Cooperative Experience Manager

Full-Time Position Available 

Cooperative Experience Manager


The Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) is an 80 year-old student-governed and operated non-profit affordable housing cooperative near the University of California at Berkeley.  The BSC houses approximately 1300 students in 17 room-and-board houses and 3 apartment complexes. To learn more about the cooperative please visit us at  



The Cooperative Experience Manager is responsible for helping create and maintain the best possible cooperative living environment in all 20 BSC units, enabling our members to learn, grow, and thrive as people and as students. Specifically, the Cooperative Experience Manager is responsible for member health and safety, member engagement in the democratically run cooperative, and communications to and from the central-level as well as with campus and community resources. They are also responsible for overseeing member conduct policies and procedures and ensuring that these processes function smoothly.   They work closely with student leadership and the Executive Director in order to achieve overall organizational objectives.  They must have the ability and desire to work with students in a student-controlled cooperative environment.  The Cooperative Experience Manager serves as the primary staff liaison to the Vice President of Education & Training and the Education & Training Committee.


Current priorities for the Cooperative Experience Manager include assessing the effectiveness of and making improvements to house-level manager and BSC member trainings, orientations, and on-going member resources particularly related to the health and wellness of members; a comprehensive review of and improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of BSC conduct processes; and improving communication systems between the house and central-level governance bodies.  Additional duties and projects may also be assigned by the Executive Director.



A four-year college degree, preferably in Student Life Administration or a related field, and at least four years of supervisory/management experience overseeing multiple staff members, and preferably student staff, is required.  Previous experience organizing and leading trainings and familiarity with best practices in adult learning pedagogy are required.  Familiarity, in a work setting, with the many and complex issues faced by populations of college students (e.g. mental health, substance abuse, and other health and wellness issues), as well as familiarity with the special issues faced by, and the resources available to, students with a wide range of disabilities are necessary for this position.


Significant experience working with a college/university student population, particularly in a residential setting, an advanced degree, and/or significant continuing education is preferred, as is previous experience with conflict mediation.  Previous involvement with one or more cooperative or collective organizations is also preferred, but not required. 


Qualified candidates must have intermediate skill in managing the effective use by others of computer applications to achieve business results (e.g. Microsoft Office, databases, online business applications, etc.).  Applicants must be detail-oriented, possess excellent management, supervisory, and organizational skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.  The ideal candidate will display the ability to effectively organize work assignments, establish priorities, analyze complex systems and processes, develop recommendations and solutions, and ensure completion of multiple projects by agreed upon timelines.  Excellent problem-solving skills, the ability to work in fast-paced office environment, and the ability to deal with sensitive, confidential and often complicated issues with tact and political acumen are necessary.  Applicants must be able to develop familiarity with, and consistently apply a complex set of organizational policies.  Applicants must have strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills as well as the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students and fellow staff members.  Dedication to creating a cooperative, collaborative, creative, and highly productive work environment and a mission driven approach to work are necessary for this position.   


Work is performed in a normal office environment and requires the ability to sit for long hours, operate a computer keyboard, 10-key calculator, and engage in repetitive motions.



This is a full-time, exempt position.  The salary is negotiable, depending on experience, with a minimum of $72,633 per year.  The BSC offers an outstanding benefits package in addition to the salary, and the opportunity to earn annual CPI and merit increases in pay, plus some bonus potential as well.  This position requires working an alternative work-week (i.e. a four day week) in exchange for regular evening meeting attendance (exact schedule details to be worked out with the Executive Director).



You must fill out a BSC application and submit your resume along with a list of three professional references (who will not be contacted without prior notice to the applicant).  An application is available at 2424 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA between 10am and 5pm, Monday - Friday and can be downloaded from our jobs website  Applications must be received by 10am, Monday, June 1st, 2015.  Applications may be submitted to the address above or emailed to   For more information, please contact Kim Benson, Executive Director, at by email only please.  



HiCom (Chair),
Apr 21, 2015, 12:01 PM