Equity Outreach Specialist

Full-Time
Posted 1 month ago

Mountain Association Seeks Equity Outreach Specialist

June 2021

Overview

The Mountain Association is looking for a highly motivated individual to join its Strategic Initiatives Team as an Equity Outreach Specialist. The Equity Outreach Specialist leads the effort to ensure that the Mountain Association achieves its strategic goal of providing services more equitably in Eastern Kentucky through building relationships with underserved and under-represented groups, identifying unmet needs or gaps in services, tracking progress on impact goals, and supporting Mountain Association teams in the development and implementation of programs and services.

Background

The Mountain Association invests in people and places in Eastern Kentucky to advance a just transition to a new economy that is more diverse, sustainable, equitable and resilient. Our Lending team offers loans to existing and startup businesses and organizations. We are a Community Development Financial Institution and a non-profit, so we can offer greater flexibility and lend to those who may not otherwise qualify. Our Business Support program connects business owners and nonprofit leaders to consultants who can help them succeed. Our Energy experts help businesses, nonprofits, public agencies and homeowners find much-needed energy savings through utility bill analysis, on-site energy efficiency and solar assessments, financing and grant application support. 

The Mountain Association also engages in research, communications and advocacy for policy and narrative change, and works with partners on a variety of projects to demonstrate what’s possible in Eastern Kentucky. 

Position Description

Summary: The Equity Outreach Specialist will lead the work to ensure that the Mountain Association achieves its strategic goal of providing services more equitably in Eastern Kentucky through building relationships with underserved and under-represented groups, identifying unmet needs or gaps in services, tracking progress on impact goals, and supporting Mountain Association teams in the development and implementation of programs and services.

Responsibilities: The Equity Outreach Specialist will have direct responsibility for the following:

Outreach

  • Develop and implement a plan to build relationships and partnerships with under-represented groups and other organizations working in the DEI space.
  • Identify gaps in the availability of energy, lending, and business support services.
  • Identify opportunities for strategic interventions to make Mountain Association services more accessible.
  • Identify the needs of underserved business owners and entrepreneurs (BIPOC, LGBTQ, women, those with disabilities, recent immigrants, etc).
  • Research strategies for a trauma-informed approach to supporting underserved business owners and nonprofit organizations.
  • Systems mapping – map the networks of support available to underserved entrepreneurs and communities.
  • Recruit consultants for the BSS program who represent underserved entrepreneurs and communities.

Measurement and evaluation

  • Implement a system for measuring the impact of the Equity Outreach work in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer and program teams.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of an evaluation of the DEI work in preparation for the next strategic planning process, which will begin in 2024. 

Support Mountain Association DEI Efforts

  • Serve as a member of the Equity Team
  • Work with Mountain Association teams to design and implement programs and services to address needs identified in the region.
  • Represent the Mountain Association in Appalachian and Just Transition networks regionally and nationally as assigned and cultivate new strategic connections. 
  • Represent the Mountain Association at events, conferences, meetings, speaking engagements and elsewhere as appropriate. 

Support Program Communications Efforts as needed

General

  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Practice safety in all aspects of the job.

Minimum Qualifications and Characteristics

Knowledge and experience: Commitment to sustainable development, and to economic, environmental and social justice; two to four years of work experience in diversity/equity/inclusion programs, outreach, public relations, economic development, and/or advocacy; four-year college degree or demonstrated work success in a related position(s);broad knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion; understanding of Central Appalachian culture, context and history; able to work successfully on a team with diverse members.

Personal characteristics: Highly self-motivated; creative; commitment to strategic thinking and innovative action; ability to both lead and collaborate effectively; well-organized, attentive to detail, and able to work on multiple projects at once; keen sense of humor!

Technology and software: Strong computer skills 

Communications: Strong writing skills; strong interpersonal communication skills.

Physical: Close vision with or without corrective lenses necessary for computer work; manual dexterity needed to operate computer; ability to perform assigned duties in a time-efficient manner; valid driver’s license and ability to drive. Either insurability on Mountain Association’s group vehicle policy or access to a reliable vehicle for regular trips. The Mountain Association is committed to complying fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and all later amendments, and will follow any federal, state or local law that provides individuals with disabilities greater protection than the ADA. Equal employment opportunity will be given to qualified persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation, as defined by applicable law, is available to all employees when a disability affects the employee’s performance of their job functions.

Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics

Experience working in nonprofit organizations and in DEI efforts; Bi-lingual (Spanish); knowledge of the Central Appalachian region and Kentucky; knowledge of economic development and development finance; knowledge of data management systems.

Additional Information

This full-time position offers competitive compensation based on experience. Potential candidates can inquire about the compensation range by emailing Betsy@mtassociation.org. This position will require frequent travel within the region and will be based in one of the Mountain Association’s offices in Berea, Hazard, or Paintsville, Kentucky. The Mountain Association is an equal opportunity employer. The Mountain Association is committed to principles of diversity and equity and encourages applications from all people.

Please e-mail your resume, contact information for three references and a cover letter specifically explaining why you are a good fit for this position to Equity.hiring@mtassociation.org. Review of applications will begin on July 6th and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Because of the current public health emergency, at the time of this posting, Mountain Association staff have the option to work in our office buildings if they’re fully vaccinated and the option to work from home regardless of vaccination status. This may change as public health recommendations evolve. Please do not let childcare challenges related to the pandemic deter you from applying. We recognize that not everyone has access to childcare right now because of the pandemic, so we are open to a conversation about the hours worked at the start of this position if you’re not able to start full time. There is fully paid caregiving leave available to parents who qualify under the American Rescue Plan Act through September 30, 2021. 

For more information about the Mountain Association, visit www.mtassociation.org. Please no drop-ins.

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