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 Boone, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., Norton, Va., Knoxville, Tenn., and Durham, N.C.

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):

Virginia Field Coordinator

Appalachian Voices seeks a dynamic, passionate, and strategic Field Coordinator to build statewide grassroots power and engagement in Virginia. The Field Coordinator will work to empower and activate communities in opposing the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure and in pursuing a cleaner, more affordable, and more just energy system. Based out of our Charlottesville, VA office, the Field Coordinator will work to increase public awareness of energy issues impacting the lives of Virginians and expand grassroots support for energy policies that promote healthy communities in the Commonwealth.

The successful applicant 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 build power from the ground up.

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 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 to oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure and promote a more just and equitable energy system
  • Build relationships with community members and key partners through formal and informal coalitions
  • Plan and execute public events designed to educate communities and foster dialog on energy issues impacting Virginia, including community meetings, presentations, workshops, town halls, petition drives, press conferences, etc.
  • Promote civic engagement on legislation, regulations, and permit applications in order to advance the goals of the Virginia program
  • Organize and facilitate meetings and calls
  • Work with the communications team to utilize traditional media, social media, and other electronic communications to mobilize our membership
  • Recruit and manage a team of interns and volunteers

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated skills in community engagement and organizing, including recruiting and stewarding volunteer leaders in frontline communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental and social justice
  • Ability to learn the details of local, state, and federal policies and programs that impact frontline communities in Virginia
  • Ability to effectively facilitate dialogue and listen deeply to the perspectives of partners and stakeholders.
  • Aptitude for public speaking is a plus

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 the position is filled.

How to Apply

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