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Whether you can give $10 or $10,000, your gift will make it possible for women like Bonnie Hunt to overcome the many obstacles facing Appalachian women. We believe that when Appalachian women thrive, so does Appalachia. Help transform our region, one woman at a time, by donating to NOSW today.

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Get in touch with Susan Jordison to explore ways to share your time, talents, and encouragement with fellow supporters of Appalachian women. 

 

 

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Marketing/Communications Coordinator

Description:
The Marketing & Communications Coordinator is a new position and will serve as an advocate for and promote awareness of the needs of low-income women in Appalachia. The Marketing & Communications Coordinator works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Program Manager and Board of Directors to create and oversee a comprehensive marketing and communications program in support of annual and strategic goals and assists in the promotion of NOSW to donors, community partners and potential participants. Responsibilities include the development and updating and maintenance of NOSW website, coordinating the production of our quarterly newsletter, development of NOSW social media strategy, coordination of design of NOSW’s promotional material, establishing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy that supports NOSW’s fundraising efforts and promotes the organizational mission. The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will also provide written, organizational and technical support to the Program Manager.
 
Position Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least three-five years of progressive experience with nonprofit fundraising and public relations; OR, an equivalent combination of education and/or experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Experience managing administrative aspects of marketing and communications programs, including collaborating with support staff.
  • Knowledge of fundraising management and state and federal fundraising laws.
  • Fluency, understanding and an appreciation of the history, geography, culture, organizations and resources of Eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with high attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Dependable and able to manage workload and deadlines.
  • A motivated self-starter and team player with sound judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Office software to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as Adobe Photoshop & Design, Giftworks and QuickBooks, and the ability to learn and use new equipment and software.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use social media strategies and tools to include Facebook and Twitter.
  • Available for occasional travel and evening/weekend commitments.
  • Available to attend various functions and events.
Responsibilities:
Marketing - 
  • Coordinate and oversee the annual appeal, annual fundraiser (Festival of Trees), social media fundraising campaigns, and other marketing related activities. 
  • Implement long- and short-term strategies for development activities with measurable goals;
  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization and ensure all fundraising efforts are coordinated and strategic;
  • Manage grant writing process including identifying grant sources, writing proposals, and tracking and reporting results;
  • Develop, foster and maintain relationships with donors and foundations;
  • Identify ways to involve volunteers and donors in our work and reach new audiences;
  • Ensure the privacy of donor and participant information and integrity of donor/participant communications;
  • Establish protocols to maintain accurate and detailed records of all prospective donors, current donors, and other constituents;
  • Ensure accurate and timely gift recording and receipts with assistance from the office manager;
  • Ensure all fundraising activities are done in accordance with ethical fundraising principles;
Communications - 
  • Serve as editor of all print and web materials for development, recruitment and programming;
  • Implement long- and short-term strategies for communications activities with measurable goals;
  • Coordinate and oversee the design of direct-mail campaigns, fundraising materials, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, website, videos and other publications, as well as social media activities to include social media fundraising campaigns;
  • Correspond with selected session participants regarding childcare, travel, and healthcare. May require delegating to other session staff.
  • Receive, process and record approved travel, childcare and internship checks for participants.
  • Manage donations and volunteers and activities.
  • Manage logistics related to the annual graduate reunion.
  • Accompany and assist the Executive Director when attending events/functions related to NOSW.
General Administrative - 
  • Develop solid, consistent and productive relationships with NOSW staff and partner organizations;
  • Keep up with innovations and practices in the fields of philanthropy and communications;
  • Participate in NOSW staff meetings and special events to include assisting with planning the annual graduate reunion;
  • Participate in training and evaluation activities to achieve continuous improvement;
  • Provide information and answer questions from auditors and foundations;
  • Represent the program and points of view of the organization to agencies, organizations and the general public.
Session and Programming - 
  • Participate in logistics related to residential sessions to include being onsite as needed and requested during the two, three-week sessions. This includes room prep, move-in day, graduation, session break down, and post-session debriefs.
  • Assist the Operations Manager with planning the annual graduate reunion.
  • Respond and manage application inquiries, mailings, tracking, and follow-up in conjunction with the Program Manager:
    • Respond to all inquiries regarding program and application requests
    • Mail applications to those individuals and agencies/organizations requesting applications
    • Log requests using Excel file
    • Create files for all returned applications
    • Mail “application received” note to all who have submitted applications
    • Follow-up via phone/and or email with all interested applicants and those who requested applications and have not returned them
  • Coordinate and email the recruitment news release to all identified media outlets on a quarterly basis.
  • Prepare and organize mailings of pre-session materials to selected session candidates in coordination with the Program Manager.
  • Correspond with selected session participants regarding childcare, travel, and healthcare. 
  • Receive, process and record approved travel, childcare and internship checks for participants.
  • Accompany and assist the Executive Director when attending events/functions related to NOSW
Board Relations - 
  • Collaborate with and take direction from Chairs of the Development and Marketing Committees.
  • Attend all Board of Directors meetings if and as requested.
  • Prepare report for quarterly board meetings.
Other Responsibilities as Assigned by the Executive Director
 
