Careers & Education

Commonwealth University

Commonwealth University is Commonwealth Real Estate Services manager training program, providing comprehensive training for today's community manager. We prepare them for the unique challenges that managing a multi-family community entails.

Trainings

Commonwealth University offers monthly, comprehensive community manager trainings. 

Our three-part training courses give community managers the tools they need to successfully manage the community according to state laws and Commonwealth Real Estate Services' standards. 

These trainings are also open to non-Commonwealth employed community managers, some material is Commonwealth Real Estate Services' procedure specific, but the majority of the material is extremely beneficial for all community managers managing multi-family communities.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to enroll in one of our trainings.

 

Covered in our comprehensive three-part manager training:

  • In-depth Accounting Training
  • Customer Service
  • Safety and Maintenance
  • Landlord/Tenant Law
  • Fair Housing
  • Rental Screening, Applications
  • Legal Notices
  • Electronic Fillable Forms
  • Rent Collection
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Property Enhancement/Curb Appeal
  • Property Newsletters
  • Certificates of Course Completion to Ensure Readiness
Seminars

Commonwealth University puts on annual training seminars specially catered to community managers and owners of multi-family communities with an emphasis on issues specifically relating to manufactured home communities.

The annual trainings happen February of each year and take place in Tacoma, Washington and Salem, Oregon. If you are interested in more information on these seminars or attending an upcoming seminar please contact us. 

Past Training Topics

  • Rule Enforcement
  • Fair Housing
  • Customer Service
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Legal Q&A
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues and Legal Discussion
  • Safety Issues and Tips
  • Home Sale Services and Marketing Tips
  • Fill That Space

 

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Join Our Team

Commonwealth currently employs nearly 200 employees made up of both corporate employees and onsite community management teams. We manage communities all throughout the Pacific Northwest and have two corporate offices, the main headquarters located in Portland, Oregon and a Washington corporate office in Bellevue.

WASHINGTON COMMUNITIES

None at the moment. 

OREGON COMMUNITIES

Deer Pointe - a team part time position for management and maintenance at a community near Rainier.

Orient Drive - a team part time position for management and heavy maintenance (including septic) at a community in Boring. 

GENERAL COMMUNITY MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION

RENT COLLECTION
o Collect and deposit on the day of collection all space rents and additional fees and charges.
o Follow-up on late/delinquent rents.
o Issue late rent notices and initiate and attends any eviction proceedings as necessary.


RENTAL AGREEMENT AND RULES & REGULATIONS ENFORCEMENT
o Enforce terms of Rental Agreements and all Facility rules and regulations in accordance with company/Facility policy to ensure tenant compliance.
o Supervise placement of RV's and manufactured homes into the Facility.
o Ensure compliance with home standards, Facility rules and regulations, governmental codes and requirements, applicable setbacks, and manufactured home and RV set-up specifications, including the installation and construction of skirting, awnings, steps, gutters and downspouts with rain-drains to street, porches, and decks, and completion of landscaping.
o Issue non-compliance notices and initiate and attend any eviction proceedings as necessary.
o Promptly notify Area Manager of all outstanding non-compliance notices.


ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
o Prepare monthly manager's report and maintain petty cash fund and tenant histories.
o Maintain individual tenant files and archive records for three (3) or six (6) years as required by law and current tenant telephone list.
o Review tenant applications, screen potential tenants, execute rental agreements and all other required documents after approval.
o Promote and rent vacant home and RV spaces. The same applies where there are Facility-owned homes for sale or rent and/or apartments.
o Contact and follow-up with local area manufactured home dealers and Facility managers to ensure that they are aware of vacancies and any promotional program being offered to attract new tenants.
o Maintain and update Facility inventory list with model and serial numbers of equipment. All tools and Facility property must be listed.
o Maintain and update Facility vendor/supplier lists with phone numbers and contact person(s).
o Post and/or distribute notices to tenants as required by Employer and keep copy in applicable tenant file.
o Purchase of goods and services for amounts of $50.00 or more require Area Manager approval.


FACILITY MAINTENANCE
o Maintain all common areas, grounds, vacant and abandoned yards/spaces, landscaping, trees, shrubs, hedges, bushes, etc. including, but not limited to mowing, fertilizing, weeding, trimming, pruning, edging and keeping clean and free of debris.
o Maintain and repair all rental homes.
o Maintain and clean street surfaces, paint speed bumps, and re-stripe common parking areas as needed.
o Maintain and test all Facility equipment including vehicles, lawn mowing equipment, miscellaneous tools, etc.
o Paint and/or repair Facility structures as necessary.
o Maintain, clean, and keep free of debris all drains, ditches, streets, parking areas, and sidewalks and road frontage
o Maintain and clean recreation building, laundry facilities and RV storage area.
o Perform any other specific tasks as may be directed by management. Some of the tasks listed below may not be applicable to your Facility.
o Contact and follow-up with local repair/service contracts on sewer pump maintenance.

WASHINGTON COMMUNITIES

None at the moment.

OREGON COMMUNITIES

Part time pool maintenance needed at Edgewood Mobile Estates in Albany.

Administrative Assistant in our Portland, Oregon office.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED

We are always looking for experienced management/maintenance teams to manage the 100+ manufactured home communities we oversee throughout Oregon and Washington. Most positions require previous manufactured housing community or apartment management/maintenance experience.

Job duties for management aspect of the job includes experience in a general office with strong communication skills, attention to detail, computer skills, collecting rents and making deposits, processing monthly reports, enforcing rules and regulations, issuing rule violation notices when necessary, screening prospective residents, processing new resident paperwork, handling resident relations and evictions.

Community maintenance requires grounds upkeep and general handyman projects, follow through with maintenance projects, equipment operation and maintenance, troubleshooting minor plumbing and electrical issues helpful. Some communities have pools and require pool experience. Must be able to supervise contractors and be able to communicate with supervisors and follow through with projects.

The team must have the ability to deal with resident problems and prospective residents in a professional manner, handle after hours emergencies, be organized and able to prioritize projects, listen and follow direction from supervisors.

Compensation is based on experience and community. Compensation is generally considered as salary plus housing and some utilities.

If you are interested in working for our company, please submit your general location preferences and salary requirements. We may not always have a position open at the time you submit your resume, but we will keep it on file for future openings.

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