About Appalachian Voices
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 clean energy economy. We currently have over 30 staff members across offices in Boone, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., Norton, Va., 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.
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Appalachian Voices is excited to announce an opening for a North Carolina Field Coordinator. The North Carolina Field Coordinator will be supervised by Appalachian Voices' North Carolina Program Manager and will play a key role in our local and statewide campaigns to advance clean energy in North Carolina, oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure, and protect environmental and public health. This position can be based out of our Boone, N.C. office or may operate remotely from elsewhere in North Carolina. Regular travel within North Carolina is required.
The North Carolina Field Coordinator will be primarily responsible for outreach and coalition building to promote an equitable transition to clean energy in the state, including taking advantage of the opportunities made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act and other recent federal legislation. This work may include providing assistance for local community groups, rural businesses, local governments, and electric cooperatives seeking to build and finance clean energy projects.
The North Carolina Field Coordinator will also assist the North Carolina Program team and coalition partners in opposing new and proposed fossil fuel projects in the state, such as methane gas pipelines and power plants, by participating in regulatory processes and engaging members of impacted communities and the media.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities
- Support the advancement of Appalachian Voices' objectives in North Carolina by growing the statewide movement for clean energy and environmental justice by developing and implementing a range of community activities that grow and engage our base of supporters
- Collaborate with other environmental and social justice partners to develop organizing strategies that build our collective power and support environmental justice communities.
- Build relationships and earn trust with community members and key partners through formal and informal coalitions
- Plan and execute events designed to educate communities on energy issues and policies impacting North Carolina and drive civic engagement.
- Raise awareness and education about clean energy programs, by planning and facilitating community meetings and informational presentations
- Generate public comment and turnout to meetings and hearings s using a variety of digital outreach strategies with support from our communications team
Skills and Qualifications
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and understanding of grassroots organizing (prior experience in advocacy or organizing preferred)
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences and develop persuasive messaging for outreach materials.
- 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
- Event planning skills, including outreach and follow-up, volunteer recruitment, media outreach, event promotion, and logistics coordination
- Strong interpersonal skills, including good listening and the ability to create and maintain spaces that are inclusive and welcoming
This is a full-time, non-exempt position and is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit; specific terms and conditions of employment may be subject to a future Collective Bargaining Agreement. 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; short- and long-term disability plans; generous paid vacation and parental leave; flexible working hours; and an employer-matched retirement plan.
Salary is commensurate with experience, however, the expected salary range is between $40,000 - $50,000; candidates seeking the higher end of this range should be able to demonstrate a very strong background, experience, or other factors. We are open to feedback from the market and would welcome the opportunity to connect with candidates who may be outside of the compensation band. Appalachian Voices is committed to equity in pay practices.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this position is filled. Questions about the position are welcomed via email to email@example.com. No calls, please.
Please send a resume and a brief cover letter that addresses why you are interested in this role and why you would be a good fit for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “[YOUR NAME] Application for NC Field Coordinator.”