Fields: social enterprise, racial justice, civic engagement, rural, social justice
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
About the Organization: The Appalachia Funders Network convenes and connects funders for learning, analysis, and collaboration towards the equitable Appalachian Transition. We envision a healthy, equitable, and vibrant region that, through strong partnerships, civic engagement, and leadership, preserves our unique assets and provides prosperity for all. We create the space and support for relationships to grow, common analysis and vision to develop, and collaborations to form. The Apprentice will be employed by Rural Support Partners (RSP), the backbone support consultant for the Network. RSP provides a variety of support services to help deepen the impact of leaders, organizations, and networks working to advance community economic development efforts within Central Appalachia. We work hand-in-hand with our clients to advance a just economic transition across Central Appalachia, grow new business models, and innovate the field of rural development. Our services are based on a strong commitment to rural communities, and result in increased organizational effectiveness, improved strategies, more collaborative efforts, and greater impact. Rural Support Partners is a social enterprise that uses business disciplines and the power of market demand to create social, economic, and environmental impacts for a community or region.
About the Position: The Appalachian Apprenticeship for Diverse Leaders is a full-time, two-year program. It is designed to empower emerging, diverse Appalachian leaders to increase their professional skills, connections, and leadership capacities while supporting the operations of the Appalachia Funders Network. The apprentice would work to provide backbone support to the Appalachia Funders Network through administration and coordination. Along with tangible skills, the focus on professional and personal development, learning, and reflection will afford the apprentice with the opportunity for personal growth. The responsibilities of a Apprentice require some travel; therefore, it is necessary that candidates have the willingness, capacity, and physical health for overnight travel within and outside of the region.
- The ideal candidate will have:
- Skills in administrative work such as scheduling meetings, taking meeting notes, drafting meeting agendas, drafting and sending emails, answering phones.
- Comfort working in a collaborative environment as well as independently.
- Deep commitment to equity and justice across difference including, but not limited to, racial, gender & economic justice.
- Ability and desire to engage in personal reflection and a dedicated focus on personal and professional development, both individually and with a team.
- Strong work ethic. Calm demeanor in situations that may be challenging or stressful. Good time management skills. Ability to multitask and prioritize work, attention to detail, and problem solving skills.
- Specifically, we encourage applicants representing a broad diversity of Appalachian people which includes, but is not limited to, people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, non-native English speakers, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals, folks of various religious beliefs, people of a broad age range, and non-traditionally educated individuals.
Estimated Salary: $34,500 annual salary with generous benefits. Benefits include health insurance contribution, 10 paid holidays per year, and 2 weeks paid time off. Benefits also include a robust professional development package including trainings, workshops, conferences, mentorship, reflection, and reading.
Deadline: May 1, 2019
Appalachia Funders Network