Employment

Project Row Houses is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. We engage neighbors, artists, and enterprises in collective creative action to help materialize sustainable opportunities in marginalized communities.

Project Row Houses occupies a significant footprint in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures that serve as home base to a variety of community enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities. PRH programs touch the lives of under resourced neighbors, young single mothers with the ambition of a better life for themselves and their children, small enterprises with the drive to take their businesses to the next level, and artists interested in using their talents to understand and enrich the lives of others. Although PRH’s African-American roots are planted deeply in Third Ward, the work of PRH extends far beyond the borders of a neighborhood in transition. The Project Row Houses model for art and social engagement applies not only to Houston, but also to diverse communities around the world.

Director of Community Enrichment Initiatives

The Director of Community Enrichment Initiatives is a new, full-time position at Project Row Houses, reporting to the Executive Director. A key responsibility of this position is project development and management including developing the organization’s Financial Opportunity Center, an integrated service delivery model  that focuses on improving the financial situation for low-to-moderate income families by helping people boost earnings, reduce expenses, and make appropriate financial decisions that lead to asset building. The Director of Community Enrichment Initiatives cultivates, develops and grows public, private and philanthropic partnerships that deliver financial support, provide technical expertise, and builds lasting relationships with those aligned with PRH’s programmatic goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Assess and prioritize opportunities according to PRH’s missions, vision and values in accordance with the strategic plan and budget.

  • Contribute to the design, planning, and implementation of community-directed projects; including the Young Mothers Residential Program, Financial Opportunity Center and Third Ward community partnerships

  • Develop performance matrix and evaluations to determine progress on all goals.  Analyze trends in the programs, identify performance issues and develop solutions and recommendations to the Executive Director to ensure performance goals and the needs of the community are being met.

  • Work in collaboration with the executive leadership and Board to develop, revise and update program budgets and performance systems.

  • Responsible for the overall development, launch and a management of the Financial Opportunity Center program towards sustainability and meeting neighborhood/client needs.

  • Responsible for ensuring the approaches and best practices of the Financial Opportunity Center model are honored in program design, evaluation, and implementation.

  • Develop memorandums of understanding and independent contracts with partners and vendors.

  • Develop and maintain program flow-charts, manuals, systems, and policies and procedures.

  • Work in collaboration with advancement department to seek grant opportunities and develop funding proposals.

  • Accountable for job placement program implementation, training, monitoring, and reporting; ability to manage multiple workforce funding sources (private and government).

  • Plan and lead job fairs, recruitment plans and efforts.

  • Work in collaboration with independent contractors to evaluate overall department operations, products including job readiness and career development curricula.

  • Innovation to meet the dynamic and changing needs of target population and staff.

  • Responsible for supervising the effective utilization of the Financial Opportunity Center’s outcomes tracking system on the Salesforce data platform.

  • Convey PRH’s community development model and maintain working relationships with program funders, partners, employers, institutions, and other not-for-profit organizations to meet client/neighborhood needs and ensure program success.

  • Effectively utilize data and outcomes to drive program decisions and design.

  • Responsible for the leadership, recruiting, management, supervision and evaluation of the Community Enrichment program staff.

Education/Qualifications/Experience

  • B.A. degree from an accredited university. 

  • 7 to 10 years management/ and or leadership experience working in nonprofits, cultural institutions, and/or community development desired.

  • Demonstrated commitment to social change and ability to strategically think regarding issues related to shared prosperity and social justice

  • Technical capacity that includes resources, skills, experience, knowledge, and aptitude to implement and grow the program toward sustainability

  • Strong data analytic skills including ability to assimilate and present data in a clear concise manner to a broad range of audiences; ability to present information within a strategic framework

  • Experience in developing and managing direct service programs. Experience or knowledge of workforce development and financial capability programs a plus.

  • Experience monitoring, assess, respond to, and create internal and external changes related to staff, program, partners, organization and community

  • Entrepreneurial drive to develop and build innovative projects that to increase PRH’s impact in cultural enrichment, socially engaged art and community building in Third Ward.

  • Ability to cultivate and support the needs of high level donors, philanthropic leaders, corporate executives, and civic leaders.

  • Familiarity with government funding and funding requirements

  • Impeccable interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with the full spectrum of partners and community members

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups

  • Exceptional project management and leadership skills and ability to manage high performing teams.

  • Strong proficiency in multiple software and database systems and presentation skills (Microsoft Office and Salesforce)

  • Passion for the mission, vision and values of Project Row Houses.

 Working Conditions (Travel, Hours, Environment, Etc.)

  • This is a full-time (40 hours), exempt, salaried position, with benefits.

  • Some duties will be performed in a traditional office environment; duties may also be conducted in a variety of traditional and nontraditional community settings.

  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.

For confidential consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume to hr@projectrowhouses.org. No phone calls please. Applicants whose candidacy is being considered will be contacted.

Project Row Houses (PRH) is an equal opportunity employer in all positions, programs and services without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.


Finance and Administration Director

The Finance and Administration Director is a responsible for efficiently managing sources of support to Project Row Houses. They are responsible for pledges and donor information; timely payment of all invoices and designations; monitoring bank accounts and investments; managing human resource information and benefits; coordinating information technology needs; preparing financial, and fund development reports. The Director of Finance & Administration seeks new opportunities to utilize technology to accomplish goals, sees the big picture and continuously reviews processes and procedures to gain efficiency.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Manage the Project Row Houses budget and the administrative process as it relates to all legal matters.

