley Institute Attn: Admin-WEB.

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Development Manager

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: Under the general administration and policy direction of the Executive Director, manage and coordinate the day-to-day operations of the development program including direct fundraising to raise operating support and manage organization-wide development activities.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Fundraising

  • Coordinate all development team efforts and cross-department development efforts in meeting annual fundraising goals;
  • Secure funding from a variety of individuals, corporations and private foundations including direct solicitations;
  • Identify and initiate new relationships with funding sources and maintain existing base;
  • Assist in fundraising efforts in coordination with other departments including providing access, leads and potential prospects for staff seeking project funding and loan fund investments;
  • Assist with building the Institute's equity base by identifying sources for fundraising and contacting investors;
  • Establish funding goals in conjunction with the Executive Director and appropriate Board Committees and implement strategies including preparing funding proposals, special events and annual giving programs.
  • Prepare and make presentations on behalf of the Institute as needed;
  • Oversee and conduct research on persons, foundations and programs for fundraising;

Administration

  • Establish on-going communications with staff and external sources to stay informed about new trends, possible partnerships or other opportunities to enhance resource development for McAuley Institute's programs;
  • Ensure the integrity of the department's recording of gifts, grants and investments;
  • Maintain operating procedures for tracking the development process;
  • Assist in developing and monitoring the annual budget for the development program;
  • Generate reports as needed for funders and internal analysis by board and management;
  • Serve as liaison to the Development Committee and oversee the preparation of quarterly reports to the Board of Trustees and appropriate committees;
  • Supervise permanent and temporary development staff, consultants, interns and volunteers including training and professional development, conducting annual evaluation, monitor annual work plans and other administrative tasks;
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of effective fundraising plans and strategies;
  • Participate in or lead workshops on funding resource, development and donor cultivation when appropriate and necessary;
  • Maintain current knowledge of the housing and community development field including federal, state and local housing agencies and programs, women's leadership issues, faith-based initiatives and general knowledge of federal legislation and trends;
  • Assist with planning of special events and gatherings that promote the organization mission and values including preparing and making presentations;
  • Assume other responsibilities as time permits and as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of senior development experience including direct fundraising in a non-profit environment.
  • An undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree in related area or equivalent combination of work experience and college.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds from individuals/major donors and working knowledge of direct fundraising in a non-profit environment.
  • Proficient in a Windows95 environment including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access or comparable word processing, database and spreadsheets programs.
  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, build consensus and problem solve.
  • Supports the mission, values and programs of McAuley Institute.

Open: Until filled

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to McAuley Institute Attn: Admin-WEB.

