Co-op Dayton

Co-op Dayton

Outreach Director

Based in Dayton, OH


Co-op Dayton is a non-profit organization that seeks to create a more equitable and sustainable local economy and a more just city, where power is rooted with those most impacted by structures of economic oppression. We do this by organizing our community to identify these structures and market “gaps”, and to then co-create cooperative businesses and policies that address them.

Our cooperative businesses meet our collective needs, remain accountable to our community, and offer dignified jobs through shared ownership. We currently provide business technical assistance and community outreach and organizing for more than ten cooperatives in Dayton, including the Gem City Market, a worker and community owned cooperative grocery store anchored in West Dayton.

The Outreach Director designs and facilitates campaigns that build community power and provide pathways for community owners to co-create new economic structures that address the needs of Black, poor, and working class communities, while supporting broad-based community engagement in the cooperative ecosystem.

The responsibilities of the Outreach Director are as follows:

  • With our cooperative leaders, create and implement strategies to support the development of community ownership culture and increase the number of engaged community owners in our cooperatives
  • Design and facilitate opportunities for Black, poor, and working class communities to identify existing structures of oppression and market gaps in our local economy and to co-create the cooperative economic structures and public policies that address them
  • Coordinate new cooperative and policy campaigns identified by our communities and develop the leadership of those most impacted within the campaigns
  • Develop and manage Co-op Dayton’s external communications infrastructure
  • Respond to inquiries and conduct intake meetings for new co-op startups, conversions to cooperatives, technical assistance requests, and other opportunities to develop the cooperative ecosystem
  • Build and maintain stakeholder and partner relationships that advance Co-op Dayton’s mission and the cooperative ecosystem
  • Develop internal organizational policies and systems to track engagements, monitor progress, and fulfill grant and partner reporting requirements

Shared responsibilities of all Co-op Dayton staff:

  • Attend and participate in weekly and monthly staff meetings and organization, partner, and funder events
  • Cultivate opportunities to speak publicly in Dayton about the cooperative movement and represent our organization at meetings and events
  • Support ongoing fundraising efforts, including by identifying and securing funding from foundations, government agencies, individual donors, and other entities

Key skills and qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of experience in community, labor, or electoral organizing in working class communities of color
  • Deep commitment to racial and economic justice
  • Joy at building relationships and leadership in community
  • Ability to think strategically and execute organizing plans
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues and shift plans as needed
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Dynamic presenter with experience in workshop development
  • Strong self-motivation and personal accountability
  • Organizational skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks
  • Willingness to commit energy and heart to a startup community organization
  • Eagerness to learn and build with us, flexibility, and humor

Additional details:

  • Title: Outreach Director
  • Supervision: Co-op Dayton is a worker self-directed non-profit. Our staff make strategic decisions through a sociocratic process. We are still developing our systems of mutual accountability, in part through weekly all-staff meetings and monthly meetings for specific program areas.
  • Location: We work in Dayton, Ohio, in ways that the staff determine to be safe for ourselves and our community.
  • Compensation: All full-time staff are on the same payscale, which is $50,000 for the first year of employment, plus health insurance, phone, and transportation stipends. We also offer paid vacation, family and sick leave, and a flexible work schedule.
  • Application Process: Please send a résumé and letter of interest to: contact@coopdayton.org. The letter of interest is critical for the application and should summarize your relevant skills and experience and describe why you are interested in our organization and this role.
  • Application Deadline: We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until November 20, 2021.
  • Start Date: December 2021 or January 2022

Co-op Dayton is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions).

People of color, women, those with disabilities, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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