The Grow Appalachia Program Associate will be responsible for providing administrative support to all facets of the program, including administrative responsibilities, marketing support, reporting and program evaluation and assisting with communications to partner sites. This position will assist in managing Grow Appalachia’s online presence through social media, newsletters, and website management. The Associate will also help carry out program evaluation through collating Excel spreadsheets submitted by partner sites. The Program Associate will work closely with the Associate Director of Grow Appalachia to ensure program sustainability.
Education required to ensure success in this position:
Four-year degree, Associate’s Degree, or relevant work experience
Experience required to ensure success in this position:
Two years of experience as an administrative assistant, program associate, or office manager preferred.
Social media management, planning and evaluation
Experience or interest in gardening preferred
Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Advanced social media skills (Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wordpress)
Computer proficiency and data management skills (expertise with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, presentation platforms, and databases required; familiarity with Banner, Moodle, and website management preferred)
Ability to prioritize and work independently without direct supervision
Ability to multitask and meet high standards of quality and accuracy
Ability to provide scheduling management as well as coordination assistance for meetings, events, and campus visits
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and the willingness and ability to take initiative
Ability to research thoroughly
Grant writing and evaluation experience preferred
Some use of gardening hand tools preferred
License, certification, or registration necessary:
Valid driver’s license
Ability to lift 25 lbs. and attend meetings in various locations around campus.
Ability to travel independently.
Ability to use gardening hand tools preferred.
Primarily office work with limited field site responsibilities
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:
Computers, printers, copiers, scanners, telephone system. Ability to drive a pickup truck preferred.
Primary job duties and responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Provide administrative support to all facets of the Grow Appalachia program • Manage all social media platforms • Assist in managing the Grow Appalachia website • Provide support to partner sites when applicable • Carry out research as it relates to topics for newsletters and social media • Work closely with the Associate Director on marketing and social media efforts • Assist staff with ongoing partner site evaluation • Collate and archive partner site reports • Write and distribute Grow Appalachia newsletters • Assist in grant and resource development as well as other fundraising activities
Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students
About Berea College
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.