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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.

Currently open positions with the California Center for Cooperative Development:

Join CCCD's team of cooperative specialists dedicated to making a difference through cooperative development!

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Agriculture Cooperative Development Specialist
Specialists assists in starting new cooperatives providing technical assistance to existing cooperatives.  Responsibilities encompass governance, finance, marketing, business formation, feasibility analyses, business planning, and regulatory compliance. Apply Today! 
Tuesday, January 18, or until filled

Training & Education Associate: AmeriCorps VISTA Position

Communications Associate: AmeriCorps VISTA Position

POSITIONS REOPENED for 2022!
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities Ongoing

Inquiries by e-mail only.

The California Center for Cooperative Development is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Agriculture Cooperative Development Specialist

Position Description
The position will support the development of agricultural and food cooperatives. This includes assistance with starting a new cooperative or converting an existing business to a cooperative. Technical assistance includes education about cooperatives, and helping existing cooperatives with governance, finance, marketing, business formation, feasibility analyses, business planning, and regulatory compliance. This position also includes assisting in the development and support of worker co-op farms. Current agricultural projects include those with fruit, vegetable, meat processing, and row crops, and includes working with other local technical assistance provider partners for each project. Many of our projects involve speakers with English as a second language.

The Ideal Candidate
1) has the ability to listen to and understand the needs of clients and empathize and engage with diverse communities, particularly those that have been historically disenfranchised; 2) can identify tools and responses to client needs while also developing solutions and resources if they don’t already exist; 3) be willing to work as a team to forward the mission of CCCD; 4) be flexible and open to a growing non-profit and the shifting landscape of agriculture.

Primary Responsibilities

Program support and development including:  

  • Providing technical assistance in the development and support of agriculture co-ops and worker co-op farms 
  • Completing market research and feasibility studies, including conducting producer surveys, interviews with key informants, and building financial pro-formas 
  • Administering annual conference for agriculture directors and executives (with the assistance of support staff); and coordinating ag and food coop workshops for our annual California Co-op Conference 
  • Work with partners in assisting food cooperatives, and coordinating programs for them 
  • Evaluating potential projects and developing fee for service contracts and grant proposals  
  • Preparing and monitoring project budgets, timelines, workplans, and progress reports for grant and other funding sources 
  • Developing training materials (presentations and written materials), and convening trainings 
  • Responding to general inquiries that CCCD receives regarding agricultural cooperatives 
  • Willing to learn about, and work with, other types of cooperatives 

Requirements

  • 3 years of combined experience working in agriculture, fresh fruit/veg distribution, or related 
  • Experience/knowledge with farming or agriculture production 
  • Experience conducting research including designing written surveys, conducting interviews, and analyzing data 
  • Strong communication, facilitation, writing, and presentation skills 
  • Conference and event coordinating experience 
  • Self-motivated, highly organized team player 
  • An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit 
  • Driver’s license and ability to travel statewide an average 2-3 times per month; occasional national travel 
  • Knowledge and experience with common tools for word processing, financial analysis, and data processing such as MS Word, Excel, and Salesforce 
  • BA or MS in Agricultural Economics, Managerial Economics, Community Development, or other field related to agriculture (degree may be substituted with extensive experience) 
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.A. 
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly encouraged 

Preferred Experience

  • Experience running a farm or starting or operating another type of business or organization related to agriculture or food 
  • Experience with the workings of agriculture, worker, and food cooperatives 
  • Familiar with Organic, GAP/GHP/GMP standards and certification schemes 
  • Hands-on farm experience 
  • Engagement with statewide/regional ecosystem of farm organizations  
  • Experience delivering assistance and training to cooperatives 
  • Understands cooperative business principles in agriculture 
  • Experience in grant writing and reporting 
  • Familiar with different methods of meeting facilitation and decision-making processes 

Hours
Full time exempt, includes regular travel statewide and occasional nationwide travel.

Salary
$50,000 - $68,000 per year, depending on experience; paid vacation and sick leave, health plan and retirement benefits.

Physical Requirements
This position requires travel from 2 to 8 days per month using automobile and airline transportation, including overnight visits. Work performed in an office requires ability to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment, including telephone, for six or more hours per day, and the ability to visit agricultural sites with uncultivated terrain.

