Job Board

Here’s a list of recent openings.

updated June 15, 2022

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 Jorge Rodriguez-Stanley at j.rodriguezstanley@wvhub.org. Please include a summary of the position and a link to apply in your email. 

Join the WV Community Development Hub team. Here are current job openings at The Hub.

Community Coaching Associate

posted 5/26

The West Virginia Community Development 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. 

Applications are due June 26.

Community Development Partnerships Coordinator

posted 5/26

The West Virginia Community Development Hub is seeking a Community Development Partnerships Coordinator to advance our work in building up the systems supporting West Virginians as they make transformational changes in their communities. The ideal candidate will be someone who is a planner and executor, with experience in managing programs that are built on strong external partnerships.

Applications are due June 26.

WV Community Development Hub Sponsored AmeriCorps Volunteer 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.

RANDOLPH TOGETHER COORDINATOR VISTA

posted 6/21

The Elkins community has been building momentum, as the Randolph Together team, in The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP) for the past 18 months. During this program, Elkins has received technical support to implement community development projects deemed critical to the economic vitality of the area. Building on this momentum, the Randolph Together team will support the community of Elkins as they begin The Hub’s Downtown Appalachia: Revitalizing Recreational Economies (DARRE) in Fall 2022. The team is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to support continued community engagement, outreach, and more. This VISTA project will be hosted by the Elkins-Randolph Chamber of Commerce and will collaborate with local leaders in the community and economic development across the community.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for local businesses, value partnership, and possess strong organizational skills. Experience with social media is also beneficial, but not required.

For questions about the application process, please contact Community Coaching Associate, Olivia McConnell, at o.mcconnell@wvhub.org.  This position will begin on August 15, 2022.

FAIRMONT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

posted 6/15

The Fairmont Community Development Partnership has served the Fairmont Community since 1992. Over the past thirty years, the partnership has seen many successes, including the construction of twenty-four affordable housing units on eleven different properties, providing safe, comfortable housing for dozens of families. In year 2 of this AmeriCorps VISTA project, The Partnership is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA who will continue to build on the successes of year 1 by strategically engaging the community to improve services, continuing to build relationships, and supporting families to be more resilient in the face of adversity.

The ideal candidate will possess strong public speaking, organizational, and analytical thinking skills, as well as a passion for building community. This position will start August 1, 2022.

For more information about the application process, please contact Erin Susman, VISTA Program Coordinator at e.susman@wvhub.org

WEST VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE WRAP COORDINATOR VISTA

posted 6/15

The West Virginia Municipal League is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of cities, towns, and villages established in 1968 to assist local governments and advance the interests of the citizens. The League achieves this through advocacy, research, education, and other services for municipal elected officials. In the past year, The League has launched “WVML Resource & Advocacy Program” (WRAP) to help better connect the 200+ municipalities in the state to resources that will allow them to grow their own capacities and take advantage of opportunities for economic growth.

This VISTA project will support assessment, outreach, and curriculum development for WRAP. An ideal candidate for this position will have a strong passion for supporting communities across the state, be a skilled relationship builder, and creatively approach problem-solving. Strong writing skills are also beneficial. This Charleston-based position will start on June 6th, July 5th, or July 8th, 2022, depending on candidate availability.

For more information about the application process, please contact Erin Susman, VISTA Program Coordinator at e.susman@wvhub.org

DARRE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR VISTA

posted 4/28

The DARRE Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA will support the 8 communities in the new Downtown Appalachia: Revitalizing Recreational Economies (DARRE) program, as the program ramps up in mid-2022. Communities participating in the program will build an integrated strategy for economy building that builds on existing tourism-readiness and branding activities and grows the capacity of the downtown infrastructure to support the influx of people. The ideal candidate will support The Hub in project tracking, outreach and engagement, and partner development, among many other exciting capacity-building activities. Additionally, the coordinator will have an understanding of challenges facing rural communities, a passion for West Virginia, and a keen eye for detail and systems. This position will start on June 6th, July 5th, or July 8th, 2022, depending on candidate availability, and can be based in The Hub’s Charleston or Buckhannon office. Teleservice within West Virginia may be available for the right candidate, as permitted by AmeriCorps. For more information about the application process, please contact Erin Susman, VISTA Program Coordinator at e.susman@wvhub.org

