When communities want to keep up their standards of beauty and harmony and maintain the value of residents' property they often hire a community association manager to help achieve these goals. Community association managers who are sometimes called "property managers" work for condominiums cooperatives and various types of planned or covenant-controlled communities.
They sometimes but not always have an office located in the community. However they spend considerable time outside the office surveying the area to determine what repairs and maintenance might be needed or responding to the complaints of community residents.
Community association managers usually attend board meetings and they advise board members on whether changes or improvements that homeowners want to make are in compliance with community guidelines.
The website Ehow.com says that a community association manager plays several roles which include being a referee when there are complaints working as an accountant that oversees the association's budget and hiring property caretakers for general maintenance and large projects. In some cases they are also in charge of showing properties that are for sale or for rent.
Community association managers usually work a regular 40-hour week but they may have to work evenings and weekends if there are special planned activities or emergencies. Individuals will have the greatest job opportunities in this field if they have a college degree. Those that are in charge of managing large budgets often need a master's degree in business and those that actually write contracts for selling property need a real estate license.
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary for community association managers is approximately $62000.However the salary range is highly variable ($24000 to over $100000) and depends on location experience and the type and size of the community.