Application Process
Deadline: January 18, 2022, but open until filled. Applicant must submit a completed CCCD application (including 3 references), full resume, and a brief cover letter by email to CCCD at coops@cccd.coop (subject line: “Cooperative Development Specialist Position”) or mailed to: CCCD, 979 F St. Suite A, Davis, CA 95616. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Training & Education Associate: AmeriCorps VISTA Position

This position supports an economic development initiative, Co-op Home Care, a worker-owned cooperative of caregivers that will provide quality and compassionate 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. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Training & Education 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:

  • designing a multi-year training program that incorporates the business plan, reflects the goals of the co-op, and includes caregiving and business management topics  
  • developing enduring training materials using a variety of mediums  
  • implementing the training curriculum and providing one-on-one or group trainings to worker-members 
  • organizing team-building activities, financial literacy and paraprofessional development workshops, and caregiving trainings and certification courses  
  • documenting model policies and procedures as they are ratified by the worker-members 
  • implementing curriculum so that it is effective in training members to become trainers  
  • promoting worker empowerment in a manner that maintains and strengthens trust between and among the non-profit and the co-op members 
  • maintaining accurate records of members and professional development 

CCCD POSITION
This is a full-time position with a year-long commitment. The VISTA will be expected to work 35 hours per week; weekdays and occasional weekends or evenings. CCCD encourages professional growth through support to attend related conferences and trainings, reimbursement for work-related travel, as well as a monthly gift card to shop at the Davis Food Co-op. Holidays and time off is provided within the VISTA monthly living allowance. 

INFO ABOUT VISTA and 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). 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 and HOW TO APPLY
POSITION REOPENED for 2022!
    ROUND 1: Applications accepted until 1/30. Start date: 3/14/2022
    ROUND 2: Applications accepted until 2/28. Start date: 4/14/2022
    ROUND 3: Applications accepted until 3/27. Start date: 5/9/2022

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 websitehttps://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=94134  

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 Jamie at jduong@cccd.coop.  

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university plus skills listed. 

SKILLS

  • 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

 

Communications Associate: AmeriCorps VISTA Position

This position will be supporting CCCD in the development of a worker-owned home care cooperative, Co-op Home Care. The co-op is an economic initiative that aims to address two needs in the community: the shortage of home care services for the elderly and the low wages and poor working conditions of home care workers. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Communications Associate will work with the Cooperative Facilitator and members in supporting cooperative success through outreach, education and marketing that informs the community about the co-op, and helps the co-op business thrive. Responsibilities include assisting with: 

• Identifying and conducting outreach to community organizations to initiate professional relationships between the cooperative and potential stakeholders 
• Developing and utilizing an outreach toolkit that incorporates social media, website posts and other forms of outreach 
• Caregiver recruitment to grow job creation 
• Encouraging worker-members to become community ambassadors by helping them learn skills associated with engendering professionalism 
• Coordinating group presentations and workshops within the local community to promote the co-op's mission and services 
• Assisting in designing an evaluation system and materials to be used for gathering member and client feedback 
• Attend local community events and engage in other promotional events with worker-members 
• Organizing fundraising events and other community engagement opportunities 

CCCD POSITION
This is a full-time position with a year-long commitment. The VISTA will be expected to work 35 hours per week; weekdays and occasional weekends or evenings. CCCD encourages professional growth through support to attend related conferences and trainings, reimbursement for work-related travel, as well as a monthly gift card to shop at the Davis Food Co-op. Holidays and time off is provided within the VISTA monthly living allowance. 

INFO ABOUT VISTA and 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). 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 and HOW TO APPLY 
POSITION REOPENED for 2022!
    ROUND 1: Applications accepted until 1/30. Start date: 3/14/2022
    ROUND 2: Applications accepted until 2/28. Start date: 4/14/2022
    ROUND 3: Applications accepted until 3/27. Start date: 5/9/2022

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: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=94137  

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 Jamie at jduong@cccd.coop

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or university plus skills listed. 

SKILLS 
• Excellent communication and people skills 
• Competency using Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Word 
• Experience and comfort with computer and web-based communications: Facebook, website posting and email communication programs like Constant Contact 
• Self-motivated, highly organized team player 
• Ability to professional communicate verbally and in writing 
• Able to set priorities and creatively problem-solve 
• Ability and comfort with juggling multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment  
• An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit 

 

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.

Time Commitment
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. 

How Do I Apply?
To apply, please complete this application and submit it via email to: info@cccd.coop Subject: Internship