Calling all talented community organizers, group process whisperers, real estate geeks, and terrific trainers! The New England Resident Owned Communities (NEROC) program is seeking an outstanding addition to our stellar team. 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.

Residents of Wheel Estates Tenants' Association in North Adams, MA celebrate the purchase of their 200-unit community on May 1st, 2013.
Residents of Wheel Estates Tenants’ Association in North Adams, MA celebrate the purchase of their 200-unit community on May 1st, 2013.

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 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.

Essential Job Functions: Housing Program 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.

In order to successfully pursue our mission of economic prosperity for all, we must work on untangling all forms of oppression including, in particular, racial inequity. CDI is actively working to unpack racism and bias within ourselves and the organization, to develop strategies for creating a more inclusive board and staff and to co-create strategies for equitably working with communities of color and other marginalized communities and to promote 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.

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