Job Announcement: Group Coaching Consultant

Request for Proposals

To support ongoing group wellness, emotional support, and human development, AORTA is looking to hire an individual or small team (two or more people) of contractor/s to provide coaching, and team communications support.

This is a one-year contract, with the hope of extending if the experience is positive for everyone.

Background

AORTA worker owners have had the experience of going through periods of challenging dynamics regarding interpersonal communication and conflict; as well as stress and secondary trauma from the emotional intensity of working with clients on addressing racism, classism, sexism, and other forms of oppression.

We are seeking a supportive, experienced coach or team of coaches to help us process challenging emotions that arise at work; remain accountable to our agreements about conflict and group accountability; support us to communicate directly and constructively in challenging moments; offer reflection or intervention in harmful patterns; and mediate conflict when necessary.

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 external-facing facilitating and consulting are not part of this role; HR experience and/or HR competencies are a must.

Roles Would Include:

  • Provide virtual coaching support to staff (Including at least one hour of coaching per month per team member (13 people currently on team) plus emergent needs for support);
  • Conduct conflict mediations when necessary
  • Conduct exit interviews (occasional);
  • Support us in complying with our conflict & accountability systems, and in giving each other direct and constructive feedback;
  • Meeting with staff reps monthly.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • At least three years of experience in a relevant field, such as professional coaching, mediation, or therapy;
  • Commitment to transformative justice framework;
  • High levels of emotional intelligence;
  • Experience with workplace HR; willing to stray from mainstream “best practices” to meet our unique HR needs. Seeking someone with desire and knowledge to utilize creative, relevant and trauma informed models to meet AORTA’s needs and values.
  • Super organized & detail-oriented;
  • Aligned with AORTA values;
  • Comfortable with virtual workplace;
  • Experience with democratic management; ability to work democratically;
  • Experience with multi-race, multi-class, multi-age groups; able to provide supportive coaching to multiracial, multi-class, predominantly queer group.

Please Include in Your Proposal:

  • Description of your approach and philosophy;
  • Why you are a good fit for AORTA;
  • Average monthly hours estimate, and hourly rate;
  • Description of relevant past experience, including working with race and class diverse groups;
  • If a team: bios and relevant experience of each person, and description of past experience working together;
  • Your approach to navigating the relationship of power and identity (including race, class, gender, and ability, as well as other identities) to conflict and communication;
  • At least three references who can speak to relevant experience.

To read the full job description and apply, click here. Deadline to apply is 12 midnight PST on Monday, March 25, 2019.

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

More 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. We were founded in 2010, and incorporated as a worker-owned cooperative in 2014.

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 (4 of whom are founders) distributed across the U.S. We’ve conducted two hiring processes; in 2015, we brought on 3 new worker-owner candidates (now worker-owners), and in mid-2018 we brought on 5 new worker owner candidates. Our work and client base has continued to grow.

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.

Read more about AORTA here: http://aorta.coop/about/