Join Our Team: Community Coaching Associate

The West Virginia Community Development Hub (The Hub) is seeking a Community Coaching Associate to advance our work to create transformation in local communities from the ground up. The ideal candidate will be a strong relationship-builder and have genuine optimism for West Virginia’s future, including the possibility of making change while working alongside residents who live in our communities today. 


The Hub’s leadership is expressly interested in diversifying our team of coaches so that the team reflects and reaches residents in West Virginia with many different viewpoints and backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply for this position. Our entire Hub team is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and in communities, and we have support systems in place to welcome new staff members. 

Submit your application by June 26, 2022 at midnight to be considered in the first round of review. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please find the job description and information about how to apply on this page.

To download a PDF file with the job description, click here.

Who We Are

The Hub is a nonprofit organization that works annually with dozens of teams located across West Virginia to build local communities and economies. Hallmarks of our work are to spur on fresh momentum where little exists; to unite the forces of groups that have not considered – or even resisted – collaboration in the past; and to champion new, and sometimes unexpected, leaders.

About this job

Our team of community coaches walks alongside residents as they create and carry out a shared vision for positive changes in their area. The results may be anything from creating a community garden or putting on a festival to repurposing a vacant, historic building or building out a plan to transform a community.

With more than a decade of experience, The Hub has a unique approach to community-based coaching that includes centering residents as subject matter experts on what is best for their area; breaking down historic barriers to collaboration and unifying people from different backgrounds; and championing new, and many times historically underrepresented, community leaders. 

The person in this role will receive training and mentorship to coach residents using The Hub’s unique approach. Learn more on our History and Approach page.

what you'll do

The Community Coaching Associate is part of our team of community coaches led by The Hub’s Director of Community Engagement. You will be responsible for the following: 

  • You will coach teams of local residents – “community teams” – including, at minimum, communicating weekly with community-based leaders and traveling monthly to meet in person (in-person meetings are contingent upon The Hub’s COVID safety policies). 
  • You will lead public meetings and keep community teams accountable to their goals and program expectations. You will support individual team members to strengthen their leadership abilities.
  • You will manage current and build new relationships with partners who offer services to support community teams. You will regularly make connections between these partners and residents participating in community teams.
  • You will collaborate with The Hub’s team of community coaches to adapt services in response to needs as well as map out new community-based coaching programs.
  • You will build skills and expertise to become a lead community coach for one of our programs, working independently to coach communities and achieve program goals. 

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you will excel in five areas:

  1. Relationship-Building: You develop strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of people. You stay curious about people and are always seeking to understand more about their values and interests. You are an active listener. You genuinely care about helping people put their dreams into reality. You bring your authentic self into new spaces, and you show up for people.
  2. Patient Persistence: You have a track record of getting results even when there are obstacles. You are comfortable in gray areas and are able to flex your plans to meet people where they are; you understand that progress isn’t always about checking items off of a list. 
  3. Inclusive Leadership: You approach leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly include others in decision-making. You know you don’t have all of the answers, and you’re willing to actively collaborate with others to find solutions. 
  4. Setting and Managing Priorities: You have experience managing competing demands of your time, and are able to build your own systems to keep tasks from slipping through the cracks. You are a self-starter and are driven to complete work independently within a supportive team environment.
  5. Commitment to Equity: You recognize the role of race, income, age, and other identities in addressing disparities. You recognize how your own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.

If you were here right now, you would be...

  • Building relationships with dozens of local leaders from across West Virginia who are invested in making a difference in their community; 
  • Traveling highways and back roads to beautiful parts of the state to see community-led change in-person; 
  • Apprenticing with our team of Hub community coaches to gain the knowledge, mindset, and connections needed to support residents in creating transformational changes in their communities; and 
  • Learning the network of resource providers making community and economy building happen in West Virginia, and learning about both opportunities and challenges in the field.

What else you should know

The salary for this position will be negotiated with the applicant and will be based on qualifications and experience. The expected starting salary will be between $35,000 – $42,000.

This position is full-time. The location for this position is flexible, but applicants must reside in West Virginia. The Hub has offices in Charleston, WV and Buckhannon, WV, and the person in this role may be based out of either of these locations, work on a remote basis, or a combination of in-person and remote.

Willingness to travel and work flexible hours is required for this position. Extensive travel is expected for this position. Community meetings and events may happen during evenings or weekends but are scheduled in advance so that staff may coordinate their schedules accordingly. The Hub offers a flex-time policy to accommodate work completed outside a typical workday. All travel expenses are reimbursable and travel may often be done in coordination with other Hub staff. 

We are actively seeking to recruit diverse candidates for this position. We want The Hub to represent the diversity found in West Virginia communities accurately. We are seeking candidates that demonstrate diversity of perspective, experience, and culture. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color applicants as well as any applicants who are historically underrepresented in roles like this.

We strongly encourage applications from people who have a passion for this work, even if their professional experience does not align perfectly with the expectations listed. The Hub has a generous support system that includes a mix of paid professional development opportunities as well as training and support from fellow staff members.

The Hub is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of The Hub to create a favorable work environment in which all employees, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, ability, or religious affiliation, can enjoy equal opportunities in their employment relationship with the organization.

