As we continue to grow the New England Resident Owned Communities Program, we are looking for two new team members to join us: one in Vermont at full-time and one in southeast Massachusetts at part-time (with the possibility of increasing time in the future).

Please see the summary job description below, and the full descriptions: Position Housing Specialist SE MA 2015 and Position Housing Specialist-VT 2015.

Position Overview:
Successful candidate will work as a Housing Program Specialist in the New England Resident Owned Communities (NEROC) program of the Cooperative Development Institute. This program is designed to provide affordable, secure housing to residents of manufactured housing parks by helping them finance, purchase and run the communities they live in through the creation of democratically-run cooperatives. The primary focus of this position is on post-purchase guidance, training and assistance to each community in the management and governance of their cooperative. Special attention is paid to helping members understand their roles and responsibilities in order to more effectively function as resident-owners and to foster a sense of empowerment and community spirit.

Required Skills

  • Ability to provide assistance, resources, and advice, while developing community leadership.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • more

Essential Job Functions: Housing Program Specialist

  1. Provides technical assistance to resident-owned manufactured housing communities. Duties include:
    • Facilitating community meetings and presentations.
    • Assisting in resident association board meetings including preparation, agenda assistance, running of efficient meetings, parliamentary procedure, follow-up, and review of minutes and financial statements.
    • …more
  2. Collaborates with other technical assistance providers to train board directors and community members in:
    • Cooperative principles and democratic processes.
    • Leadership development.
    • …more
  3. Provides organizational and administrative assistance to the NEROC program to ensure that the various elements of the program are running smoothly.
  4. Assists both established and developing resident-owned communities with all aspects of their financial and loan compliance responsibilities.
  5. …more

Minimum Requirements:

  1. 3 to 5 years of cooperative business experience preferred, including project management experience in for-profit, non-profit community or economic development organizations.
  2. Experience with group facilitation, training and coaching a group through an autonomous decision-making process and coping with conflict situations.

Knowledge Skills/Abilities:

  1. Advanced degree in related field welcome, minimum of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  2. Strong knowledge of fiscal management, strategic planning and general business practices.
  3. …more


  1. Well-spoken and articulate.
  2. Calm demeanor; able to perform under pressure during difficult interpersonal conflict.
  3. …more

Please send a resume, cover letter, and references to CDI: attention NEROC. This position will remain open until filled.

In accordance with Federal law, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. CDI is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

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CDI Seeks 2 New Housing Program Specialists–MA & VT
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  • December 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I am the President of a local Co-op in Boston. I would like to know more about you organization.

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