Artisan Business Development Coordinator (Full Time AmeriCorps VISTA)


Posted: 10/19/2021

Artisan Business Development Coordinator (Full Time AmeriCorps VISTA)

Clever Octopus Inc ™ is a waste-based nonprofit that inspires creativity and environmental consciousness through the resale of high-quality, affordable thrifted art and craft materials and by offering educational art and science programming for all ages and communities.


Clever Octopus Creative Reuse Center promotes creativity & community engagement through upcycling & art education. Help our team create living wage artist and creator jobs for people with barriers to employment.


Member Duties: VISTA Artisan Business Development Coordinator will (1) create living wage jobs for people with barriers to employment (ABD team); (2) develop partnerships with existing & new business partners; (3) research, develop & implement training modules for ABD team; (4) create a tracking & evaluation system for applicants, candidates, and selected ABD team members; (5) create & implement effective outreach strategies to recruit members with barriers to employment; (6) research similar existing programs, evaluate strengths & challenges, & present best practices; (7) create a wholesale catalog to present COI-produced artisan products to buyers; (8) research & consider online sales strategies & platforms; (9) research & evaluate national reach potential; (10) join the VISTA team for all outreach & tabling needs at sustainability events, art festivals, college campuses, & more to promote COI; (11) engage in community workshops & talks & skill-building programs related to non-profit management.


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Service Term: 1/18/2022-1/18/2023

$7.19/hour living allowance + Segal AmeriCorps education award

Age requirement minimum: 18

Education level: college graduate or equivalent

Skills: Environment ,  General Skills ,  Education ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Public Speaking ,  Recruitment ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Trade/Construction ,  Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization . 

Benefits: Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance .  *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:

Clever Octopus aims to take an intersectional approach to arts-access and waste diversion. We work to recognize the complex ways that racial, economic, and cultural forces interact within the arts and environmental advocacy spheres. To this end, we strive to dismantle discrimination and racism, both systemic and interpersonal, and to make our organization not only a safe and affirming place, but an active driver for positive social change and justice in our community. With these values at the forefront of our minds, we encourage the organizations we partner with to do the same; to combat racism and classism in their pervasive forms in whichever niche they work.