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):

New Economy 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, 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 and interviews may start by mid-December 2019. The start date will be January 6 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 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.