How to Apply

Applications are due on/by midnight on Sunday, June 26th, 2022. Applications should be submitted via email to Katie Loudin at k.loudin@wvhub.org with the subject line “Community Coaching Associate Application” and the following documents attached:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your relevant skills, expertise and experience
  • Resume
  • A writing sample that demonstrates your ability to develop program-related materials, or a writing sample (no more than 3 pages) that demonstrates your writing and critical thinking skills. Writing sample must be current (created within the past year).

Questions

If you have a question about qualifications or what is needed for this role, please contact Amanda Workman-Scott at a.workman@wvhub.org or 304-669-3050.

Hiring Process

All applicants will be notified via email if they are being considered for an interview. Expect to receive email communications from Katie Loudin at k.loudin@wvhub.org. There will be two rounds of interviews for select applicants, and all applicants participating in the interviews will receive questions in advance. This position is expected to start by September 2022.

Systemic Change

2021 became a time period of catalytic potential as we saw years of investment into our core strategies to enact systemic change yield new results. Our strategic focus areas include policy, communications, and supporting the community economic development system in leveraging unique financing opportunities such as the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative and Opportunity Zones.

In addition, through our strategic policy support role within the Abandoned Properties Coalition, The Hub successfully advanced two key objectives: the creation of a statewide land bank at the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation and extension of the state’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. 

Through the Opportunity Appalachia program, 6 catalytic community projects located in WV-based Opportunity Zones received $250,000 for pre-development technical assistance. Three projects received additional private funding as a result of program participation.

Cowen

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies. Read their community case study.

Montgomery

Residents participated in the Cultivate WV program to kickstart community and economy building. Read their community case study.

Smithers

Residents participated in the Cultivate WV program to kickstart community and economy building. Read their community case study.

Kingwood

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future.

Lewis County

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future.

Meadow River Valley Region

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Read their community case study.

Monticello Neighborhood of Clarksburg

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Watch their community documentary.

New Martinsville

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Read their community case study.

Parsons

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future.

Elkins

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies. 

A core team led by Woodlands Development Group also participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

Community Coaching

In 2021, we accompanied 16 communities through our in-depth, professional coaching programs. In addition to leaning into coaching and financing opportunities offered through these programs, participating communities leveraged an additional $2.8 million in funding on their own for community economic development projects. While participating in our entry-level coaching program, Cultivate WV, Montgomery and Smithers realized momentum-building success through access to $40,000 in seed funding for projects like farmers markets, public art, wayfinding, community events, and development of a trail system.

Six communities, Lewis County, Kingwood, Meadow River Valley, Monticello neighborhood in Clarksburg, New Martinsville and Parsons, graduated the intermediate planning program Blueprint Communities* with strategic plans in place. We also launched a new round of HubCAP, our flagship community economic development program, in six towns located in the Monongahela National Forest region: Cowen, Franklin, White Sulphur Springs, Elkins, Marlinton, and Petersburg.

Franklin

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

Marlinton

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

Petersburg

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

White Sulphur Springs

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

Charleston

A core team led by Crawford Holdings, LLC participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

Huntington

Core teams led by Thundercloud, Inc. and the City of Huntington participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support community development projects located in Opportunity Zones.

Grafton

A core team led by Unleash Tygart, Inc participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

Leadership Development

As hundreds of people began to engage in our virtual training activities in 2020, we saw a critical opportunity to scale and deepen our impact. This year, The Hub team developed an accessible, virtual platform with options for self-guided and group learning activities as well as professional coaching.

Kickstart Communities is now the crux of our efforts to bring new people into the work and grow their leadership. These activities now form the foundational stages of a Community Leadership Development Pipeline to move motivated residents from seeing the challenges in their communities to proactively collaborating to resolve them.

Message from our Executive Leadership Team

Fifteen years ago, stakeholders building up local communities and economies in West Virginia convened to map a coordinated strategy to systemically grow community economic development activity in the state. From the shared vision and collaborative leadership of dozens of strategic partners across the state, the WV Community Development Hub was born.

Since that time, The Hub has grown into the anchor community development organization serving West Virginia. We have built upon the original vision to create a method for rural, community-led development strategies that is uniquely tailored to the needs and opportunities of our state.

As we have grown and developed a proven model for success, our partnerships with community and economic development practitioners, funders, and committed West Virginia residents have been foundational to every element of our work.

Over the past two years, the team at The Hub has adapted to the unprecedented challenges our communities have faced during the pandemic by leaning into our core strengths to deepen our impact. The Hub remains committed to tackling persistent challenges, and we have focused our attention on the most impactful elements of our work.

We are supporting community leaders to advance their visions for local development, creating new pathways for engagement and leadership growth through our virtual training platform, and leading strategies that lift up voices of community leaders to move forward solutions to long-held challenges to growth.

If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that nothing about the future is set in stone. While the coming year may present enormous opportunities for advancement in our state, they will also inevitably require significant capacity building, shared strategies that are grounded in trust-based partnerships, and extended efforts to support the leadership development of individuals and organizations who have been asked to do more during a time of extreme stress and strain.

The services that anchor organizations like The Hub provide are even more critical in this time, and we expect our work to scale significantly in the coming years ahead.

We look forward to continuing to do the work of putting into action the vision and the shared strategies envisioned by that core group of community economic development practitioners and funders fifteen years ago.

In Continued Accompaniment,

– WV Community Development Hub
Executive Leadership Team

Stephanie Tyree

Executive Director

Amanda Workman Scott

Director of Community Engagement

Emma Pepper

Director of Strategic Network Communications

Katie Loudin

Director of Strategic Development