Executive Director

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Executive Director


Guilded is a start-up cooperative committed to building freelancer worker power, community,  collective advocacy, and financial stability. Through Guilded, independent workers are able to receive administrative support,  guaranteed on-time contract payments, and a suite of worker benefits traditionally reserved for employees. Unlike other platforms that offer purely transactional services, Guilded offers freelancer workers a pathway to cooperative ownership. 

While open to independent contractors in any field, Guilded has a special focus on artists and creatives. We are anchored in commitments to racial justice, artists as essential workers, and cooperative ownership. We use financial solidarity to deliver better conditions for low-income workers, Black and Indigenous workers, and other workers of color.

Guilded is a lean and small start-up currently with a staff of five. Guilded was incorporated in 2020 as a Limited Cooperative Association as a project of the USFWC (U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives). The USFWC (a 501c6 nonprofit) is a national grassroots membership organization for worker cooperatives and other democratic workplaces, whose mission is to build a thriving cooperative movement of stable, empowering jobs through worker-ownership. USFWC represents over 375 member workplaces, comprising over 12,000 workers across the country. USFWC supports its members by advancing worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, organizing, advocacy, and development.



Guilded’s Executive Director is responsible for holding and collaboratively developing the vision of Guilded while steering its capacity towards sustainability and scale. As the primary public face of the organization with regard to funders, Guilded’s Executive Director is tasked with raising money, raising Guilded’s profile, and building partnerships that will move the organization and the field forward. 

The Executive Director is responsible for holding and adapting the co-op’s strategy as it navigates its start-up phase, including Guilded’s long-term business model and relationship to philanthropy. This role is responsible for fundraising and resource development; mentoring staff and aligning staff with goals and objectives; and executing on the vision of the Board President and the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is also responsible for navigating the cooperative’s dual needs to stay both value-aligned and financially successful. 


The Executive Director’s responsibilities include:


  • Responsible for Mission and Vision
    • Work with Guilded’s Board and President to fulfill the organization’s mission and develop a vision and business plan to guide the cooperative. 
    • Support and guide the co-op’s mission as defined by the co-op Membership and Board of Directors. 
    • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that Guilded is a sustainable, thriving cooperative business that can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
    • Work with the staff, Board, and President to ensure that the business and mission are fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, business planning, and community outreach.
  • Responsible for Team Management & Work Culture
    • Support and mentor staff 
    • Utilize project management tools to coordinate team workflows and ensure maximum team collaboration, communication, and impact
    • Establish inclusive and informative internal communication systems to manage timelines. 
    • Cultivate a supportive, value-aligned work culture of collective learning, dialogue, and personal growth.
    • Support Guilded’s Operations Manager in co-op operations, team-building, financial management, as well as through oversight, strategy, planning, and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services.
    • Collaborate with staff to support outreach, recruitment, communications, and technology platform goals. 
  • Responsible for Board of Directors: Acts as an advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities. Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing timely and accurate information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions. Identifies, assesses, and informs the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that materially affect the organization.
  • Responsible for Visibility
    • Responsible for promoting and enhancing Guilded’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations in our field. 
    • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization.
    • Serve as a spokesperson for Guilded who can spark and maintain strong partnerships. 
  • Responsible for Partnerships: Establishes good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the co-op.
  • Responsible for Stewarding Guilded’s Transition: Leads Guilded’s transition to organizational autonomy away from the USFWC and tracking communication around, and alignment with, the MOU governing that transition.



  • Responsible for raising money to ensure the health of the cooperative from philanthropy, individual donors, government, and investors.
  • Responsible for developing and nurturing strong funder and investor relationships 
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Guilded, including partnership with the Operations Manager to submit to the Board quarterly financial statements and proposed annual budget.
  • Responsible for making, refining, updating a solid business plan to achieve financial viability as a cooperative. 



  • Experienced, passionate, dedicated leader. Proven track record in leading communities through change and/or a start-up venture. We want Guilded to be equipped with a strong, pragmatic, visionary who enjoys building on the edge of creativity to create lasting impact. 
  • Entrepreneurial Experience (significant leadership experience starting businesses, projects, campaigns, organizations, or teams)
  • Collaboration Experience
  • Strategic Thinker
  • Cultural Competence and Racial Justice Efficacy: Experience working with multi-racial teams. Deeply understand and implement work in a way that supports racial justice. 
  • Local/ National/ International Organizing Experience: At least four years of experience organizing for racial justice, workers’ rights, and a solidarity economy
  • Program Management: Proven experience leading successful program work. Able to perform necessary research and development, implement a program, manage a program budget, conduct evaluation, and ensure ongoing program improvement \
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; capable of communicating effectively with a wide range of people and through many communication channels (small group, public speaking, mass emails, facilitating conference calls, print, etc) 
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Highly effective at engaging diverse stakeholders, listening to many perspectives and able to provide necessary leadership 
  • Creative Problem Solving: Demonstrated ability to foresee obstacles, generate and implement solutions, and manage long-term changes as needed 
  • Financial Management: Knowledge of financial management, financial reporting, and/or bookkeeping


  • Experience stewarding a democratic workplace
  • Experience in the arts and/or arts management
  • Experience with issues facing 1099 workers/independent contractors
  • Experience with cooperatives and/or collectives

Compensation & Benefits:

This is an exempt, full time position at 40 hours/week with base FTE salary compensation of $80-90k. This position will be eligible for fully subsidized individual and family vision and dental insurance, and a choice between fully subsidized (zero-deductible) medical coverage for the employee or a post-tax healthcare stipend. Other employee benefits include flexible paid holidays, annual vacation, and the opportunity to set up a pre-tax health or child care Flexible Spending Account.

About Being on Staff:

Because Guilded is being incubated by the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, Guilded staff are currently W-2 employees of USFWC, privy to USFWC benefits, payroll and personnel policies. USFWC is a rapidly expanding, fully remote workplace with eighteen employees (including Guilded employees) spread across the country. 


Guilded is a remote work environment. This job requires occasional out of town travel for work as health guidelines allow. Preference for applications from the following locations where the USFWC is established as an employer: New York, California, Washington State, New Mexico, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references from current or former workplaces. The position will be open until filled, but applications submitted by January 20 will receive priority.

The USFWC is an Equal Opportunity employer. We highly encourage applicants of color, applicants who grew up poor or working class, LGBTQIA+ applicants, and applicants from other historically marginalized communities to apply.

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