California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD) is a charitable non-profit dedicated to promoting cooperatives as a vibrant business model, in order to address the economic and social needs of California’s communities through education, development and technical assistance. CCCD helps people realize opportunities by working together through cooperative enterprises.
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- Dedicated to the non-profit mission of CCCD
- Committed to making a difference through cooperative development
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- Helping people to help themselves by addressing the need for jobs, farming opportunities, business development, housing, childcare and other services COOPERATIVELY!
- Helping existing cooperative businesses be the best they can be
- Always doing the best job possible
Worker Cooperatives Funds & Systems Development Associate: AmeriCorps VISTA
This position supports ongoing development and technical assitance to a worker-owned cooperative in the homecare industry. The cooperative, Co-op Home Care, a worker-owned cooperative of caregivers that will provide home care services for elderly and disabled individuals in Yolo County, CA. The project is premised on the beliefs that people who need home care support deserve quality services from a consistent caregiver, and caregivers deserve work stability, livable wages, and positive working conditions.
The worker cooperative does much more than create jobs: it serves as a vehicle for helping people to help themselves, stimulating empowerment that helps members realize the skills and abilities they have to transform themselves and their families. Worker cooperatives are owned and controlled by the worker members; co-ownership and democratic control of the business offer life-changing opportunities for worker members.
Funds & Systems Development Associate will work with the cooperative facilitator and members in developing a cohesive training plan that helps members monitor their business and prepares them to provide high quality professional in-home care services to clients. Position responsibilities include assisting with:
- Develop systems and strategies that streamline operations and create program efficiencies; assist project supervisors with implementing and monitoring operating systems
- Document model policies and procedures as they are ratified by the cooperative members; assist in the implementation of policies
- Develop a tracking system for managing and organizing public grants, private foundations, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and other fundraising and financing sources
- Research, track, and analyze market trends, statistical data, and other new developments in the home care industries
- Develop and manage a database of contacts including but not limited to government agencies, contractors, and community partners
- Track regulatory changes and legislation in the home care industries
This full-time position is open for immediate hire and requires a year-long commitment. The VISTA will be expected to work 35 hours per week; weekdays and occasional weekends or evenings. This postion is open for hybrid work and working remotely will also be considered. CCCD encourages professional growth through support to attend related conferences and trainings, reimbursement for work-related travel, internet, and phone usage, as well as gift cards to shop at the Davis Food Co-op. Holidays and time off are provided within the VISTA monthly living allowance.
INFO ABOUT VISTA & BENEFITS
AmeriCorps VISTA is an opportunity to provide service to improve communities while gaining valuable experiences and professional development training.
The AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer will receive a modest monthly living allowance of $1,393 in addition to healthcare benefits and end of service award (choice of a Segal Education Award worth approx. $6,000 or a cash stipend of $1,800). VISTA members will also receive health, dental, and vision insurance, relocation reimbursement, 10 days of PTO, 15 days of paid sick leave, and paid holidays. VISTAs are also eligible for the NCE hiring path to federal agencies.
Eligible VISTAs may also receive a relocation allowance and childcare benefit. Details can be found here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista/life-vistamember
WHEN & HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed as received.
Round 1: Applications accepted until 8/15. Start date: 9/15
Round 2: Applications accepted until 9/30. Start date: 10/30
Applicants will need to create an account on my.americorps.gov, if they don’t already have one: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do
Once you have registered, applicants will need to apply directly through the job listing on AmeriCorps website (see Co-op Home Care Systems and Fund Development Associate): https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=109590
Once your application has been received and reviewed, you may be contacted by CCCD for an interview. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email Pedro at email@example.com.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Associate’s degree (or equivalent) or higher from an accredited school or university plus skills listed.
- Bilingual Spanish-English verbal and writing preferred (but not required)
- Excellent communication and people skills
- Excellent skills in using Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Word
- Experience and/or coursework in education approaches and techniques
- Experience with and/or keen interest in learning popular education philosophy and techniques
- Ability to professionally communicate verbally and in writing
- Self-motivated, highly organized, and detail oriented
- Team player with a collaborative spirit
- Able to set priorities and creatively problem-solve
- Ability and comfort with juggling multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
CCCD welcomes applications for volunteer internships. Interns gain hands-on learning experiences but do not receive monetary compensation. Interns who are selected will work with staff to create a job description so that they have a defined focus.
Following are some of the areas where CCCD interns and volunteers have previously assisted:
- Research related to addressing economic and social issues using the cooperative business model including: agricultural cooperatives, housing cooperatives, child care cooperatives, worker cooperatives and other co-ops.
- Economic feasibility studies or business plans.
- Graphic Design: Creating promotional and educational materials using Adobe InDesign compatible software.
- Conference or event planning: organizing and implementation.
- Data entry and building databases.
- Grants: identification, writing, and submission.
- Social Media: Promotion and education of cooperatives and CCCD.
- Writing and reviewing articles.
- Website development and maintenance—For CCCD and cooperatives we develop
- Videography—Cooperative education
- Cooperative Development—includes assisting with the development process in specific cooperative sectors or projects (for example housing, agriculture, farming, worker co-ops, child care)
- Contributing expertise in housing, community development, tech/programing, accounting, business development, language translation (Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, etc.) or other areas.
Requirements and Skills
Ability to communicate and present ideas clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of diverse cultures; and possess excellent computer skills in word processing (and, as applicable, in other areas such as spreadsheets, databases, adobe suite or other programs). Must have the ability to work independently and be a team player.
Student internships are best suited for students who are juniors, seniors or in graduate school and have a major related to the area of work. We also welcome applications from non-student volunteers.
Internships range from 10-15 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months (or 2 quarters). Hours are flexible but generally involve traditional work hours and may include some evening and weekend hours if schedules permit.
Benefits Gained from a CCCD Internship
Interns enrich the work of our non-profit, and help CCCD further its mission by helping interns better understand cooperatives and our non-profit. Each internship has a particular focus or project to work on, and offers experience in one or more of the following areas: community development, writing, graphic design, research, business planning and development, event planning and implementation, applied agricultural economics, social media, grant writing, communication skills, data management, and work with people who come from many different backgrounds. Internships can help students integrate classroom knowledge with real-life experience, and provide anyone the opportunity to apply their skills and expertise, and generate a tangible product to showcase their abilities. We hope that interns also enrich their own lives by contributing to the cooperative movement.