Democracy at Work Institute is hiring!

Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) seeks an experienced, self-directed and collaborative person to join our dynamic national organization. Our core work is supporting the expansion of democratic employee ownership as a strategy for racial equity. DAWI has a high-functioning, close-knit staff driven by our values, and we want to work with a skilled and reliable colleague. This position has potential to grow as the organization grows.

About the Job
The Business Transfers Program Director leads DAWI’s national work to build an infrastructure of support for business transitions to employee ownership. The employee ownership field is in a critical period of growth; this position is at the center of the action, helping cohere, expand and support this growth and working closely with the national network of business service providers.

This position:
● Builds networks and supports collaboration, to ensure that the growing field of technical assistance providers is well-supported and strategically aligned.
● Engages new practitioners to expand the field of professionals who are literate with business transfers, with particular attention to capital providers.
● Informs and works with cities and their partners to advance municipal legacy business transfer initiatives.
● Informs and connects local ecosystem partners to stimulate and meet the growing demand for local employee ownership solutions.
● Identifies, documents and advances promising practices, effective tools and new models to spur innovation.
● Supports practitioners with impact metrics to implement standard impact metrics and communicate impact.

If there is interest, capacity, and skill, this position may also work directly with companies in the Legacy Fund I portfolio, assisting the Ownership Culture team and skilled technical assistance providers.

Ideal Candidate Statement:
The ideal candidate is passionate about shared business ownership as a force for racial and social equity and ambitious to scale business supports to match the opportunity. They have proven ability to think critically, engage widely with varied business sectors, build bridges and drive strategy. They bring a strong lived experience of the needs and opportunities of small business ecosystems, with experience in exit planning and employee ownership. Strong candidates combine familiarity with small business owners and workers, particularly MWBEs and BIPOC entrepreneurs, with facilitative leadership skills and a desire to work at the systems level to connect business leaders, service providers, and local elected officials. This position is a good fit for a natural organizer and consensus-builder who enjoys being a highly visible hub and can rally partners around a shared purpose.

Job Description
The major duties and responsibilities of the position are as follows:

Required Qualifications Experience:

Preferred Qualifications

About DAWI
The Democracy at Work Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think-and-do tank that expands worker cooperatives and other employee-owned forms to communities locked out of good jobs and business ownership opportunities, especially BIPOC, recent-immigrant, and low-wage workforces. We do research and advocacy; training, consulting, and education; field-building and convening; tool and model development; and impact measurement. We build field-wide capacity to ensure that further growth in the worker cooperative movement reaches low-income people, people of color and recent immigrants. In all our work, as well as internal operations, we strive to embody our organizational values of Excellence, Equity, Entrepreneurialism, Collaboration, and Human-Centeredness. We are affiliated with our sister organization, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. All programs integrate USFWC member input. Started in 2013, DAWI is a relatively young organization, and all staffers are expected to help build organizational capacity and processes. In turn, DAWI commits to building all staffers’ professional development and leadership skills. We love our work, and we work hard, but we also strive for work-life balance, including but not limited to working a 4-day work week. We are a small team of 18 with low staff turnover. Full-time staff are eligible for membership in the organization after 6 months of employment. Members are eligible to serve on the board of directors, elect two directors, and participate in the strategic guidance of the organization.

We are a remote organization with physical offices in San Francisco and New York, and somewhat flexible working hours and locations. All staff are expected to support the effective functioning of a remote workplace. A certain amount of travel (once it is safe) for all staffers is expected and supported. For this position, travel averaging once per month is required.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) is committed to a multi-racial and class-diverse staff that reflects the future of worker cooperatives. Women, people of color and others who may be underrepresented at senior levels of the nonprofit workforce are strongly encouraged to apply. DAWI is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. It is the policy of DAWI to comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, DAWI is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Accordingly, DAWI will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any supervisor, coworker, vendor, client, or customer of DAWI.

Full-time position (for DAWI, full-time is 4 days per week and can work remotely)
Compensation and Benefits
Starting salary is $80,000-$95,000 depending on experience. DAWI offers full health benefits coverage for employees, including dental and vision; participation in a 401(k) plan; a Flexible Spending Account; a generous time off policy; and a professional development budget.
How to Apply
Email a cover letter, resume, and two references to Cover letters should be addressed to the Hiring Committee and include a 2-3 paragraph statement of interest describing how your skills and experiences qualify you for the position. Include the subject line “Application for Business Transfers Program Director position.” All materials should be submitted in PDF format.

Deadline to apply: Applications are reviewed until the position is filled but we encourage applicants to apply by Jan.15th (open until filled).