|Job opportunities at Cohousing.org||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Craig Ragland (craigraglandgmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 17:28:56 -0700 (PDT)|
Request for Proposal The Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US) helps grow the cohousing movement by providing online content and services to support people seeking cohousing communities, existing and forming communities, and professionals who serve these constituencies. Our current online services include a community database, an online magazine, event promotion and support, online advertising, fund-raising appeals, and organizational communications. While we intend to add new offerings in the future, we currently are focusing on improving existing services, including the Cohousing.org <http://lv0.net/URL.aspx?2_ahntt20317-1282805> website, our outbound emails and magazine, and Cohousing listserv. To that end, Coho/US requests your proposal to help staff our online services. We invite proposals from individuals, businesses, creative teams or others, especially people who are currently involved in and knowledgeable about cohousing and community. We need qualified people to serve as the Cohousing.org <http://cohousing.org/> (1) Editor and (2) Online Manager. You can help shape these roles as you collaborate with other part-time staff, our ASP vendor, database partners, volunteers, and the working Board of Directors. We need your new energy ASAP. We want to finish defining the roles and responsibilities for the new editor and online manager positions during the summer, mapping your talents and capabilities to our needs, and then quickly get up to full operational speed. As a new member of the Coho/US online team, you would work with Neil Planchon, our paid advertising manager, and a group of dedicated volunteers to define responsibilities and get the job done. Our current editors, Evangeline Welch and Jo Anne Smith, who will be moving on to other endeavors in late August, will support the new online team during the transition. The specific leadership structure, such as how we are organized, will depend on the talents and experience of the people we attract. We plan to designate one staff member to be accountable to the board. This person needs to have strong people management skills in addition to technical and/or content skills. As a small non-profit with a national mission, our resources are limited. We are creative, however, and are determined to work with the right individuals to support our mutual success. Ideally you are an active member of an existing or forming cohousing community, or are highly familiar with cohousing and sustainable living. You want to experience a strong sense of ownership of this work, applying your entrepreneurial energy and interests in actively creating value for the organization. The potential exists for you to grow this job into a very rewarding opportunity for both yourself and Coho/US. *Compensation* To date, we have used a combination of hourly pay, sales commissions and volunteer time for this work. We are open to creative approaches that benefit the organization and contributors. For example, Coho/US conducts conferences, bus tours, workshops and other events, all of which have value to people involved in cohousing. In some cases, our income is dependent on how successful we are at attracting participants. A leadership position on this team will open new, potentially compensated opportunities. For example, you also may be paid for roles in workshops, conferences, or other speaking or writing engagements. We want to structure an arrangement that works well for both of us. Our intention is to create a true win-win that leverages our assets and social capital without too much strain on the limited Coho/US fiscal budget. The amount of time you spend on this work will depend on your availability and the financial commitments of Coho/US. It does require a weekly commitment of approximately 6-10 hours, but that workload might increase depending on the current projects. The amount that you actually work will depend on your ability to recruit volunteer labor and our ability to obtain supplemental financial support for special online projects. The positions can evolve and expand over time. *Position 1: Editor* Our current Cohousing.org <http://cohousing.org/> editorial team is ready to move onto new endeavors. We require a strong writer/web editor/content manager who can lead our editorial efforts into the future. The ideal candidate(s) would receive true professional value from their association with Coho/US that goes beyond the direct compensation we can provide. Perhaps we can engage an experienced, community-oriented author, an active Cohousing-L contributor, an online communicator, or someone else who wants to develop an online practice that extends his or her existing print contributions. Depending on your time availability and expertise, you may wish to apply as an individual or propose a team that would include yourself and editorial or graphic assistants that you would supervise. The specific online skills that this position requires will depend, in part, on your ability and willingness to learn, and the ability and willingness of the Online Manager (and volunteers) to teach - though we would prefer not to pay for time spent learning basic skills. *Editor responsibilities* Primary owner of website content • Provides editorial vision • Manages editorial calendar • Authors and solicits articles • Drives vision of enriching site content • Collaborates with online team on overall site functionality Day-to-day hands on • Exercises editorial policy, deciding on and maintaining various listing sections of the site, including events, news, resources • Works with advertising and online managers to keep the website current and fully functional • Edits inbound copy and creates/manages new and existing web pages • Manages website's style manual • Implements design, including layouts and photos for each issue of our online magazine Represents Coho/US from content perspective • Attends board meetings • Advises board on strategic broad communications • Helps coordinate content for meetings and workshops • Works with aligned publications and websites, such as a quarterly column in Communities magazine • Contributes to Cohousing-L • Speaks in public on behalf of organization Drives growth of online publishing around cohousing Nurtures relationships with the "voices" of cohousing, including • Book authors and other well-known figures • Active Cohousing-L contributors • Cohousing professionals *Position 2: Online Manager* Currently, in addition to work as the Advertising Manager, a