AORTA is looking to hire up to three worker-owner candidates for full time positions. (We define full time as 35 hours/week, and are committed to hiring people willing to work no less than 30 hours/week minimum.) We are only looking to hire people interested in becoming worker-owners. 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 organizational points of unity (which can be found here), 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, southern California, New York, Philadelphia, or Washington D.C., we are willing to consider applicants from outside of these regions. 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.
We envision hiring people who would devote approximately 60% of their time to client-facing work and 40% of their time to internal business administration. Client work includes facilitation, mediation, training, and consulting. We work with other cooperatives, 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.
Being involved in internal business administration might look like joining our human resources team, growing our project management systems, or taking on finance, communications, or business development responsibilities, in addition to attending meetings and retreats and participating in democratic decision-making processes.
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 8 worker-owners (4 of whom are also founders) distributed across the U.S. This is the second time we are hiring; in 2015, we brought on 3 new worker-owner candidates (now worker-owners), and our work and client base has continued to grow rapidly. We are now looking to expand again.
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.
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 document for more information about what we are looking for.
Priority Skills and Experience
Desired Skills and Experience
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 potential worker-owners who are excited about committing to the cooperative for at least 5 years.
Worker benefits include:
As we grow, we are working to provide more and better benefits.
We consider full time to be 35 hours/week. Our starting FTE salary is between $35,500-46,000/year depending on 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.
We expect to conduct interviews mid-March through mid-April and make offers at the end of April. The start date will be informed by the needs and schedules of new hires, but we’re ideally aiming for May.
How to apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 midnight PST on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
People of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, and women are encouraged to apply.