RURAL RACIAL EQUITY CAPACITY COORDINATOR VISTA

posted 3/29

At The Hub, we believe in the power of community. We are an active and collaborative participant in the community and economic development ecosystem in West Virginia and the Appalachian region. Through collaborative partnerships, we use innovative approaches to address systemic challenges for rural development. Within this ecosystem, racial inequity remains a systemic challenge that must be addressed to truly build a better future for all. This VISTA position will work in collaboration with The Hub’s Racial Equity Fellow to begin to implement new systems within The Hub to begin to address these inequities internally, while also continuing to engage with partners and other stakeholders within and outside of the community and economic development ecosystem. 

This position will start on June 6th, July 5th, or July 8th, 2022, depending on candidate availability, and can be based in The Hub’s Charleston or Buckhannon office. Teleservice within West Virginia may be available for the right candidate, as permitted by AmeriCorps.

COWEN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR VISTA

posted 3/29

Cowen has been working to grow its capacity over the past several years. After completing The Hub’s CultivateWV program to kickstart community programs, Cowen is currently participating in The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP) and will be participating in The Hub’s upcoming Downtown Appalachia: Revitalizing Recreational Economies (DARRE) program later this year. As they have continued to grow their capacity, Cowen is seeking a VISTA to support momentum building in the community. This VISTA project will create necessary systems to support new community engagement and volunteer opportunities. The member will lead the development of outreach strategies and metrics, identify cultural heritage development projects with community support, and continue to build momentum in Cowen.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a love for community building, strong writing skills, and an interest in reaching people through a variety of forms (relationship building, digital marketing, and more). This position will start on June 6th, July 5th, or July 8th, 2022, depending on candidate availability.

Find more opportunities from community and economy building groups in Central Appalachia.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

posted 6/7

Grow Ohio Valley is looking for an experienced and inspiring individual who will lead the organization toward its vision of regional food sovereignty through a food system in which farmers flourish, and local and healthy food is a way of life. This position will develop and sustain a coalition of diverse stakeholders and partners, effectively steward the organization’s resources, maintain strategic alignment amongst the various programs and initiatives that Grow Ohio Valley leads, and maximize the impact of a diverse group of talented staff and volunteers in a supportive and inclusive culture.

The position is located in Wheeling, WV and is a full-time, salaried opportunity.

WHEELING FOOD HUB MANAGER

posted 6/7

The WFH manager will oversee the operation of the Wheeling Food Hub (WFH), greatly advancing Grow Ohio Valley’s larger mission and work growing the Ohio Valley’s local food system. The WFH Manager ensures that the WFH meets its mission of assisting food entrepreneurs in starting, growing and sustaining their local food businesses . This position reports to the Director of Operation who heads the WFH steering committee which supports this project. This is a full-time salaried position with occasional nights and weekends required. Paid time off and health insurance benefits included in the compensation package. Must be willing to complete required job-related certifications within 6 months of being hired.

The successful candidate has a background in food service and is a detail-oriented problem-solver and coordinator. Knowledge of specialty food processing is a plus.

COMMUNITY PLANNER

posted 5/12

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development seeks a Community Planner. The Community Planner is responsible for assisting the State Director in leading Rural Development (RD) community engagement efforts throughout the state.

The ideal candidate for the position will be relied on for expertise in planning action and issues including technical content of State community economic development. Additional, the candidate will be tasked with disseminating professional principles and practices for community planning and project development in rural areas; keeping informed of National Office policies, procedures, and directives; providing strategic advice and technical assistance to potential rural citizens and organizations to leverage Rural Development programs; and representing Rural Development in contacts essential to community planning.

The USDA RD Agency serves rural communities throughout the country by investing in their communities through housing and utility infrastructure, increasing economic opportunity, and improving the quality of life for all rural Americans. RD provides over 40 loan and grant programs in the Rural Housing and Community Facilities Services, Rural Business and Cooperative Services, and Rural Utilities Service.

