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Executive Director

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area

Elkins, WV

Full time

 

$65,000+

Applications are sought through mid-July, with rolling interviews, but we will accept applications until the position is filled.

More information at https://www.appalachianforestnha.org/employment

Apply: 

afnha@afnha.org

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead our organization. This executive level staff position will have primary responsibility for leading our National Heritage Area, supervising staff and programs, and implementing our Management Plan.

Who are We?

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area was designated as a National Heritage Area in 2019, having successfully operated independently prior to that designation for over 15 years. We work with partners in 18 counties of West Virginia and western Maryland in support of forest heritage, including conservation, community development, and tourism. See www.appalachianforestnha.org for more information. 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a strong and flexible leader who will oversee our staff team in implementing the AFNHA management plan. We are seeking a team leader who can fill the duties that the organization needs, and who will exemplify competence, communication, collaboration, integrity, and commitment. Commitment to our non-profit mission is important. Our staff team operates collaboratively, with considerable independence, self-direction, and accountability from each position. The position will be located in AFNHA Elkins office, and will require occasional travel around the area.

The founding ED is retiring by January 2024 and will participate in mentoring, training, and transition. We would like to select the replacement ED and bring them on board several months ahead of her retirement, to become familiar with the organization and duties, and to work together with her for a transition period.  

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Executive Director will include: 

  • Organizational leadership

  • Long-term planning and vision

  • Support for, and accountability to, the Board of Directors

  • Supervision of staff 

  • Oversight of, and help with, implementation of our Management Plan

  • Oversight of financial administration, fund development, and sustainability

  • Partner relationships and collaboration

Executive Director will supervise and delegate staff and organizational responsibilities including:

  • Fundraising and grant writing

  • Communications and outreach

  • AmeriCorps program

  • Other AFNHA programs and partnerships

  • Some program implementation for selected programs

  • Operations including office, museum, and one historic building

  • Reporting and evaluation


Experience sought?

This position will need an experienced leader, bringing a strong and varied skill set to the position.  Experience with collaborative non-profit organizations, understanding of financial systems, grants and development, partner communications, strategic planning, and program management are expected. Experience or training related to at least some, if not all, of the subject areas we work in is helpful such as natural resource conservation, cultural heritage development, stewardship education, sustainable tourism, and community development. Minimum qualifications of degree and five years of experience in relevant field is required. 

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, public speaking, and fluency with technology will be expected. 

Experience with National Heritage Areas, non-profit management, National Service, and/or AFNHA communities is preferable. Expertise in one or more of the AFNHA program focus areas such as natural resource conservation, forest management and forest industry, outdoor recreation, heritage and historic preservation, cultural conservation, education and interpretation, sustainable tourism, and/or community development will be helpful. 

Timeline:

Applications are sought through mid-July, with rolling interviews, but we will accept applications until the position is filled. 

Start date by late-summer is preferred, but can be negotiable.

Compensation and Benefits: 

  • Starting salary of $65,000+ depending on experience

  • Paid Time Off & Holidays

  • Professional Training and Development

To Apply:

If you are interested in this staff opportunity with AFNHA, please email a resume with three references listed, along with a cover letter that indicates why you are interested and your availability. 

Museum Assistant

Jefferson County Museum

Charles Town, WV

Part time

 

$16-$18/hour

Open until filled--still open as of May 2023

Apply: 

director@jeffcomuseumwv.org

Located in historic downtown Charles Town, the Jefferson County Museum
is dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of the county’s
history. Since its founding in 1965, the Museum’s mission has been to
preserve the history and heritage of Jefferson County. Its unique collection
and exhibits include a wide range of artifacts historically relevant to the
county and portray the diverse stories of the people who have lived here.

This is a part-time position of 20-25 hours per week, reporting to the Museum Director.
The Museum Assistant is responsible for helping to supervise the work of our
volunteers. The successful candidate will have regular weekend availability for
Fridays and Saturdays.

Pay is $16-$18/hour depending on experience and education.

