Job Announcement: Humane Resources Coordinator

The deadline to apply for this position has passed; we are no longer accepting applications.

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-off 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 13 workers, 8 of whom worker-owners (4 of whom are also founders) and 5 of whom are candidates to become worker-owners. AORTA is distributed across the U.S. with workers based in NY, PA, MA, VT, NC, LA, MN, CA, and OR.

Our work and client base has grown rapidly in the last few years; we have identified a need for additional support with human resource and administrative coordination.

As members of a cooperative, we are not just workers or coworkers, 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 a new Humane Resources Coordinator

We are looking to hire one worker-owner candidate for a 20-hour-per-week position. We are only looking to hire someone interested in becoming a worker-owner. We are looking for a potential worker-owner who is excited about committing to the cooperative for at least 5 years. We are strongly invested in our organizational points of unity (which can be found here), and would expect a new worker-owner to share those values.

This is a remote work-from-home position. We prefer the person we hire to be located in NY, PA, MA, VT, NC, LA, MN, CA, and OR, but are open to other locations within the U.S.. Work hours are flexible, with occasional requests to travel to in-person retreats.

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 note that facilitating and consulting are not part of this role; HR experience and/or HR competencies are a must.

Priority Skills and Experience

  • Skill and experience in human-centered, emotionally intelligent HR practices (thus the word “Humane” in the position title);
  • Skill and experience in business operations;
  • Democratic decision-making experience;
  • Commitment to transformative justice framework;
  • High level of organization and attention to detail, complemented by the ability to see the big picture;
  • Able to research & provide information for decision-making;
  • Aligned with AORTA values, willing to stray from mainstream “best practices” to meet our unique HR needs;
  • Comfortable with virtual workplace;
  • Experience with democratic management; ability to work democratically;
  • Experience being a part of multi-race, multi-class, multi-age groups.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience working in worker (or other) cooperatives;
  • Experience working remotely and/or with a distributed team;
  • Experience with tools and practices for project management;
  • Experience with digital security and workplace technology;
  • Fluency in one or more languages other than English (especially Spanish);
  • Strong communication skills, including:
    • written communication skills (ability to communicate complex points concisely and clearly; ability to respond fully, clearly, and reliably to email), and
    • verbal communication skills (ability to communicate respectfully and directly with co-workers, ability to navigate tense or challenging interpersonal dynamics in a way that aims for resolution and de-escalation);
  • Creative problem-solving skills;
  • Networking and relationship building skills.

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 are looking for a potential worker-owner who are excited about committing to the cooperative for at least 5 years.

Worker benefits include:

  • Worker-owners become eligible for profit sharing after they have passed their one-year candidacy period. For a full-time worker-owner, average annual patronage earned is currently $7,500, paid out over 2-4 years. (This is dependent on the co-op’s overall earnings and is not guaranteed.)
  • We offer
    • 20 days of paid time off a year;
    • 13 paid holidays a year;
    • Short paid sabbaticals every other year as well as a longer paid sabbatical every 6 years;
    • Dental insurance for those working more than 23 hours a week;
    • Vision insurance for those working 20 hours per week or more;
    • Health Reimbursement Arrangement for those working at least 17.5 hours/week that covers qualifying expenses up to $5,050/year;
    • Reimbursements for coworking or office space rental;
    • Reimbursements for other business expenses such as computers, phone plans, internet, software, office supplies, etc;
    • Parental leave of up to 6 months, 9 weeks of which are paid;
    • Flexible hours;
    • Simple IRA retirement plan and one-on-one financial advising (AORTA contributes 2% of salary to each worker’s retirement plan);
    • The option for employees to contribute to a pre-tax flexible spending account for dependent care expenses.

As we grow, we are working to provide more and better benefits.

This position would start at 20 hours per week; position has potential for eventually expanding administrative functions and increasing hours depending on your capacity and organizational need. Our starting salary is $25,700 – $33,000/year (Full Time Equivalent salary @ 35 hours per week is $45,000 – $58,000/year). Salary is determined based upon the cost of living in your city, number of dependents, and prior experience. Workers receive a $2,500 raise upon becoming a worker-owner, and a $500 raise each following year.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Human Resources

  • Maintain, update, and implement worker handbook policies.
  • Administer benefits (health, dental, childcare flexible spending account, retirement account, etc).
  • Create contracts with new hires & independent contractors.
  • Maintain employment paperwork & personnel files.
  • Proactively ensure that professional development goals for group & individuals are met.
  • Ensure that members of AORTA update goals (annually), job descriptions, and work plans (quarterly).
  • Administer & assess peer-accountability system (we call these prefects).
  • Coordinate & periodically assess/update peer evaluations processes.
  • Coordinate onboarding process for new hires & re-integration process for anyone returning from an extended period of absence.
  • Liaise with external coaching team (coaches provide emotional support to members of AORTA).
  • Ensure compliance with federal & state labor laws.

Team Coordination

  • Coordinate work assignment entry into Harvest Forecast and provide support to team to predict capacity and availability.
  • Gather information and create quarterly progress reports.
  • Coordinate internal business meetings and facilitator calls.

Administration

  • Provide administrative support to project coordinators on long-term team projects.
  • Coordinate development & logistics for public trainings, webinars, and convenings.
  • Co-coordinate logistics for annual retreat.
  • Occasionally book travel, lodging or provide other logistical support for team projects.
  • Maintain & update operations manual to reflect administrative protocol.
  • Maintain technology, equipment, supplies, and data security needs for our co-op.
  • Maintain contact database (Mailchimp).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Co-op Duties

  • Participate in business meetings (every two weeks), email discussions, retreats, and other special meetings.
  • Participate in internal HR team and one other internal team to advance a specific area of business operations (current teams, called hubs, oversee Operations, HR, Structure & Strategy, and Communications & Movement-Building).
  • Uphold AORTA’s policies, decisions, and all expectations (Points of Unity, Community Agreements, and other protocol).
  • Seek political and professional development in alignment with AORTA’s values and position duties.

MORE INFO

Please note that facilitating and consulting are not part of this role; HR experience and/or HR competencies are a must.

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

The deadline to apply for this position has passed; we are no longer accepting applications.