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About Us

The Working World builds cooperative businesses using a groundbreaking model that combines non-extractive finance with tailor-made technical support. In the last fifteen years, we have lent over $16 million to more than 300 worker cooperatives in Argentina, Nicaragua, and the United States, resulting in growing businesses, jobs created, more workers in positions of ownership, and real community wealth building. Our goals are idealistic, but our methods are practical – our team has experience in business strategy, community economic development, and finance, and we work for concrete results with maximum impact. We support sustainability and autonomy in communities that have been most impacted by the extractive economy, deindustrialization and systemic discrimination, paving the way for a new, democratic and sustainable economy in NYC and beyond.

Current Positions:

Senior Project Officer

Our Senior Project Officers lead our work with worker cooperatives as well as other strategic projects. Thoughtful, adaptable, and organized, Senior Project Officers measure progress on business goals of cooperatives and problem solve with cooperatives, lead community events and business workshops, and guide junior staff navigate business challenges and workflow.

Our target start date is August 5, 2019 for one full-time position in New York, NY.

Read more and how to apply here.

Associate Project Officer

Our Associate Project Officers are our main point of contact with worker cooperatives,  Adaptable, organized, and self-starters, Associate Project Officers provide research and financial analysis, prepare new investments and business plans, and facilitate workshops and community events.

Our target start date is August 5, 2019 for one full-time position in New York, NY.

Read more and how to apply here.

Associate Project Officer

We’re looking for someone deeply committed to social and economic justice, with some basic knowledge of business development. Business- and/or social justice-related academic or extracurricular work is a plus, especially as it shows commitment to community economic development and familiarity with the day-to-day work involved. Associate Project Officers will have to learn and apply basic cooperative business concepts as they collaborate with worker-owners to develop and implement business plans.  Candidates must have exceptional social skills, a deep desire to learn about cooperative business, and be eager to engage deeply with the businesses and workers that we support.

We are looking for people who are equally idealistic and practical, and who are open and eager to learn The Working World’s lending methodology and approach. Candidates must also be organized self-starters and have the patience and drive to work toward longer-term goals.

Ideally, we are looking for candidates from or with extensive experience in the different communities we work with, particularly African-American, Latino, and/or immigrant communities.

Our target start date is August 5, 2019 for one full-time position in New York, NY.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Support in the coordination and facilitation of weekly meetings with cooperatives and worker-owners both on- and off-site, sometimes outside of regular work hours
  • Support Senior Project Officers in research and financial analyses to prepare new investments and business plans
  • Measure progress on business goals and problem-solve with cooperatives, assisting with key business functions when necessary
  • Develop weekly progress reports and participate in team troubleshooting meetings
  • Help organize and facilitate community events and cooperative business workshops

 

Key Qualifications:
  • B.A., or equivalent experience
  • Strong interest in economic justice and cooperative development
  • Some work or volunteer experience in economic justice, community development, business and entrepreneurship, public administration, and/or community organizing
  • Experience working in African-American, Latino and/or immigrant communities and with women entrepreneurs
  • Spanish proficiency strongly preferred
  • Business development knowledge, including feasibility studies, project planning, and financial projections, a plus
  • Experience with community organizing a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

 

How to apply:

Email cover letter and resume to [email protected].  Be sure to include “Associate Project Officer” in the subject line of the email.

Location: New York, NY
Application deadline: June 21, 2019
Education requirements: 4-year degree, or equivalent experience
Employment type: Full time
Salary details: Salary commensurate with experience

 

 

Senior Project Officer

This position is for someone with relevant professional experience working in business, finance and/or economic development in marginalized communities. This experience could include relevant academic work in Master’s programs and/or significant professional experience working as an economic development practitioner, educator, community organizer, or related role in working-class and/or historically marginalized communities. Candidates must be passionately committed to economic justice and eager to engage deeply with the businesses we support.

Our target start date is August 5, 2019 for one full-time position in New York, NY.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly meetings with cooperatives and worker-owners both on- and off-site, sometimes outside of regular work hours
  • Lead research and financial analyses to prepare new investments and business plan
  • Measure progress on business goals and problem-solve with cooperatives, assisting with key business functions when necessary
  • Develop weekly progress reports and participate in team troubleshooting meetings
  • Help Junior staff prepare for meetings and navigate business challenges
  • Lead community events and cooperative business workshops
  • Partner with organizational and government affiliates
  • Contribute to organizational strategic planning and growth

 

Key Qualifications:
  • Significant post-undergraduate experience in Economic Development, Business, Public Administration, Community Organizing, or other related field.  Experience could be in the form of further education, such as a Master’s degree, or relevant professional work
  • Business development knowledge, including feasibility studies, project planning, and financial projections
  • Strong interest and/or background in cooperative development and economic justice
  • Experience working in African-American, Latino and/or immigrant communities and with women entrepreneurs
  • Spanish proficiency strongly preferred
  • Experience with community organizing a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

 

How to apply:

Email cover letter and resume to [email protected].  Be sure to include “Associate Project Officer” in the subject line of the email.

Location: New York, NY
Application deadline: June 21, 2019
Education requirements: 4-year degree, or equivalent experience
Employment type: Full time
Salary details: Salary commensurate with experience

 

While we endeavor to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.

The Working World is committed to a diverse staff team and encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Staff are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with federal and state law.