People of color, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, caregivers, working class and LGBTQ+ people are strongly encouraged to apply.*

Title: Education Director

Salary Range: $72,508 to $87,000 + benefits (salary based on experience)

Employment Type: Full-Time (32 hours per week)

Reports to: Co-Executive Directors



  • 19 paid static holidays + 2 paid floating holidays
  • 10 paid vacation days accrued in your 1st year
  • Health insurance plans are provided through our fiscal sponsor. CoFED will pay monthly premiums of bronze plans or the same dollar amount towards a more expensive plan. Coverage will start the first day of the month following the first 30 days of employment. 

Location: Remote with 15% travel domestically (as needed)

Start Date: September 2, 2024

How to Apply:

To apply, email the following as attached PDFs to admin@cofed.org with subject line “Education Director Application_Your Name” by June 30, 2024.

  1. Resume 
  2. A short (no more than one-page) response to the following: What attributes and skills do you think are critical as an Education Director in a world where our rights are being questioned and traditional education pathways are challenged, what does education and liberation mean? Can they coexist? How do you envision leading the educational focus at COFED? What excites or seems daunting to you about that?

  3. Work sample that gives us a sense of your educational and curriculum development background, approach to cooperative education, and connection to food and land work. 

After submitting an Application:

The application deadline is June 30, 2024. You can expect to hear back from us by the first week of July about the status of your application.

About CoFED:

CoFED partners with young QTBIPOC food and land workers to practice cooperative values and economics through food and land. Our goal is to build the next generation of diverse leaders living in deeper connection with mother earth and each other, through building cooperatives in the food and land systems.


CoFED is a national, fiscally sponsored project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. We currently have 3 full-time team members and a dedicated Advisory Committee.


About the Position:

The Education Director position is for you if you are a results-driven self-starter who excels at building and implementing popular educational curriculum and at managing complicated projects who is excited about creating meaningful learning experiences that build young QTBIPOC food and land cooperators leadership. 


An Education Director is expected to be a strategic thinker with meticulous attention to detail, working well under pressure, and meeting deadlines. If you have excellent curriculum building and delivery (via popular education programs, in-person and online) skills with the ability to excel and adapt in a fast- and trust-paced environment, please consider applying for this position. The person for this role will have a mix of process and project management skills, able to hold and improve upon multiple processes while maintaining the agility and relationships-focus needed to coordinate emergent projects. 


We hope the Education Director will be innovative, organized, and self-motivated with a keen interest in driving strategic messages to key internal and external role-players. We are excited for the Education Director to revise, renew, and revamp CoFED’s cooperative education curriculum by creating both the blueprint/foundation as well as the details of its scope and sequence. Qualified applicants will thrive in a remote, mostly digital, and impact-driven work environment. 


This position works with direction and support from the team of Co-Executive Directors at CoFED. Perhaps most importantly, the right person for this role is committed to using community education curriculum to make cooperatives irresistible to food and land workers in the current systems. We encourage our team to grow their leadership, build their skills within an ecosystem of learners and to cultivate the rigor, courage, and discernment to leverage their skills towards food and land systems transformation.


Role Responsibilities: 

  • Create the framework for the curriculum and develop the content of the curriculum 
  • To design and deliver/coordinate the delivery of popular education curriculum, online and on the ground.
  • Coordinate the delivery of technical assistance to cooperatives who are connected to CoFED through our programs (BUD, JLF, CoFUND)
  • Build the blueprint for an online alumni community of cooperatives/cooperators 
  • Track record of recruiting and supporting young QTBIPOC to build skills, capacity, knowledge, and/or leadership
  • Work with the Communications Coordinator to research, write, and post updates, and content for the organization’s blogs and regular newsletters 
  • Work with the team and advisory committee to brainstorm content ideas, in line with CoFED’s strategy and in support of our broader mission, alliances, and coalitions
  • Build and maintain relationships with CoFED’s networks through our trainings and workshops
  • Co-develop and lead cooperative education trainings for cooperators and community members as needed
  • Fundraising for educational programs and experience managing federal grants


Role Requirements:

  • Masters degree or higher in Education, Curriculum Development and Implementation, Educational Design, or a related field (essential).
  • A minimum of 7-10 years experience in educational design and implementation (essential).
  • Experience supporting farmers and farmer development
  • Experience in Cooperative Education and providing technical assistance to farmers, food workers, and cooperatives
  • Experience in fundraising successfully for educational programs; familiarity with federal funds and contracts is an added asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Works well under pressure and meets tight deadlines
  • Content writing experience
  • A working knowledge of WordPress functionality
  • Strategic and creative mindset
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • A portfolio of work available for review
  • Open to generative feedback and collective care
  • Results-driven self-starter who can successfully complete projects on time 
  • Excels working independently and is a natural problem solver
  • Detail-oriented and can track own impact/progress
  • Punctual and responsive
  • Strong technical aptitude (e.g. can work with CRMs, Google Drive, Zoom, and other content delivery platforms)
  • Exceptional and influential communicator over email, phone, and video
  • Trauma-informed and growth mindset
  • Familiar with how race, class, and gender intersect with food and land justice and/or the cooperative and new economy movement
  • Working knowledge of cooperative values and economics

Preview of Year 1 Goals & Roles in Action

  • Develop the framework for and the content for the curriculum of CoFED’s flagship cooperative education and leadership development programs – Build, Unlearn, Decolonize, Colonize (BUD) and Just Leader Fellowship (JLF)
  • Recruit 20 young people of color attend the Build, Unlearn, Decolonize (BUD) program; Collect feedback from 100% of participants that includes program rating; use program feedback to refine the next cycle of program curriculum.
    • Organize BUD, including outreach, application and selection process, budget, and logistics

    • Design, develop, and direct weeklong educational experience at BUD

  • Connect and induct 20 BUD alumni to a new community of practice that provides peer support and access to mentors and coaches of color
    • Develop and launch a community of practice/network for BUD alumni

    • Recruit key partners and mentors as needed

    • Facilitate community building and continuing education

  • Build scope and sequence of the curriculum of the Just Leadership Fellowship (JLF); Coordinate the implementation of the JLF; Collect feedback from 100% of participants that includes program rating; use program feedback to refine the next cycle of program curriculum.
    • Organize JLF, including outreach, application and selection process, budget, and logistics

    • Design, develop, and deploy 9-month political education curriculum for JLF

  • Support in developing content delivery and/or curriculum for cooperative educational themes for CoFUND partners:
    • Create and maintain ongoing resource library for CoFUND partners

    • Support Co-Executive Directors in creating an individualized technical assistance plan for CoFUND partners

  • Help raise at least $100,000 for educational programming budget
    • Collaborate with Co-Executive Directors to write grant proposals and reports

    • Contribute to yearly grassroots fundraising campaigns

    • Test and implement earned income strategies

We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission and encourage BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals to apply. 

We acknowledge that our work to build safe spaces and better systems for traditionally marginalized groups is ongoing and will require constant work towards our collective liberation. Research shows that women, non-binary folks, parents, disabled folks, immigrants, first-generation folks, and people from historically marginalized and underserved communities often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.

We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for the given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.