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Volunteer Opportunities with Chicago Market - A Community Co-op

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Chicago Market is a work in progress and there's still a long way to go - and we need your help!  When we get closer to opening the store, we will hire a General Manager who will staff the store. But the rest of the work of getting more Owners, building our community and letting the world know about Chicago Market is all being done by our wonderful volunteers.

Whether you are an Owner or not, you can contribute by volunteering at events, doing small tasks online, joining one of our teams, leading a team or taking on a longer-term responsibility for helping cover social media, keeping the site clean or other activities. Our volunteer needs cover a mix of in-person or at-home projects, strategy work, and more!

We are currently recruiting for the following positions: 

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  • New Team! Outreach and Inclusion
  • The Outreach and Inclusion team will start meeting regularly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm. We're looking for people interested in helping us build and maintain relationships with community food and social equity organizations. 
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing Role
  • Time required: TBD, as needed; regular meetings
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  • Architect
  • As our project moves forward, we will be seeking subject matter experts, like architects to help serve as a reference and guide as we move through the process of hiring different contractors and profressionals to bring the market to life - in this case, an architect!  If you are an architect and have a passion for Uptown, an historical building and our coop values - we need you!
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing Role
    Time required: 5-10 hours per week
    What’s the job: 
  • Short term we need one or more persons (depending on how much time each volunteer can devote to the effort) who can assist with the following:
  •  + Finalizing a request for proposals for the Chicago Market Architect
  •  + Identifying potential Chicago firms who can build a team to carry out this role and assist the Design Team in carrying out the RFP process - inviting firms to propose, sending them needed documents, overseeting site visits, responding to questions, participating in interviews, evaluating proposals and preparing/reviewing Architect contract(s)
  •  + Subsequent to Architect selection, volunteer(s) will assist Design Team in work product review and contract administration during the design and construction process. 
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  • Marketing (co-) Manager
    One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing Role
  • What skills are needed:
  •  + Ability to work collaboratively while taking charge and getting things done.
  •  + Knowledge of online marketing tactics (email, social). 
  •  + Flexible, creative, able to make impact with small budgets. 
    Time required: 5+ hours per week, regular bi-monthly meetings
    What's the job: We're seeking one or two experienced marketing pros to join our volunteer Marketing team and help develop and execute a long-term, comprehensive marketing plan. Help us build a strategic plan to reach audiences with compelling messaging and drive new Owner growth and fundraising for your Co-op. This is strategic planning work first, followed by oversight and project management to see the plans executed against Owner growth and fundraising targets. 

    The Marketing team is a top-level strategy team developing marketing plans and campaigns that support Owner growth, fundraising and general awareness of Chicago Market. It has execution support (social media, design, email marketing, events, etc.) from other teams. 

    We meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7-8pm and work collaboratively online via Basecamp. 
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  • Instagram Manager
    One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing Role
  • Time Required: 2-4 hours per week
    What skills are needed:
    Strong marketing/messaging skills; technical know-how (or willingness)
    What’s the job:
  •  + Write and schedule general interest co-op, food, and community-centric posts as well as posts that promote our events; comfortable with Instagram; able to write following our style guide in a fun, engaging way that promotes us, other co-ops, and good food news and happenings.  
  •  + Follow goals/guidelines/style guide for Chicago Market
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  • Facebook Manager
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing Role
  • Time Required: 2-4 hours per week
    What skills are needed:
    Strong marketing/messaging skills; technical know-how (or willingness)
  • What’s the job:
  •  + Facebook contributor - work alongside Grant/leadership to write and schedule general interest co-op, food, and community-centric posts as well as posts that promote our events; comfortable with Facebook; able to write following our style guide in a fun, engaging way that promotes us, other co-ops, and good food news and happenings.
  •  + Follow goals/guidelines/style guide for Chicago Market
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  • Onboarding New Owners
  • One-off Project or Ongoing Role: Ongoing Role
    Time required: ~1-2 hours per week; doesn't requires completion at specific times but does require a 48-hour turnaround on certain action items.
    What’s the job: Are you looking for a behind the scenes, administrative way to contribute to Chicago Market?  This is the gig for you!
  •  + Onboard new Chicago Market Owners by updating records in Basecamp and NationBuilder
  •  + Email new Owners with their Owner Cards
  • What skills are needed:
  •  + Basic computer skills; Basecamp and/or NationBuilder knowledge a plus, but not necessary. Easily trainable. 
  •  + Comfort level in emailing
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  • Email/Phone Outreach – Database Cleanup for Bounced Emails
  • ***Several people have raised their hands for this job - we'll get to you! This project is still in an organizational mode - we've haven't forgotten about you!***

    One-off Project or Ongoing Role:
     Ongoing Role and/or One-off Project
    Time required: Initial Cleanup ~6 hours; Ongoing Role ~1-2 hours per week; neither requires completion at specific times(can self-set hours)
    What’s the job: Resolve a list of email bouncebacks/database cleanups.  We could use help for an initial cleanup (One-off Project) as well as someone to regularly monitor and resolve these issues (Ongoing)
  •  + Contact by phone or email (where available) to update their email records
  •  + Update database (housed in NationBuilder)
  • What skills are needed:
  •  + Basic computer skills, Excel and/or NationBuilder a plus, but not necessary
  •  + Comfort level in emailing/phoning
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  • If you'd like to get involved but you're not sure where to start, let us know.

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