NCBA CLUSA is the nation’s oldest and largest national membership association representing cooperatives of all types and in all industries. We are democratically organized and operate according to internationally recognized cooperative principles. NCBA CLUSA’s mission is to develop, advance and protect cooperative businesses and to demonstrate the power of the cooperative business model to achieve economic and social impacts. As the apex organization representing the interests of the US cooperative community, NCBA CLUSA provides a strong, unified voice on Capitol Hill. The Association’s portfolio includes programs and services that meet the shared advocacy, education and communications needs of a cross-sector, US cooperative community. In addition to its work domestically, NCBA CLUSA’s international program has been engaged in cooperative and sustainable business development in over 100 countries for close to 60 years.

NCBA CLUSA is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is the intent and policy of NCBA CLUSA to bar discrimination in the recruitment, selection, employment, assignment, payment, training, development, promotion, discipline, and termination of its employees. It is also the intent of NCBA CLUSA to treat all applicants for employment and all employees on the basis of job-related qualifications, and not based on race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other classification proscribed under local, state, or federal law.

Current Openings


SCOPE AND PURPOSE: As part of a team that is seeking to ensure cooperatives make a deeper impact in building a better world and a more inclusive economy, this new position provides leadership for a strategic organizational priority. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Resource Development position focuses on leading NCBA CLUSA’s effort to deepen the impact of cooperatives in building a more inclusive economy and increasing the credibility of the cooperative business model. The primary responsibility of the VPCDI is to provide the vision and leadership necessary to promote and support the core business strategy and mission in three areas: • To significantly increase revenues from diverse sources and develop and implement strategies to increase and retain members. • To lead the work of the association in becoming a thought leader in promoting the economic and social impact of cooperatives in the U.S. and globally, including supporting the work of the Council of Cooperative Economists – experts from a diverse set of cooperative organizations, research and academic institutions and associations - whose mission is to explore the economic impact and potential of cooperatives. • To lead the work and develop strategies to elevate the cooperative business model as the primary driver of a more inclusive economy. ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY • Oversee membership and develop a strategic campaign to significantly increase, promote, and retain NCBA CLUSA’s membership across the diverse cooperative sectors and develop collaborative relationships to ensure that the campaigns increase valued-added benefits for members and reflect members’ needs and regional or geographic realities. • Conduct a comprehensive analysis to fully understand the membership growth challenges, including membership data tracking, and develop strategies to resolve and overcome these challenges. • In collaboration with the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) Executive Director, develop a stakeholder outreach strategy to identify potential funders and development partners. • Implement Inclusive Economy Initiatives and its activities in accordance with the vision, mission and goals of NCBA CLUSA by cultivating, maintaining and managing professional relationships and partnerships with key external stakeholders who have shared interests in creating an inclusive economy in the U.S. and internationally. • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the Inclusive Economy initiative and identify areas for improvement; closely monitor the progress of this effort and prepare periodic reports for the President and Board. • In collaboration with the senior leadership team and the Cooperative Development Foundation, develop and cultivate strategic partnerships that can advance the Inclusive Economy initiative. • Lead the work of the Council of Cooperative Economists (CCE) in their efforts to promote and increase the credibility of the cooperative business model as viable and essential strategy to creating an inclusive economy. • Lead the thought leadership agenda by creating and developing content and products (publications, events, etc.) that increases the visibility and credibility of cooperatives and their role in building a more inclusive economy across the world; manage projects that further the goals of the inclusive economy initiative, including deliverables such as reports, data analysis and visualization products, mapping tools, and convenings. • Works with Communications and Public Relations to create and implement a branding strategy based on the thought leadership products through the development of narratives, messaging, analytics, knowledge management products, distribution, outreach and key performance indicators. • Work collaboratively with the Communications Team to recruit writers and create content for the Cooperative Business Journal and other products, produce the annual report and identify and generate items for publication both within and external to the cooperative community. • Recruit participants and create content for NCBA CLUSA-sponsored events, such as the Cooperative IMPACT conference, convenings, webinars, etc. • In coordination with the Vice President for Advocacy and the Senior Leadership Team, support a robust policy agenda to advance and defend cooperatives, including white papers, testimony and other such advocacy materials for sophisticated audiences at the state, federal and international levels. • Participate in high-level, long-range planning and policy discussions internally and with stakeholder groups to foster broad understanding of the strategic drivers of NCBA CLUSA’s engagement and policy issues in accordance with the mission of NCBA CLUSA. • Monitor electronic and print media, special reports, studies, and other information sources relevant to the inclusive economy initiative to keep abreast of relevant trends and issues that allow NCBA CLUSA to maintain a competitive edge and a clear voice on the issues. • Other duties as assigned. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES • A Master’s degree, preferably in Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, or Business Administration with proven extensive experience in public policy and community economic development. Proven experience in cooperative development and/or policy, strongly preferred. • 10 years’ experience working in community economic development (domestic or international), policy analysis, legislative/regulatory process or other relevant settings preferred. • 10 years’ experience and a successful record of implementing strategies to increase revenue with business development, corporate sponsorships, and from the philanthropic sector. • Extensive experience in media engagement (print, radio and TV) serving as a spokesperson with a variety of audiences. Also, proven experience in creating narratives, talking points, messaging, convenings, distribution plans, outreach and key performance indicators of content products and branding campaigns. • Extensive track record building partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, working with C-level executives (government and private sector), and organizing high-level networks and convenings. • Excellent research and analytical skills, with the ability to synthesize materials and produce well-written reports. • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in English; strong writing and proofreading a must. Fluency in French and/or Spanish desirable. • Demonstrated characteristics: ethical and self-motivated, strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude, organizational skills, and team player. • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple competing priorities under time constraints. • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team. • Microsoft Office skills. • Fluency in English required. This position requires a strong ethical and positive attitude, attention to details, ability to motivate people and work in a team, ability to set priorities, negotiate, problem solve, and demonstrate strong interpersonal communications skills. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: None required. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Excellent ability to read, write and speak English. REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where complex tasks are necessary. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to write or type, use arms to reach for items and turn head to speak and/or hear others. The employee will frequently walk, reach, stoop, push and pull up to 20 lbs. and lift to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level should remain low to moderate during the normal business hours. The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job within an office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. RELATIONSHIPS: This position works closely with and under the direction of the President and CEO and the senior leadership team. They are expected work in a positive, professional manner with all staff, members and the public.


