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November 6th, 2014

CooperationTX_Logo-web-transparentEDUCATION & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Organizational Overview

Founded in October 2009 in response to growing economic inequality, Cooperation Texas is an Austin-based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives in Texas. We believe everyone deserves equal access to dignified employment, which is why we place those most directly affected by social and economic inequality at the center of our work. We provide education, training and technical assistance to existing and start-up worker cooperatives in all sectors of the economy, helping launch and strengthen businesses across Texas that put people and the planet first.

Position Summary

The Education & Outreach Coordinator builds awareness of and support for worker cooperatives in Texas. While all small businesses face significant challenges, worker cooperatives confront additional obstacles as a result of widespread gaps in knowledge of the cooperative model and its benefits among workers, consumers, financial institutions, and professional service providers. The Education & Outreach Coordinator creates a more hospitable environment for worker cooperatives to thrive through education, outreach and movement building — leveling the playing field for the development and support of a new economy based on democracy, sustainability and cooperation.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate workshops/presentations on the worker cooperative model in schools, churches and other community-based organizations.
  • Plan creative and engaging educational events throughout the year.
  • Supervise volunteers/interns to support outreach & education efforts.
  • Develop and foster relationships with community-based partners and allies.
  • Write, edit and oversee the design and reproduction of outreach/educational materials, including brochures, newsletters, t-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc.
  • Manage online communications, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blog.
  • Assist in the coordination of quarterly fundraising events.
  • Attend board meetings as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Computer literacy in Word, Excel, Email and Internet.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Commitment to social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience with social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Sense of humor and cooperative attitude.
  • Public speaking and meeting facilitation.

Desired Qualifications

  • A commitment to grow with the organization.
  • Spanish-language proficiency.
  • Experience with economic development or community organizing.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with popular education.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with cooperatives and democratically-run organizations.
  • Graphic design skills.

Compensation

  • $35-40K/year, depending on experience.
  • Health care
  • Paid Time Off
  • Professional development opportunities

To apply:

Send a resume, cover letter and three references to info@cooperationtexas.coop.  We will accept applications until November 30th, or until the position is filled.

Get your Co-op Principles Posters Today!

October 28th, 2014

all-posters-1Cooperatives can be found all over the globe in various shapes and sizes, from small-scale coffee producers in Latin America to worker-owned high-tech enterprises in Spain. Yet all cooperatives, regardless of their shape, size or location, share a common set of principles that serve as the foundation for a broader cooperative movement worldwide:

1) Open and Voluntary Membership
2) Democratic Member Control
3) Member Economic Participation
4) Autonomy and Independence
5) Education, Information and Training
6) Cooperation Among Cooperatives
7) Concern for Community

Born out of the experience of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England, these principles form the backbone of the cooperative economy, serving as “guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice”—values such as self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.

In the spirit of the 5th cooperative principle, we teamed up with our board member, Christie Zangrilli of Zangrilli Creative, to create these beautiful posters to spread the “nature and benefits of cooperation”.  ORDER YOUR SET TODAY!

Join Cooperation Texas for its 5th Year Anniversary Party

September 28th, 2014

 

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Five years ago, we founded the first organization dedicated to creating dignified jobs through the development, support, and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives in Texas. We have come a long way since then and it’s time to celebrate! Join us for our 5th Anniversary Party!

Keynote by: Ed Whitfield

Food by: Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Drinks by: 4th Tap Brewing Co-op

Music by: Como Las Movies

Tickets: $20

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Sustainer Appreciation Day: Food, Dranks, and Many Thanks!

August 25th, 2014

Every month, a committed group of Texans make a donation to Cooperation Texas, contributing to the creation of dignified jobs that give workers more ownership and control over their workplace, and therefore their lives. Our MONTHLY SUSTAINERS are helping build a new economy in Texas that puts people and the planet over profit. We are deeply grateful for all of our MONTHLY SUSTAINERS. That’s why we want to celebrate YOU with a drink and food on the house at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery!

If you’re not a MONTHLY SUSTAINER of Cooperation Texas and would like to join in on the fun, sign up for as little as $10/month (or more!) before September 25th and get a free drink and food at Black Star!

RSVP on Facebook HERE.

When: Thursday, September 25th, from 6-8pm

Where: Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Why: Because you believe a new economy is not only possible, but necessary.

New infographic highlights the benefits & impact of cooperatives

August 14th, 2014

A new infographic from the Democracy Collaborative highlights the benefits and impact of cooperatives.

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