Job Board

Here’s a list of recent openings.

updated NOVEMBER 10, 2021

The Hub’s Job Listings page connects talented people with organizations doing great things in West Virginia.

Have an opportunity you’d like to post? Email Emma Pepper at e.pepper@wvhub.org. Please include a summary of the position and a link to apply in your email. 

WV Community Development Hub Opportunities

POLICY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

posted 11/2

The West Virginia Community Development Hub (The Hub) is growing our team with a new Policy Engagement Coordinator role. If you are passionate about West Virginia communities and interested in being part of a team that will drive funding and resources from the federal (national) level to the most high-need, distressed communities in Appalachia, this is an ideal position for you. This job is an opportunity to make a real impact on the systems that are responsible for changing the trajectory of West Virginia communities. If you love working with teams and are interested in building up your skills around policy; building your personal network with new relationships with people around state, region, and nation; and engaging in innovative, solutions-oriented strategies, consider this new position at The Hub!

Submit your application on/by December 31, 2021 to be considered in the first round of review. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

WV Community Development Hub Sponsored AmeriCorps Opportunities

The Hub partners with organizations across the state who have a program in-need of capacity building through our AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteer in Service to America – program. We also host some positions at The Hub. AmeriCorps members who serve in our VISTA Program are volunteers who commit a year or more of their lives to making impactful community change and ending poverty.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR AMERICORPS VISTA

POSTED 11/8

The City of Shinnston is seeking an outgoing individual who is eager to build an engaged community through volunteerism and support for small businesses. Through organizing volunteer activities for the Shinnston Community Garden and Rails to Trails, increasing public awareness of resources for the community, and conducting needs assessments with small businesses, the project will engage community members from Shinnston and the surrounding area. Through this engagement, the project will promote healthy activities and kickstart economic development. The mission of the City of Shinnston includes the factors of promoting economic development within city limits, ensuring public safety, and fostering community involvement.

This position is expected to start in February 2022. 

More Opportunities

GRANT WRITER

posted 10/25

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in Huntington, WV is seeking applications for a Grant Writer. The Grant Writer position is a full-time exempt position with the Robert C. Bryd Institute. This position requires a highly motivated, energetic individual equally capable of working independently or in team settings while seeking and/or developing grant opportunities, marketing, researching, and drafting grant applications and reports, and completing a plethora of grant writing resolutions such as white papers, requests for proposals/qualifications, etc. A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, English or similar field is preferred. Preferred skills for this position also include previous grant writing and reporting experience, excellent written and verbal expression, grant administration and evaluation.  

ENTREPRENEUR SERVICES DIRECTOR

posted 10/25

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in Huntington, WV is seeking applications for an Entrepreneur Services Director for West Virginia’s EDA University Center program. This position is responsible for working to support an entrepreneurship and innovation-focused economy in West Virginia’s 55 counties. The successful candidate will: Enhance entrepreneurial activity through making the resources of the EDA University Center available to local businesses and startups; Coordinate and facilitate events across our region which expand the opportunities available for entrepreneurs to begin, sustain and expand their businesses; Develop assistance programs for entrepreneurs and businesses to develop appropriate business models, business plans, loan packaging, workforce training and access to new markets in coordination with partners such as the WV SBDC and SBA; and more.

WV PROGRAM MANAGER

posted 10/11

The National Parks Conservation Association is seeking a West Virginia Program Manager. As part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional team, the West Virginia Program Manager is a trusted leader who advocates for protecting national parks and public lands, including New River Gorge National Park & Preserve and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The work includes building and organizing community and decision maker support for park-related issues, managing multiple campaigns, being a voice in the media on behalf of park issues, supporting NPCA’s systemic priorities and fundraising initiatives.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY IMPACT

posted 10/11

The Director of Community Impact of Invest Appalachia will be a dynamic and mission-focused leader who will work with a diverse network of community partners to deliver successful programmatic and capital strategies to accelerate sustainable and equitable market development in Central Appalachia. The Director of Community Impact is charged with developing, nurturing and leading effective working relationships with a diverse range of community partners including the Appalachia Funders Network, Central Appalachia Network, financial institutions, community groups, local governments, regional planning districts, non-profit organizations and socially minded corporations. 

PROGRAM & ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

posted 9/13

Philanthropy West Virginia is seeking a full-time Program & Engagement Manager. The Program & Engagement Manager, in partnership with the President and CEO and other staff, is responsible to manage, develop, and deliver educational programs, events, and other services that attract and retain the members of the philanthropy-serving organization. The individual serving in this role will manage the planning and delivery of programs, annual conference, priority funder collaboratives, member services, and assist with membership development.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

posted 9/10

The Appalachia Funders Network Executive Director, who reports to the Steering Committee, will oversee the daily operations of the Network, as described in the “Responsibilities” section linked below. The Executive Director acts in partnership with the Network Steering Committee to direct the strategy and programming of the Network. The ability to communicate exceptionally well in oral and written form is necessary for success in this position. As the key spokesperson for the Network, this person must be able to speak extemporaneously and appropriately on any number of subjects in a clear and transparent fashion in order to build trust and support. Additionally, energy, natural optimism, the ability to be a good listener and a quick learner are important personal attributes. A sense of humor and humility are also valued.

