Executive Director

Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF)
Washington, DC

About the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF)

The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) promotes self-help and mutual aid in community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprise. Through its funds, fiscal sponsorships, and fundraising, CDF makes grants and loans that foster cooperative development domestically and abroad including recovery grants to cooperatives impacted by disaster, scholarships to train local cooperative leaders, and funding for research and education to advance the understanding of cooperatives.   A thought leader, the foundation promotes the use of cooperatives to create resilient communities. CDF hosts the annual Cooperative Hall of Fame, an event that exists to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding cooperative leaders. CDF also hosts the Co-op 5k, an event that brings together cooperators from all cooperative sectors. 

 Headquartered in Washington, DC, CDF is the 501 (c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA).  Visit the CDF website for more information at cdf.coop.


The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) including the following:  management of CDF’s assets and investments including CDF’s portfolio of named funds; oversight of program activities; identification and securing new sources of funds; and planning for the long-term programmatic and financial growth of the Foundation.  The position also strategically leads efforts to develop domestic cooperatives.  


  • Plans, defines, implements, and achieves the Board of Directors’ mission, objectives and goals by providing strong and effective leadership to the CDF team, and establishes expectations for acceptable levels of performance for the organization and methods for measuring such performance.  
  • In collaboration with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, develops the strategic plan and vision to guide CDF.   Also, identifies and implements ways to improve CDF operations and to create new co-op development related opportunities.
  • Builds a strong visionary organizational mission for CDF by leading its major fundraising initiatives to secure new funding sources for the Foundation and its named funds.
  • Governs all financial facets of CDF including budgets, assets and investments ensuring compliance with legal reporting requirements and applicable state registrations for fundraising.
  • Monitors all financial and operational risks to the organization and takes the appropriate mitigating action necessary to ensure risks remain within acceptable levels.
  • Implements strategies and programs to elevate awareness and public policy initiatives which lend themselves to promoting and creating cooperatives, bringing cooperatives together and enriching the resources available to cooperatives in the United States.
  • Initiates a communication strategy that raises CDF’s visibility, keeps stakeholders informed, promotes a collaborative working relationship within the cooperative community and initiates outreach to policy makers to promote domestic cooperative development.
  • Works with the President and CEO of NCBA CLUSA by leading joint initiatives on domestic cooperative development and advising on cooperative development policy.  

Other Job Duties

  • Serves as a spokesperson for the organization and represents CDF at public policy forums and cooperative community forums to raise awareness about cooperative development, to seek out opportunities for partnerships and collaborations and to reinforce CDF’s role as a player in this arena. 
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of each of the boards of trustees of CDF’s named funds.
  • Serves on the NCBA CLUSA Senior Leadership Team and works with the President and CEO in leading and coordinating the efforts of NCBA CLUSA.
  • Assesses situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization. 
  • Stays current with trends and conditions in the cooperative environment and adjusts planning accordingly. 


  • Bachelor’s degree with 10 years or more work experience in cooperative development, administration, and management with at least 5 years at a senior management level.
  • Strong experience in managing donor-funded projects.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/ voluntary organizations. 
  • Knowledge of the field of community and economic development.
  • Strong communications, writing, editing and proofreading skills, including experience in overseeing printing/publishing projects, and an ability to effectively present concepts verbally.
  • Strong experience in financial and project management. 
  • Experience in successfully navigating changing work environments while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. 
  • Experience in managing and supervising a small staff, including managing the successful execution and management of all donor-funded projects.
  • Proficiency using MS Windows and MS Office products including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and Web Conferencing Applications.

NCBA CLUSA and the Cooperative Development Foundation are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in all aspects of employment and we encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

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