International Openings



  • NCBA CLUSA's USAID-sponsored Farmer-to-Farmer program sends American farmers and agribusiness professionals on 2-3 week agricultural development assignments, promoting sustainable economic growth and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteer technical assistance from U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives and universities helps smallholder farmers in developing countries improve productivity, access new markets and conserve environmental and natural resources. Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers carry out a wide variety of projects. Some volunteers work with smallholder farmers to improve production techniques or help better market their crops. Others might work with an agricultural processor to solve a production bottleneck or to increase their level of food safety. Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers also work in cooperative development, business planning and agricultural lending, among other areas. As the nation's leading organization for cooperative businesses, NCBA CLUSA concentrates its technical assistance efforts on cooperatives. Since 2010, NCBA CLUSA has deployed 85 volunteers, offering more than three years' worth of volunteer days and impacting thousands of smallholder farmers.


NCBA CLUSA is dedicated to the continued growth and strengthening of cooperative businesses across the United States. Cooperatives at all levels provide a much needed and sought after alternative to other business models. Throughout the United States, NCBA CLUSA is working with local cooperatives to embed them as permanent fixtures in their local economy. Through the implementation of cooperative development grants, NCBA CLUSA is providing support and training to coops across all cooperative sectors, through case studies and economic impact research. Using that research and the power of the collective cooperative voice, NCBA CLUSA advocates on Capitol Hill on behalf of coops, fighting to maintain or increase government funding for cooperative programs and securing access to legislature that protects the cooperative business model.

Our domestic development work is grounded in our three-part mission:

• to raise the profile of cooperatives
• to promote and protect the cooperative business enterprise model
• to drive cross-sector collaboration among cooperatives in keeping with Principle 6 of the Cooperative Principles

We believe in collaboration, and in bringing value to the many efforts already underway through our cooperative development partners and intermediaries that are doing the necessary ‘boots on the ground’ cooperative development work.

In our role as facilitator, convener, and financing partner, we assist our partners in their work with strengthening the structure, reach and financial sustainability of existing cooperatives, and as well as their efforts to establish new cooperatives. In particular we are collaborating with Cooperation Works! and Cooperative Development Centers across the country to develop more diverse – and sustainable – funding for their important work.

We are responding to local and regional nationwide that are interested in establishing Cooperative Business Associations, with the intent of creating local cooperative ‘chambers of commerce’ to drive the financial success of cooperatives in these associations, raise the profile of cooperatives in their communities, and foster cross-collaboration among cooperatives.

Using the power of cooperative development work and our collective cooperative voice, NCBA CLUSA advocates on Capitol Hill on behalf of cooperatives, fighting to maintain or increase government funding for cooperative programs and securing access to legislation that protects the cooperative business enterprise model.

Throughout the United States, NCBA CLUSA is working with cooperatives and cooperative development organizations to embed cooperatives in their local and regional economies. With our partners NCBA CLUSA supports cooperative development, funds cooperative education, and promotes the need for research to continually strengthen the case for cooperatives in our economy.



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