The Rural Power Coalition (RPC) is a group of place-based organizations representing rural electric cooperative member-owners from the five most coal-intensive electric cooperatives in the United States. As the work of the Rural Power Coalition has grown the coalition is now looking to hire a coordinator. See the posting below and if you have more questions contact Erik Hatlestad, CURE’s Energy Democracy Program Director.
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Rural Power Coalition » Coalition Coordinator
The Rural Power Coalition (RPC) seeks to hire a coalition coordinator to provide new capacity and support for our growing coalition. The position is an exempt position and can be based anywhere, though proximity to current RPC members in Appalachia, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, or Washington, DC is a plus. The position is full-time, but we will consider adapting the position to part-time for a strong applicant.
The Rural Power Coalition (RPC) is a group of place-based organizations representing rural electric cooperative member-owners from the five most coal-intensive electric cooperatives in the United States, supported by strategic advisors. The Coalition envisions resilient and clean rural energy systems that are democratically controlled, equitable, and affordable while supporting healthy environments, well-paying jobs, and the building of community wealth. To achieve this vision, the RPC has put forth a bold, yet common-sense policy proposal to help all rural electric cooperatives make this transition and build a clean energy system for every resident in their service areas.
Over the past two years, the RPC has shepherded new attention to rural clean energy transition and the importance of improving the governance of electric cooperatives to facilitate a just, inclusive transition. The Coalition has established primary objectives and strategies, developed a one-year strategic action plan, and identified three-year milestones to guide a structured expansion that will support its role as a convener and leader in the rural just transition to an inclusive and equitable clean energy future, grounded in the elevation of local leadership for power building.
RPC Steering Committee members include Appalachian Voices, Clean Up the River Environment, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Mountain Association, Partnership for Southern Equity, Renew Missouri, and Western Organization of Resource Councils.
RPC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome qualified people of all backgrounds and abilities to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
The Coalition Coordinator will:
- Staff the steering committee: organize meetings (schedule, plan agendas, track decisions), implement steering committee decisions, work with the steering committee to create a vision for and implement coalition development and evolution (create structures), handle logistics
- Build and manage relationships with coalition member organizations and allies, as well as coordinate and assist with outreach to prospective new coalition partners
- Participate in communications committee and federal advocacy committee, track committee decisions, and follow-up, support committee leads (but not lead committees unless specifically tasked)
- Lead budget and fundraising committee and related work: draft proposals and reports, track budget and finances, coordinate funder outreach and relationships
- Create and convene a new committee that will bring together groups doing co-op organizing and campaign work to learn from each other and coordinate work around shared priorities
- Coordinate re-granting proposals: communicate process, create and update materials, coordinate review and decision-making
- Coordinate in-person coalition meetings and events
- Potentially supervise other positions the coalition creates
Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities include:
- At least three years of related experience in coalition building and campaign coordination, including the ability to think strategically and set and prioritize goals that are grounded in a clear theory of change, with a preference for five or more years of experience;
- Excels at building and maintaining relationships, is a good listener;
- Able to work with limited supervision and manage multiple priorities and tasks;
- Demonstrated experience and strength working with coalitions or other collaboratives of autonomous organizations, experience leading, managing, and developing coalitions;
- Skilled facilitator and meeting designer;
- Experience working with diverse constituencies and rural communities;
- Experience with budgets and fundraising;
- Able to travel, including multi-day trips to other states.
Salary range begins at $50,000, based on experience and location. To apply, send a cover letter (tell us where you heard about the position and what excites you about the job) and resume to with “RPC Coalition Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications are encouraged by July 15. We will review applications on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled.