Employment Opportunities

Appalachian Voices is a nonprofit advocacy organization that brings people together to protect the land, air, and water of Central and Southern Appalachia and advance a just transition to a generative and equitable clean energy economy. We have 29 staff members located in offices in Charlottesville, Va., Norton, Va., Boone, N.C., and Knoxville, Tenn.

Commitment to equity

Appalachian Voices is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in our work and in our organizational structure. We seek applicants who share and exhibit these principles. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

We are currently hiring for the following position(s):

Major Gifts Officer

Appalachian Voices has an opening for a major gifts officer who will play a critical role in supporting the growth of the organization and its fundraising efforts. This position will be based in our Charlottesville, Va., office.

The candidate will work as part of a high-performing fundraising team to develop and implement an effective philanthropy program which will support Appalachian Voices’ recently completed three-year strategic plan. The candidate will serve as the principal major gift fundraiser, managing a nationwide portfolio of major gift donors and prospects with current giving ability in the $1,000-$25,000+ range in support of Appalachian Voices’ ongoing operations and strategic initiatives, with the ability for gifts in the $100,000+ range once the portfolio is developed. The candidate will be expected to manage approximately 150 donors and prospects and to travel up to 50% of the time.

To be successful in this role, the candidate will need to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects with a range of financial means. The candidate will be organized, disciplined, and impact-focused. An ideal candidate for this role will be adept at translating complicated ideas and outcomes into relatable and appealing donor communications and fundraising packages.

Appalachian Voices is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in our work and in our organizational structure. We seek applicants who share and exhibit these principles. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

We understand people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the primary roles and responsibilities below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

PRIMARY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage a portfolio of 150 donors, including donors with the capacity to give over $100,000 once the portfolio is developed. Responsible for up to 235 visits annually and an annual fundraising goal of $500,000 in Year 1 with 20% growth in following years.
  • Act as the primary relationship manager for individual major gift donors: identify, cultivate, solicit, close, and steward major gift donors and prospects, and prep leadership or other influencers involved in donor relationships.
  • Create individual goals and cultivation plans for each donor in the portfolio taking into account the donor’s interests, motivation, giving pattern, and ask preferences.
  • Collaboratively develop, manage, and implement a strategic plan designed to acquire, qualify, and cultivate new and existing major gift opportunities
  • Develop major donor strategies and plans, including individual donor strategies/plans as well as strategies/plans to grow the prospect pipeline and the portfolio with donors capable of making 5-6 figure gifts.
  • Communicate with major gift donors in person, by phone, electronically, in written materials, and travel to meet with donors locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Persuasively convey the mission of Appalachian Voices to diverse groups who are important to the organization’s overall prosperity.
  • Prepare donor communications including regular updates, the Annual Report, End of Year solicitations, and other fundraising pieces as needed.
  • Develop strategies and keep the Development Team and others current on major gifts work via briefing and debriefing materials.
  • Track interactions with donors and maintain the integrity of those records, including upholding key deliverables and deadlines.
  • Closely monitor the acknowledgment and recognition process to ensure donors are properly and appropriately acknowledged.
  • Work collaboratively as part of the Development team to achieve annual goals.
  • Complete internal reports on plans, progress, accomplishments, and budget.
  • Travel frequently and on short notice, work long and flexible hours as needed.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Demonstrated experience and success in soliciting and securing major gifts.
  • Capacity to think strategically about fundraising while maintaining strong execution and follow-up.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills with the ability to clearly discuss complex issues with diverse audiences and energize listeners.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills with high capacity to multitask.
  • Effective in independent and collaborative work with the ability to work harmoniously with others, including those in different locations.
  • Highly self-motivated, accountable, and able to make decisions independently.
  • Proficient in GSuite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, donor management software, and working knowledge of standard office equipment (personal computer/laptop, phone with voicemail, scanner, copier, etc.).
  • Willing and able to have a flexible work schedule in order to travel up to 50% of the time, as well as attend events in the early morning, evening, and weekends.

