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Program: Worker Cooperative Program within Adult Employment Program, Center for Family Life
The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park promotes and supports the founding of cooperative businesses as part of our community development initiative. Our mission is to provide support and consultation services to worker-owner cooperatives based on principles of social justice, equality, and democracy.
We focus on helping to develop cooperatives that focus on fair wages, safe working conditions, and respect for the environment.
Under the auspices of our Adult Employment Program, we have partnered with community members and incubated five worker cooperatives and one collective since June 2006. Our work has received recognition by Speaker Christine Quinn, the GEO Collective, and the United Nations 2012 Year of the Cooperatives.
Serve as one of the Center for Family Life's Cooperative Developers for the Sunset Park Cooperatives as well as new projects that arise. Provide consultation based on the developmental stage of each coop.
Provide consultation based on the developmental stage of each coop.
o Attend weekly coop meetings in the evenings and weekends.
o Support the various coop committees and the development of leadership of those members in particular.
o Support the office managers of the various coops and the respective office committees.
Develop new cooperatives based on the readiness and interest of CFL and the community members.
Collaborate with ED and Development Staff in seeking ongoing project funding and reporting to current funders.
Coordinate process of legal incorporation and governance of coops with attorneys. Development of ongoing technical and leadership trainings.
Develop, review and assist in implementing marketing strategy with coop members. Assist in maintaining customer contact database / member information.
Work with members to develop sales promotions, e-newsletters, and updates to the website. Outreach to media.
Education/Degree: B.A. or M.A. level in Social Work, Sociology, or other related field. Business development experience is preferred.
Years of Experience: 3-5 years community organizing, cooperative development, or business development advising.
A strong interest/background in worker-cooperative business development, community organizing, worker/immigrant rights and, 2-3 years experience with social group work including meeting facilitation and coordination, democratic decision-making and mediation. Groups will range from 15 to 50 people.
Ability to learn quickly and be interested in developing a variety of new skills; be able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines; have the ability to work both autonomously and in a team.
Willingness to engage with the cooperative members, the customers of the coops, and other individuals and organizations supporting the development of the cooperative businesses.
Experience interacting with the press as well as supporting cooperative members with public speaking engagements.
Superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated experience of written and oral presentation skills.
Entrepreneurial/Business skills are preferred.
Experience with community organizing.
Experience with working in Latino/a immigrant communities. Work in other immigrant communities is a plus.
Required to write, read and speak fluently in Spanish and English.
Experience with media, and communications messaging a plus.
How TO APPLY:
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO FURTHER INQUIRE ABOUT THE POSITION ABOVE PLEASE SEND A COPY OF YOUR COVER LETTER INDICATING YOUR POSITION OF INTEREST ALONGSIDE A RESUME TO THE INDIVIDUAL LISTED BELOW VIA EMAIL:
Name/Title: Vanessa Bransburg, Director of Cooperative Development
Email: email@example.com (Please no phone calls)