Independent Contracting Opportunity

POSTING DATE: September 16, 2019

CLOSING DATE: October 13, 2019

About the Role: MindOpen Learning Strategies, a growing social justice consulting firm located in New York City with a national scope, is seeking a Coordinator with excellent organization and communication skills. This is an ideal contracting opportunity for a student, early-career professional, career-changer, or retiree who would benefit from meaningful exposure to a wide range of projects and initiatives.

This is a part-time, eight-month independent contractor role (November 2019 through June 2020), scoped for approximately 40 hours per month for a monthly payment of $1,000.00 ($25 per hour), plus commission for closed sales of selected training and consulting services. The Coordinator will be an independent contractor who will work with MindOpen’s Principal. As we are a growing firm, there is potential for business development leading to opportunity for expanded hours if desired by the contractor.

As an independent contractor, the Coordinator will have the autonomy to create their own schedule for completing milestones and goals under the terms of the contract. There will be expectation for periodic in-person meetings in the New York City area.

About the Organization: Launched in 2017, MindOpen works with organizations, teams, and individuals to achieve social change goals through customized training, coaching, and organizational development services. We specialize in helping people and groups make the behavioral and cultural shifts that build equitable, healthy, and high-impact organizations and companies. MindOpen’s Founder and Principal, Elizabeth Speck, leverages an engaging and evidence-based approach as a Registered Drama Therapist with a Doctorate in Organizational Development, and 25 years of diversified experience within New York City’s complex human services systems landscape. MindOpen’s team also includes dynamic subject matter experts who are innovators in their respective fields, including criminal legal systems reform, workforce and community development, education, and mental health.

MindOpen Learning Strategies values and actively cultivates diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and our internal operations. We intentionally prioritize the expertise of people directly impacted by the systems we are working to change. Please review our website at for a greater understanding of our work.

Contractor Responsibilities:

  • Support the overall development, implementation, and continual improvement of MindOpen’s ongoing training and consulting engagements, through research, participating in design processes, and documentation.

  • Maintain specific responsibility for raising the profile of “Fair Chance Employment: Leveraging the Workforce of the Future” training and consulting offerings (see through strategic marketing and communication efforts, resulting in new customers.

  • Communicate on behalf of MindOpen with partners, stakeholders and prospective clients, developing and maintaining positive relationships through written, verbal, formal and informal interactions.

  • Contribute to MindOpen’s internal infrastructure and capacity, by collaborating to create processes and tools for optimal teamwork.

  • Maintain momentum for assigned projects and tasks, and keep MindOpen’s Principal and team members informed of project and task progress.

Contractor Qualifications: The selected contractor will have a demonstrated track record in the following areas. MindOpen recognizes that skills and experience can be obtained in a variety of settings, including through work experience, personal life experience, internships, volunteering, community involvement, and other ways.

  • Investment in and commitment to social justice and systems change

  • Planning and executing multi-channel marketing campaigns (including social media, print collateral, outreach and events, etc.)

  • Maintaining productive interpersonal relationships in professional settings

  • Creating visually engaging presentations using PowerPoint and/or other platforms

  • Crafting written materials targeted for audiences in diverse sectors and settings

  • Independently managing projects through to completion

Instructions for Applying:

Please go to the Application Link where you will be asked to submit the following information:

  • Name, Email, Phone Number

  • Link to a comprehensive public LinkedIn profile, OR, agreement to separately forward your resume to

  • Responses to the following prompts. There are no length requirements, but we appreciate clear and concise writing that fully addresses each point.

    • Please describe how your experience aligns with the requested Contractor Qualifications.

    • Please describe what interests you about this opportunity.

    • Building a collaborative working relationship is crucial for this role. Please describe your approach to getting started in a new collaborative working relationship. Considerations might include, but are not limited to: How do you set mutual expectations? What do you think it’s important for both people to share about their work and communication styles? How do you build trust? Please include other considerations that are important to you.

  • Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview on an ongoing basis, by the end of October. We appreciate your interest and time in applying. Thank you in advance for understanding we are unable to respond to individual inquiries regarding the status of your application.


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