News and Updates

Apply to Lead a NASCO Institute Session

NASCO is inviting proposals for presentations at this year's Cooperative Education and Training Institute, November 10-12, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, August 18, 2017. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so get your proposal in early! Final programming decisions will be made by the end of August. Staff are happy to discuss your session proposal ideas - email institute@nasco.coop to get in touch.

NASCO is hiring a Director of Education

North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) is accepting applications for the position of Director of Education.

Established in 1968 by members of student housing cooperatives, NASCO is a bi-national membership association of non-profit cooperatives in the US and Canada. With nearly 60 member cooperatives representing 3,000 cooperators, NASCO is governed by three separate boards and is served by five staff focusing on distinct program areas: Education; Development; Property management; Community engagement; and Operations.

We're looking for a cooperative artist!

This year we are searching for a cooperative artist to create the art for NASCO Institute 2017. This year's theme will focus on grassroots democracy. The chosen artist's art will be featured on posters, shirts, the program, banner and more. We’re expecting the artist we choose to work through concepts and designs with the NASCO team and deliver on a specific timeline. The chosen artist will be provided a $300 stipend.
 

Announcing NASCO's new Director of Operations

On April 30th, Rek Kwawer will step down as NASCO's Director of Operations. Rek started at NASCO in 2014 and has enjoyed getting to work with such a variety of co-ops and co-op members. She is stepping down for personal health reasons and hopes to be working with the co-op movement again soon. Rek plans to remain involved in NASCO by presenting workshops at NASCO Institute.
 
We have been proud of the progress that Rek has driven with her time on staff. It is with deep appreciation that we share that Rek will be stepping down.
 

AmeriCorps VISTA Position: Cooperative Development and Engagement Coordinator at MSU

The MSU Student Housing Cooperative is hosting an Americorps VISTA in coordination with the Power of We Consortium in Ingham County, Michigan. They are seeking an individual to join the MSU team for a year to increase the quality of living, financial stability, and economic opportunities to Ingham County residents through Cooperative Housing and resource-sharing.

Hiring Announcement: Two Property Management Coordinator Positions at Solar Community Housing Association

Solar Community Housing Association (SCHA) in Davis, CA is hiring for two full-time staff positions working with cooperative housing communities on the UC Davis campus. Responsibilities for both positoins include standard property management tasks such as collecting rent, move-out walkthroughs, and signing leases with residents. These property management positions are open until filled and they are looking for folks who can start ASAP.

Update from the Spring NASCO Board Meeting

The NASCO board came together to meet over the weekend of March 31, 2017 to April 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sixteen cooperators from across the US and Canada and three staff members came together to train and orient new and returning board members and to report to one another.
 
The NASCO board approved the seating of the new NASCO board and NASCO Properties board, continued a discussion of the roles of committees and NASCO’s work, and updated board officer roles. This meeting also approved the theme for NASCO Institute 2017– stay tuned for updates!

Update from the Spring NASCO Properties Board Meeting

The NASCO Properties board came together to meet last month in Athens Ohio, where our members in the two Student Cooperative Organization houses are located.  Fifteen cooperators representing eleven organizations came together to share insights and troubles from their cooperatives, and to visit the members of The Vine and Firehouse in Athens.
 

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