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What does a Community Association Manager do?

The Community Association Manager is responsible for the management and support of community associations (primarily HOAs & Condo Associations), including, but not limited to: daily operations, regular interaction with and support of Board of Directors members/homeowners/vendors, neighborhood meeting attendance, budget preparation, and overall community business management.

A property/community association manager should be assisting your board of directors and association in virtually every aspect of its operation, whether you have an on-site manager, a portfolio manager or a part-time manager. The degree to which an effective manager can lead and assist you in the nine major areas of association operations are influenced by their experience, work load, management contract and professional drive.

What are the Essential Duties of an HOA Manager?

  1. General Administration – including but not limited to:
  1. Maintenance of Common Areas – The manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of maintenance on behalf of the board including:
    • Knowing  the common areas like the back of his or her hand and work closely with the relevant service providers to insure all common areas are:
      • Safe
      • Well maintained
      • Properly insured
    • Ensuring contracts for services are appropriate, competitive and perform according to specifications
    • Completing special projects on time and within budget
    • Ensuring services get performed within budget.
    • Educating the Board ahead of time of forecasted budget overruns and given options on other ways to deal with expense variances
    • Implementing effective preventative maintenance schedule
    • Documenting and revising schedules when appropriate
    • Knowing who does what, when, where and why and have a schedule and associated costs so that you can:
    • Planning, communicating, implementing, evaluating, and adjusting accordingly
  1. Provision of Common Services – The association’s governing documents; management contract; budget; and Board of Directors are the drivers for this area.
    • The manager needs to fully understand what he or she is obligated to do:
    • The manager must understand that he or she has a moral obligation to uphold the association’s governing documents which have higher authority than any board of directors.
    • Conflicts in instructions or being asked to do something that is illegal or immoral is not a contractual obligation.
    • The manager has an obligation to honestly and legally perform services and should never do anything he or she feels is against the law or potentially liable to the association.
    • In providing common services, the Community Association Manager is responsible for several areas including but not limited to:
  1. Internal communications – The manager is responsible for:
    • Coordinating communications amongst Board members particularly when conducted via email; summarize results and ask Board to ratify at future meeting so it is read into minutes.
    • Compiling to-do and action items lists for Board, Manager, and Support Staff; with updates so all can track progress throughout the month.
    • Asking for clarification when he or she receives conflicting direction or doesn’t understand the information.
    • Managing Board communications point of contact(s):
      • A manager should not have five different ‘go to’ or ‘take direction from’ people on the board as this can create confusion
      • It is best when it can be agreed that, while the manager works with all the board members, he/she funnels his/her communication via the President and/or Treasurer.
  1. Financial Management
    • Understanding the association’s financial position
    • Reading and reporting on the financial statement
    • Monitoring the budget and forecasting the income and expenses monthly looking forward
    • Explaining the positive and negative variances of actual vs. budget as well as recommending how to deal with cost overrun
    • Managing affect accounts payable to insure invoices are paid correctly and only when services are verified, etc.
    • Implementing and managing a professionally aggressive assessment collection policy that adheres to the association’s documents yet provides results
    • Exhibiting sound budgeting finesse from a historical and forward thinking perspective
    • Conveying adaptability, flexibility and accountability
  1. Procurement of Insurance and Loans – no contract for insurance or loan should be secured without Board review and approval. However, the manager is responsible in:
    • Assisting in seeking viable insurance bids, preparing the applications, etc. and presenting the options to the Board
    • Recommending appointment of finance committee to work with treasurer and manager when seeking a loan
    • Looking to the association documents for the authority, obligation, and requirements first.
    • Knowing what maximum thresholds must be met.
    • Documenting the assets in a list, with values as well as photos.
    • Bringing competitive information and options to the Board in both arenas.
  1. Preparation of Tax Return and Other Reports
  • Ensuring that the board seeks and obtains insight and feedback from qualified, respected professionals within the Association Management industry including:
  • Presenting a variety of experienced bids to the board based on his or her depth of experience and business association relationships.
  • Developing and presenting a monthly manager’s report with topics including (some large scale on-site communities request weekly reports due to the high walk-in traffic issues).
    • Financial report and high-level summary
    • Collection report including accounts at or going to attorney
    • Deed restriction enforcement including those requiring board action
    • ARC including any requiring board action
    • Service Contracts – summary of all contracts as well as any that have been put out for bid for board consideration
    • Special requests, issues from residents or special projects
    • Operational trends
    • What is on the horizon for next 30-60-90 days
  • Knowing the deadlines for the state and federal required reports and working with the Board and their selected vendors to insure reports are filed accurately and timely.
  1. Assist the Board on Policy Matters
    • Evaluating current policies to see if they:
      • Comply with governing documents and state law
      • Are effective or need to be updated or extinguished
      • Even exist or not
    • Looking at all policies with these questions in mind:
      • Is it enforceable?
      • Is it necessary?
      • Is there a better way?
      • What is the best practice?
  1. Environmental Standards – The manager should work with the board to adopt resolutions based on identifying and defining different approaches to energy conservation based on the specific needs of the community including:
    • Evaluating common areas for green operations such as:
      • Utilize more energy efficient equipment and lighting
      • Reduce schedule for exterior and landscape lighting
      • Install modern timers on filtration systems
      • Plan sustainable landscaping
    • Looking for more ways to conserve natural resources such as water and electricity without detrimental effects to services or community curb appeal
    • Implementing Horticultural practices that can reduce landfill use:
      • Reduce lawn clipping waste
      • Consider more natural herbicides and fertilizers
      • Compost clippings and tree debris
      • Re-use as mulch after it is properly cured
    • Encouraging the residents to be more energy friendly and conservation minded:
      • Institute a recycling program to the community
      • Introduce water and electricity saving tips through newsletter and website articles
      • Seek out city and county incentive programs
Developing and adopting rules and procedures to address energy conservation activities including:
  • Clotheslines
  • Solar panels
  • Street lighting

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