Full-Time North Carolina Program Manager (Location Flexible in North Carolina)
This job can be filled remotely from applicants anywhere living in North Carolina.
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 30 staff members located in offices in Boone, N.C., Durham, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., Norton, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn. We have an opening for a North Carolina Program Manager who will play a critical role in supporting outreach and power building initiatives for our Energy Democracy program and our campaign to prevent construction of new fracked-gas infrastructure in North Carolina. This position can be based in Boone or Durham, and remote candidates will also be considered.
Working under the supervision of the Director of Programs, the North Carolina Program Manager will supervise several field and policy staff and oversee an integrated grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, strategic communications, and movement-building effort aimed at accelerating North Carolina’s clean energy transition in a manner that centers on-the-ground community leadership, environmental justice, and democratic control of energy systems.
Successful applicants will possess a strong desire to develop their social-impact career by bringing people together with purpose. They will demonstrate their commitments to clean energy and environmental and racial justice and will use equitable and inclusive practices in their work to promote 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 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
- Advance Appalachian Voice’s objectives in North Carolina, including building the statewide movement for energy democracy, preventing new investments in fossil fuels and proactively seeking to grow and engage our base of supporters
- Supervise field and policy staff and interns by setting clear goals, developing work plans, acting as a coach and mentor, and conducting regular check-ins
- Collaborate with other environmental and social justice groups to build our collective power to address the most important environmental justice issues facing our state
- Develop contacts and manage relationships with the NC media, write blog posts and op-eds, and serve as a spokesperson to NC media outlets in close coordination with Appalachian Voices’ communications team
- Build relationships with and represent Appalachian Voices with decision makers, including state and federal legislators, regulators, commissioners and boards
- Manage relationships with attorneys representing Appalachian Voices in legal proceedings and interventions in state administrative actions and contribute to the development of technical comments and testimony
- Provide Appalachian Voices’ Advancement Team with timely updates of programmatic work and assist in writing grants and grant reports when necessary
- Work closely with Appalachian Voices’ operations team to manage team budgets and ensure thorough and accurate financial reporting
REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALITIES
- Minimum of 5 years experience in grassroots organizing and advocacy campaigns, including at least 3 years experience managing staff and interns
- Strong collaborative spirit, sound judgment and demonstrated leadership skills
- Excellent time management, work ethic and organizational skills
- A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Cultural humility, including the ability to create and sustain inclusive spaces for people of all races/ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, abilities, classes, and geographies.
- Experience communicating complex processes and ideas effectively to a variety of audiences within and outside of the organization
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate directly, provide feedback, exhibit empathy, and build consensus
- Ability to travel and work odd hours when necessary as well as keep a level head in a fast-paced campaign environment
- Background in environmental or energy policy, regulation and/or enforcement is a plus
We are accepting applications from people with a range of experience levels and salary requirements. This position has a full-time 40-hour work week and salary will be commensurate with the experience of our selected candidate (we anticipate in the range of $55,000 – 70,000 per year).
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, and an employer-matched retirement plan.
How to Apply
- Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. Interviews will start in mid- to late August and the anticipated employment date is no later than November, 2022.
- Please send your resume and a cover letter that highlights your skills and experience transferable to this position to firstname.lastname@example.org with “North Carolina Program Manager” in the subject line. Recommendation letters will also be gladly accepted. Questions about the position and Appalachian Voices are welcomed via email at email@example.com.