  • Oversee and work closely with the Executive Director, program staff and applicable Board Committees to plan and develop annual budget, financial forecasts and strategic planning,

  • Oversee planning, implementing, and managing all financial-related activities; including monitoring monthly cash flow, financial forecasting, general property management, and payroll.

  • Develop and implements appropriate financial policies and internal controls.

  • Oversee and work closely with Finance Committee concerning job costing, expense reduction, institutional financing and legal issues.

  • Prepare and finalize monthly financial reporting materials for presentation to Finance Committee.

  • Provide financial reporting and budgeting support for Fund Development efforts.

  • Manages grants of all sizes, including documenting payments and expenditures, optimizing grant administration process, ensuring compliance with grant regulations, and preparing financial reports.

  • Primary liaison with the auditing firm that prepares the annual audit and Form 990s. Ensures timely completion of audit and filing official tax records in compliance with federal, state and local regulators.

  • Prepares and updates a multi-year technology plan; serves as direct contact to IT consultant(s).

  • Oversees the purchasing of all office equipment.

  • Prepares and ensures the execution of payroll distribution, quarterly 941 tax filings, W-2 and 1099 distribution

  • Oversees the annual benefits election process and responds to staff issues or concerns throughout the benefit period, including in areas of insurance, retirement, disability, and paid leave.

  • Maintains personnel files in compliance with all applicable regulations.

Education/Qualifications/Experience

  • B.A. degree in accounting from an accredited university, CPA preferred. 

  • Five or more years of experience working in nonprofit accounting.

  • Expertise in all aspects of the accounting cycle, from recording of source documents through preparation of financial statements and reconciliations, payroll process

  • Proficiency in MS Office, Quick Books and Salesforce

  • Strong interpersonal skills to be able to work effectively with the full spectrum of partners and community members

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups

  • Strong leadership qualities to coordinate, direct, and delegate to others

  • Strong computer and presentation skills (facility with Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • Willingness to work evening weekends and adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job

  • Passion for the mission, vision and values of Project Row Houses.

Working Conditions (Travel, Hours, Environment, Etc.)

  • This is a full-time (40 hours), exempt, salaried position, with benefits.

  • Some duties will be performed in a traditional office environment; duties may also be conducted in a variety of nontraditional community settings.

  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.

For confidential consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume to hr@projectrowhouses.org. No phone calls please. Applicants whose candidacy is being considered will be contacted.

Project Row Houses (PRH) is an equal opportunity employer in all positions, programs and services without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.


Grant Writer

The Grant Writer supports the overall function of the Advancement team to meet the annual fundraising goals of PRH by developing and writing grant proposals. The employee works closely with the Director of Advancement to develop fundraising plans, assemble and submit grant requests, conduct prospect research and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines. The Grant Writer will be able to persuasively communicate PRH’s mission and programs to potential funders.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Serve as staff writer for annual impact reports, fundraising collateral for mid to high level donors, executive management external remarks.

  • Create and manage grants calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.

  • Conduct prospect research to identify new funding sources both private and public.

  • Conduct research in support of program and organizational needs to be included in grants.

  • Evaluates and analyzes situations to effectively problem-solve and determine the best solution.

  • Examines and formulates data to present development and prospect reports on a regular basis.

  • Possesses strong analytical ability and uses data to inform proposals, decisions, and outcomes.

EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

This position requires strong organizational skills and thoroughness in project and time management as well as a high level of discretion and confidentiality. The successful candidates will demonstrate the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the areas of public relations, communication, English or other related field.

  • Ability to write proposals, correspondence, fundraising collateral and speaking remarks.

  • Strong computer skills (facility with Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • Intermediate experience using Salesforce database system.

  • Ability to work both independently and with a diverse group of staff, donors, volunteers, vendors, as well as the general public.

  • Effective and excellent communication, written and verbal, and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize and problem solve effectively.

  • Flexibility to deal effectively with a variety of people, situations, opportunities and challenges.

  • Ability to keep track of the overall picture while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail in a variety of situations.

  • Excellent research, analytical, planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively and exercise professional judgment.

  • Possesses strong analytical ability and uses data to inform proposals, decisions, and outcomes.

  • Demonstrates continuous learning by seeking new job-related knowledge and skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment, adapt to change, and respond favorably to feedback.

  • Passion for the mission, vision and values of Project Row Houses.

Working Conditions (Travel, Hours, Environment, Etc.)

  • Travel is limited to occasional outings within the Houston Metropolitan area and possible overnight stays for professional development.

  • Some duties will be performed in a traditional office environment; duties may also be conducted in a variety of nontraditional community settings.

  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends and adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job may be required.

  • Written consent to conduct a state criminal background check and a nationwide sex offender’s registry check before employment can begin by is required. Due to the environment and the nature of this position, it requires clear sex offender results. People with arrests or convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For confidential consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to hr@projectrowhouses.org. No phone calls please. Applicants whose candidacy is being considered will be contacted.

Project Row Houses (PRH) is an equal opportunity employer in all positions, programs and services without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.