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Regional Program Associate

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: Under the general direction of the Housing & Community Development Director, assist local community-based non-profit housing groups to plan, manage, and finance housing development projects including serving as lender and providing assistance with design, development and coordination of training programs.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct outreach, coordinate, strengthen and nurture organizational partnerships with other key institutions such as religious communities, government entities, other community-development entities, regional intermediaries, private for profit corporations and foundations;
  • Assist in developing and implementing McAuley Institute's regional strategies throughout Texas and the Delta region;
  • Administer all consultation and training in areas of lending, visioning, goal-setting, strategic planning, board development, financial planning, program and organizational development to meet the needs of all qualified community-based nonprofit housing groups (including those certified as CHDO's);
  • Under established guidelines and policies, make short and long term loans including analyzing, evaluating, and recommending approval of requests for loan funds;
  • Maintain established tracking systems including computerized database of loans and investors for billing, payments, payment schedules, reporting and tracking; preparing bills for borrowers; receipt of borrower reports; coordination of borrower payments and investor payments with the finance department and other staff; technical assistance provided; progress of the organization in all technical assistance and loan categories; and document outcomes of technical assistance and lending in established benchmark areas;
  • Provide project-related technical assistance to local organizations involved in improving housing for low income persons through telephone consultation, site visits, meetings, presentations, written reports, and advocacy for the project with funders, lenders, commissions and government agencies including: Organizational resource assessment and strengthening of management capacity; Design housing programs appropriate for the community's housing needs; Feasibility analysis, including financial projections, pro formas, and syndication potential; Referrals and information about federal, state, local programs (including tax credits)and funding sources including private capital; Advising on the selection of and contracting with design, construction, legal, financial,and other professionals; Development and structuring of financial proposals and planning of special projects;
  • Assist in planning and coordinating special working groups such as D.C. Nonprofit Lenders Groups and represent McAuley at fairs, conferences and other public information opportunities as needed;
  • Maintain on-going communications with all qualified community-based nonprofit housing groups informing them about new trends in the affordable housing development field, community reinvestment, lending, community revitalization strategies, banking and housing policy, possible partnerships or other opportunities including: Processing request for information; Interviewing potential clients to determine specific needs; Make referrals and provide information about federal, state and local programs; Identify specific funding sources;
  • Monitor and report program activities including receipt, distribution and use of HOME TA grant funds from HUD and other pass-through funds;
  • Coordinate the activities of subcontractors where necessary;
  • Assist with the planning and development of the strategic plan and annual budget for the Regional Network Center and Program along with the Regional Director and appropriate staff including preparing funding proposals and grant reports;
  • Assist in the preparation and development of marketing strategies and materials, including annual report, monthly donor/investor mailings, brochures, invitations, exhibits and other materials;
  • Negotiate technical assistance agreements and maintain accurate record keeping of housing development documents and agreements;
  • Assist in generating reports as needed for grantors and investors, including lending and technical assistance activity, internal analysis, board and management including other internal and external reports about McAuley Institute services;
  • Keep abreast of developments in the housing and community development field including federal, state and local housing agencies and programs, women's leadership issues, low income lending and investment progress, faith-based initiatives and general knowledge of federal legislation and trends including HUD's HOME TA grant program;
  • Participate in special events and gatherings that promote the organization mission and values;
  • Promote collaborative efforts among McAuley clients and local, state, and national housing advocates and funders;
  • Assist with office operations and oversee all building services including security related issues;
  • Assume other responsibilities as time permits and as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of five years experience working in diverse community revitalization field, project management or related fields.
  • An undergraduate degree in related area or equivalent combination of work experience & college.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to housing and community development.
  • Strong analytical and management skills & capacity to organize complex program objectives.
  • Proficient in a Windows95 environment including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access or comparable word processing, database and spreadsheets programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public speaking.
  • Skilled in training, facilitating discussions and problem solving and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Supports the mission, values and programs of McAuley Institute.

Open: Until filled

Position Location: Houston, TX

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to McAuley Institute Attn: Admin-WEB.

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Program Assistant-Admin & Exec Services

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: Under general direction of the Administrative Services Director, assist in managing the Institute's information management systems and provide technical computer assistance to the staff. Assist in the organization of information relating to the Institute's programs and services and provide administrative support to the team as needed.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program

  • Maintain the Institute's information management system;
  • Monitor, update and maintain data supporting the Institute's database;
  • Provide technical computer assistance to the staff;
  • Generate database lists on a regular and adhoc basis;
  • Assist with organizational-wide mailings to targeted audiences;
  • Assist with computer training, Web page updates and respond to staff inquiries about database and computer issues;
  • Serve as resource for the Institute in helping to assess its overall technology and information systems;
  • Coordinate request for computer support with the Institute's computer contractor;
  • Assist in research and analysis on issues related to the administrative and executive office agenda;

Administrative

  • Perform a variety of skilled word processing and presentation tasks including mail merges, preparation of reports, tables, slides and overheads;
  • Assist in generating reports as needed for internal analysis, management, and board review, as well as external reports;
  • Assist with the preparation of materials to the Board of Trustees;
  • Coordinate and help maintain department file system, both hard copies and electronic including purging of outdated materials and transition to archive and storage files;
  • Handle all work assignments requiring the use of any Microsoft Office Suite application including file directory maintenance and organization;
  • Perform copying and faxing functions as required;
  • Participate in special events and gatherings that promote the organization missions and values;
  • Serve as back-up to the Office Assistant;
  • Assume other responsibilities as time permits and as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Three to five years program and administrative assistant experience preferably in a nonprofit environment. Minimum of 2 years in database management.
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of work experience.
  • Experience in information management systems and knowledge of Windows operating environment;
  • Strong organizational skills with the capacity to prioritize daily work, meet deadlines and maintain progress on longer-term objectives.
  • Proficient in a Windows95 environment including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access or comparable word processing, database and spreadsheets programs.
  • Experience in designing graphics displays and web page design and updating desirable.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail in editing, proofreading, and other related tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams and solve problems.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Supports the mission, values and programs of McAuley Institute.

Open: Until filled

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to McAuley Institute Attn: Admin-WEB.

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