AORTA is hiring!

We are very excited to share that we are hiring new worker-owner candidates.

See below for the information.

Information about AORTA.

AORTA is a worker-owned cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training, and planning.

Our work ranges from one-time trainings and workshops to long-term consulting processes focused on supporting our clients with everything from policy development to strategic planning to anti-oppressive organizational transformation.

AORTA is currently made up of 5 worker-owners, all of whom are also founders, and one part-time administrative employee. This is the first time we are hiring new worker-owners. We are young organization, founded 5 years ago and legally incorporated as a cooperative less than a year ago.

As members of a cooperative, we are not just workers or co-workers, but are committed to supporting each other and other cooperatives. AORTA is more than a job; it is a project that we are passionate about, a support system, and a space to enact and build our politics and our vision for the world and the movements we want to see.

We are hiring new worker owners.

We are looking to hire up to three part-time or full-time worker-owners, ranging from 20-40 hours a week. We are only looking to hire people interested in being a worker-owner. We are looking for potential worker owners who are excited about committing to the cooperative for at least 5 years. We are strongly invested in our points of unity (which can be found on our website) as an organization, and would expect a new worker-owner to share those values.

While we prefer the person or persons we hire to be located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin area, or the Northeast, we are willing to consider applicants from anywhere in the US. Due to the nature of our work, all members must have the ability and flexibility to work occasional odd hours, long hours, and weekend days.

Because we are a small business, we all share the work involved in running our business. However, we envision hiring people who would primarily be plugging into our client work. You would join us in working with other cooperatives (worker, housing, and food), student groups, community organizations, and social and economic justice nonprofits as facilitators of workshops, meetings, retreats, and conflict resolution processes and consultants on organizational capacity, transformation, and development.

We are looking to build up an internship/leadership development pipeline in our organization, as well as our capacity to coordinate volunteers and are interested in hiring people who can support that development.

This is who we are looking for.

We are looking for people who have an unwavering commitment to social justice. We want people who are excited about the prospect of working with organizations to help them transform and grow, who feel passionately about building leader-full movements, and who feel energized and confident facilitating large groups of people in meetings, workshops, and retreats. We want people who have a solid foundational understanding of cooperatives and solidarity economics, and energy to build up this area of expertise.

We all currently are engaged in political work outside of our business that helps to inform, grow, and challenge AORTA as an organization. We want to bring on people who are similarly engaged in their communities and movements.

Please see our general candidate criteria for more information about what we are looking for.

Priority Skills and Experience

  • A high level of competency facilitating workshops, trainings, meetings, retreats, and other collective processes. Must be able to discuss race, class, gender, and other issues of power and identity with ease and comfort.
  • Experience working in or with worker (or other) cooperatives
  • Experience doing popular education/radical pedagogy
  • Experience developing and designing innovative and engaging curriculum
  • Organization skills, in particular time management and project management
  • Experience and competency working with communities of color
  • Experience with volunteer and intern management/coordination

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience working remotely and/or with a distributed team
  • Fluency in one or more languages other than English (especially Spanish)
  • Community organizing experience
  • Strong communication skills, including:
    • written communication skills (ability to communicate complex points concisely and clearly; ability to create thorough and engaging reports and resources; ability to respond fully, clearly, and reliably to email), and
    • verbal communication skills (ability to speak confidently and clearly with clients about our work, ability to communicate respectfully and directly with co-workers and clients, ability to navigate tense or challenging interpersonal dynamics in a way that aims for resolution and de-escalation)
  • Democratic decision-making experience
  • Experience working with poor and working-class communities
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Capacity for travel
  • Business management skills (finance, marketing, etc)
  • Digital communications and social media skills
  • Networking and relationship building skills
  • Consulting experience
  • Attention to detail, complemented by the ability to see the big picture

All about the benefits, logistics, and compensation.

There is a one year candidacy period, during which you will be an “employee.” After passing the one year candidacy period, you become a worker-owner. Owners are required to contribute a $2000 buy-in, which can be paid in installments or deducted from your paycheck over a chosen period of time. We prioritize longevity over ability to work full time; we are looking for potential worker-owners who are excited about committing to the cooperative for at least 5 years.

Worker-owners become eligible for profit sharing after they have passed their one-year candidacy period. We offer about four weeks of paid time off a year, and have policies in place for short paid sabbaticals every other year as well as a longer paid sabbaticals every 5 years. We are not currently able to offer health benefits. We are a young organization, and are budgeting and planning to be able to do so in the near future.

We pay ourselves based on a needs-based model of payment. The starting wage is $15/hour. It may be adjusted upwards from there based on cost of living in your city, number of dependents, and disability/health care needs. Wage adjustments are decided upon at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Our worker-owners are distributed across the country. Most of us work from home; we do not currently budget to compensate workers for office rental, cell phone service, or internet service.

Here is how you apply.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to hiring by June 30th, 2015.

People of Color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, and women are encouraged to apply.

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