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Job Posting: Program Director

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 Program Director to lead ICA’s regional work in New York City and with the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership.

The Program Director will work with a team of consultants, analysts, and program staff. The work involves developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, providing support to business owners, and building a communications strategy in order to foster a culture of regional employee ownership.

This position can be based out of the ICA Group’s office in Boston, Northampton, or New York City. This position requires frequent regional travel between Massachusetts and New York.

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

Program Vision and Leadership (30%)

  • Work closely with ICA’s leadership and program staff to shape the vision, scope, and strategy for ICA’s regional work in New York City and Massachusetts
  • Ensure timely execution of milestones, reporting to clients and funders, and high-quality work-product
  • Serve as a thought leader on employee ownership and maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending trainings and workshops, reviewing professional publications, and establishing personal networks

Outreach and Relationship Management (40%) 

  • Develop and implement a regional outreach strategy that supports an increase in employee ownership in the Massachusetts and New York City regions 
  • Identify, develop, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders including leaders in the legislature, city council, small business administration, and local coalition partners 
  • Work with ICA’s regional outreach managers to build a pipeline of businesses interested in converting to employee ownership 
  • Shape ICA’s public work in Massachusetts and New York City by organizing and attending public events
  • Provide direct support to small businesses pursuing employee ownership

Communications (20%)

  • Serve as a spokesperson for ICA at regional conferences, events, and meetings 
  • Develop resources and materials about employee ownership 
  • Partner with the ICA communications team to develop a regional strategy to promote employee ownership

Organizational Development (10%)

  • Serve as a leader within ICA and work with other program leads to expand ICA’s mission and national reach
  • 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

  • Demonstrated organizational leadership, including effective management of program deliverables, team management, and ability to effectively delegate and manage program team capacity
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating and managing strategic partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including elected officials, public agencies, and community-based organizations 
  • 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 building the field of employee ownership

Additional Desired Capabilities

  • 7+ years of relevant professional experience and/or education 
  • Familiarity with cooperative business models
  • Experience developing and managing outreach campaigns
  • Advanced knowledge of political landscape in New York City and/or Massachusetts 
  • 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 $72,000 to $80,000 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 August 5, 2019. 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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