Apply by Friday, October 25, 2019

35 hours weekly, salaried (exempt)


Guided by the principles of the international cooperative movement, the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance’s (PACA) work includes both broad and customized education about the principles and benefits of participating in the cooperative economic movement as well as offering support to existing and start-up cooperatively owned businesses. PACA engages in this work while centering an equitable approach to co-op development for racial and economic justice. 

The Co-op Business Developer position supports these aims by providing technical assistance to start-up and existing co-ops ; supporting PACA’s community of practice; developing and maintaining relationships with prioritized communities (i.e., black and brown, immigrant, poor and/or working class); & supporting efforts to expand and improve PACA’s Cooperative Development Leadership Institute. 

The co-op developer reports to the Executive Director and collaborates with other PACA staff, partners, and volunteers.  The person in the position primarily works remotely and will have a membership at CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia to hold meetings, manage administrative tasks, and have an alternative workspace. 


Technical Assistance 

  • Conduct intake and respond to inquiries about new co-op creation and technical assistance requests, particularly supporting black-led co-op development efforts
  • Provide support to start-up  and operating co-op businesses that may include learning about the co-op business model, leadership skills, strategy development, financial modeling and monitoring, policy development, assistance with incorporation, and delivery on business development goals
  • Document and track engagements with co-ops in support of determining their progress through the co-op business development phases and for reporting requirements
  • Maintain database of and relationships with local, regional and national co-op lenders
  • Evaluate co-ops in need of a loan and recommend lenders that can potentially provide them with loans
  • Via the Seed Commons, serve as loan officer for local co-ops that are seeking loans
  • Attend Seed Commons regularly scheduled conference calls as well as in-person convenings

Community of Practice (co/o/p)

  • Provide ongoing guidance and technical assistance to co/o/p partner organizations to support their work developing cooperatives
  • Develop and maintain relationships with co/o/p partner organizations and coalition members, prioritizing those that can support immigrant-led cooperatives
  • Refer co-ops to co/o/p partners that can provide quality and appropriate technical assistance services 
  • Support research on our region’s co-op development ecosystem 
  • Participate in the Workers to Owners Collaborative by attending monthly conference calls and in-person convenings


Education and Training

  • Coordinate PACA’s workshop and training activities related to its Cooperative Leadership Institute (CLI) including curriculum development, participant recruitment, managing logistics,and promotions
  • Collaborate with subcontractors as well as co/o/p partners to offer CLI workshops/training
  • Coordinate and manage the creation of a web-based self-directed facilitation toolkit for co-op entrepreneurs who want to form study groups to explore the creation of a co-op business
  • Support PACA’s executive director in designing, implementing, and evaluating  strategy and curriculum to support PACA’s Co-op Developer Fellowship program 


  • Attend and participate in regular meetings with PACA staff 
  • Attend and/or staff PACA as well as other organizations’ events to promote PACA and co-ops 
  • Communicate with PACA staff members about work schedule and assigned tasks
  • Manage program budgets 
  • Support grant reporting and writing 


  • A strong interest/background in cooperative business development, for-profit or non-profit business development, community development, adult learning/workforce development, community organizing
  • 2-3 years experience with social group work including meeting facilitation and coordination, democratic decision-making, member orientation, and mediation
  • Ability to work collaboratively and autonomously, while managing multiple tasks, priorities, groups, and deadlines with discipline and self-direction 
  • Superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated experience of written and oral presentation skills
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Strong knowledge of current small business, economic development and workforce development programs, players and providers in the Philadelphia area
  • Experience working with cooperatives and democratic workplaces


If you are someone who needs a flexible schedule, can work independently managing multiple projects, has experience working remotely, and also wants to collaborate closely with others, this may be the position for you!  Work hours are usually between 9 am - 5 pm on weekdays, with the expectation that the person in this position can also be available to support/lead evening and weekend programming, as well as be available for occasional travel out of town.  This position is grant-funded and will pay a salary between $35,000-$40,000 annually. As a small non-profit in many ways still in the start-up phase, we do not offer health or retirement benefits, but hope to do so eventually! We do, however, offer paid holidays and time off to all employees. 

PACA is an equal opportunity employer and women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, and those from all other protected classes are encouraged to apply. 

Interested individuals should send their resume and cover letter to no later than Oct. 25, 2019.