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Job Listing from Co-op America: Community Investing Campaign
Please spread the word about this new position with Co-op America and the
Social Investment Forum!
Co-op America and Social Investment Forum
1612 K Street NW, #600, Washington, DC 20006
Title: Community Investing Campaign Manager
Reports to: Business/Investing Division Director
Salary Range: High twenties to mid thirties per year
Position Type: Grant funded with a specific term length
Position Length: 18 Months
Co-op America is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to
creating a just and sustainable society by redirecting economic resources to
positive social change. Co-op America's unique approach involves working
with consumers, investors and businesses simultaneously. Our workplace
reflects our goal of creating a more cooperative, environmentally sound
economy. We have a participatory workplace and aim for consensus
decision-making within the departments and teams.
Our Community Investing Project, conducted jointly with the Social
Investment Forum, seeks to expand the capital invested in low-income
communities in order to create jobs, housing and social services within
them. The Community Investing Project also works to combat predatory
lending, where low-income communities are targeted for abusive loans that
strip the equity from homeowners. Co-op America is looking for a campaign
manager to work with our community investing team. The campaign manager
will work within the socially responsible investing community to build
support for community investing and to help direct dollars to it. The
campaign manager will also coordinate a "celebrities public education and
media campaign" to create awareness of public community investing.
This position reports to Co-op America's Business and Investing Division
Director, who is a co-director of the project along with Co-op America's
Managing Director. This position also works closely with the Social
Investment Forum's Community Investment Committee and the Community
Investment Team on Co-op America's staff.
Duties and responsibilities:
1. Become familiar with Co-op America and the Social Investment Forum
organizationally and programmatically.
2. Become familiar with issues of community investing.
B. Encourage and Assist Institutions to Support Community Investing
1. Contact institutions by phone, email and or letter to encourage them
to take the "1% in Communities" pledge (agreeing to devote at least 1% of
their assets to community investing).
2. Assist institutions in taking the pledge, and refer those with
complex issues to program's consultant.
3. Create an "honor roll" of investment institutions that have
committed to devote at least 1% of their assets to community investing.
4. Help plan conference events to promote the 1% pledge goal.
5. Prepare materials to outline the opportunities and overcome
obstacles to taking the 1% pledge.
6. Assist with research to track the number of institutions who've
taken the pledge (or who previously committed at least 1%) and the assets
committed to community investing. Maintain the Forum's research files on
B. Encourage Community Development Financial Institutions to Join the
1. Work with community development financial institutions and encourage
them to become part of the Social Investment Forum and Co-op America, to be
listed as resources/investment opportunities in the "1% in Communities"
2. Work on campaign to promote community investing and community
development financial institutions.
B. Coordinate "Celebrities Campaign" to promote community investing.
1. Help to create criteria for celebrities to take part in 1% campaign.
2. Coordinate lists of potential celebrities and contacts made to
3. Make contacts with celebrities' staffs/managers to encourage them to
join the campaign.
4. Work with celebrities' staffs/managers to coordinate their
endorsements and participation in media events.
B. Work with the Community Investing team on other tasks
1. Help coordinate media campaigns.
2. Assist with the creation of publications and web site development.
3. Help with the creation of materials for the project's steering
committee, and make reports to that committee.
4. Participate in Community Investing Team meetings and follow-up
5. Assist team in fundraising for the project, and filing foundation
reports for current grants.
B. Participate in the Forum's Work on Predatory Lending
1. Help to assess the feasibility, develop dialogue on a potential
predatory lending portfolio screen, which would provide socially responsible
funds with a guideline for screening out predatory lenders.
2. Assist with public outreach and events regarding predatory lending
and the positive alternative, community investing.
Eligible applicants must possess the following:
1. Bachelor's degree, or equivalent life experience.
2. Excellent writing skills. A writing style that is compelling and
clear. Ability to explain complex ideas in an easy-to-read style.
3. Excellent oral communication skills. Ability to talk confidently,
honestly and strategically. Strong interpersonal skills.
4. Prior experience in coordinating complex projects, campaigns, or
5. Experience with or knowledge of social investing/community investing
or other investment industry or financial experience.
6. Ability to work to strict deadlines and to work calmly under
7. Ability to work cooperatively with a team. Desire to produce an
excellent product in a cooperative atmosphere.
8. Experience with member, customer or public service. Ability to see
this position as a position in service to its constituents.
9. Ability to learn quickly, synthesize a large amount of information,
and present it to the public and professionals.
10. Ability to work independently. Desire and skill to move a project
from conception to completion.
11. Experience using computers, especially Microsoft Word and Excel and
Excellent benefits; relaxed workplace. Cover letter and resume to: Fran
Teplitz, Co-op America, 1612 K St. NW, #600, Washington, DC 20006.
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