UKSHA is a member-run non-profit organization located in the heart of Lawrence, KS. Our mission is to provide cooperative housing and educational experiences where our members can participate in democratic self-governance, pursue and uphold anti-oppressive practices, and build sustainable and egalitarian community.
Each of the three UKSHA co-ops (Sunflower House, Olive House, and Ad Astra) have a unique and ever-changing culture. The houses’ current members are a mix of students and non-students of all ages with a diversity of backgrounds. All three houses are located in the Oread neighborhood and are within walking distance of Lawrence’s historic downtown, grocery store, hardware store and the University of Kansas.
Are you passionate about growing the cooperative movement? Do you believe affordable housing is a human right? The Affordable Housing/Internal Development coordinator will work with UKSHA Staff and community members to identify additional funding opportunities to support our mission of providing equitable access to housing in the Lawrence community. In addition, you will be asked to our examine current policy, organizational, and outreach framework and propose ways we can be better meeting that goal.
If selected as UKSHA’s Affordable Housing/Internal Development Intern, you will spend the summer collaborating with members and staff to cultivate affordable housing opportunities and building our capacity to meet those goals. Depending on your specific interests and skills, the responsibilities and projects involved in this position will include:
- Grant Identification, conduct specific research to identify grant opportunities to fit certain needs of UKSHA with the goal of creating a more affordable and sustainable space
- Developing Communications Resources, such as a cooperative advocacy presentation, tabletop poster display, brochures, and radio PSA’s.
- Help to Create a Fundraising Plan for the Year, to include identifying potential donors; developing a communications process and establishing fundraising goals.
This position is very much a collaboration between you and UKSHA. You will work with the UKSHA Board of Directors, UKSHA staff, our members, and our Community Engagement Committee to complete projects throughout the summer. Much of this work will involve developing plans for UKSHA to implement after the summer has ended. You will be sowing the seeds that will help our cooperative community blossom for years to come!
- Affordable Housing Advocacy
- Non-Profit Development
- Skills in project and time management, communications, networking, long-range planning
- Knowledge of cooperative housing and non-profit operations