We’re hiring: Community Organizer for PEP Rally program

Lawreneville United is seeking a highly passionate, productive, strategic community organizer to join our team of dedicated community advocates and professional to staff the PEP Rally program, which works with families and community partners to strengthen and support Lawrenceville’s neighborhood public schools. To read the full job description, click HERE. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by March 16, 2021.

LU testimony at PPS public hearing re: proposed school closures on 2/22

In response to a proposed plan to reconfigure Pittsburgh Public Schools, LU provided testimony at the February 22nd public hearing in front of PPS administration and the School Board. Read our full testimony HERE. Are you a parent, caregiver, student, or community member interested in supporting strong public schools? Get involved with our PEP Rally program by reaching out to us at info@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220. We will be keeping the community posted on the status of this proposed plan.

Update: new design standards for driveway curb cuts

New legislation (Council Bill 2021-1085) at the City of Pittsburgh is being considered for design standards for off-street parking for single-family attached homes. This comes after advocacy from Lawrenceville United and 11 other organizations called for this additional measure, among other measures, to limit the propagation of driveway curb cuts on walkable streets, due to the damage they do to public off-street parking, safety and accessibility, housing affordability, the creation of street trees, non-vehicular mobility, and neighborly interaction.

A Planning Commission hearing on the legislation is scheduled for Tuesday 2/23 at 2 p.m. Planning Commission will then provide a recommendation to City Council, who will also have a public hearing and then take final action on the zoning text amendment.

LU and partners will be providing testimony to support the proposed legislation, and once again advocating for further steps to limit the spread of driveway curb cuts on our walkable blocks. Read our full testimony HERE and contact Dave@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220 to get involved in this campaign.

We’re hiring: Shared Finance Manager

The Pittsburgh Community Benefit Organization (CBO) Collaborative–comprised of Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation, Bloomfield Development Corporation, and New Sun Rising–is seeking an experienced, highly organized professional in non-profit financial management to be our Shared Finance Manager!

Read the full job description, salary, and benefits package HERE and apply with cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by 3/12/2021.

Recap of February Happenings Meeting: Crime in Review

On Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 6:30 p.m., LU hosted our February “Happenings” meeting, with a focus on recent crime trends. Dr. Heath Johnson from the Bureau of Police led a presentation on crime statistics for Lawrenceville in 2020 compared to 5-year averages. Lieutenant Lackner, Acting Commander of Zone 2 Police, provided an update on recent issues of concern, including a murder on the 4400 block of Davison Street, the arrests related to the bomb explosion in Lower Lawrenceville, and more. LU also provided some community updates.

Some key takeaways from the conversation with the Police:

  • Following City trends, total crime in Lawrenceville went down significantly in 2020 from the previous year (15%) and from the 5-year average (28%).
  • Violent crimes in Lawrenceville, however, went up by 14% in 2020, driven by an increase in robberies. There was also a murder on Kent Way. Zone 2 Police provided context that the robberies were largely people known to each other. Even this increase in violent crime in 2020 represents a 39% decrease over the 5 year average. No arrests have been made in the murder on Kent Way and the investigation is ongoing.
  • Property crimes were down 31% in 2020 from the previous year and 43% from the 5 year average, driven by reduction in Burglary & Theft.
  • Part II (less serious) crimes were also down 6% from the previous year. In particular, the year saw big decreases in simple assault, DUIs, and public drunkenness. However, 2020 saw an increase in vandalism and disorderly conducts.
  • Heroin overdoses dropped significantly since highs in 2017, however have been increasing year by year since.
  • Regarding the murder on Davison Street, police believe this was not a random shooting. While they have made no arrest yet, they have a suspect, who they believe was in the car at the time of the case, and they are building a case.
  • Regarding the bomb incident in Lower Lawrenceville, an arrest was made with federal charges, and they believe the threat has been removed from the neighborhood.

To access all the materials from the meeting:

  • Watch the full recording of the meeting by Zoom HERE or by Facebook Live HERE.
  • View LU’s presentation HERE.
  • View Dr. Johnson’s presentation on crime trends in Lawrenceville for 2020 HERE.

 

 

Job Announcement: Bookkeeper for Pittsburgh CBO Collaborative

Announcement of Open Position

Pittsburgh CBO Collaborative Bookkeeper

Part-Time (12 hours per week), Year Round

The Community Benefit Organization (CBO) Collaborative is continuing a shared services strategy to jointly hire a part-time Bookkeeper by two of its four Member organizations: Lawrenceville United & Bloomfield Development Corporation.

