Resident-Owned Community Program Manager

Community Housing Expansion of Austin (CHEA)
Austin, TX area (Work from home)

Reports to: Community Housing Expansion of Austin (CHEA) Board of Directors

Starting salary: $50,000 with opportunities for raises upon successful property conversions

Full-time; FLSA exempt, Health and Dental benefits

CHEA is seeking a Resident-Owned Community (ROC) Program Manager to facilitate the cooperative ownership and democratic self-governance of manufactured home communities (MHCs) in central Texas. The Program Manager will expand affordable housing options by developing the central Texas market for Resident-Owned Communities and by supporting these communities as they purchase their property and establish a democratic governance structure.

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 within partner organizations who work in the areas of tenant rights, housing advocacy, and issues relating to manufactured home communities.
  • Community Organizing - 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®.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor's Degree OR equivalent experience in Social Work, Community Regional Planning, Nonprofit Management, Community Organizing, Business, Real Estate, Public Policy, Public Affairs, or adjacent field
  • 2 years experience with community organizing, housing advocacy, cooperative sector advocacy, affordable real estate development, nonprofits, or 3 years in 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, G-Suite, Quickbooks, and database management software
  • Strong capacity to organize and lead groups
  • Strong project management skills and ability to work independently
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Must live in the greater Austin, TX area and be willing to travel locally (50%) and across Texas (10%), must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Experience with grant-writing and nonprofit development
  • General finance or mortgage lending background
  • Working knowledge of written and spoken Spanish

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter


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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