Applicants are welcome to apply online for the position.

If you have questions, you can contact Sharidon Daniel by email at sharidon.daniel@usda.gov or by telephone at 804-469-3311 X3005.

PLANNING TECHNICIAN / PLANNER I

posted 5/11

Planning Technician/Planner I in Huntington, WV is a responsible administrative and technical position in the Department of Planning and Development. This job requires minimal supervision and involves the preparation of research data and reports related to City planning projects; however, in unusual or difficult situations, technical advice is available from the Planner and/or Director of Planning.

The ideal candidate for the role will have knowledge of computer software related to mapping and graphics; considerable knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, systems, and equipment; knowledge of the municipal zoning ordinances and related laws, codes, and ordinances; knowledge of departmental and city policies and procedures in planning concepts.

Send resume to lewiss@huntingtonwv.gov or apply in person at City Hall, HR Office, Room 14; or access the online application under “City Government” then “Employment Opportunities” on this website.

EXTENSION AGENT (MONTGOMERY / SMITHERS)

posted 5/11

The Extension Agent/Educator for Community and Economic Development is a professional educator who will oversee projects/activities related to community development, entrepreneurial/small business development, tourism development, and grant writing in the Upper Kanawha Valley (UKV).

This work includes, but is not limited to, grant writing, facilitation and delivery of training courses related to historic preservation; the connection of current and potential business owners to entrepreneurial and small business consulting services; assisting local and regional governments, and organizations and businesses in the development of strategic plans; promotion of creative economies; tourism-related activities and events; and, promotion and implementation of community-level beautification strategies.

Email a cover letter, résumé, unofficial transcript, and three references to  rdemployment@wvstateu.edu.

PRESIDENT / CEO

posted 5/11

Philanthropy West Virginia seeks applications for its next President & CEO. The role of the President & CEO is to advance the organization’s mission, vision, values, and sustainability and to foster statewide and national leadership in philanthropy. This is a full-time exempt position and reports directly to the Board of Directors. The Philanthropy WV office is based in Morgantown, WV. Philanthropy WV is committed to practicing and advancing diversity and inclusion through a diverse staff team and inclusive work environment.

The ideal candidate for the role will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant sector; 10 years of experience in nonprofit, philanthropic, foundation ad/or business sectors; prior experience as a grant maker or as a grantee and be familiar with the process of grant writing; Knowledge of the philanthropic landscape in West Virginia, central Appalachia, and/or rural communities with similar issues and complexities, among other areas of experience and knowledge.

Qualified applicants please submit a cover letter and resume to CEOsearch@philanthropywv.org. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2022.

EMPLOYER PARTNERSHIP MANAGER

posted 4/28

Generation West Virginia (GWV) is looking for an Employer Partnership Manager. The Employer Partnership Manager (EPM) is a new position at GWV with room for growth. The EPM will collaborate closely with GWV program teams to develop and lead a plan to effectively engage employers in the multiple program opportunities at GWV, including NewForce, Career Connector, and the Fellowship. The EPM will work with and grow our network of employers across the state, raising awareness and engaging partners to help further our mission of attracting, retaining, and advancing young people in the Mountain State. The EPM will have an opportunity to develop strategies and inform the build out of a team in order to meet the goals of various GWV programs.

The EPM will work closely with Program Directors, the Director of Operations and Executive Director and will report to the Operations Director.

While access to Charleston is important, this position can be done remotely, anywhere in West Virginia. The deadline to apply is May 13, 2022.

FELLOWSHIP COORDINATOR

posted 4/28

Generation West Virginia is looking for a Fellowship Coordinator. The Fellowship Coordinator will manage program logistics and operations in order to execute the strategies of Generation West Virginia’s Fellowship program, furthering our mission of attracting, retaining, and advancing young people in the Mountain State.

The Fellowship Coordinator will report to the Fellowship Director and will work with other members of the Generation West Virginia team, including the Communications and Outreach Manager and Operations Director.

While access to Charleston is important, this position can be done remotely, anywhere in West Virginia. The deadline to apply is May 13th, 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