We are currently hiring for the following position(s):
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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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis June 4 through July 30, 2018. To apply, please fill out the AmeriCorps VISTA official application. Questions? Contact Brianna Knisley at firstname.lastname@example.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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