Job Opening: Cooperative Development Specialist

Duvall Riverside Village

Company Overview

NWCDC is a 501c3 non-profit that provides education and technical assistance to workers, producers, and consumers to support their efforts to start, support and/or expand cooperatives. NWCDC promotes cooperatives as a vibrant business model to address the economic and social needs of communities. NWCDC fulfills this mission by:

  • Educating the public, community institutions and government agencies to foster and promote an understanding of cooperatives
  • Identifying and disseminating information about successful practices and models for cooperatives
  • Providing technical assistance and education for the development of cooperatives to best address economic and social needs

Position Summary

This is a remote based position in Eastern Washington. Ideal but not required locations would be Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Yakima, and Spokane. Because this individual will be working remotely away from the main office in Olympia WA, this position requires proven experience for working independently and remote collaboration skills.

The position is focused on assisting homeowner cooperatives through the transactional process of purchasing the land underneath their homes and providing ongoing organizational development and training to the boards of directors, committees and members of resident owned communities (ROCs) across Washington State. This position is responsible for guiding cooperatives in problem-solving and decision-making; assisting in democratic management, including effective meeting facilitation, financial analysis and accountability, capital improvement planning, communications, ethical business practices and other topics as needed. Work involves developing and presenting large and small group trainings in many different environments. Ability to travel is inherent in building relationships and delivering services.

Duties or Tasks Performed

  • Community Organizing
  • Surveying & door knocking
  • Document management
  • Cooperative Education
  • Conflict management
  • Organizational trouble shooter
  • Policy development
  • Volunteer Coordinator and  Management
  • Business & operation plan development
  • Financial Reporting
  • Adult Education
  • Facilitator for meetings
  • Oversee infrastructure development projects
  • Committee development
  • Work with Boards of Directors and Committees
  • Development of organizational documents
  • Vendor Management
  • Attend industry events

Necessary Skill Set

  1. Spanish language fluency HIGHLY desirable
  2. Effective communicator who is able to connect with diverse groups
  3. Ability to read, interpret, and analyze budgets and financial documents and reports
  4. Fluent in both Microsoft Office and Google Suite Apps
  5. Personable and all-inclusive with the ability to manage social behavior for different groups; empathetic to the social needs of others, tolerant and generous, willing to include levity and humor when necessary to balance competing needs.
  6. Team-oriented in the pursuit of solving problems and dedicated to building and maintaining a positive, preemptive and productive collaborative environment
  7. Optimistic and goal oriented, organized and systematic
  8. Self-motivated, with little oversight needed
  9. Able to travel and work some evenings and weekends; valid driver’s license necessary


Full-Time $20-$25 DOE

How To  Apply:

Submit the following documents in PDF form to

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Reference Sheet including
    • 3 professional references
    • 1 personal reference

Respond by December 31, 2017.