Director of Community Engagement Job Posting

North American Students of Cooperation is hiring a Director of Community Engagement

North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) is accepting applications for a new position as Director of Community Engagement. 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 seeking a committed person who will engage with our membership through social media and other campaigns, support member involvement in the direction of the organization, and connect our members with the broader socially just cooperative movement. Part of this position involves conducting our grassroots fundraising campaign and building our alumni network in order to grow the cooperative movement.

NASCO has just gone through a strategic planning process, and are in the process of writing a strategic plan that will guide our work in the coming years. We are poised to expand from 4 staff to 5 staff with the hiring of this new position. NASCO operates using a non-hierarchical management structure, and this position would be joining the consensus-based staff collective after a probationary period of three months. All staff collective members are expected to participate in the management of the organization.

Job Description

The Director of Community Engagement connects people to the cooperative movement. This position will inform, excite, and empower cooperative members and other stakeholders to connect their co-op experiences and ambitions to the larger mission of NASCO. They will connect NASCO and NASCO members to social justice and anti-oppression work both within and outside of the cooperative movement. The Director of Community Engagement will manage public media platforms (website, email, social media, print) to connect with co-op members and movement partners. They will coordinate the Alumni Network of former NASCO co-op members. They will also plan and execute grassroots fundraising campaigns to build and maintain connections with individual supporters. The Director of Community Engagement is also responsible for coordinating member services and communications to NASCO’s members, including visits, elections, dues, and the NASCO Annual General Meeting and Annual Report.

Full position description can be viewed here.

Location, salary, and benefits

This position is based in Chicago, IL.

Salary is $39,916 annually, paid on a monthly basis.

This position is not exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements.

Forty hours of work per week are expected, with some nights and weekends. This position includes travel responsibilities.

Benefits include paid time off (fifteen days of vacation in the first year, ten paid holidays plus the workdays between Christmas and New Year's, and sick time), health insurance, reimbursement for public transit commuting and reimbursement for childcare)


NASCO is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, transgender/gender queer/non-binary people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Hiring Process

We anticipate a mid-October start date for this position. The first three months of the position will be spent supporting our annual conference, NASCO Institute, which will be held November 11-13, creating and managing our annual fundraising campaign, and training on other responsibilities of the position (which are currently handled by other staff). The transition into the role will be complete by December.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to by September 8, 2016. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by September 13, and interviews will be held from September 13 to September 19, 2016.