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Team Leader: Rural Volunteerism Project – Beckley, WV

Organization: Rural Volunteerism Project

Job Title: Team Leader

Location: Beckley, WV

Hours and Compensation: this mid-level position will require approximately 60 days of travel annually. We seek a commitment of at least two years for a starting salary of $35,000, including benefits.

Position Dates: Start ASAP

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Posted On: July 10th, 2012

Organization Overview
The Toolkit for Working with Rural Volunteers: Based on research in 34 rural communities in Appalachia and the Rocky Mountain West, the Appalachian Coal Country and Western Hardrock Watershed Teams developed the Toolkit for Working with Rural Volunteers ( to share field-tested best practices and one-of-a-kind tools for volunteer recruitment, management, and retention. Led by Service to America Medalist Dr. T. Allan Comp, this pioneering four-year research and development project was generously funded in part by the EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds.  Resulting from an innovative partnership between the Office of Surface Mining and the Corporation for National & Community Service, the Appalachian Coal Country and Western Hardrock Watershed Teams place AmeriCorps/VISTAs in rural communities across nine states to build the capacity of grassroots groups coping with the environmental and socioeconomic consequences of unregulated and historic mining practices.

Dissemination of the Toolkit is the critical next step in strengthening the volunteer management capacity of rural organizations across America.


The Teams are seeking a dynamic individual to serve as Team Leader – lead spokesperson, trainer, fundraiser, and marketing strategist – for the Rural Volunteerism Project


• Development and implementation of Toolkit-based training sessions both in-person and online;
• Development of a marketing and distribution plan for the Toolkit;
• Development, marketing, and sales of fee-for-service products based on the Toolkit;
• Assistance with fundraising for continued Toolkit development and implementation;
• Selection and supervision of two project-dedicated AmeriCorps volunteers.


• A mature self-starter with strong time management skills;
• Engaging public speaker with good writing and communications abilities;
• Entrepreneurial outlook with strategic focus and excellent follow-up;
• Service-oriented team player with strong volunteer history, preferably at supervisory or training level;
• Experience in Appalachia or similar low-income rural environment;
• Development experience preferred, in grantsmanship or with individual donors;
• A Bachelor’s degree and two to five years of relevant work experience;
• A car and a thirst for service and support.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter summarizing qualifications and experience; a résumé, and a short writing sample to Dr. T. Allan Comp, Project Director, Rural Volunteerism Project.
Please review and both OSM/VISTA Team web sites before applying: and

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