The purpose of the Collaborative is to allow the participating organizations to have access to shared staff to provide a consistent and professional level of operational and financial processes and grant administration that each organization cannot afford individually.  The goal of this shared model is to develop a sustainable model of collaboration that brings increased consistent and professional administrative infrastructure to community-serving nonprofits in the City of Pittsburgh.  

This position reports to the shared Finance Manager and works closely with each Executive Director. Ultimately, the Bookkeeper’s responsibilities are to accurately record all day-to-day financial transactions of our organizations.  Work may be confidential in nature.  Specific tasks include:

    • Weekly 
      • Enter/make deposits
      • Pay vendor invoices
      • Enter credit card charges
      • Update cash accounts
      • Accounts Receivable: provide reports and research any discrepancies in invoices received or payments received.
      • Customer Invoicing: create and distribute any necessary invoices; coordinate with staff
    • Monthly
      • Process payroll according to each organization’s schedule
      • Enter payroll allocation by program
      • Enter benefits allocation by program
      • Reconcile bank accounts
      • Reconcile credit card charges, pay bill 
      • Reconcile and remit sales tax when applicable
    • Month End Close Prep Work
      • Review contributed support for restrictions and record appropriately
      • Review all invoices created in month for accuracy
      • Review A/R Aging for any old invoices; communicate info with staff
      • Review A/P Aging for any old invoices; communicate info with staff
      • Update and reconcile any prepaid expenses
      • Post depreciation and update fixed asset schedule for any purchases.

 

 

    • Annual/General
      • Provide audit support, pull documentation for auditor and other support
      • Enter and maintain budget in QuickBooks
      • Responsibility for integrity of accounting data
      • Provide support for staff questions
      • Responsible for ensuring appropriate documentation is available for all checks and deposits
      • Assist with general document retention and filing, as needed
    • Grants Administration
      • Assist the ED in tracking spending against restricted grant funding
      • Track reporting deadlines and provide the ED information required to report to the Funder

 

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field or minimum of 2 years of bookkeeping experience required
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Quickbooks online, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, Zoom, and Trello preferred
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to appropriately communicate sensitive information
  • Strong interpersonal skills including conflict resolution, consensus building, and teamwork
  • Reliable attendance and punctuality
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to manage several tasks at once, prioritize effectively, and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated record of initiative, problem solving, and adaptability
  • Knowledge of financial and HR functions of nonprofits 
  • Knowledge of community and economic development a plus

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT

During Covid-19, the duties of this position will take place primarily in the employee’s home. The employee will need to be present in each employee’s physical work location periodically with all appropriate PPE. All organizations will adhere to the most stringent protective practices in order to keep all employees safe.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, speak, hear and utilize close vision and focus. An employee in this position is exposed to conditions relative to a typical office environment, including ambient room temperatures, moderate noise levels, fluorescent lighting and traditional office equipment. Employee may also be asked to run errands for the organization and will be expected to be able to complete tasks in a timely fashion with use of personal transportation.

 

WAGE & BENEFITS

  • $21.63/hour, 12 hours/week
  • Paid sick leave
  • Simple IRA offered with up to 3% matching funds

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Lawrenceville United and Bloomfield Development Corporation are equal opportunity employers. Qualified applicants who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply. 

 

*To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by 1/13/2021.

Lawrenceville Homeowners Workshop

Workshop for Homeowners in Lawrenceville (and beyond!).

On Monday, 11/16 at 6pm, Lawrenceville United is hosting a workshop for homeowners with fantastic and knowledgeable speakers from Action Housing, Urban Redevelopment Authority, City of Bridges CLT and the Duquesne University Law Clinic.

Join us to learn about local resources available to help you with:

  • mortgage & rental payments
  • home weatherization & energy savings
  • tangled titles
  • buying and selling in a community land trust
  • estate planning & will preparation
  • and much more!

Bring your questions! All are welcome. We’ll be on zoom at https://zoom.us/j/93779384765 or facebook live: facebook.com/lawrencevilleunited. More details below.


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Recap from Community Meeting for Renters

A resource workshop for renters was held on 10/22/2020. Check out the full video below or HERE to catch all the great information. Big thanks to all our partners: Hill District Consensus Group, Rent Help PGH, Hispanic CDC, Community Justice Project, CMU CREATE Lab, and Regional Housing Legal Services.