ROC USA President

Company: ROC USA

Locations: Washington, DC; Concord, NH

Job Function: Advocacy/Policy


Background

ROC USA® is a national non-profit social enterprise that helps residents form cooperatives to purchase their Manufactured (“Mobile”) Home Communities. ROC USA represents more than 300 Resident Owned Communities (“ROCs”) and 22,000 member-owners in 21 states. ROC USA focuses on making market- and policy-based sector change to scale grassroots cooperative development and build a movement with low-income communities and homeowners.

ROC USA provides development services that include access to pre- and post-purchase technical assistance, templates, training, and pre-development, acquisition, and improvement financing. ROC USA partners and contracts with 10 nonprofit Certified Technical Assistance Provider affiliates and operates a national Technical Assistance team. Affiliates operate in 16 states, leveraging ROC USA’s brand, standardized co-op ownership model, organizing principles, tools, templates, online training, and other services.

In 2021, ROC USA started a national Direct Technical Assistance team to respond with greater efficiency and agility to market-based community purchase opportunities in states not served by affiliates. Between the Network of affiliates and the Direct Technical Assistance team, ROC USA can provide services in all 49 continental U.S. states.

ROC USA also manages a subsidiary called ROC USA Capital, a certified Community Development Financial Institution that has provided more than $350 million in ROC financing. ROC USA Capital finances roughly 60% of all purchases and only finances ROCs that are under a Technical Assistance contract with an affiliate or the Direct team.

ROC USA is singularly focused on scaling limited equity cooperative ownership of Manufactured Home Communities. With three million individual homesites in 50,000 Manufactured Home Communities and ROC USA’s leadership in this market, ROC USA is well positioned to capitalize on the growing recognition of the importance of preserving these communities.

 

Summary

ROC USA, LLC is looking for an inclusive, entrepreneurial, and mission-focused President to provide leadership to our rapidly growing organization that will allow us to capitalize on the significant state and national interest in helping homeowners in Manufactured Home Communities purchase their communities as limited equity cooperatives.

Responsibilities

Leadership/Management

  • Motivate a talented staff team and community leaders throughout the ROC network
  • Provide visionary and collaborative leadership to refine and implement the strategic vision and priorities to support ROC USA’s significant growth and current strategic plan
  • Collaboratively lead conversations to effectively integrate programs, strategies, and priorities across the organization and the network
  • Foster collaboration between and among partner organizations and ROC USA
  • Ensure that ROC USA’s internal infrastructure matches the organization’s growth and complexity
  • Effectively recruit, manage and support the Board

Advocacy

  • Coordinate, align and lead state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, working closely with ROC residents, stakeholders, and technical assistance providers
  • Identify opportunities for ROC community leaders to tell their stories and advocate on behalf of Manufactured Home Communities
  • Clearly and passionately tell the stories of ROCs, ROC leaders, and ROC USA, when grassroots leaders are not available to speak for themselves
  • Identify new policy, funding and resource generation opportunities, particularly at the federal level

Financial Acumen and Fundraising

  • Lead fundraising efforts, including those to secure foundation grants, government contracts and major gifts
  • Lead conversations around strategic budget priorities, new revenue opportunities, and budget development
  • Become a leader in the CDFI field and CDFI investment market
  • Manage organizational and reputational risk associated with new federal contracts

Partner Relationships

  • Help nurture, deepen collaboration, and enhance the relationship between ROC USA and our network affiliates through feedback and enhanced adaptability that reflects the differing needs of affiliates
  • Champion quality stakeholder service that maintains ROC USA’s reputation as a positive, problem-solving organization in partnership with network affiliates, the Resident Owned Communities (ROCs) that ROC USA serves, ROC leaders, and other partners
  • Enhance the organization’s ability to effectively and inclusively work with increasingly diverse ROCs
  • Develop influential new relationships with state and national partners that lead to new mission-aligned policy changes and resource opportunities

Requirements

  • A minimum of 7 years of significant leadership experience in a related field
  • Leadership experience in a complex organization, preferably one that involves innovative finance
  • A passion for building power with low-income people through cooperative ownership
  • Experience managing and developing a team of mission-oriented professionals
  • Proven track record of effective, mission-related advocacy
  • Affordable housing knowledge and expertise. Manufactured Home Community experience/expertise preferred.
  • Proven track record of entrepreneurial resource generation from foundations, government contracts, and/or major gifts
  • Strong financial management skills, including the management of multiple restricted funding sources
  • Experience setting and implementing organizational priorities
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to tell the story of low-income communities and to effectively communicate the vision and mission of a complex organization
  • A commitment to equity and inclusion and an ability to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Experience working with and reporting to a Board

Compensation and Benefits

ROC USA has established an annual salary range of $225K to $260K for the President position. Compensation also includes a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

ROC USA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to President@rocusa.org. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity or want to recommend a potential candidate, please reach out to our search consultant, Peggy Sand, at peggylsand@gmail.com.