News and Updates

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. 

September 7, 2016
NASCO Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees

The NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame, created in 1989, honors the best of our movement.  We use the Hall of Fame as a means for NASCO member co-ops to provide broader recognition to individuals who have made a truly significant impact. This year, a committee of former Hall of Fame inductees and current NASCO board members selected three individuals to join the Hall of Fame:

Cindy Christiansen, former Director of Major Maintenance for the Inter-Cooperative Council, Ann Arbor, is being inducted for her leadership as a long-term co-op employee and her stewardship of ICC Ann Arbor’s physical properties.

Cindy oversaw more than $20 million in properties over 16 years with ICC Ann Arbor, helping to define the physical identity of buildings called home by hundreds of members. She was not shy about sharing her expertise with members and staff of other cooperatives, and her systems serve as an exemplary model for a thorough and proactive student housing cooperative maintenance program.

It is easy to speak about the work of members in crafting a cooperative’s identity, but it is also clear that Cindy’s personal vision for cooperative houses is at the heart of what makes ICC Ann Arbor a wonderful place to live.

September 1, 2016
The members of all three NASCO Family boards at a strategic planning retreat in 2016.

Nominations are now open for NASCO's board of directors. This is an opportunity to be part of the governance of a bi-national cooperative organization. In order to run for the board, you must be nominated by either one Active Member cooperative, two Associate Member organizations, or five Individual Members of NASCO. Nominations must be received by November 1, 2016. 

Nominees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session at NASCO Institute to discuss their candidacy with members of other co-ops. 

Active members can download the nomination packet and nomination form. (If you are an Associate Member, you can use this nomination packet and nomination form, and if you are an Individual Member, you can use this nomination packet and nomination form).

August 30, 2016

NASCO is hiring a Director of Community Engagement! 

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.

The full job posting, including application deadline and hiring process, can be found here

August 30, 2016

The NASCO office is moving as of September 1, 2016. Our new address will be:

1100 West Cermak Road, #514, Chicago, IL, 60608, USA

Please update your records to this new address (be sure to include our suite number, #514, so that mail will reach us).

If you have already sent something to us in the mail, rest assured that we have set up mail forwarding and it should still reach us.

You can, of course, still reach us by email at info@nasco.coop.