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Job Posting: Cooperative Developer

The ICA Group, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing businesses and institutions that center worker voice, grow worker wealth, and build worker power, seeks a full-time Cooperative Developer to provide education, training, and technical assistance to workers who are transitioning their businesses to worker-owned cooperatives.

The Cooperative Developer will work with a team of consultants, analysts, and program staff. The work involves delivering curriculum that builds workers’ skills and understanding of the roles and responsibilities necessary to effectively manage, govern, and operate worker-owned businesses, while fostering empowerment and leadership.

This position can be based out of the ICA Group’s office in Boston or Northampton, Massachusetts. This position requires traveling within the United States approximately 1-2 times per month.

About the ICA Group

The ICA Group is a leading expert on worker ownership and the oldest national organization dedicated to the development of worker cooperatives. We are a mission-driven nonprofit organized as a worker cooperative and are dedicated to bringing strategic analysis and industry-focused supports to the worker ownership sector. Our business expertise is bolstered by a deep understanding of worker ownership and other worker-centered structures, and a commitment to serving low-wage workers and communities of color.

Key Responsibilities

Education and Training (50%)

  • Organize and facilitate meetings of employees and provide guidance on the potential purchase of their business
  • Participate in the development and delivery of a comprehensive educational program for workers that provides education on a range of topics, including:
    • What it means to be a worker-owner of a business
    • The process of converting a company to worker-ownership
    • Cooperative governance
    • Running effective meetings
    • Understanding business performance
  • Prepare instructional materials to facilitate all phases of training

Technical Assistance (40%):

  • Assist with the formation of worker steering committees to lead transition to worker ownership
  • Support clients in creating and implementing an effective governance system
  • Provide technical assistance to owners, workers, and boards of directors before, during and after a transition to worker ownership

Organizational Development (10%)

  • Identify and deliver insights from clients that will be broadly applicable to other areas of the ICA Group’s work
  • Contribute to the ICA Group’s strategy and communications by developing consulting tools and resources, generating research from client work, and serving as a subject matter resource

Minimum Requirements

  • Experience leading trainings and workshops on technical topics with adult learners
  • Ability to communicate with a broad range of people and institutions confidently and effectively, with a critical analysis of power, privilege, race, class and gender
  • Interest in developing trainings on cooperative principles and strategies

Additional Desired Capabilities

  • Three to five years of relevant work experience
  • Familiarity with cooperative business models
  • Experience with group facilitation, training, and coaching groups through decision-making processes
  • Experience managing group dynamics and conflict
  • Familiarity with participatory and popular education
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple concurrent projects and deadlines
  • Demonstrated team orientation and ability to provide and accept feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with diverse clients and stakeholders
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced and self-directed environment
  • Personal and intellectual commitment to systemic economic change
  • Excitement and interest in helping a growing organization scale effectively, and an enthusiastic interest in taking on new responsibilities and roles as this happens

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $75,000 and is commensurate with experience and local cost of living. The ICA Group provides a generous benefits package including 4 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays, 8 days of sick leave, and health insurance.

About Working at the ICA Group

The ICA Group is a rapidly growing nonprofit. 65% of staff have worked at ICA for 2 years or less. All staff members are expected to help build organizational capacity, processes, and culture. 60% of the ICA Group staff work in our offices in Northampton and Boston and 40% work remotely from east coast locations. We utilize technology and virtual meetings on a daily basis, and hold quarterly in-person meetings at our Northampton office. We are committed to a workplace culture that supports work-life balance and flexibility for working parents and other caregivers.

At the ICA Group, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that in order to build a new economy where working people lead and own democratic workplaces, leaders in cooperative development must reflect the communities they serve. We support equitable opportunities for all people and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, people of color, women, individuals from the LGBTQIAA+ community, and others who identify as a part of historically marginalized communities to apply for open positions at the ICA Group.

To Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by June 3rd. To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter as a single PDF and a short writing sample using this form

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