COMPENSATION

This is an opportunity for a talented individual to contribute as part of a growing development team. You will be part of a dynamic group of smart, committed, and hard-working individuals working in a fast-paced, demanding, and goal-oriented career. We are accepting applications from people with a range of experience levels and salary requirements. Title and salary will be commensurate with the experience of our selected candidate.

Appalachian Voices offers competitive compensation and benefits that include employer-paid health care, vision and dental policies with options to include family members at a reduced cost, plus short- and long-term disability plans; as well as generous paid vacation and parental leave, options for flexible working hours, and an employer-matched retirement plan.

This position has a full-time 40-hour workweek. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your resume and a cover letter (no longer than one page) that highlights your skills and experience transferable to this position to jobs@appvoices.org with “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. Recommendation letters will also be gladly accepted. Questions about the position and the development program are welcomed via email at leigh@appvoices.org.

New Economy Program Field Coordinator

Appalachian Voices is seeking a Field Coordinator based in our Norton, Va., office to build local power and engagement in the Just Transition movement by recruiting, engaging, and activating community members in Southwest Virginia through our New Economy Program. The Field Coordinator will develop community leaders, support the strengthening of new and existing community-based organizations, conduct educational trainings on solar and economic development, and execute strategic campaigns focused around solar, coal-impacted land redevelopment, and land ownership issues in Southwest Virginia.

This position will foster the connection between community members and our work, making sure that local, diverse community voices and perspectives are informing the economic and community development decisions that are being made both within our organization and the region as a whole. Foundational to success is a well-developed understanding of community organizing in rural settings, as well as community and economic development within a Just Transition framework.

Appalachian Voices is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in our work and in our organizational structure. We seek applicants who share and exhibit these principles. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.
We understand people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the primary roles and responsibilities below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

Strong candidates will:

  • Demonstrate strong skills in community engagement and organizing including recruiting and stewarding volunteer leaders in rural and marginalized communities.
  • Understand, or be able to learn, state and federal policies and programs that impact Central Appalachia, particularly at the intersection of environmental justice and economic development.
  • Effectively facilitate dialogue and listen deeply to the perspectives of partners and stakeholders.
    Thrive in a highly collaborative setting while being self-motivated and creative.

Specific workload includes:

  • Building relationships with community members and key partners;
  • Supporting the strengthening of new and existing community-based organizations;
  • Planning, organizing and executing public events including community meetings, presentations, workshops, town halls, petition drives, press conferences, etc.;
  • Implementing campaigns and supporting projects of our New Economy program;
  • Working closely with the communications team to develop digital materials for emails, newsletters, action alerts, blogs, social media posts and events, and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership;
  • Maintaining detailed databases and listservs for volunteers, community leaders, community partners, etc.

The New Economy Field Coordinator position is based in our Norton, VA office and will report to the New Economy Program Manager. This is a place-based employment opportunity within far Southwest Virginia, working out of our Norton office on a daily basis, without the option of telecommuting. Our office is located within walking distance of the Jefferson National Forest and has easy access to multiple incredible outdoor recreation opportunities and cultural assets. The region is in the midst of an exciting renaissance, and we seek an individual who is as excited about being a part of that—both professionally and personally—as we are.

Compensation and Benefits:

Appalachian Voices offers competitive compensation and benefits that includes employer-paid health care, vision and dental policies with options to include family members at a reduced cost; as well as generous paid vacation and parental leave, and an employer-matched retirement plan. This is a full time, permanent position. Targeted hiring range is between $32,000 and 40,000.

To apply:

Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. The start date will be July 1 or later. Apply now! Please send resume and a brief cover letter (one page) that addresses the questions below to Chelsea@appvoices.org. Questions about the position are welcomed via email. No calls, please.

  1. What’s your connection to Appalachia and why do you want to work in Norton, Virginia?
  2. Share one example of your experience organizing with communities to achieve a goal: what was the objective, who was involved and what was your role?
  3. What does a Just Transition in Appalachia look like to you?

Virginia Energy Democracy Field Coordinator

Appalachian Voices is seeking a Field Coordinator to build statewide power and engagement in the growing energy democracy movement. This is a movement to empower communities with the tools necessary to decide their own energy future and work towards a cleaner, more affordable, and more just energy system.

