Employment Opportunities

Appalachian Voices is currently hiring for the following positions:


Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator

Appalachian Voices is seeking a talented and passionate professional with grassroots organizing experience to help lead and execute our work for the Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign. Launched in April 2013, the Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign aims to promote and generate support for utility energy efficiency finance programs that primarily help low-income residents lower their energy costs and make their homes healthier and more comfortable places to live. We are promoting a type of debt-free financing called “on-bill financing” that helps residents cover the upfront cost of making cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Our primary focus is on rural electric cooperatives serving Appalachian communities in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

The Outreach Coordinator will lead the campaign’s community organizing efforts, which will involve direct outreach via canvassing and community energy efficiency workshops, media outreach, and developing/nurturing partnerships with community-based organizations, local government agencies, and local energy services providers in our target areas. The position will be supported by other staff, including the Energy Policy Director, AmeriCorps Associates and interns, as available. The intended location for the position is our Knoxville, Tennessee office, but the position will require a 3-6 month orientation and training period at the onset, located on our Boone, North Carolina office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Local campaign strategy and planning
  • Grassroots organizing, including: canvassing, petitioning, tabling events, presentations, etc
  • Expanding, training and managing our network of members, volunteers and activists
  • Outreach to and networking with other community stakeholders, as appropriate
  • Engaging and nurturing our partnerships with other state and regional organizations
  • Producing monthly email blasts, newsletters, action alerts, blogs, facebook posts and events and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership
  • Maintaining detailed databases of petition signatures, email sign-ups, volunteers, community leaders, local energy service companies, key community partners, etc
  • Leading development/fundraising efforts in Tennessee

Qualifications:

  • Experience with/working knowledge of Salsa, the Voter Activation Network and/or other online organizing tools
  • Aptitude for communication with volunteers, members, activists, media and the public
  • Excellent time management, work ethic and organization
  • Strong grassroots organizing skills and experience
  • Ability to communicate complex, technical and policy issues to the general public
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills, experience writing grants a plus
  • Strong management skills (volunteers, AmeriCorps staff)
  • Strong collaborative spirit, sound judgment and leadership potential
  • Passion for the Central and Southern Appalachian region
  • Willingness to travel

The successful candidate 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. Appalachian Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and educational background. Benefits include 3 weeks paid vacation, paid sick days and holidays, health insurance stipend and retirement savings plan.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three references by email to Rory McIlmoil: rory@appvoices.org. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Central Appalachian Field Coordinator

Appalachian Voices, an organization that protects the land, air, water and communities of the Appalachian region, is seeking a Central Appalachian Field Coordinator. This individual will join a team of professionals dedicated to bringing people together to implement solutions to the environmental problems having the greatest impact on the region. This position with report to the Central Appalachian Campaign Coordinator.

Appalachian Voices is seeking a talented, passionate individual to coordinate the outreach for our Central Appalachian and Mountaintop Removal campaigns in Central Appalachia and the Southeast. This is a unique position that requires a background in community or campaign organizing, as well as a basic understanding of science and policy related to fossil fuel extraction. Responsibilities include working with impacted residents on an individual basis, giving educational presentations throughout the region, researching topics related to mountaintop removal coal mining, and implementing direct outreach methods such as phone-banking and canvassing.

Our Central Appalachian campaign operates across the region to enforce mining laws, monitor environmental impacts from coal extraction and engage impacted communities. We offer technical expertise and community networking to frontline residents. Our Mountaintop Removal Campaign focuses on pressuring regulatory agencies to fully enforce laws designed to protect human health and the environment from mountaintop removal. We also work with Congress to try to improve existing law and prevent attempts to weaken existing law. Both programs combine science and the personal experience of impacted communities to influence regional and national policy, regulations, and media coverage of these issues.

This position can be filled from our Boone, N.C. office or from a location in Central Appalachia

Responsibilities Include:

  • Work with residents to address their concerns and elevate their stories in appropriate ways (reports to state or federal agencies, coverage by media sources, working with community groups);
  • Maintaining our databases used for tracking member information, action success and outreach initiatives. We currently use the CRM program Salsa and the Voter Activation Network;
  • Developing, planning, and giving presentations on mountaintop removal issues throughout Appalachia and the Southeast;
  • Help develop strategies to influence congressional and regulatory agency targets through grassroots pressure;
  • Field calls on the Appalachian Water Watch pollution alert hotline and answer concerns brought to us by impacted residents living near mining operations and other environmental threats;
  • Communicate and collaborate with partner organizations about our regional/local programs to end mountaintop removal and protect Appalachian communities;
  • Engage with allies and implement strategies to prevent new mountaintop removal permits from being approved;
  • Research science and policy that will inform technical comments, outreach material, and strategic objectives;
  • Collaborate with our communications team for media outreach and interviews;
  • Provide content for social media, such as Facebook posts and Twitter posts;
  • Write stories that can be used for our website, the Front Porch Blog and our publication, The Appalachian Voice.

Qualifications:

  • 3 – 4 years experience in campaign or community organizing preferred
  • Willingness to travel 5 – 10 days a month
  • Aptitude for communicating with residents, volunteers, members, activists, media and the public
  • Able to use computer programs such as Google Earth, online document programs, social media, and other online organizing tools
  • Excellent time management, work ethic and organization
  • Experience in science or natural resources – can include environmental education, laboratory work, environmental consulting, coursework
  • Ability to communicate complex technical and policy issues to the general public
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong collaborative spirit, sound judgment and leadership potential
  • Passion for the Central Appalachian region

The successful candidate 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. Appalachian Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience and educational background. Benefits include 3 paid weeks vacation, health insurance stipend and retirement savings plan.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume and three references by email to jobs@appvoices.org. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.