CONTENT MANAGER

posted 9/10

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond is seeking a full-time Content Manager located in Charleston, WV. The Content Manager is accountable for the creation and delivery of information to various Girl Scout stakeholders through fresh, informative, appealing, timely and on-brand written and visual content. This website, social media, newsletters, publications, marketing cloud e-blasts, volunteer development and training, campaigns, and presentations. To apply, submit resume and cover letter (required) to jobs@bdgsc.org. 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY ASSOCIATE

posted 8/31

The Beverly Heritage Center is seeking an AmeriCorps member to explore African-American History in Randolph County, WV. Join the team at the heritage museum and visitor center to help with museum interpretation and programming, with this emphasis on telling new, inclusive stories about their history. The position will include finding and researching new stories to tell about people of color in this part of Appalachia, as well as sharing these stories with the public and reaching out to classrooms. Background or experience in public history or related fields will be helpful; member can receive training in specific skills. 

NETWORK OFFICER

posted 8/20

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation’s mission is to help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice. They work in 11 Southern states, supporting organizations and networks making progress along three interconnected pathways of change: economic opportunity, supportive policies and institutions, and democracy and civic engagement. The Foundation aims to center racial equity and power building in all our work, from grantmaking to investments, communications and more.  Similar to program officers at other philanthropic organizations, MRBF’s Network Officers work with the Program Team to build relationships, identify partners, conduct due diligence and make grants.  

MON FOREST TOWNS PARTNERSHIP AMERICORPS

posted 8/31

These dynamic positions will help provide exposure to the Forest Service and rural Appalachian communities. Assignments are designed to provide experience in partnership and community development for Mon Towns, an exciting collaboration of ten gateway communities who are focused on identifying ways to grow conservation and nature-based recreation that will result in environmental and economic gains over the long-term. With supervisor support, the intern will organize meetings to bring partners together to help develop a shared natural resource and recreation vision; actively seek out opportunities for the Forest Service to integrate more fully into the community, and coordinate events and activities to promote the outdoors to people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences.

PUBLIC LANDS CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR

posted 8/20

West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WV Rivers) is seeking a full-time Public Lands Campaign Coordinator for its West Virginians for Public Lands (WVPL) campaign. The Public Lands Coordinator is a full-time position that is responsible for overall coordination and execution of public lands campaign goals and activities. A focus of the campaign is to grow and mobilize a base of support in West Virginia for public lands and move the needle on priority policy issues through advocacy. This involves leading the West Virginians for Public Lands alliance that coordinates over 100 organizations and businesses working together to promote the conservation of our public lands. More information and posts about be campaign can be found here. Work will involve hours outside of a conventional 9-5 schedule and regular travel, including evening meetings, weekend events, and overnight travel. It is a remote working position, with West Virginia residency required.

posted 8/20

West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WV Rivers) is seeking a full-time Climate Campaign Coordinator for its climate, jobs and justice campaign. The Climate Campaign Coordinator is a full-time position that is responsible for overall coordination and execution of campaign goals and activities. A focus of the campaign is to grow, and mobilize a base of support in West Virginia for climate action and move the needle on priority policy issues through education and advocacy. This involves supporting coordination of the West Virginia Climate Alliance that involves 20 organizations working together to educate and activate West Virginians on climate impacts and solutions. Work will involve hours outside of a conventional 9-5 schedule and regular travel, including evening meetings, weekend events, and overnight travel. It is a remote working position, with West Virginia residency required.

ASSOCIATE NETWORK OFFICER

posted 8/20

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation’s mission is to help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice. They work in 11 Southern states, supporting organizations and networks making progress along three interconnected pathways of change: economic opportunity, supportive policies and institutions, and democracy and civic engagement. The Foundation aims to center racial equity and power building in all our work, from grantmaking to investments, communications and more. Similar to associate program officers at other philanthropic organizations, MRBF’s Associate Network Officers work with the Program Team to build relationships, identify partners, conduct due diligence and make grants.  

APPALACHIAN PROGRAM FIELD ASSOCIATE

posted 7/1

Future Generations University is seeking an energetic and motivated Field Associate to support the Appalachian Program. The Field Associate will provide support to the Appalachian Program Research Faculty, Field Coordinator and Program Manager by participating in field research data collection, research assessment activities, and education and coaching for non-timber forest products. Future Generations University is a small school, where everyone, regardless of seniority is expected to bring a positive mindset to teamwork, be self-driven, have effective time management, and believe that positive social change is possible. Team members are expected to think creatively, participate in University-wide strategic planning, and bring dedicated drive and passion to their work.

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: a statewide land bank 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