As this is a cooperative, members work together to share organizing responsibilities. If we don't have enough members to organize a semester, then Trade School doesn't open. We define a member as anyone that has made a one-time pay what you can (PWYC) investment in our coop. Member-organizers are members that have fulfilled an organizing role for at least one semester. They are also the group that vote together on decisions.
Each semester, we need a Communications Organizer, a Classroom Organizer, and a Membership Organizer. Organizers spend roughly 5 hours a week on Trade School for 10 weeks. We provide training for each role to anyone interested. We believe in shared leadership and want to give everyone a chance to make a difference at Trade School.
The Communications Organizer's main responsibility is planning classes with teachers. They also organize meetings, manage our email and phone, and send a monthly newsletter. The Classroom Organizer's main responsibility is training and scheduling class volunteers. They also manage our space needs. The Membership Organizer handles our finances. They organize our member's donations and reconcile our account.
We also need Co-Organizers and Class Volunteers. Co-Organizers are either organizers in training or members that can support us with smaller needs. Class Volunteers are members we train to run our space and assist teachers during class.
We meet once a month on Monday. We base the exact date on the semester planning schedule, but most meetings are on the 3rd Monday.
Read our organizing guide to learn more. If you'd like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.