MountainTrue
Position Description
Central Region Director

Organization
The mission of MountainTrue is to champion resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge. MountainTrue works across 26 counties in Western North Carolina and North Georgia and has 23 staff and a $1.7 million budget. For more information, please visit, www.mountaintrue.org.

MountainTrue is committed to the principles of equity, inclusion, and non-discrimination. We do not discriminate against individuals, communities, or organizations on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or physical/mental disability.  

We recognize and honor diverse cultures and traditions and proactively seek individuals for all aspects of our work from varied backgrounds for the greater enrichment of the organization. To address structural bias, MountainTrue intentionally invests in diverse leadership within our programs, staff, board, volunteer base, and membership. We strongly encourage applicants from historically and currently marginalized groups to apply for open positions.

We are looking for enthusiasm, a can-do attitude, and real-world experience above formal accreditation. If you have a hobby or volunteer in a role that is relevant to the position, we would like to learn about it.

The Position
MountainTrue seeks a regional director for its Central Region, based in Asheville.  This will be the organization’s primary representative in Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, and Yancy counties, though a majority of the work will be in Asheville and Buncombe County. This person will build public support for identified environmental and community issues in the region, focusing on MountainTrue’s programmatic priorities.  Specific priorities include transit, land use, energy, and advancing equity.  They will increase membership; expand and strengthen relationships with communities, key stakeholders, and donors; and manage most programmatic activities in the region. This position reports to the Co-Directors and is supported by other program, development, and communications staff.

Regional offices serve the following functions in their respective regions:

  • To be a resource for the public and advocate on community, health and environmental issues
  • To engage, organize, and lead residents in work/advocacy on local, state and federal issues that are priorities for the organization
  • To organize membership engagement and fundraising events
  • To build and maintain relationships with elected officials, community leaders and partner organizations (especially in traditionally marginalized communities), communities of faith, and major donors
  • To actively seek funding to support the work
  • To represent and promote MountainTrue’s work on social media


Qualifications

  • Significant experience working on environmental and community issues 
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion 
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships in historically marginalized communities
  • Ability to organize and lead advocacy efforts and campaigns with partners, members, and the public 
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results-oriented
  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive. Team player.
  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills 
  • Ability to work across political, social, or membership outreach and economic lines

The following are preferred:

  • College or advanced degree in a field related to the environment, health, or community development
  • Policy advocacy experience
  • Fundraising  or membership engagement experience
  • Experience with online communications tools

Compensation:  Mid-50s.  Benefits package includes 20-25 vacation days per year, 12 holidays, sick leave, sabbatical after five years, health insurance, simple IRA with employer contribution of up to 3%.

How to apply
Email cover letter, resume and three references to Julie Mayfield, Co-Director, julie@mountaintrue.org.  Subject line should read: “Central Region Director”.  Cover letter should include answers to the following questions in 600 words or less:

  1. Why are you interested in this position?
  2. Why do you think you would be good at it?
  3. Do you have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion?  If so, please describe.

Application deadline:  October 15, 2021

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