Duties:
-Under the supervision of the Director, coordinate with local educational, historical,
cultural, social and civic organizations and other stakeholders to build community
partnerships
-Work with the Community Engagement Coordinator to craft creative and well-
researched posts and content for the Museum’s website and social media platforms
-Work with Museum staff to design field trips, school visits, public programs and other
educational activities for the Museum
-In coordination with the Historian and Director, assist with research and exhibit
development
-Assist with promotion of Museum activities and exhibits
-Help with collections research and curatorial duties as needed
-Staff front desk, answer visitor questions, and assist with visitor services activities
-Help with special events and other tasks as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s Degree in Public History, Education, Museum Studies or related field.
-Experience working and interacting with the public at a museum or historic site
-Experience developing programs and curriculum for a variety of age groups
-Excellent research and writing skills
-Familiarity with social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
-Interest in Jefferson County History

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter by February 28, 2023 to director@jeffcomuseumwv.org.

Museum Assistant 

Marion County Historical Society and Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association

Fairmont, WV

Part time

 

$10/hour

Apply: 

Send resume to mcwvhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com, attention Dora Grubb or nacmha@aol.com, attention Mike Rohaly.

Two nonprofits would like to share a person to catalog and organize inventory and donated items and complete associated accession documents as needed as well as other jobs as directed by management.   The organizations are the Marion County Historical Society (MCHS) and the Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association (NACMHA).  The physical locations are about 2 miles apart from each other in Fairmont.  Starting wage would be $10/hr. and would require 20-30 hrs./week.  There is also opportunity for advancement and a 40hr. week.  Send resume' to mcwvhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com, attention Dora Grubb or nacmha@aol.com, attention Mike Rohaly.

AmeriCorps Member

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Are

Monongahela Forest region

Full-time & part-time available

Living stipend is roughly $14,000 a year for full-time members, half of that for part-time. AmeriCorps members also receive an education bonus. 

Apply:

AFNHA AmeriCorps members provide a year of service, allowing an individual to benefit local communities and landscapes while gaining professional development and strengthening their own skills. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance stipend plus an education award upon completion.

AFNHA AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of positions at partner sites, within the following fields:

  • Conservation: Conserve natural resources including ecosystem restoration and land improvement, habitat monitoring, and environmental education, awareness, and outreach. Conservation members serve with federal or state agencies or non-profit organizations, in a variety of locations across our counties.

  • Heritage Community Development: Help rural communities with economic development, events, partnerships, and tourism based on their local assets and cultural resources. Develop and conserve local history and arts and encourage cultural heritage tourism. Potential sites include historical societies and museums, community development groups, and arts organizations.

More information about AmeriCorps is available at https://www.nationalservice.gov/  

For AFNHA AmeriCorps site offerings, please check https://www.appalachianforestnha.org/americorps-positions

AmeriCorps Member

Preservation Alliance of WV

Around the state

Full-time & part-time available

Living stipend is roughly $14,000 a year for full-time members, half of that for part-time. AmeriCorps members also receive an education bonus. 

Apply:

Created in 2013, the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s statewide national service initiative where members help main streets thrive, help communities capture their local history, and preserve beloved West Virginia landmarks. The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program brings members to sites to implement techniques and theories related to historic preservation, capacity building, and cultural heritage tourism site development to revitalize our local communities and improve our economy. The primary objective of this program is to inject new life into the state’s declining economy by having members complete projects that will attract more private spending to West Virginia’s cultural heritage sites and those sites’ communities. 

The GOALS of Preserve WV are for members to

 

  • bring local history to life and enhance cultural heritage tourism opportunities​

  • increase visitation at cultural heritage sites

  • preserve historical resources helping transform blighted and underused places into community resources

  • build sites’ capacity to increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and/or program reach primarily through volunteer management.

 
AmeriCorps service is neither employment nor volunteering; it is a unique, paid, National Service opportunity that is similar to the Peace Corps.  AmeriCorps programs take multiple approaches to improving lives, fostering civic engagement, and addressing critical community needs through direct service. AmeriCorps’ official motto is “Get Things Done.”

​More information about AmeriCorps is available at https://www.nationalservice.gov/  

For PAWV AmeriCorps site offerings, please check https://www.pawv.org/americorps.html

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