Want to be part of a growing team of successful community organizers making a difference for low and moderate income residents? If you’re a group process guru, a real estate whiz, or a trainer extraordinaire, the New England Resident Owned Communities (NEROC) program wants you!

Take a look at our job description and if it speaks to you, speak to us! Interested candidates should call 877-632-6677 (877-NE COOPS) for application instructions.

Turnpike Park Cooperative residents hold a banner saying "We Own It!"
Turnpike Park Cooperative Residents

Position Overview:

Successful candidate will work as a Housing Program Specialist in theNew 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 communities 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.

Essential Job Functions: Cooperative Development Specialist

  1. Provides technical assistance to resident-owned manufactured housing communities.
  2. Collaborates with other technical assistance providers to train board directors and community members
  3. …and more…

Required Skills and Abilities:

These skills and abilities, if not already acquired, will need to be developed within the first 3-6 months of beginning employment.

  • Ability to provide assistance, resources and advice, while developing community leadership; meeting people where they are while nurturing self-sufficiency.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills; compassion and assertiveness.
  • Knowledge and comfort with democratically-run organizational structures, management, policies and best practices–knowledge of cooperative governance structures and working with boards of directors a bonus.
  • …and more…


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.

Because we believe in economic prosperity and justice for all, CDI commits to acknowledging, untangling and eliminating all forms of oppression. We do this by recognizing and counteracting racism, classism and other forms of bias within ourselves and the organization, by making our board and staff more inclusive, by prioritizing marginalized people and by promoting these practices within the co-op movement.

We welcome applicants from underrepresented identities, and those who have a commitment and track record of bringing an inclusive and equitable approach to their work.

See the full job description.

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