USFWC Managing Director

Website USFWC US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

The USFWC is the national grassroots membership organization for worker cooperatives and other democratic workplaces. Our mission is to build a thriving cooperative movement of stable, empowering jobs through worker-ownership. Representing more than 300 member workplaces and 8,000 workers across the country, we advance worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, advocacy and development.

The USFWC Managing Director enhances the effectiveness of all USFWC staff, ensures healthy organizational culture and internal communications flow, and supports the development of robust organizational resources through fundraising and grant management. This position increases the capacity of the USFWC by transitioning certain duties of the Executive Director with a heavy emphasis on grant and donor development.

The Managing Director is a mentor and sounding board to staff and their teams, holding them accountable while also being accountable to them and invested in their success. The person in this role is responsible for cultivating a systems approach and a management style that helps maximize the skills and expertise of each staff member to advance organizational goals and program priorities.

The Managing Director will focus primarily on the internal operations of the USFWC, creating more opportunities for the Executive Director to advance strategic work in board / member engagement and collaborations with partners in the field. The Managing Director will be adept at fundraising and tracking grants, contracts, and project management for programmatic team goals.

The person in this role will work closely with the Executive Director and director-level staff to support strategy development, organizational development, and collaborate on cross-functional projects. While the Managing Director will participate in regular strategy meetings in the staff leadership team, the essential function of this position is to secure organizational revenue goals while encouraging balanced workloads and team morale.

Position Duties

Development of Organizational Resources (65%)

  • Helps to develop financial resources through grants and philanthropic awards
  • Project manage USFWC contracts and ensure timely, quality grant reporting.
  • Assist in monitoring finances by overseeing bookkeeper and operations manager in producing regular financial statements and tracking budget actuals.
  • Coordinate individual donor program and seasonal fundraising campaigns

Staff supervision and human resources support (20%)

  • Conduct weekly supervisory meetings of all direct reports
  • Participate in leadership team meetings with director-level staff
  • Conduct regular staff evaluations and approve individual workplans (along with the ED and Operations Manager)
  • Implement changes to the personnel policies and procedures (along with the ED and Operations Manager)
  • Identify and address performance for direct reports, and bring appreciation or issues to leadership team as appropriate

Team Support (15%)

  • Assist staff in working effectively and collaboratively within and across teams
  • Design professional development program that ensures all staff achieve core competency in identified areas
  • Attend regular program team meetings/strategy sessions to stay up-to-date with various work areas
  • Support active staff participation in organizational structures (all-staff meetings, retreat, program teams)
  • Address issues unique to remote workplaces (e.g. morale, accountability, teamwork, communication, conflict, location, design of work, etc.)

Supervision: The Managing Director is supervised and evaluated by ED and will meet with ED weekly.


  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills are required.
  • Strong time management skills, organization and good judgment are required.
  • Previous success in securing grant awards is required.
  • Familiarity with the philanthropic community is desired.
  • Some software competence: spreadsheet, database/contact management, office, project management software.
  • Experience and comfort with mission driven and self-directed work environments is required.
  • Some experience with democratic decision-making is required; work experience in a worker cooperative is preferred.
  • Experience with member-based organizations is preferred.
  • Nonprofit experience is required.
  • Familiarity with the landscape of worker cooperatives, cooperative development and ethical small business is an asset.
  • Some experience with meeting facilitation or conflict resolution is desirable.


About Being on Staff:

This is a growing organization, currently consisting of ~10 staff members, some part time contractors, and leadership from our nine-member Board of Directors. Together we are majority bi-lingual, and over 75% people of color, with significant immigrant leadership. The USFWC has expanded both its programs and its staff significantly over the last several years. We are dedicated to building our political power and focusing on growing our impact, our value, and our social & solidarity economy ecosystem.


A majority of USFWC staff are based in Philadelphia, PA. We additionally have remote staff in New York City, Silver Spring, MD, and Seattle, WA, and maintain strong ties to Oakland, CA. We maintain a flexible work environment, (we are currently all working from home), with occasional out of town travel for work (on pause for the next year). Preference will be given to candidates co-located with our current staff, especially applications from Pennsylvania and California. Applicants from other US states are welcome to apply.

Compensation & Benefits:

This is a full time, salaried 40 hr/ week position with a starting FTE base salary of $50,000. Staff receive annual raises, and we offer a modest increase on top of base pay for staff with dependents (including parents and employees caring for an elderly family member). Base salaries are increased slightly for employees residing in particularly costly cities. The USFWC provides healthcare, vision and dental coverage for full time equivalent employees. Among our generous fringe benefits, we offer flexible holiday pay, 3-5 weeks of annual vacation, and a stipend for professional development.


To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 references from current or former workplaces (or significant organizing initiatives) to Kindly also include a writing sample in your application. Make the subject line of your email “Your Name, Managing Director Application”. The position will be open until filled, but applications submitted by Monday October 5th 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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