Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development Community Organizer/Technical Assistance Provider

    CASA of Oregon
    Published
    September 18, 2018
    Location

    Description

    MHCD Community Organizer/TA Provider: This position is classified as Exempt and Full-Time, and reports to the Real Estate and Cooperative Development (RECD) Manager of Organizing and Technical Assistance.
    Salary Range:  $48,728 - $74,635 DOE

    Position Overview

    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are the guiding principles of CASA and are part of every interaction we have. With that in mind, the principal tasks of the Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development (MHCD) Community Organizer/Technical Assistance Provider are to organize the tenants of manufactured housing communities, to train them to operate a business (resident-owned cooperative) and to help residents understand the responsibilities and duties required to own and operate their community. This position requires extensive travel throughout the state to meetings both during the day and evening.

    Responsibilities

    • Work with members of the RECD team to convert communities to cooperative resident ownership.
    • Introduce residents to the idea of cooperative resident ownership.
    • Identify leaders within the community.
    • Provide direct support to residents in forming a non-profit cooperative and cooperative development, including:
      • Electing an interim board of directors.
      • Forming various park committees.
      • In cooperation with committees, board members and legal counsel, facilitate the production of interim and permanent bylaws, community rules, membership agreements, space leases and other corporate documents.
      • Developing and conducting resident surveys.
    • Assist the board of directors in the selection of an attorney, property management company and other service providers.
    • Provide training and support to board in their governance role including, but not limited to, parliamentary procedure, working with outside vendors, financial analysis and monitoring, developing policies and procedures, forming and using committees, resolving inter-community conflict, capital improvement and funding plan, effective communications, legal and regulatory compliance, bylaws and community rule development and contract negotiations.
    • Provide training to members in areas such as creating a shared vision for the community, members’ rights and responsibilities and corporate structure.
    • Collaborate with national partners to develop strategies and share lessons learned.
    • Develop or adapt the education curriculum, and supporting handouts for cooperative members, non-members and the board of directors.
    • In coordination with Communications Manager, prepare marketing materials and press releases.
    • Provide direct, ongoing support to the cooperative, post-purchase, including:
      • Assist in the election of a permanent board of directors.
      • Deliver management and operations training for the board of directors.
      • Periodic evaluations of Cooperative operations.
    • Provide appropriate training and direction to the cooperative’s property management company.
    • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
    • Facilitates and manages ongoing board member leadership development and training by attending monthly cooperative board meetings.
    • Oversees asset management of the cooperative through monitoring compliance with lender requirements, financing documents, regulatory agreements and other sources of financial, statutory and regulatory reporting requirements, including submittal of compliance reporting to investors, lenders, monitoring agencies and other stakeholders.
    • Liaises with the cooperative attorney to ensure cooperative adherence to Oregon nonprofit cooperative law.
    • Assists cooperative board members with annual renewals and business requirements including taxes, insurance, and state business registration.
    • Works closely with cooperative board members and the property manager in the creation of annual operating budgets and short and long-term capital improvement plans, the use of replacement reserves and facilitates the reserve fund transfer requests. 

    Qualifications

    Education: AA or BA/BS in communications, sociology, social work, community organizing, or related field preferred. Experience in community building and organizing may be substituted for education.

    Experience: Three years demonstrated success in community building and resident organizing required. Knowledge of cooperative formations and functions preferred.

    • Is a team player who can work with other members of the department to successfully convert manufactured parks to resident ownership.
    • Demonstrated communication, consensus-building, facilitation, and analytical skills.
    • Demonstrated success in creative problem-solving with small and large groups.
    • Experience in developing and delivering a comprehensive education program.
    • Ability to develop timelines, goals, and benchmarks.
    • Ability to develop tools in order to assess, monitor and measure success, including the dissemination and application of lessons learned.
    • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
    • Ability to work with diverse groups of residents, as well as town and state officials, attorneys, engineers, and other professionals.
    • Working understanding of budgeting and real estate financing.
    • Knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel.
    • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups.
    • Calm demeanor; able to think on one’s feet and perform under pressure during difficult interpersonal conflict.
    • Plans ahead, able to complete tasks and meet tight deadlines.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Able to understand and manage multiple complex tasks, including adaptation of training materials as necessary.
    • Works collaboratively and professionally, self-motivated, flexible, enthusiastic.

    Work Environment

    • Work is in an indoor, office setting and driving to sites at manufactured home parks and meeting areas throughout the state.
    • This position requires extensive travel both in state and to trainings out of state including day and evening work.

    Physical and Sensory Capability Requirements

    The following capabilities are required in order to perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations that do not create an undue burden on the company are available to address the following requirements:

    • Ability to: stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
    • Lift, carry, and place items of up to 25 pounds.
    • Maintain sustained concentration on computer screens.
    • Use keyboards and a variety of computer peripherals.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license with consistent access to reliable transportation.
    • Must be able to drive both day and night and travel to rural areas.

    To Apply:

    Please follow this link to apply: https://bit.ly/2piFSfy