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ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

At Project Equity, we re-envision community economic development to shift control locally and build economic resiliency in low-income communities. We envision a future where business decisions are made through a lens of what is good for workers and communities, leading to businesses that are more successful, communities that are more resilient, and workers who have stable jobs and economic security. Our mission is to foster economic resiliency with low-income communities by demonstrating and replicating strategies that increase worker ownership. Our clients are unique local businesses (most with 25-50 employees, but increasingly larger companies as well) that are assessing or implementing transitions to broad-based employee ownership (e.g. worker cooperatives, democratic ESOPs or other forms of employee or stakeholder ownership). Project Equity’s current programs are:

  • BUSINESS OUTREACH AND EDUCATION: we raise awareness and educate business owners and community leaders through professional marketing and PR strategies and by partnering with municipal economic development staff, small businesses networks, and professional service providers such as CPAs, M&A advisors, and exit planners.
  • BUSINESS TRANSITION PROGRAM: we help businesses convert to employee ownership through our Business Transition Program in three distinct phases: feasibility assessment; employee ownership design, preparation and transaction; and “Thrive,” our post-conversion support for new employee-owners, which emphasizes board and leadership development, and individual asset building. Our custom service package includes hands on training as well as technical assistance.
  • REGIONAL EXPANSION: we are creating repeatable processes for our Business Outreach and Business Transition programs and adapting them with regional partners around the country, with strategic partnerships in the Twin Cities and Western North Carolina, outreach partnerships in three other cities, and other regional expansion efforts in the works.
HOW TO APPLY FOR  POSITIONS: Please fill out the following information and attach your resume and cover letter below. In your cover letter, please explain what motivates you to work with Project Equity, and how your experience, skills and commitment will advance our work to create a more equitable economy.

We are seeking talented candidates for the following roles:

Senior Manager, Regional Engagement

The Senior Manager, Regional Engagement, will help advance Project Equity’s work in
select regions around the country through education, partnerships, networks and other
efforts.

 

2021 Summer Intern: Construction Industry Market Analyst

POSITION SUMMARY

As a summer intern focused on the construction industry, you will help Project Equity analyze the market to hone our targeting within this industry (what are the characteristics or the companies that are the best fit, and where and how will we identify them?), develop anoutreach strategy (what are the channels and who are the connectors that can help usreach the targets most effectively), and create aguide for assessing construction companies to determine fit.

This role reports to Project Equity’s co-founder, and is expected to be about 10 weeks in length. Specific start and end dates are flexible. Our team is distributed and mostly remote, though we do have a small office in Oakland, CA.

This is an unpaid internship. Many students are able to tap outside funding sources to cover their summer salary (e.g. through school programs that subsidize work with a nonprofit organization).

 

2021 Summer Intern: Employee Ownership Trust Research Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY

As a Employee Ownership Trust summer intern, you will help Project Equity build materials to guide our clients through an EOT transition. You will do this through research, and mapping legal documents to key decision points that our clients will need to make. You will help educate the Project Equity team on how to approach EOTs (none of us have EOT backgrounds), and help us develop a draft of our first trust design workbook.


This role reports to Project Equity’s Sr. Client Services Manager, and is expected to be about 10 weeks in length. Specific start and end dates are flexible. Our team is distributed and mostly remote, though we do have a small office in Oakland, CA. This is an unpaid internship.


Many students are able to tap outside funding sources to cover their summer salary (e.g. through school programs that subsidize work with a nonprofit organization).

 

2021 Summer Intern: Development Research and Writing

POSITION SUMMARY

As a development-focused summer intern, you will help Project Equity conduct research and write a number of evidence-based pieces on the power of employee ownership, with foundations and other funders as the primary audience. 

This role reports to Project Equity’s Director of Development and Regional Engagement, and is expected to be about 10 weeks in length. Specific start and end dates are flexible. Our team is distributed and mostly remote, though we do have a small office in Oakland, CA. This is an unpaid internship. Many students are able to tap outside funding sources to cover their summer salary (e.g. through school programs that subsidize work with a nonprofit organization).

 

2021 Summer Intern: Employee Ownership Policy

POSITION SUMMARY

As a policy-focused summer intern, you will help Project Equity gain a clearer understanding of how our emerging policy efforts can drive more employee ownership. You will do this through research, interviews and mapping of efforts, stakeholders and jurisdictions. You will help the Project Equity team refine how it approaches policy work and help us develop a draft policy agenda.

This role reports to Project Equity’s co-founder, and can be anywhere between 4 and10 weeks in length. We request a minimum of 10-15 hours per week of this intern and, if desired, can support more time as well (up to 30 hours / week). Specific start and end dates are flexible. Our team is distributed and mostly remote, though we do have a small office in Oakland, CA.

This is an unpaid internship. Many students are able to tap outside funding sources to cover their summer salary (e.g. through school programs that subsidize work with a nonprofit organization).

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