CAREERS AT HCC

The Harlem Commonwealth Council offers professional and challenging career opportunities with high growth potential, and we're always looking for talent! 

If you are interested in working or interning with the Harlem Commonwealth Council, please email your resume to recruiting@harlemcommonwealth.org with the job title listed in the subject line.

NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted. 

If you do not have access to email, mail your cover letter & resume to: 

Human Resources 

Harlem Commonwealth Council 

361 West 125th Street - New York, New York 10027 

Harlem Commonwealth is an equal opportunity employer. Women, trans, gender non-conforming people, people of color, Indigenous people, LGBTQIA, and people from poor and/or working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

CURRENT  OPPORTUNITIES

NYC Business Solutions Center

 

Position: Financing Account Manager

Summary:  The Financing Account Manager at the NYC Business Solutions, Washington Heights and Upper Manhattan Centers will serve as a relationship manager and primary point of contact between the business customers needing access to capital and the NYC Business Solutions Center. Specifically, the Financing Account Manager will be responsible for identifying entrepreneurs in low to moderate-income communities who require financing assistance and providing them services that lead to the achievement of a loan. The position requires experience with providing direct small business assistance and in-depth knowledge of small business lending, financial analysis, and credit analysis. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

Business Services: 

  • Assist businesses in obtaining financing by identifying the appropriate lender(s) for the business’s need and preparing loan packages (developing, gathering, and reviewing financial documents, preparing loan applications, reviewing business plans, etc.) 

  • Assist businesses in preparing and analyzing financial documents required for their loan applications. These documents include profit and loss projections, balance sheets, and cash flow statements. 

  • Develop relationships with banks, credit unions, alternative lenders, credit building organizations, and community development organizations that can provide complementary services to NYC Business Solution Center customers that need a loan 

  • Conduct courses in financial management and access to financing to better prepare customers to receive services and/or manage their loan 

  • Participate in financing service working groups with other Financing Account Managers from NYC Business Solutions Centers across the city to identify best practices, improve efficiencies and overcome obstacles to achieving outcomes 

Marketing and Sales: 

  • Market NYC Business Solutions Center and its services to new and existing business customers through direct business outreach activities 

  • Leverage partners as referral sources for financing customers who require loan packaging assistance 

  • Acquire a sufficient volume of new customers with a need for NYC Business Solutions Financing services to ensure the Center’s quarterly and annual goals can be achieved. 

  • Develop targeted sales strategies to acquire customers in low to moderate-income areas with goals for customer acquisition, measure the success of those strategies on an ongoing basis, and adjust course as needed to ensure that sales targets are being achieved 

  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the Upper Manhattan and Harlem territory, including its neighborhoods, business community, and lenders. 

  • Attend evening and morning networking events, panels, and business socials as a means of conducting business development, as needed

Work Management: 

  • Create and maintain complete records of customer accounts, including detailed content on sales and service delivery activities completed and full profile information for the business customer, in the system’s CRM database 

  • Respond to all customer inquiries in a timely and appropriate manner, in accordance with quality assurance best practices and Center standards 

  • Attend training and mentoring sessions as provided by NYC Business Solutions to enhance financing skills 

  • Provide feedback to team members, the Center Director, and SBS on an ongoing basis to improve the system’s ability to achieve outcomes and provide high-quality financing services 

Preferred Skills: 

  • Extensive experience in small business lending 

  • Sales experience 

  • A strong belief in the potential of small businesses and the value of understanding their needs and helping them succeed. 

  • Strong understanding of small business lending policies and practices, including developing and reviewing financial statements, loan packaging, and loan underwriting 

  • Understanding of commercial banking regulations, operations, and credit practices 

  • Proven track record in acquiring and retaining business customers 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of small business assistance and business support programs in New York City is a plus 

  • Experience using customer relationship management tools or other database systems to track and manage services and outcomes 

  • Ability to manage towards goals to ensure the achievement of those goals by specific deadlines 

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure in both a team and individual setting 

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills 

  • The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders 

  • Flexible, adaptable, customer-focused, and goal-oriented with a commitment to high standards of excellence 

  • Prior experience in a loan underwriting, loan consulting, or accounting role is a plus

  • The ability to think innovatively and generate new ideas that can translate directly into results

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills required in English and Spanish 

Qualifications: 

  • At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience in the areas described above. 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. 