paid staff person fills parts of this role on an interim basis. Other members of the Coho/US Board and paid staff also have provided ongoing support in this realm. Since the recent launch of the new cohousing.org website, based on the LocalVoice <http://lv0.net/URL.aspx?3_ahntt20317-1282805> platform, our focus has been on stabilizing the platform and making core parts of the website functional. We are very interested in moving into new areas of development, but see that as secondary to achieving high functionality with our current features. Areas of potential future interest include Web 2.0/data-driven publishing, user collaboration via wikis or other collaborative publishing technologies, greater automation for events, news items and other forms of user posts, and greater integration of the Cohousing-L listserv with the website content. *Online manager responsibilities* Keeps website operational both directly and by working with other contributors • Manages short-term improvements/fixes by Local Voice • Works with other technology partners, e.g. the ICDC Communities Directory (a joint venture of the FIC & Coho/US), ListServ Management and other non-transferable work fulfilled by volunteer Fred Olson, e.g. DNS management Hands-on management of the website • Operates all associated technologies, including that provided by Local Voice and ICDC (a collaboration of the Coho/US and the Fellowship for Intentional Community) • Runs database - both through use of Local Voice tools and other local database tools as required Manage the ongoing development, implementation, testing and use of the database, email marketing, fundraising and event management tools • Processes/accepts/rejects requests to be included on the community list as "cohousing" and determine a consistent basis for such decisions This tech-savvy staff member will be capable of assuring us that the website's under-the-hood details and paint job are strong and capable. They will understand W3C standards compliance, accessibility issues, code portability and security, search engine optimization, separation of content from style/layout, etc. Supports hands-on work by all other Coho/US staff, compensated and volunteers *REQUIRED SKILLS - For both positions* *Communication and organization*: These are communication-intensive roles. The amount of long-distance collaboration requires you to be an effective email and telephone communicator, and able to work well with others despite limited face-to-face connection. We require people who will practice open communication and can work through challenges, calling themselves forth to persevere and succeed together. Each position actually consists of multiple roles and requires people who can independently manage their time well, juggling multiple tasks of different types. *Organizational agility and leadership*: You will build agendas for the Online Team's bi-weekly meetings and consult with the board president on staffing, organizational and vendor-related issues. You'll also work with the board's online liaison and help represent the interests of Coho/US to other collaborators, including Fred Olson, the Cohousing-L manager, members of other community networks, etc. We share information resources, data and ideas to encourage mastery of the required tasks and to foster the small community that gets the job done. *Project management*: You will undertake a variety of website projects that focus on both content and functionality. This will require you to manage day-to-day relationships with various parties, including the Coho/US ASP and to coordinate web-related efforts with others within Coho/US, including both paid staff and volunteer board members. *Hands-on data experience*: You also will be responsible for a significant amount of content and data - articles, photographs, web graphics, information on cohousing communities, individuals, organizations, contributions, advertising, website usage, etc. Your ability to help us grow this data's value is critical. You must be able to ascribe relative importance to different types of data, discerning when to attend to detail and when to accept ambiguity and inaccuracy. You also must be able to help us use the data effectively for a wide variety of purposes. *The opportunity* By joining this team, you will be one of the few leaders of an online team that is actively growing the cohousing movement and industry. This gives you: • broad exposure within the rapidly expanding industries associated with cohousing • influence over the direction of the movement and industry • the chance to grow your contribution to the communities movement • connection to cohousing leaders, both professionals and passionates • paid compensation with great potential for growth depending on our successes *Next steps* Please submit an online proposal to Craig Ragland, Coho/US Board Member - email a link to craig [at] songaia.com<http://lv0.net/URL.aspx?4_ahntt20317-1282805>. You are encouraged to use any online format that demonstrates your capabilities, passions and potential. Craig will reply within two business days - if you do not hear back, please feel free to inquire again. Our intent is to fill these positions as soon as possible, so we can begin the transition this summer. If you plan to attend the National Cohousing Conference scheduled for July 21-23 in Chapel Hill, NC, you will have the opportunity to meet with our hiring team and dialog about these opportunities in depth. Truly strong proposals will include: • Links to your past/current work, indicating your contributions - for example, though Craig spent several years working on MSN.com, just a link to MSN.com says nothing about the specifics of his contributions • Your employment history and any other specific roles that relate to this work • Your cohousing or other community history - What community do you live in today? If none, then what community are you helping to form now? If none, then what is it about involvement in cohousing that matters to you? • Feedback on the existing cohousing.org website and other Coho/US online work. What do you see as its strengths and weaknesses? What is your vision for Coho/US and how it relates to the hundreds of cohousing websites? And what about other cohousing-related websites? • Your suggestions for compensation for your contributions, including both paid and non-monetary values Please contact Craig Ragland at craig [at] songaia.com<http://lv0.net/URL.aspx?4_ahntt20317-1282805>with any questions. If you are unsure about your suitability for either position, feel free to connect with Craig before investing significant time on your proposal.
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