DAWI Job Description: Temporary Research Assistant

  • Temporary
  • Anywhere


The Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) seeks an experienced, self-directed, and collaborative person to
help us prepare for our upcoming Annual Economic Census of worker cooperatives and democratic
workplaces. This survey is conducted jointly with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC).
This is a temporary position for approximately 20 hour/week. Work would begin by July 16th, 2018.
However, if the right candidate was available earlier, work could begin as early as July 11th, 2018
instead. The position would conclude on August 6th, 2018.
Position Description:
Each year, DAWI and USFWC conduct a survey, the Annual Economic Census, to understand the
general characteristics of the worker cooperative movement in the US and how it may be changing over
time. While our survey data collection this year will not begin until August 2018, we are seeking
assistance in updating our list of active worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces prior to launch.
Due the growth of the field, there are a substantial number of business enterprises whose cooperative or
operational status appear uncertain. The Temporary Research Assistant will help verify whether these
businesses are 1) currently generating revenue, 2) operating with some form of democratic governance,
and 3) currently paying workers. The Temporary Research Assistant will conduct short interviews when
possible and review public websites in pursuit of this goal.
Reports to: DAWI Research Director
Compensation: $25/hour
● Bilingual: English & Spanish. The position will require phone conversations with workers and
worker-owners at various business establishments across the US, some of which may be
monolingual Spanish speakers. Fluency is both languages is required.
● Phone/computer: Most of the research will be through short phone interviews. May also require
some internet research. Access to your own phone and computer is required.
● Worker ownership knowledge: Interest in worker cooperatives and other democratic employee
ownership structures is required; experience with these business models is strongly preferred.
Must be fluent or willing to become fluent in the different worker cooperative and democratic
workplace structures currently in use in the US.
● Communication skills: Excellent verbal communication skills are required. Strong phone skills and
ability to build relationships remotely are the key to success in this position.
● Cultural competency: Must be able to communicate with a broad range of people confidently and
● Self-management: Our staff is highly autonomous. You should be a self-starter, comfortable
taking initiative, managing priorities and time, and holding yourself accountable to realistic goals.

About the Institute:
The Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit movement-based think-and-do tank that expands the promise of
cooperative business ownership to communities most directly affected by social and economic inequality.
We do research and advocacy; we develop tools and strategy; and we build cooperative development
capacity to ensure that further growth in the worker cooperative movement is rooted in worker
cooperatives themselves and reaches out to new communities of worker-owners, particularly low-income
people, people of color and recent immigrants. We come out of and retain close ties to the US Federation
of Worker Cooperatives, the national grassroots membership organization. All programs integrate
USFWC member input and foreground the experience of worker cooperatives.

How to Apply:
Email a cover letter to tpalmer@institute.coop. Cover letters should be addressed to Tim Palmer and
include a 2-3 paragraph statement of interest describing how your skills and experiences qualify you for
the position, including any worker cooperative or cooperative development experience. Include the
subject line “Application for Temporary Research Assistant.”

To apply for this job email your details to tpalmer@institute.coop