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We're hiring a Development Communications Manager

3 months ago

Development Communications Manager


Who We Are:

Appalshop’s mission is to enlist the power of education, media, theater, music, and other arts to document, disseminate, and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia. 

We are telling the stories the commercial cultural industries don’t tell, we are challenging stereotypes with Appalachian voices and visions front and center. We foster a community-centered approach to solving problems in Appalachia, striving to support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity and solve their own problems in their own ways.

Appalachia is a diverse, incredibly creative region, and we seek to not only shine a light on that, but to show that Appalachia’s past, present and future are powerfully connected to the creativity and brilliance fostered here. When Appalachians are given the power to decide for themselves what a brilliant Appalachian future looks like, the possibilities are endless.

Appalshop’s staff is a collaborative and creative group that’s wholly committed to this mission. We value doing good, impactful work for our community that is a collective effort, with all voices heard and accounted for. As a democratically structured organization, we leave our ego at the door and come together in a respectful partnership with each other, every day.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and/or veteran status.


Who You Are:

We’re looking for a dynamic and creative writer to join our team. You’d be right for this position if you love to write, can work on a deadline and are passionate about working to support the arts in Central Appalachia. 

You’ll want to grow your experience in the non-profit arts and culture sector and put your writing skills to use by working on everything from grant proposals to the organization’s annual report.

You’ll be a detail-oriented planner who enjoys interacting with potential and current donors regularly and connecting them with the aspects of Appalshop that speak to them. You’ll enjoy chasing new leads and researching new grant opportunities for Appalshop, and you’ll work closely with our programs like Roadside Theater and WMMT 88.7 to help write compelling and inspiring proposals to fund their work.


What You’ll Do at Appalshop:

Serve as a core part of the development team. You’ll help our Development Director and Executive Director pursue funding opportunities and broaden Appalshop’s donor base with a growth-oriented mindset. You’ll use your interpersonal and critical writing skills to secure funding for Appalshop’s growing programs that deliver vital support and services throughout the Appalachian region, particularly Central Appalachia.

Build relationships for Appalshop. This position will have you face-to-face with Appalshop funders - individual donors and grant program officers alike - and you’ll be able to employ your best interpersonal skills and networking skills to present an authentic voice of Appalshop in these spaces. 

Have a leadership mindset. Our team is small but mighty, and depends on all of us pulling our weight and sharing leadership roles as needed. Sometimes you’ll be asked to head up specific projects - with support from the rest of Appalshop’s core team - and organize and manage project needs. 

Be a team player. Appalshop’s core leadership team not only makes key decisions about Appalshop’s management as a whole, but also helps with larger program events and projects as needed. You’ll be part of this team that ensures all the trains run smoothly and on time. 


What Skills and Experience You Must Have:

  • Enjoy writing creatively to describe projects and programs – and be able to write on a deadline.
  • Budgeting and financial reporting experience.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and tasks on often-changing timelines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a knack for networking.
  • Have an understanding and appreciation of Appalachian culture and the region.


What Would be Nice to Have (but not required):

  • Grant-writing experience.
  • At least two years’ experience in development, preferably in the arts or cultural sector.
  • Experience in Salsa Engage or other donor management systems.
  • An appreciation for community-based arts and media institutions.
  • The ability to travel. 


Pay and Benefits:

This role’s starting salary is $40,000-43,000. This is a full-time salaried position with full benefits including 100% employer paid health insurance, generous retirement and life insurance benefits package. Appalshop’s main offices are located in Whitesburg, KY. This role is flexible/hybrid work eligible, though candidates local to the area are preferred.

How To Apply:

Please submit the following materials to [email protected] with the subject line: Development Communications Manager – Application.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing the following questions:
    • Why do you want to work at Appalshop? 
    • Where did you learn about this opportunity? 
    • What excites you about this role? 
  • At least two writing samples.
  • List contact three references.

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