Program Manager - Resident Owned Communities

Community Housing Expansion of Austin (CHEA)
Austin, TX

Position: ​Program Manager – for a new community development/cooperative development line-of-business
Location: Austin, TX   
Reports to: Community Housing Expansion of Austin (CHEA) Board of Directors 
Starting salary: ​depending on experience - $65,000+ - opportunity to increase based on production 
Full-time; FLSA exempt, Health and Dental benefits

We’re looking for an entrepreneurial executive that can grow and manage a Resident-Owned  Community (ROC) Program for cooperative ownership of manufactured home communities (a.k.a.  “mobile home parks”) in Texas. This job is an opportunity to make a concrete difference in people’s  lives by implementing the ROC USA model in Central Texas, managing a program that combines both  Community and Real Estate development.  Who we are: ​ CHEA (​​) is a non-profit co-operative housing provider with two existing apartment and shared home cooperatives in Austin, TX.  For the last 17 years, we’ve been a  lean and mean organization operating with a volunteer board of directors and members.  We’re now  ready to expand.  We’ve brought additional non-profit and real estate development expertise onto our  Board, hired a professional Operations Manager, and have joined a network of nonprofit partners  under the umbrella of ROC USA®, (​​)​ ​ a national organization that works with  homeowners in mobile home parks to buy, own, and manage their communities as cooperatives.

The Job: As the founding manager of CHEA’s ROC USA program you will be starting-up a brand new line-of-business.  You will be: Position: ​Program Manager – for a new community development/cooperative development line-of-business

You will be: 

  • Implementing and innovating the business plan that CHEA developed with ROC USA Network
  • Developing the market in TX and networking and selling the program to community owners to  encourage a sale to park residents.
  • You’ll work with a range of partners including community organizers, real estate brokers, attorneys,  engineers, and county and municipal housing experts.
  • In the first 12 – 18 months you’ll be both manager and “boots on the ground”, sourcing deals, executing  commercial real estate transactions, educating homeowners on the opportunity to purchase and the  mechanics of cooperative governance, and  providing post-purchase technical assistance and training.
  • You will be supported by the national ROC USA team and a Network of affiliated organizations  implementing the same line-of-business in their respective states.  ROC USA Network, your peers and  colleagues in this work, include cooperative development centers, affordable housing developers, and  farmworker housing providers. 
  • You’ll experience first-hand the challenges and successes of working with diverse populations to achieve the life changing goal of giving residents agency over their homes.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Project Development - Lead CHEA’s market development efforts and seek out opportunities for  manufactured home community purchases. Network with owners of manufactured-housing parks to  develop a pipeline of prospects, leads, and deals. Build relationships with key stakeholders and vendors  and ​build a professional presence for the program 
  • Community Education, Technical Assistance, and Training - Conduct outreach to educate residents on  the cooperative model.  Help establish a cooperative governance system and set of working policies for  property management.  Provide direct technical support and organizational training to resident groups  in Texas pursuing property acquisition via ROC USA® and to ROC Boards of Directors after purchase.
  • Administrative - Track data, generate reports, deliver documentation, and undertake other related tasks  to ensure prompt closing of loan or grant commitments.  Report regularly to and work closely with the  CHEA Board of Directors.

It might be hard to find all of the following skills in one person, so specific training is available to offset any  shortfall in a needed skill area. We are looking for an emerging or experienced leader who likes to “get their  hands in the work and has strong executive skills to handle both the big picture duties and management of  operations.


  • Bachelor's Degree OR equivalent experience in  Nonprofit Development, Project Management,  Cooperative Organizing, Business, Real Estate,  or adjacent field
  • Experience with community or real estate development, community organizing, affordable housing or  cooperative sectors, or a related field 
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, immigrant communities, and other folks  with marginalized identities is preferable
  • General computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, G-Suite, Quickbooks,  and database management software
  • Strong capacity to organize and develop community leaders.
  • Strong project management skills and a high level of written, oral and analytical communication skills
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Ability to work  evenings and weekends; this job involves significant night and weekend work.
  • Must live in the greater Austin, TX area  and be willing to travel throughout central TX  (50%) and  across Texas (10%), must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
  • Working knowledge of written and spoken Spanish

To apply, please send a ​resume​ and ​cover letter​ to ​​. Applications submitted  without a cover letter will not be reviewed. We plan to hire in January 2020.


Inclusion: In accordance with Federal law, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. CHEA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. We promote economic prosperity for all through our work with our clients, our hiring practices, and our vigorous commitment to cooperative principles. We strive daily to acknowledge and eliminate all forms of oppression. By examining bias within ourselves and our organization, we work mindfully to make our board and staff more inclusive. We actively fight against racism, classism, gender inequality and all efforts to marginalize anyone. The nature of our work engages us directly with the working poor, the educationally disadvantaged, the elderly, immigrants and refugees. It is our goal to see all of our clients prosper within the cooperative 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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