Application due: December 22nd, 2010

Please read this entire application thoroughly:

Brooklyn College Coffee is a collectively-run, consensus-based student coffee shop.  Our cooperative business model provides an opportunity for students to empower themselves by creating and controlling a workplace they want. Through our work, collective members learn practical skills in contrast with the academic side of college life, as they actively seek out a comprehensive understanding of coffee and its importance in the world economy, the difficulties and benefits of collective business models, and the City University of New York’s educational system and challenges.

We see these challenges as opportunities to, collectively, shape the social spaces of our university as well as the way our community looks at coffee.We strive to provide an accessible place for students to meet and socialize, and do difficult trailblazing work so that other students will be inspired to undertake similar cooperative projects. We measure our success through sustainability and justice.  We are a refreshing, inspiring movement of empowered and motivated students.  We are already changing the CUNY culture just by being here.

Brooklyn College Coffee collective is a project that began during the spring 2010 semester with the guidance and oversight of the Student Center Director. It is the first student run collective ever launched in the City University of New York. The Student Center Director, Ryan Buck is responsible for fiscal accountability of Coffee Collective. This project seeks to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience in formulating and operating a cooperative. The BC Coffee Collective is staffed and managed by Brooklyn College Students. Each and every member of the collective will engage in aspects of management and have an equal say in decision-making.

Cooperative principles as articulated by the International Cooperative Alliance:

Democratic Member Control:
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

Member Economic Participation:
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

Autonomy and Independence: Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter to agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

Education, Training and Information:
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

Co-operation among Co-operatives:
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Concern for Community:
Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

Outline of committee structure:

Accounting, Ordering and Inventory – Responsible for keeping a record of all stock, determining when orders are necessary and placing those orders, and maintaining positive relationships with our vendors. Responsible for maintaining all financial records, analyzing fluctuations in sales, and producing reports for review at general Collective meetings and by the Student Center Director.

Outreach and Marketing – Responsible for developing and implementing effective advertising strategies to make Brooklyn College Coffee and its services clearly known on campus. These strategies can include but are not limited to designing and disseminating fliers, planning events, website maintenance, talking with students, professors, faculty, and other relevant events about the collective’s services and mission. It is committed to a high level of aesthetic quality in our advertisements and other visuals involved in marketing. The committee is responsible for actively looking for opportunities to get Brooklyn College Coffee involved in campus events, especially those organized by student organizations with shared goals and ideals to the collective. It will uphold transparency and it acknowledges the trust the collective has in the committee to make independent, productive decisions for the benefit of the collective’s mission.

Catering, Scheduling and Collective Member Relations – Responsible for coordinating the catering and delivery services offered by the collective, including responsibility for all necessary communication regarding events, and ensuring all events are full staffed. Handle all scheduling as well as relations between collective members, including disputes, frustrations, infractions, and scheduling emergencies, to ensure that the collective runs smoothly and all members are content and willing to participate. Enforces member relations procedures including rehiring, firing, and consideration of formal concerns regarding member termination as articulated in the coffee collective handbook.

Steering (If Applicable) – Contains one delegate from each committee. Two members of the steering committee are designated as liaisons to Brooklyn College administration. The Steering committee is accountable for thorough and transparent communication between all committees. This committee is also responsible for the designation of new committees and the evaluation of organizational structure through the consensus process.

Additional Working groups and Individual Responsibilities:

Baking coordinator: Responsible for coordinating baking, finalizing and approving of menus for catering jobs over 10 people and delegating baking responsibilities amongst collective members.

Hiring coordinators: Responsible for coordinating with Marketing and Outreach committee to ensure a diverse applicant pool for new collective members, conduct interviews, design applications and report to general meetings regarding the status of the hiring progress. Additional collective members may be needed to complete these tasks. All hiring decisions must be made by consensus at general meetings; however, autonomy is granted to hiring coordinators to create the hiring process and carry out interviews.

Workshop and educational facilitators: Responsible for designing educational tools to better integrate new collective members into the collective community. This includes training, retreats and other educational opportunities regarding sustainability, cooperatives and solidarity-centered projects.

SUBO Executive Director Contact: Designated as liaisons to Brooklyn College administration especially, the director of the Student Center.

Members of Brooklyn College Coffee Collective are expected to:

  • Devote yourself to working within 1 committees that meet weekly
  • Attend weekly All Staff meetings and one additional weekly committee meeting (usually a total of 4 hours a week)
  • Work 8-10 hours in the cafe, along with around 6-8 hours of necessary

committee work

  • Participate in two collective trainings over the winter break
  • Interact with many of Brooklyn College’s administration through meetings

as well as through catering and delivery service

  • Work and support each other together while tackling challenges within

the CUNY system


Salary is not guaranteed for all weekly hours devoted to the Coffee


The Coffee Collective is not your average job and requires much flexibility, time, dedication and patience; however, the pay off is a tremendous amount of skills applicable to future employment as well as team-building and meaningful participation in the Brooklyn College community.








Emergency Contact:_____________________________________


Expected Graduation Date:________________


Provide us with your schedule of classes for Spring 2011 :


1. How do you feel about collectively managing a business? What are your

thoughts on the collective model? Do you have any prior experience with it?

2. What skills will you bring to the Collective ?

3. Why do you want to join Brooklyn College Coffee Collective?

4. Which committee do you feel you are best suited for ?

Please email your completed application to: by December 22nd, 2010

Your application will be read with the omission of your name and personal information; however, you should feel free to add any prior work experience you feel is relevant. You will be contacted shortly after you submit your application to schedule an interview.

Thank you for your interest in Brooklyn College Coffee!!

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