Salary: 

  • Salary commensurate with experience. 

  • Full benefits package 

How to Apply: 

The NYC Business Solutions Center is currently hiring for the Financing Account Manager position at both its Washington Heights and Upper Manhattan Center. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter including the following subject line: Financing Account Manager-WHBSC or Financing Account Manager – UM to: cdamiba@nycbusiness-solutions.com

Education Program

 

Position: Adult Basic Education Instructor

 

Summary: The Adult Basic Education Instructor will be responsible for implementing basic education instruction to adult students. Under minimum supervision, the individual will conduct instruction as specified in HCC's adult basic education program curriculum guide. With the assistance of the director, the instructor will plan a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the adult student.

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintains a classroom environment that is conducive to learning

  • Uses a variety of instructional methods and techniques

  • Meets and instructs classes as designated

  • Prepares for all classes assigned

  • Determines the correct entry level of students

  • Evaluates student progress regularly with the intent of improving student performance in accordance with HCC and funding guidelines

  • Maintains accurate, complete, and up-to-date records

  • Promotes and regularly monitors class attendance in accordance with HCC policy and funders expectations

  • Intervenes as appropriate with students to discuss and promote class attendance and performance

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required or five years of teaching adult education

  • Knowledge of adult student characteristics

  • Knowledge of adult basic education content areas

  • Teaching ability in ABE content areas

  • Sensitivity to and experience working with diverse populations, and experience working with students of varying skill levels

  • Ability to organize data to produce student reports

  • Ability to make decisions concerning student instruction

 

Schedule:

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday - Thursday

  

Position: Afterschool STEAM Instructor (In-person)

 

Summary: The Afterschool STEAM Instructor will guide students (ages: 8 – 14) with hands-on projects including, but not limited to, materials engineering, Scratch coding, robotics, Minecraft, and Tinkercad. 

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Research and create project lessons for materials engineering and computer science classes

  • Record video tutorials explaining how to build each project

  • Volunteer with MakerState Labs to bring STEM education to students who demonstrate financial need

  • Curriculum and project development

Qualifications:

  • Experience managing and teaching children ages 5-14

  • Expertise and passion in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) fields

  • Proficiency in the English language (verbal and written) is required

  • Ability to maintain consistent professional communication and record-keeping via phone, email, and Google Drive

  • Ability to communicate professionally with the Afterschool Director and parents

  • Ability to commit to the entire semester of work

  • Improvise and supplement additional projects and curriculum as necessary

  • Ability to write new lesson plans in a tech-arts field is a big plus

 

Knowledge of the Following Programs are Preferred:

  • Scratch and other computer programming languages, tools, and applications for kids

  • Tinkercad or other 3D design applications like SketchUp, Autodesk, Blender, Maya

  • Minecraft for creativity and education

  • LEGO Mindstorms EV3, WeDo Robotics Systems, and mBot/mBlock

  • Kid-friendly technology (e.g., MaKey MaKey, littleBits, and Snap Circuits)

  • 3D Printing

  • Game design: analog & video games

  • Stop-motion movie making & editing programs: iMovie, Moviemaker, Final Cut, etc.

  • Microcontrollers: Arduino, LilyPad, Flora, and Raspberry Pi

  • Space Engineers, Game Salad, Gamestar Mechanic, and Stencyl

  • Instructors with NYSED licensure on any grade level and a passion for Makerspace and digital arts/media

 

Preferred Work Experience and License/Certification:

  • Childcare: 1 year

  • First Aid Certification

  • CPR Certification

Work Location:

Official hours will be based upon our contracted afterschool programs in New York City. The program will generally run Monday – Friday between 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for Fall 2021. This position can renew each semester, pending performance.

 

Pay Rates:

  • $15.00 - $30.00/hour

 

IMPORTANT: You will be subject to background screenings and must attend training before the start date. The organization will compensate the background check, NYS, and NYDOE fingerprints.

Position: Afterschool Activity Specialist (In-person)
Summary: The Afterschool Activity Specialist will develop lesson plans in areas including but not limited to (performance art, drama, etc.) and reinforce learning with the Group Leaders at HCC's School's Out (SONYC) program located at PS 129 in West Harlem. Activity Specialists must have a strong interest in working with middle school youth and have a background in developing activities that will enrich the students' experiences while helping them stay engaged and attend the program regularly. 
 
