Please read the following information about our work-trade fellowship program. If this sounds like an opportunity you are interested in, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Takowork?
Takowork is a coworking, meeting and event space for progressive entrepreneurs, activists, and artists in Takoma Park, MD. We strive to cultivate a safe and inclusive community that empowers and inspires our members so they can accomplish their dreams of making the world a better place.
By creating calm and encouraging community connection and collaboration, Takowork serves as a coworking haven that our members can escape to when they want to be their most creative and productive. Our community includes independent workers such as serial entrepreneurs, small business owners, remote workers, freelancers, consultants, coaches, and start-up teams.
While the backgrounds and industries of our members are diverse, they all share common goals: escaping the isolation that can come from working from home and having a professional space they can call HQ . Our mission is to provide the network and professional resources our members need in order to take their businesses to the next level and get shit done.
What’s a Community Leader?
As a Community Leader, your responsibility is to receive members and guests into our space, making them feel welcomed, connected, and armed with the resources they will need to make the change they wish to see. Community Leaders possess excellent customer service skills and are naturals at creating environments that allow for collaboration, engagement and productivity. Community Leaders ensure our members receive the most out of their experience at Takowork.
Work Trade Terms
In exchange for your service as a Community Leader, Takowork will provide you with an unlimited coworking membership which includes 24/7 access to our space, printer/copy/fax services, and complimentary conference room usage for your meeting needs.
As part of our community, you will receive curated, thoughtful introductions to movers and shakers and access to supportive groups within Takowork to benefit both your personal and professional life.
What’s the commitment?
During the four month session, Community Leaders must attend one full day of orientation, as well as monthly group meetings. You will be required to work one seven-hour shift per week plus one four-hour event.
We ask that leaders make an effort to attend all Takowork social activities and get-togethers to become fully integrated in the community. We also ask that leaders choose one project or service area to own during their four months here (to be decided among the group depending on your interest area and skill-set, 1-1.5 weeks after your first day).
After the four-month commitment, you are welcome to sign up for a membership with us or reapply for the fellowship program if you are interested in extending your work-trade term.
Your Primary Responsibilities as a Community Leader include:
Greeting everyone who comes into the space, and providing tours for new members and interested folks. This means greeting and chatting with members that come in for their workday, and providing tours throughout the space for curious guests and visitors.
Keeping things organized. You’ll receive a checklist during your shift to either open or close the space to make sure everything is in its right place.
Answering questions. A big portion of your role will be to help members and guests with any questions they have regarding our space and amenities. As the primary go-between for members and guests, you will need to be able to speak to our community policies, benefits, and procedures.
Serving as our resident social butterfly. Without our community, Takowork is just an office space. Our Community Leaders are the key to building a connected, impactful community. With so many awesome people coming in and out of our space every day, your primary task will be knowing, introducing, and connecting other members with each other. If someone comes to you asking for someone in our community with a great design eye or a knack for social media, you should be able to point them in the right direction.
Random acts of kindness. Is it someone’s birthday today? Did a member just close a big deal for their organization? Is it a holiday, or just Monday? It’s your job to recognize these achievements, both big and small, and to spread the love.
Who are you?
Community Leaders are self-starters and social butterflies. We are looking for people who are community-driven, fun, creative, outgoing, dependable, well-connected, and observant. If you love networking and get a thrill out of playing matchmaker when it comes to business, you will fit right in.
You shouldn’t have any qualms about helping out and taking the lead around the space. You should enjoy making our members feel great and helping others whenever possible. You should also know your schedule well enough to know when to say no to an opportunity like this, in order to fully respect the time this position requires.
We also expect you to have strong communication skills, both written and verbal. You should be a great active listener, mediator and facilitator. You should be able to engage and convert interested visitors into members.
Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail is a must. You should be tech savvy, proactive and comfortable helping with any issues that may arise with our printers, A/V, or WiFi. While we don’t expect you to be a tech expert, you should be knowledgable enough to assess situations as needed and reach out to appropriate support channels in order to troubleshoot.