Regular Work Hours/Work Days: Position is 40 hours per week, full-time, salaried with occasional travel and additional day, evening and weekend hours as needed to meet position needs, including during the two, three-week residential sessions each year and the one-week non-residential sessions. There is no compensatory time for this exempt, salaried position.
 
Supervision Received: Reports directly to the Executive Director. 
 
Supervision Exercised: Works collaboratively with all NOSW staff.
 
Liscensing or Certification Required: Valid Kentucky driver’s license and capability to drive a 10-passenger van are required.
 
Physical Requirements: Physical requirements include but are not limited to driving, extensive travel, walking, climbing stairs, sitting for long periods of time, bending, and lifting up to 25 pounds or more.
 
All NOSW staff must be committed to the organization’s mission and values.
 
The NOSW maintains a drug-free work environment.
     
    Location: Berea, Kentucky

    Type: Full-Time

    Application Instructions: For consideration email cover letter, resume and three professional references to info@nosw.org with “Marketing/Communications Coordinator Search” in the subject line. Mailed or incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Application review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled. Priority consideration given to applications received by December 22, 2017. 

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    Program Manager

    Description:
    The Program Manager is responsible for the design, coordination, recruitment and implementation of the residential, non-residential and other program services. The Program Manager collaborates with the Executive Director and our Community Partners to carry out the mission of the New Opportunity School for Women. This position is responsible for assessing the readiness of applicants and designs follow-up protocols for Graduates and program participants. The Program Manager supports the NOSW mission by providing ongoing career and educational coaching and organizes ongoing opportunities as needed.
     
