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

To apply for this position, visit: http://driconsulting.com/position/advancement-officer-av/

Virginia Energy Democracy Field Coordinator

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 30 staff members located in offices in Charlottesville, Va., Norton, Va., Boone, N.C., and Knoxville, Tenn.

Appalachian Voices is seeking a Virginia Field Coordinator to build statewide grassroots 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 our 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 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 build broad and visible support for Appalachian Voices’ energy democracy campaign
  • Plan and execute events designed to educate communities on energy issues and policies impacting Virginia
  • Promote civic engagement on legislation, regulations, and permit applications in order to advance the goals of energy democracy
  • Build relationships with community members and key partners through formal and informal coalitions
    Organize, participate in, and facilitate 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

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and understanding of community organizing approach to social change
  • Strong interest in and ability to work with diverse groups on clean energy and social, economic, and environmental justice issues
  • Experience in—or aptitude for—public speaking
  • Excellent writing, communication, and listening skills
  • Event planning skills, including outreach and follow-up, volunteer recruitment, media outreach, event promotion, and logistics coordination
  • Ability to effectively facilitate group meetings and calls
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to set priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines for 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

DESIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Prior experience with grassroots organizing and/or experience with legislative or political campaigns
  • Knowledge of clean energy technologies, energy markets, and electric utility regulation
  • Prior experience working in coalitions
  • Aptitude for executing impactful digital and social media strategies around core issues

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) 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.