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We're hiring a WMMT Communications & Engagement Fellow!

3 weeks ago


WMMT Communications & Engagement Fellow

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.

WMMT strives to be a 24 hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement. We aim to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. We are a community radio station with a volunteer DJ staff of around 30 community members, operating at 88.7FM on the dial and streaming available at  

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 creative communicator and community organizer to join our team for a one-year, grant-funded fellowship. You’d be right for this position if you love to make connections with people and organizations, have creative ideas about getting the word out about events and programming via social media and other means, and are passionate about working to support media arts in Central Appalachia. 

You’ll want to grow your experience in community media and the non-profit arts and culture sector and put your skills to use working on everything from social media organizing to partner collaboration, to event communications. 

You’ll be a detail-oriented planner who enjoys using social media and finding new ways to interact with community members in Appalshop and WMMT’s service area, interacting with our national partners like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Solutions Journalism Network, America Amplified, and have an eye for getting people interested in our work. You’ll enjoy crafting plans for getting the message out to our community about WMMT and Appalshop’s work and bringing people together through community-based media.

What You’ll Do at Appalshop:

Serve as a core part of the WMMT team. You’ll help our General Manager of WMMT 88.7 FM broaden the radio’s message and get the important work that we do into the community. This may include helping design and manage community radio events, maintain the radio’s communications on social media and otherwise, and help WMMT staff hit community engagement goals.

Build relationships for WMMT. This position will have you face-to-face with our community - listeners of the radio and local partners alike - and you’ll be able to employ your best interpersonal skills and networking skills to present an authentic voice of WMMT in these spaces whether it’s at local partner meetings or tabling at conferences or anything in between. 

Help craft Appalshop communications. At Appalshop, our communications is primarily focused on lifting up the work of our programs, WMMT included. You’ll serve as a key liaison between WMMT and the Appalshop Communications Department and help with work there in maintaining Appalshop communications. 

Be a team player. WMMT and Appalshop function as tight-knit teams that often require cross-team and cross-program work as appropriate. You’ll be interacting with all kinds of artists in many different spaces and be able to encounter more than just one part of the Shop during your time here. 

What Skills and Experience You Must Have:

  • Experience and an enjoyment of managing social media and digital platforms.
  • Graphic design experience - preferably in Adobe Creative Cloud or comparable programs.
  • A passion for music as a way to build community.
  • Ability to create and execute strategic plans around community organizing and engagement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a knack for networking.
  • Have an understanding and appreciation of Appalachian culture and the region.
  • The ability to travel.

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

  • Adobe Creative Cloud experience.
  • At least two years’ experience in social media/communications management for a business or organization, preferably in the arts or cultural sector.
  • An appreciation for community-based arts and media institutions.

Pay and Benefits:

This role’s starting salary is $38,000-42,000. 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. Currently Appalshop operates on a flexible/hybrid work set up regarding in-office work, but due to the community-based commitments of this role, you must be able to spend at least 60% of your work time in our Whitesburg office.  

How To Apply:

Please submit the following materials to [email protected] with the subject line: WMMT Community Engagement Fellow – 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? 
  • An example of social media writing. (preferably with reference to an event)
  • An example of graphic design work. (preferably with reference to an event)
  • List contacts for three references.
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