Additionally, Activity Specialists should have knowledge of afterschool programs and the mandates of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH).
Duties & Responsibilities:
Facilitation of Activities
  • Planning and implementing engaging academic enrichment and recreation activities that incorporate elements of literacy, STEM, creative arts, and community service

  • Preparing daily lesson plans and unit outlines using curricular material provided to facilitate activities

  • Providing guidance and support sessions with appropriate staff if materials are not clear

  • Gathering all supplies and preparing the activity space

  • Assisting teachers and activity specialists in the facilitation of lessons and activities by actively participating and encouraging participant involvement

  • Creating and maintaining a supportive and safe environment by ensuring activity spaces are clean and organized

  • Following the program schedule and ensuring that all participants follow their plans unless told otherwise by the program supervisor

 Youth Development
  • Utilizing principles of positive youth development through the use of behavior management and discipline techniques that foster social, emotional, and cognitive growth while building self-esteem and responsibility in all participants 

  • Building positive relationships with and among participants and acting as a role model.

Professional Development
  • Participating in meetings and workshops that enhance professional skills, as assigned by the program director, including a minimum of 15 hours of training per year

  • Working with program director, staff developers, and (as applicable) educational specialists to develop professional skills

  • Applying skills and knowledge acquired in those trainings to improve program quality

Program Procedures and Safety
  • Adhering to site-specific memoranda and program staff manual, which includes staff and program-specific requirements as prescribed by the NYS Child School Aged Child Care (SACC) Programs regulation in a proactive manner, making the provision of quality services and the safety and care of all children the primary focus

  • Notifying supervisors of any behaviors that impede the provision of quality services and the safety of participants and staff. This includes the proactive reporting of incidents involving physical injury or emotional/social harmdoing

Qualifications/Experience
  • High School Diploma

  • Minimum of two years experience working with school-aged children 

  • Exceptional classroom management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills 

  • Competency in youth development 

  • Ability to work as part of a team within a school community

  • Two years' experience working with youth

  • Curriculum & Project Development: required

  • Childcare: 1 year (Preferred)

  • Must have a genuine love for working with children and want to serve as a mentor

License/Certification:
  • First Aid Certification (Preferred)

  • CPR Certification (Preferred) 

Adult Basic Education Volunteer Opportunities:

 

Position: Teacher Assistant

Summary:  Teacher Assistants will play a critical role in developing the literacy, language, and mathematical skills of low-income and immigrant students looking to obtain their GED. Volunteers will receive the opportunity to develop their ability to accurately observe, assess, and plan for students while effectively communicating with people from various backgrounds daily. The teacher’s assistant will be trained and mentored throughout the semester by a professional instructor who will be present at all times. This invaluable experience will help enhance each volunteer’s social and networking skills while allowing them to impact our local community.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support adult learners for the duration of the program to build their confidence and increase their skills throughout their learning journey

  • Track adult learner's progress through regular assessments and submit monthly reports to instructors

  • Assist the teacher in improving the quality of educational opportunities for students through various instructional tasks

 

Qualifications:

  • Education Level: High school diploma. Some college experience is preferred

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Basic computer skills (including but not limited to navigating online systems such as Google Classroom, Zoom, and Outlook)

  • Previous tutoring or teaching experience is preferred.

 

Schedule:

  • 4 hours a week 

  • In-Person Tutoring

    • English Class:

      • Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    • Math & Reading Classes

      • Monday & Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Virtual Tutoring

    • Math Class​

      • Monday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    • ​Math & Reading Classes

      • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Position: Office Assistant

​Summary: The Office Assistant will support the literacy coordinator by managing data entry, completing office and administrative duties, contacting teaching assistants, adult learners, and/or literacy staff, and managing room reservations.

Qualifications:

  • Education Level: High school diploma. Some college experience is preferred

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Proficient computer skills (including but not limited to Microsoft Office - Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) 

  • Great communication and interpersonal skills

  • Great organizational skills with the ability to manage schedules and files

Schedule:

Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (possibility of early dismissal on slow days)

​Note: These are unpaid opportunities, and volunteers will be subject to background screenings