News and Updates

January 6, 2017

Cooperative Development Specialist Margaret Bau of USDA Rural Development is hosting a FREE webinar to give an overview of ways to form a co-op.

What: Strategies for Developing Cooperatives - Observations on the Field of Practice
When: Tuesday, January 31, 1:00 pm Central (2:00 pm Eastern, 12:00 pm Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific)
Registerhttps://cc.readytalk.com/r/9b4nmeppeg2b&eom

This webinar is sponsored by CooperationWorks! and the USDA. Read Margaret's description below:

November 4, 2016

Voting is now open for the four open seats on NASCO's board. Each Active Member and Individual Member will receive a ballot by mail. We encourage you to read the candidate statements here. All of the seats are for three-year terms. 

A meet-the-candidates forum will be held at NASCO Institute on Saturday, November 12, from 2:30-4pm. 

Ballots are due on January 5, 2017. 

There are also several board seats that will be filled at Institute. 

November 2, 2016

NASCO Institute is in just over a week, and we've sent out an email to everyone who is registered. If you didn't receive this email, that means you are not registered. Please register by tomorrow, November 3rd, for guaranteed meals and to be on the housing waitlist. 

October 25, 2016
NASCO is very excited to announce that we have hired Ratih Sutrisno as our new Director of Community Engagement! Ratih will be starting training this week and will join us full time at NASCO Institute. You can reach Ratih at ratih@nasco.coop. 
 
Ratih writes:
 
Hello, NASCO Members! My name is Ratih Sutrisno and I am NASCO’s new Director of Community Engagement. This is a new position at NASCO connecting the organization and its members to social justice and anti-oppression work both inside and outside the cooperative movement. I will be managing public media platforms, coordinating the Alumni Network of former NASCO co-op members, and organizing grassroots funding campaigns to build and maintain relationships with co-op members and movement partners.
 
I am a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management with minors in Interdisciplinary Design and French. For the past year, I have been working as a student advisor at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), promoting experiential off-campus and study abroad programs focusing on justice, social change, and imaginative approaches to difficult problems. I have been a member of the Students’ Co-op in Minneapolis for three years.
September 29, 2016

The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) is hiring a Business Coordinator, based in Oberlin, OH. The Business Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the business operations of the OSCA office and of its membership according to the direction of the OSCA Officers and the Financial Manager, providing business information and assistance to OSCA Student Staff while respecting student leadership and autonomy, and aiding in performing the day-to-day tasks required to keep the OSCA office running smoothly. This position is 35 hours per week, $25 per hour, with a competitive benefits package.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to osca@oberlin.edu by 4:00pm EDT on October 05, 2016. Position begins October 10, 2016. For more information, see the full job posting here.

September 21, 2016
Tank Co-op, Oberlin, OH

The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) is hiring a Financial Manager, based in Oberlin, OH. The Financial Manager is responsible for managing OSCA's finances, advising its board officers, and empowering student leaders with financial the expertise necessary to run their co-op. This position is 28 hours per week, $30 per hour, with a competitive benefits package.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to osca@oberlin.edu by 4:00pm EDT on October 10, 2016. For more information, see the full job posting here.

September 20, 2016

NASCO makes funding available to Institute participants through its Low Income Scholarship Fund. Individuals who are eligible to receive funding are experiencing financial need that would make paying registration fees and travel expenses a significant hardship, living in a NASCO Properties co-op, or working to develop a new housing co-op. NASCO provides additional support towards costs for individuals who exchange work (workshare) before or during the conference for a registration credit. NASCO's scholarships can be used for registration fees as well as for travel costs.

September 20, 2016

Over 400 participants will converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan from November 11th through 13th, 2016 to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide.

Since 1977, NASCO's Cooperative Education & Training Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to members, directors, staff and managers of group-equity cooperatives.

The annual NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.

For more information, visit: https://www.nasco.coop/institute

September 15, 2016

Are you a member of an ICC Ann Arbor co-op? Are you organized? Committed? Do you like visiting other co-ops?

NASCO is looking for 2 ICC members to help coordinate logistics for NASCO Institute. Both positions will start in September and go through November 16th.

Approximately 5-10 hours per week, with a $600 stipend for each position, or a $1,000 stipend if one person takes both positions. Both positions will visit Ann Arbor co-ops to arrange housing for visiting co-opers. The Events Organizer will also coordinate tours of the ICC, find childcare for participants, and help plan events. The Logistics Organizer will also find ad sponsors, update the restaurant guide, and reserve A/V equipment. For more information, check out the full position description here.

To apply: Send your cover letter and resume to Rek Kwawer at rek@nasco.coop. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis, so apply today!

September 14, 2016

The Inter Cooperative Council in Ann Arbor, MI, is hiring a part-time Finance Assistant. They are accepting applications through September 23, 2016. You can view their posting for complete job description and information about how to apply.