    Minimum Qualifications/Education and Experience for this Position:
    • Master’s degree in a related field (education, social work, organizational development or counseling) from an accredited institution preferred; OR, an equivalent combination of education and/or experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
    • Work experience in program development and career, education, personal or addiction counseling necessary.
    • Strong public speaking and facilitation skills required.
    • Familiarity of the Appalachian region and women’s issues strongly desired.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Ability to identify and assess effectively participants who meet program criteria.
    • Must be both self-motivated and able to work collaboratively as part of a team.
    • Demonstrated experience in individual career/education counseling.
    • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of program participants and all records and files of the NOSW.
    • Ability to collaborate with a non-profit Board of Directors.
    • Knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Office software to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; and ability to learn and use new equipment and software.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills are essential.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an emphasis in presentation.
    • Strong decision-making skills and the ability to troubleshoot are essential.
    Responsibilities:
    Session Programming - 
    • Manage all preparations and implementation of the three-week residential sessions with input and assistance from the Executive Director and all staff members. 
    • Manage logistics and helps facilitate the one-week non-residential sessions in collaboration with the Marketing/Communications Coordinator and Executive Director. 
    • Manage logistics and organize materials for the Graduate Leadership Retreat in collaboration Executive Director and other staff. 
    • Prepare session schedules and oversee the scheduling of instructors, classroom and all other session activities.
    • Oversee the preparation of classroom materials, participant and facilitator lodging, and other accommodation for all residential and non-residential sessions in conjunction with the Operations Manager and Marketing/Communications Coordinator. 
    • Review applications, conduct candidate interviews, and make recommendations for the selection of session participants along with the Executive Director or other staff/facilitators as designated by the Executive Director.
    • Oversee the collection and review of all required pre-session materials and forms from selected participants with the Marketing/Communications Coordinator. 
    • Manage all application inquiries, mailings, tracking, and follow-up in conjunction with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. 
    • Assist Marketing/Communications Coordinator with mailing of pre-session materials to selected participants.
    • Coordinate the internship/job shadowing placements for session participants with Executive Director and Operations Manager. 
    • Conduct orientation for job shadowing site supervisors and conduct site visits for each intern once during the session. 
    • Counsel participants on personal, career and education related issues during the three-week sessions and other workshops/programming. 
    • Ensure participants are communicated with regarding childcare, travel, and healthcare. Receive, process and record approved travel, childcare and internship checks for participants.
    • Accompany and assist the Executive Director when attending events/functions related to NOSW.
    • Assist staff at NOSW expansion sites and NOSW Foundation, Inc. with needed information and resources.
    • Coordinate planning and implementation of annual graduate reunion with input from the Executive Director and other staff members. 
    Development of Commuity Partners for Recruitment and Session Related Activities - 
    • Identify and recruit Community Partners, based on pre-determined criteria, to assist in the recruitment of applicants for the three-week and non-residential sessions as well as partner sites and support mechanisms to assist in follow-up activity. 
    • Develop and maintain relationships with identified agencies, individuals and other resources to ensure consistent and strong participant referrals and follow-up resources. 
    • Communicate regularly with identified agencies, individuals, and other resources including the Program Committee Chair, using a variety of methods to include phone, email, and in-person visits.
    • Utilize tracking mechanisms (databases, mailing lists, etc.) to prepare monthly Community Partnership activity report.
    • Attend all Program Committee meetings and Board Meetings as requested. 
    Career Development, Education Guidance, and Outreach - 
    • Gather and maintain useful materials, secure guest speakers, and schedule and/or facilitate outreach workshops on career and education; leadership skills, and self-esteem.
    • Manage database of career, education and social services resources within each of the eight (8) Appalachian districts.
    • Guide and direct graduates to career and education resources within their own communities.
    • Prepare for and coordinate alumni speakers when appropriate for regional workshops.
    • Keep up-to-date on issues concerning careers, education, women, and the Appalachian region by attending continuing education, training, and workshops, reading current publications, researching and using online resources.
    • Assist Executive Director in speaking to local and regional groups on behalf of the NOSW.
    • Recommend graduate scholarship awards.
    • Keep updated with college entrance procedures; provide information and resources to graduates.
    • Be familiar with GED requirements and network with Adult Education Centers.
    • Coordinate planning and implementation of annual graduate reunion with assistance from the Office Manager and Development/Communications Coordinator.
    Board Relations - 
    • Collaborate with the Chair of the Program Committee
    • Attend all Board of Directors meetings if and as requested.
    • Prepare report for quarterly board meetings.
    Other Responsibilities as Assigned by the Executive Director
     
    Regular Work Hours/Work Days: 40 hours per week, full-time, salaried, exempt, with travel and additional evening and weekend hours as needed to meet position needs, especially during the residential and non-residential sessions. There is no compensatory time for this exempt, salaried position.
     
    Supervision Received: Reports directly to the Executive Director of the New Opportunity School for Women, Inc. Works closely with and collaborates with NOSW staff and Board. 
     
    Supervision Exercised: Session Assistants and program volunteers.
     
    Type and Frequency of Equipment Used: Daily use of standard office equipment including but not limited to computers, printers, scanners, copy machine, calculators and multi-line telephone.
     
    Liscensing or Certification Required: Valid Kentucky driver’s license and capability to drive a 10-passenger van are required.
     
    Physical Requirements: Physical requirements include but are not limited to driving, extensive travel, walking, climbing stairs, sitting for long periods of time, bending, and lifting up to 25 pounds or more.
     
    All NOSW staff must be committed to the organization’s mission and values.
     
    The NOSW maintains a drug-free work environment.
       
      Location: Berea, Kentucky

      Type: Full-Time

      Application Instructions: For consideration email cover letter, resume and three professional references to info@nosw.org with “Program Manager Search” in the subject line. Mailed or incomplete applications will not be considered.

      Application review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled. Priority consideration given to applications received by January 1, 2018. 

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