Employment Opportunities

Appalachian Voices is currently hiring for the following positions:

Development/Fundraising Coordinator

Appalachian Voices is accepting applications for an experienced Development/Fundraising Coordinator to orchestrate and advance the many varying, integrated, and moving parts of the organization’s expanding major gifts, foundations, and membership activities. There is a very strong preference for the position to be based in Charlottesville, Virginia, yet Boone, North Carolina may also be considered.

About the Ideal Candidate

Our organization is in an exciting, dynamic phase of growth and needs a pivotal team member to help us into the next chapter. We are seeking a dynamic, experienced, details-oriented professional with proven and superb organization and time management skills to play the role of air traffic controller for our fundraising program. This person is integral to our small Development team that is aggressively pursuing—and realizing—increased annual support. S/he must be able to maintain focus and discipline in a fast-paced environment. At a minimum, this person is a skilled proofer but would ideally also be able to write and edit compelling content for different audiences.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Determine and document foundation proposal/report requirements, initiate and advance planning discussions, and meticulously maintain critical schedules.
  • Coordinate and update major and middle donor/prospect interaction timelines, initiate and advance planning discussions, and maintain comprehensive master lists.
  • Proctor membership activities, including renewal and appeal processes, weekly team meetings and agendas, and group event/project timetables.
  • Ensure that team members and other staff rigidly follow internal and external deadlines, proactively check in on individual team member progress, and anticipate potential obstacles.
  • Coordinate donor stewardship, including appropriate and timely gift acknowledgement, and serve as the first point of contact with certain donors.
  • Maintain constituent management systems and internal electronic filing systems, run reports and queries, and perform account/file revision and cleanup.
  • Research and report on current and prospective donors, foundations, and other funders of interest.
  • Provide small to large event logistics facilitation and support.
  • Analyze giving history, cycles, and trends to determine opportunities for further improving donor retention.
  • Process and record donations and pledges, and track matching gift progress.
  • Record minutes and notes in team, board, and other meetings.

Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • A passion for environmental issues and action.
  • Three years minimum professional experience, preferably in nonprofit fundraising settings.
  • Superior organizational skills, particularly in the creation and upkeep of organized systems and processes.
  • Outstanding time-management skills.
  • Experience in constituent management databases.
  • Familiarity with online team collaboration platforms (e.g. Google Docs).
  • Strong proofing skills are required; writing and editing proficiency are highly desirable.
  • Ability to participate as a team member, demonstrate integrity, and accept constructive feedback.

The successful candidate will be committed to the mission of Appalachian Voices, whose staff comprises passionate, hard-working, creative, smart, caring, and fun colleagues with a deep connection to the region and its people. We require a strong work ethic and work together to promote a healthy work/life balance. Appalachian Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages minorities 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

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to hiring@appvoices.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Central Appalachia Campaign Coordinator

Appalachian Voices is seeking a talented, passionate individual to increase programmatic capacity for our Central Appalachian and Mountaintop Removal campaigns. This position will work on a number of mountaintop removal-related issues, including agency rule-making, mine permitting, local outreach, and Clean Water Act litigation. Responsibilities will include reviewing coal company monitoring data for regulatory compliance, providing support to coal-impacted residents, researching science and policy related to mining in Central Appalachia, and communicating with the media, and local and national audiences.

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.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Research science and policy that will inform technical comments, outreach material, and strategic objectives
  • Review technical documents, such as mine permits, agency rules, and regulatory reporting data
  • Help develop strategies to influence congressional and regulatory agency targets through grassroots pressure
  • Work with ally organizations to coordinate strategic goals and provide support on specific objectives
  • 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
  • Respond to reports of stream and well-water pollution through water testing, community outreach, and state and federal agency engagement

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Science background with understanding of mining issues; prior experience with non-profit organization, or state or federal agency strongly preferred
  • Experience or coursework in water chemistry, hydrology, and/or geology
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including ability to communicate complex technical and policy issues to communities and the media
  • Willingness to travel 5 – 10 days a month
  • Passion for and familiarity with the Central Appalachian region, previous work, volunteer or living experience within the region strongly preferred
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Social Media communication and advocacy experience
  • Experience of Excel, MySQL, or other database management programs preferred
  • Experience with Google Earth and ArcGIS
  • Excellent time management, work ethic and organization
  • Strong collaborative spirit, sound judgment and leadership potential

This position can be filled in any of our offices: Norton VA, Boone NC, Charlottesville VA, or Durham NC. Consideration of locations within other coal impacted counties of Central Appalachia will also be considered.

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.

AmeriCorps Communications Associate

* Please note: this position is an eleven-month service term and is administered under the auspices of AmeriCorps and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy’s AmeriCorps Project Conserve program *

The Communications Associate will focus on educating the public about regional environmental issues through print and online media and direct outreach. The member will serve as the Associate Editor of our 61,000 circulation bimonthly newspaper and host web-based educational events designed to inspire others to care for the Appalachian mountains.

The Communications Associate will often be simultaneously engaged in a variety of projects, and is encouraged to have strong multi-tasking skills and be forward-thinking, possess an excitement about journalism and other written communications, have a cutting-edge perspective on environmental issues and the ability to converse easily with and manage volunteers, interns and freelance writers. Position responsibilities will include:

•Participating in the daily and overall functions of the organization’s bimonthly journalistic publication, The Appalachian Voice, including involvement in the creation of each issue from storyboarding to final product, managing interns and volunteers, editing freelance stories, copy-editing final product and uploading each final issue to the web;

• Organizing and facilitating several webinars that relate to the member’s blogs and
articles in The Appalachian Voice and engage environmental and energy experts in a conversation with the public;

•Guiding volunteer interns through projects such as writing educational articles, and assisting with intern recruitment and management;

• Assisting with outreach efforts to recruit volunteers and members through various tabling events and presentations.

  • Full description
  • Application and AmeriCorps Project Conserve information.

    AmeriCorps Outreach and Education Associate

    * Please note: this position is an eleven-month service term and is administered under the auspices of AmeriCorps and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy’s AmeriCorps Project Conserve program *


    The Outreach and Education Associate serves as a communications outreach and education specialist with our Cleaning Up Coal Ash and our Energy Savings programs in North Carolina to educate and provide resources to citizens who have a stake in protecting their local waterways from coal pollution and advancing energy efficiency efforts in their community.

    For this position, the member will utilize traditional and social media communication, as well as direct public outreach to educate the public about Appalachian Voices’ program work in North Carolina with particular focuses on coal-related water pollution and energy efficiency.

    Position responsibilities include:
    • Conducting outreach activities to recruit volunteers and members at tabling events, door-to-door canvassing, presentations and community meetings;

    • Assisting with community education about water quality and how pollutants from coal affect community health and water quality, and how energy efficiency can benefit local residents and economies;

    • Researching and creating written and online educational materials such as informational flyers and brochures, educational presentations, blog posts, social media updates, occasional pieces for The Appalachian Voice publication and other materials as needed to provide methods for community members to learn more and become involved;

    • Conducting educational workshops for residents and businesses on residential energy efficiency and energy conservation ;

    • Guiding and supporting local residential electricity customers in writing Op-Eds and letters to the editor about energy efficiency.