Employment Opportunities

Appalachian Voices promotes diverse local economies and thriving communities and defends the land, air and water of our region from the worst environmental threats. We work at the nexus of the ongoing shift from fossil fuels to clean, 21st-century energy sources — we fight mountaintop removal coal mining, fracked-gas pipelines and other threats to the people and places of Appalachia, and we advance energy efficiency, clean energy, and other economic solutions that create community wealth and sustain Appalachia’s mountains, forests and waters.

Commitment to equity

Appalachian Voices is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, both in our work and within our organizational structure. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply for our positions, and we seek individuals who share and support these principles and are excited to help our organization live up to our commitment.

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

New Economy Program Manager

This position will organize and implement sustainable economic projects focused around solar and coal-impacted land redevelopment, while managing Appalachian Voices’ New Economy program in Southwest Virginia.

We are seeking a dedicated and passionate professional to manage our New Economy Program. Success in this role requires the ability to work in multiple economic and community development contexts while remaining flexible, creative, and focused. Our New Economy program drives innovation both within Southwest Virginia and across the broader central Appalachian region. We provide movement-level leadership through multiple coalitions and workgroups; this position will provide key capacity for those efforts.

Ideal candidates are capable of management in both a programmatic and project level capacity. This position has the potential to supervise at least one full time position and will play an important role in shaping and implementing the strategic direction for the New Economy program. The Program Manager will support the process of moving sustainable economic and community development projects from concept to implementation. Foundational to success in these and other responsibilities is the ability to learn new concepts quickly, effectively facilitate dialogue, build consensus, and listen deeply to the perspectives of partners and stakeholders. We are seeking a team-oriented person who is capable of implementing shared work while also being self-directed. Learn more about our New Economy program.

Strong candidates will:

  • Understand, or be able to quickly learn, state and federal policies and programs that impact Central Appalachia;
  • Value community engagement and organizing and know how to do it well;
  • Show aptitude for project management, including creating and tracking budgets.

Specific workload includes:

  • Working with team members and partners to implement solar development goals, including residential solarization programs and commercial-scale projects through an aggregate RFP process;
  • Implementing campaigns to improve Virginia’s solar policies and secure continued federal and state investment in economic diversification in Central Appalachia;
  • Leading the process to create coal-impacted land redevelopment project proposals in close collaboration with partners and local stakeholders;
  • Engaging at both grassroots and leadership levels to develop and maintain strategic partnerships and coalitions to advance the goals of the New Economy Program;
  • Contributing to the development of a sustained campaign around land ownership issues in Central Appalachia;
  • Tracking and reporting on program progress.

Appalachian Voices prioritizes return on our investments and is constantly exploring new ways to deepen our impact. We are committed to finding creative ways to measure what is valuable, recognizing the absolute importance of relationships, trust, and community. Our work is visible and relevant to the communities we serve.

The New Economy Program Manager position is based in our Norton, Va., office and will report to the New Economy Director. This is a place-based employment opportunity within far Southwest Virginia, working in 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 mid-level management position. Targeted hiring range is between $40,000 – $50,000, DOE.

To apply:

Applications will be accepted until this position is filled and interviews may start in early/mid-September 2018. Please send resume and a brief cover letter (less than 500 words) that addresses the questions below to Adam@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, Va.?
  2. Discuss your experience working in coalitions: what was the objective, who was involved and what was your role?
  3. Share an area of professional growth in which you are currently engaged.

TN Community Outreach Associate-Stewards VISTA

Appalachian Voices Energy Savings for Appalachia team is hiring a Stewards VISTA AmeriCorps member to work on their campaign to empower rural, low-income mining-impacted communities in East Tennessee by building capacity to engage in the decision making processes of their rural electric cooperatives, leading to local investments in energy efficiency, high-speed internet, and other beneficial programs.

The Stewards VISTA will conduct outreach in areas with legacy mining in Cumberland, Fentress, Claiborne, Hancock, Hawkins, and adjacent counties to help community members: 1) understand their rights and responsibilities as members of rural electric cooperatives; 2) learn about programs available to their cooperatives that would benefit local economies and community development; 3) generate member engagement in the decision making processes of their co-ops; and, 4) advance implementation and enrollment in inclusive energy efficiency and other programs.

The Stewards VISTA member will help build capacity in rural areas by providing co-op members with trainings on meeting facilitation, digital tools, community organizing, and other skill sets or knowledge necessary for members to engage and organize a broader base of co-op membership.

The VISTA will organize and facilitate educational workshops throughout cooperative service area(s) that cover a range of topics, including cooperative bylaws, structure and decision making, the seven cooperative principles, electric co-op best practice, special programs for members, etc.

The Stewards VISTA member will assist current organizing efforts of co-op members in East Tennessee by providing these groups with research assistance, connections to electric co-op leadership, connections to other community groups and nonprofits, etc. The VISTA will act as a liaison between East Tennessee electric co-op members and Appalachian Voices’ Communications Team to support the members’ media and outreach needs.

The VISTA will advance newly implemented co-op programs that offer energy efficiency, broadband internet, herbicide spraying opt-out, etc by providing members with education and helping those who want to enroll.

The Stewards VISTA will also keep co-op members up to date on Tennessee Valley Authority policy and proposals, and support members that want their utility to influence TVA towards more equitable and environmentally conscious policy.

Preferred candidates have:

  • Passion for building a better future with rural communities
  • Good critical thinking skills and adaptability
  • Great jokes
  • Excellent communication skills (especially listening)
  • Basic computer literacy (fancy stuff is a plus)
  • An aptitude for team work and relationship building
  • Ability to teach and speak publicly
  • Good work ethic and dependability
  • Experience with rural community organizing
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn about electric cooperative best practice
  • Background living or working in the Appalachian region
  • Bachelor’s degree a plus but not required

Term Details and Benefits

The TN Community Outreach Associate- Stewards VISTA is a 12-month service term that runs from August 27, 2018 to August 26, 2019. The position will be based in our Knoxville, Tenn. office. The service member will receive a living stipend commensurate with the location of service, and is eligible for all benefits under the auspices of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
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To Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled. To apply, please fill out the AmeriCorps VISTA official application. Questions? Contact Brianna Knisley at brianna@appvoices.org

Appalachian Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Successful candidates will be committed to the mission of Appalachian Voices and motivated to join a team of hard-working, fun-loving, caring, smart and creative colleagues. We provide competitive non-profit salaries commensurate with experience and skills.

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