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Cooperative Membership Organizer

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The Raise-Op Housing Cooperative is seeking candidates to fulfill the role of Cooperative Membership Organizer (CMO), beginning Fall/Winter 2021. The Raise-Op seeks a candidate who is excited to build relationships with a diverse and growing group of residents in Downtown Lewiston. The primary responsibility of this position is to empower current and future Members by fostering new and continuing relationships among Members, and by supporting Members to build skills and manage their own buildings efficiently. The CMO will maintain regular contact with members, create systems for increased member engagement, and support and participate in committee work for these purposes.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZING

Raise-Op seeks an Organizer to help build and maintain a strong resident-led housing cooperative. Supported by other staff, the CMO will be the primary staff member responsible for:

Training & Outreach

  • Work closely with residents to implement collective self-management
  • Refine and deliver training curriculum to membership 
  • Designing and conduct workshops on Raise-Op’s work within the context of a movement for housing justice
  • Regular communication with  Members, including 1:1 check-ins  

      Events

  • Annual membership meeting
  • Community events
  • Co-op tours

Asset Management

  • Coordinate between residents, committees, and maintenance and repair professionals to address short and long-term physical needs of our homes

EMPLOYEE QUALIFICATIONS


The successful candidate will: 

  • Have prior community organizing and leadership development experience 
  • Have experience in meeting facilitation 
  • Possess the ability to work closely within a small team and incorporate constructive feedback and training within their work flow.
  • Be self-motivated and self-directed
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to listen with empathy
  • Work well with people of different abilities, cultures, races, identities, and incomes
  • Be able to speak, read, and write in English fluently
  • Be able to perform light physical tasks (cleaning, moving items, using hand tools, climbing stairs)
  • Have competency with technology and online platforms such as Zoom, Google Workspace
  • Demonstrate commitment to racial, social, and economic justice, and deep alignment with the Raise-Op’s mission and cooperative values

Bonus: 

  • Cooperative development knowledge 
  • Has lived experience of Downtown Lewiston and its social complexities
  • Speaks Somali, Mai Mai, French, Arabic, and/or Portuguese
  • Some experience in building maintenance (carpentry, electrical, and/or plumbing)
  • Demonstrated competencies in low-barrier and trauma informed services
  • Experience in conflict resolution
  • Assertive communication skills 
  • Fundraising experience: Donor Relations and Grant Writing

We believe in a diverse workforce and value lived experience. We highly encourage Black, Brown, Disabled, Immigrant, LGBTQIA+, Women, Poor, and Working Class identified candidates to apply.  All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.

Download full job description and application instructions at www.raiseop.com.

The Raise-Op Housing Cooperative is seeking candidates to fulfill the role of Cooperative Membership Organizer (CMO), beginning Fall/Winter 2021. The Raise-Op seeks a candidate who is excited to build relationships with a diverse and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 23, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$41,000 - $45,760

Benefits

20 Days PTO, 12 Paid Holidays, Paid Parental Leave, Healthcare Reimbursement (HC) up to $250/mo. HC Reimbursements rollover each month, and expire at the end of each calendar year.

20 Days PTO, 12 Paid Holidays, Paid Parental Leave, Healthcare Reimbursement (HC) up to $250/mo. HC Reimbursements rollover each month, and expire at the end of each calendar year.

Level of Language Proficiency

Be able to speak, read, and write in English fluently.

Be able to speak, read, and write in English fluently.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Lewiston, ME
Associated Location
145 Pierce St, Lewiston, ME 04240, USA
Office 102

How to Apply

If you are excited about this job, tell us why in your cover letter. Many skills can be learned on the job or through training, but enthusiasm cannot be taught. In addition to training on the job, it is a goal of the Raise-Op to offer Professional Development Opportunities to our staff that enrich the experience of being an employee and support the cooperative in our mission. 

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to Raiseop207@gmail.com

If you are excited about this job, tell us why in your cover letter. Many skills can be learned on the job or through training, but enthusiasm cannot be taught. In addition to training on…

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