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At Project Equity, we re-envision community economic development to shift control locally and build economic resiliency in low-income communities. We envision a future where business decisions are made through a lens of what is good for workers and communities, leading to businesses that are more successful, communities that are more resilient, and workers who have stable jobs and economic security. Our mission is to foster economic resiliency with low-income communities by demonstrating and replicating strategies that increase worker ownership. Our clients are unique local businesses (most with 25-50 employees, but increasingly larger companies as well) that are assessing or implementing transitions to broad-based employee ownership (e.g. worker cooperatives, democratic ESOPs or other forms of employee or stakeholder ownership). Project Equity’s current programs are:

  • BUSINESS OUTREACH AND EDUCATION: we raise awareness and educate business owners and community leaders through professional marketing and PR strategies and by partnering with municipal economic development staff, small businesses networks, and professional service providers such as CPAs, M&A advisors, and exit planners.
  • BUSINESS TRANSITION PROGRAM: we help businesses convert to employee ownership through our Business Transition Program in three distinct phases: feasibility assessment; employee ownership design, preparation and transaction; and “Thrive,” our post-conversion support for new employee-owners, which emphasizes board and leadership development, and individual asset building. Our custom service package includes hands on training as well as technical assistance.
  • REGIONAL EXPANSION: we are creating repeatable processes for our Business Outreach and Business Transition programs and adapting them with regional partners around the country, with strategic partnerships in the Twin Cities and Western North Carolina, outreach partnerships in three other cities, and other regional expansion efforts in the works.

HOW TO APPLY FOR  POSITIONS: Please submit your resume and cover letter to hiring@project-equity.org. In your cover letter, please explain what motivates you to work with Project Equity, and how your experience, skills and commitment will advance our work to create a more equitable economy.

We are seeking talented candidates for the following roles:

Development Director


As the Development Director at Project Equity, you will help shape, then lead the implementation of a robust fundraising strategy for our rapidly growing organization. Building on a solid foundation of funding and working closely with our co-founders, you will spearhead the next stage of strategic relationships and fundraising efforts to support our growth and innovation.

Client Services Manager


The Client Services Manager will play a key, hands-on role at Project Equity, reporting to a Co-founder and working closely with our Client Services Team. You will engage directly with companies pursuing the transition to employee ownership and also provide training and facilitation for the new employee-owners in our post-conversion programs. Part of your role will be to support and grow our strong network of professional service providers including ESOP consultants, lawyers and CPA’s. 

Business Engagement and Partnership Manager


As a critical member of our team, the Business Engagement and Partnership Manager will be a driver of growth for Project Equity’s work with businesses in the greater Los Angeles area, and in the manufacturing, supply chain and logistics sectors across the country. You will manage partnerships, and deliver results to a wide range of clients by educating, building relationships, and talking to channel partners and business owners about employee ownership as a succession plan. You will also help to develop and implement structured, organized programs that draw in business owners who want to consider this option for their business. Prior knowledge of employee ownership is helpful but in no way required.

Director of Regional Engagement


As a critical leader on our team, the Director of Regional Engagement will be a driver of growth for Project Equity’s work in a growing number of regions around the country. You will collaboratively lead distributed, remote and diverse teams, manage partnerships, and deliver results to a wide range of clients.

Employee Ownership Investment and Capital Consultant


As the Employee Ownership Investment and Capital Consultant you will further refine and execute a strategy to expand the number of lenders who finance these types of transactions and to grow available capital.

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New studies in regions across the U.S., including Washington StateBerkeley and Long Beach, CA show millions of businesses at risk and point to employee ownership as a solution.

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