University of Kansas Student Housing Association - Affordable Housing/Development Intern

Co-op / Organization: 
University of Kansas Student Housing Association (UKSHA)
Location: 
Lawrence, KS
Type of Organization: 
Housing
Brief Description of Organization: 

UKSHA is a member-run non-profit organization located in the heart of Lawrence, KS. Our mission is to provide cooperative housing and educational experiences where our members can participate in democratic self-governance, pursue and uphold anti-oppressive practices, and build sustainable and egalitarian community.

Each of the three UKSHA co-ops (Sunflower House, Olive House, and Ad Astra) have a unique and ever-changing culture. The houses’ current members are a mix of students and non-students of all ages with a diversity of backgrounds. All three houses are located in the Oread neighborhood and are within walking distance of Lawrence’s historic downtown, grocery store, hardware store and the University of Kansas.

Website: 
www.uksha.com
Number of Members: 
45
Number of Staff: 
2
Dress Code: 
Casual
Position Title: 
Affordable Housing/Development Intern
Position Duties: 

Are you passionate about growing the cooperative movement? Do you believe affordable housing is a human right? The Affordable Housing/Internal Development coordinator will work with UKSHA Staff and community members to identify additional funding opportunities to support our mission of providing equitable access to housing in the Lawrence community. In addition, you will be asked to our examine current policy, organizational, and outreach framework and propose ways we can be better meeting that goal.

If selected as UKSHA’s Affordable Housing/Internal Development Intern, you will spend the summer collaborating with members and staff to cultivate affordable housing opportunities and building our capacity to meet those goals. Depending on your specific interests and skills, the responsibilities and projects involved in this position will include:

- Grant Identification, conduct specific research to identify grant opportunities to fit certain needs of UKSHA with the goal of creating a more affordable and sustainable space
- Developing Communications Resources, such as a cooperative advocacy presentation, tabletop poster display, brochures, and radio PSA’s.
- Help to Create a Fundraising Plan for the Year, to include identifying potential donors; developing a communications process and establishing fundraising goals.

This position is very much a collaboration between you and UKSHA. You will work with the UKSHA Board of Directors, UKSHA staff, our members, and our Community Engagement Committee to complete projects throughout the summer. Much of this work will involve developing plans for UKSHA to implement after the summer has ended. You will be sowing the seeds that will help our cooperative community blossom for years to come!

Position Training: 
The intern will receive a personal orientation to UKSHA, including attending meetings at all three houses and observing decision-making at the board level. Additionally the intern will be invited to participate in any trainings or workshops offered to the UKSHA membership during the time of their stay.
 
UKSHA staff may also provide training in grant identification and current organizational practices.
 
The intern will attend all meetings of the Policy Committee and the UKSHA Board of Directors, as well as meet regularly with UKSHA staff.
 
Skills Development & Learning: 

- Affordable Housing Advocacy
- Non-Profit Development
- Skills in project and time management, communications, networking, long-range planning
- Knowledge of cooperative housing and non-profit operations

Other details of working conditions: 
Access to shared work spaces and computer
Compensation ($): 
$1,250 total, payable in monthly increments
Room Included?: 
Yes
Board Included?: 
Yes
Relocation Stipend?: 
No
Working Hours: 
Flexible
Total Hours of Work Per Week: 
25-30