Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) seeks an experienced, self-directed and collaborative person to join the staff of our dynamic national nonprofit organization. Our core work is supporting the expansion of democratic employee ownership of business as a strategy for racial, gender and economic equity.
DAWI’s Rapid Response Cooperative (RRC) Development Initiative creates replicable, out-of-the-box worker-owned businesses that provide a pathway to work for people with barriers to employment. DAWI partners with organizations and higher education institutions to develop cooperatives for their students and members who seek to work as consultants through an LLC cooperative entity. This professional staffing agency, named “Radiate Consulting Cooperative,” creates a vehicle for talented early-career professionals to find steady work in the field of their choice,to market their services, negotiate contracts, and access back-office services. DAWI has developed and vetted the intellectual property and processes to create multiple RRCs around the country. We are currently replicating this model with several different partners across the country, including community-based organizations, educational institutions and city governments.
About the Role
This is a new position on our Rapid Response Cooperative (RRC) Development team. It is a one-year full-time contract with the option (but no requirement) to grow, pending funding availability. The Business Developer will work closely with the RRC team, our institutional partners and interns, to coordinate and plan projects, conduct research, accomplish project goals and produce grant deliverables. They will play a central role on the team, by leading the research and development phase for new RRC projects, assisting with the development of new cooperatives and supporting the growth of the various Radiate entities.
The major duties and responsibilities of the role are as follows:
Project Management - 10%
Business Development - 65%
Training and Professional Development - 10%
Team Coordination and Organizational Participation - 15%
Experience, Skills and Qualities We Seek
We are seeking someone with strong business planning and project management skills, excellent proactive communication habits, and experience working with various partners (educational institutions, cooperative members, non profit organizations, technical assistance providers, trainers, vendors). Required for this job:
DAWI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit movement-based think-and-do tank that expands the promise of cooperative business ownership to communities most directly affected by economic, social, and racial inequality. We do research and advocacy; we develop tools and new models; we train worker-owners and developers; and we convene communities of practice to ensure that further growth in the worker cooperative movement reaches low-income people, BIPOC communities and recent immigrants. We are affiliated with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the national grassroots membership organization.
Schedule and Location
This is a full-time position. This position can be structured as a contractor or employee, to be negotiated according to duties and needs. We are a remote organization with offices in Oakland and New York. This allows us to have staff all over the country, and to create flexible working hours and locations. All staff and contractors are expected to be able and willing to learn and help improve the technological tools for remote working.
Compensation and Benefits
The range salary for this position is $55,000-70,000 and may be adjusted depending on experience. DAWI offers medical, dental and vision benefits; generous paid time off; and 4013b plan.
How to Apply
Email a cover letter, resume, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply: July 21, 2021
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) is committed to a multi-racial and class-diverse staff that reflects the future of worker cooperatives. Women, people of color and others who may be underrepresented at senior levels of the nonprofit workforce are strongly encouraged to apply. DAWI is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. It is the policy of DAWI to comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, DAWI is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Accordingly, DAWI will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any supervisor, coworker, vendor, client, or customer of DAWI.
Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) seeks an experienced, self-directed and collaborative person to join the staff of our dynamic national nonprofit organization. Our core work is supporting the expansion of democratic employee…