Category: Co-op News

16 Apr 2018

Homestarts seeks Member Services Coordinator

Homestarts is non-profit organization providing services to close to 100 housing co-operatives and non-profit housing organizations throughout Ontario. Our staffing team of close to 170 dedicated professionals works hard to deliver the management, maintenance, restoration and development services our clients need.

We are currently recruiting a Member Services Coordinator in Ottawa to work at one or more housing co-operatives in Ottawa . This is a full time position: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work related to board and membership meetings may be required. We are looking for an individual with:

  • A solid work ethic and a commitment to collaboration and consultation
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully with groups
  • Good verbal & written communication skills
  • The ability to prioritize, multi-task and handle stress in a busy environment
  • The ability to work independently and to work as a team member
  • A working knowledge of standard computer software and internet use;
  • Experience working with people whose primary language is not English / French
  • An understanding of the importance of safe, secure and affordable housing
  • An understanding of democratic, community-based organizations where members are involved in the organizational decision-making process

We will view positively applicants who have experience with:

  • Co-op and or non-profit housing operations
  • Housing management/administration/marketing
  • Rent-geared-to-subsidy program administration
  • NewViews,Yardi, HMWorx and or other property management software

Homestarts provides our staff with:

  • Salary Commensurate
  • A comprehensive benefits package health, dental, life and critical illness
  • RRSP plus vacation entitlement starting at 3 weeks per year and increasing annually.
  • We also provide a strong and ongoing training, education and professional development program.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) , Homestarts is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

PLEASE NOTE : Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

PLEASE NOTE JOB #342 IN YOUR SUBJECT LINE

EMAIL resume: hr@homestarts.org

12 Mar 2018

IHM Course – New Dates!

CHASEO is pleased to announce that the Strategic & Financial Planning Course (one of the five core courses within the Institute’s Certificate In Property Management program) will be offered in a 5-day in-class format.

IHM students and Property Managers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity!

This course is designed to provide a complete review of the accounting process and principles, the managerial use of accounting and financial statements and their analysis, and budget preparation procedures for property managers. In addition, the techniques and approaches for establishing and organizing objectives and implementing strategies will be discussed.

More information can be found here. Registration can be done here.

06 Mar 2018

Spring Congress 2018 – Registration Open!

CHASEO’s Spring Congress registration is now open!

We’re looking forward to a day of learning, networking, and co-operation at our Spring Congress, which will take place Saturday, April 28th, at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall (formerly the River Building).  The Spring Congress will feature a morning of workshops, followed by a trade show and our Annual General Meeting.

For more information and to register, click here.

Download our brochure here (version français ici).

16 Jan 2018

The Agency for Co-operative Housing seeks Relationship Manager

Relationship Manager
Ontario/PEI Team (position located in Ottawa)
37.5 hours per week (contract)

About the Agency:
With our head office in Ottawa, the Agency for Co-operative Housing administers the operating agreements between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and more than 500 housing co-operatives. We have regional Operations teams in Calgary/Vancouver (West) and Toronto/Ottawa (East).

About the Relationship Manager role:
Reporting to the Manager, Operations for Ontario and PEI, the Relationship Manager monitors the compliance of co-op housing clients with their operating agreements, while developing a productive working relationship with each client co-operative. They review the risk rating assigned to co-ops in order to help them improve their results. They monitor compliance with workout conditions and implement approved intervention protocols. The relationship manager is a self-starter who likes deadlines and works well both individually and with a team of high functioning professionals.

To be considered, candidates must have

  • excellent analytical and financial skills; CPA designation an asset
  • sound knowledge of accounting principles relating to property management and experience in applying regulations, policies and/or legislation
  • significant experience in property management for housing co-ops or non-profit housing organizations
  • excellent oral and written communication skills, including plain-language writing
  • bilingualism (English/French) considered an asset
  • university degree or equivalent experience.
  • They have demonstrated high-quality client-service skills, as well as interpersonal and conflict-resolution skills. Their excellent time management enables them to juggle many priorities in an efficient manner. They communicate effectively in English and French (bilingualism preferable). They have a thorough working knowledge of federal programs and legislation affecting housing co‑operatives, which is considered an asset.

The Agency for Co-operative Housing is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Recruitment-related accommodations will be provided upon request.

If interested, please send your resumé to smoreau@agency.coop using “17-010 Relationship Manager – East” in subject line.  We will contact only those candidates we wish to interview.

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01 Nov 2017

Co-op Jeanneville shows how co-ops can maintain francophone culture

Cliquez ici pour lire ce billet en français.

Although it’s just off the busy Vanier Parkway, Jeanneville Co-op feels like an oasis in the city.

With 33 townhouse-style units surrounded by lush gardens, this co-op was founded to provide quality homes for francophone families from Vanier. Its founder, Michel Riel, was also president of Co-op de LaSalle, which sits on Michel Riel Private, named after him.

The spirit of la francophonie is still alive and well at Jeanneville, whose members are proud to live in a francophone environment and to be helping French language and culture thrive in Ottawa.

Léopold Lévesque, a founding member of the co-op, speaks of the particular friendly relationship that exists among francophones. Mme. Brousseau, who has been a member for 27 years, agrees, saying, “We’re at home here.”

Joelle Bernard Cloutier, of the management company Gest-Co, manages Jeanneville. “People get involved and take care of the co-op,” she says, “It’s a family atmosphere.” She adds that members at Jeanneville see a future in their co-op and the co-op movement, and are engaged in finding long-term solutions to protect co-op housing.

The co-op has recently undertaking refinancing, and will be starting work in spring 2018 on replacing siding and insulation in its units, and doing electrical and plumbing work. It’s a logical step for a co-op where members take a clear pride in maintaining their homes and the co-op grounds.

Jeanneville received funding through CHF Canada’s Greener Co-op Microgrant program. This allowed the co-op to install rain barrels that keep its gardens looking great in a sustainable way.

Co-op members also demonstrate concern for their community. For example, co-op president Louise Joa mentioned having recently organized a linen drive for Edgewood Care Centre, a nearby residential care facility for people with mental and physical challenges.

Co-operative values animate life at Jeanneville. As Mme. Brousseau puts it, “We work well together, and take care of one another.”

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