Working under the supervision of the Virginia Program Manager in the Charlottesville, Va. office, the Field Coordinator’s goal will be to increase public awareness of energy issues affecting the lives of Virginians and help communities advocate for their own chosen solutions related to energy and justice. The Field Coordinator will help activate and expand grassroots support for energy democracy in Virginia to create a long-lasting and sustainable network.

Successful applicants will have a desire to begin or continue developing their social-impact career by bringing people together with purpose. They will maintain commitments to both clean energy and environmental justice. They will use equitable and inclusive practices in their work to promote truly democratic decision-making at the grassroots level.

Appalachian Voices is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in our work and in our organizational structure. We seek applicants who share and exhibit these principles. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

We understand people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the primary roles and responsibilities below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

PRIMARY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement a range of grassroots advocacy activities that meet the diverse needs and interests of residents across Virginia and build broad and visible support for Appalachian Voices’ energy democracy campaign
  • Build relationships with community members and key partners
  • Promote civic engagement on legislation that advances the goals of energy democracy
  • Organize, participate in, and facilitate coalition/partner group meetings and calls
  • Work with the communications team to utilize traditional media, social media, and other electronic communications to broadcast a unified message about energy democracy
  • Collaborate with other Appalachian Voices Field Coordinators to support complementary programs in North Carolina and Tennessee
  • Track progress and engage in planning, reporting, and evaluation of the program
  • Recruit and manage a team of interns and volunteers

REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • A desire to engage the grassroots community on clean energy and social/economic/environmental justice issues
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Aptitude for executing impactful digital and social media strategies around core issues
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Experience in — or aptitude for — public speaking
  • Event planning skills which include outreach and follow-up, volunteer recruitment, planning, media outreach, event promotion, and logistics coordination
  • Demonstrated experience in — or aptitude for — facilitation of group meetings and calls
  • Ability to set priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines and both short- and long-term goals in a fast-paced environment
  • Extensive computer skills, including competency in the Google Suite, MS Office Suite, internet, and social media
  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Flexibility to work evening and weekends when needed
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel, including some overnight travel

COMPENSATION

Because we are interested in receiving applications from candidates with a range of experience levels and salary requirements, salary will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience. Expected hiring range is $32,000 – $40,000 annually. This is a permanent, full-time position.

Appalachian Voices offers competitive compensation and benefits that include: employer-paid health care, vision, and dental policies with options to include family members at a reduced cost, plus short- and long-term disability plans; generous paid vacation and parental leave; options for flexible working hours; an employer-matched retirement plan.

Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your resume and a cover letter (no longer than one page) that highlights your skills and experience transferable to this position to jobs@appvoices.org with “Virginia Energy Democracy Field Coordinator” in the subject line. Recommendation letters will also be gladly accepted, but are not required. Questions about the position and the program are welcomed via email at peter@appvoices.org.

Tennessee VISTA Community Organizing Associate

Appalachian Voices is seeking an Americorps VISTA to join our Energy Democracy program in East Tennessee.

As our Community Organizing Associate, the VISTA will support our campaign goal of advancing democratic decision-making at electric utilities across the Tennessee Valley, leading to programs that boost local economies, support community development, and protect public and environmental health in the region.

PRIMARY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The day-to-day responsibilities of this position will include a mix of field and office work, from planning and leading community meetings to conducting research and writing blogs on important issues. Currently, our Tennessee campaigns include broad reform efforts directed at the Tennessee Valley Authority, ongoing organizing with rural electric cooperative members, and organizing with communities working for a just transition while facing fossil plant closures.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Strong work ethic / aptitude for self-starting
  • Excellent communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Experience forming professional relationships
  • Time management skills
  • Community organizing experience or a strong understanding of creating social change
  • Experience with event planning
  • Commitment to overcoming challenges
  • Passion for people and environment in the Appalachian region
  • An understanding or willingness to learn about electric utility impacts and governance

COMPENSATION

Benefits for the VISTA include a living stipend and end-of-term education award supplied by AmeriCorps, as well as an additional housing and fuel stipend supplied by Appalachian Voices.

HOW TO APPLY

Learn more about the position and apply via the AmeriCorps official application.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.