Exciting Development & Communications Opportunity

Employer:
Vermont Council on Rural Development
Location: Washington County
About the Job

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is seeking a Development and Communications Associate to assist with fund development and help tell the stories of communities and their exceptional leaders in line with our mission to support rural Vermont communities and advance policies that create a prosperous and sustainable future.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • is eager to advance rural communities and work with our team in donor solicitation, grant writing and reporting
  • demonstrates excellent written, oral, and social media communication skills
  • is a self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Competitive salary starting at $44,000, with potential incentives depending on skills and experience and an attractive benefit package. The position is based in the VCRD Montpelier office and remotely.

Application deadline is December 9th, 2021. See the full job description and application instructions here: https://www.vtrural.org/sites/default/files/VCRD%20Development%20and%20Communications%20Associate.pdf

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

VCRD has committed to advancing justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (JDEI) as fundamental to community well-being today and to the successful and creative future of the state.

We are mindful of all the ways people face barriers, particularly in rural communities. In 2021, alongside engagement with an outside consultant (Abundant Sun), VCRD staff and board built an internal position and principles statement on Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI) and have begun using that position and principles statement to systematically evaluate each element of VCRD’s programming, outreach and engagement strategies, the structure of our organization's facilitation, mode and topics of community and summit convening, and inclusion in our policy efforts.

We are using our final engagement with Abundant Sun to help prioritize internal operational changes for 2022, including potentially how we advertise positions and hire, how communicate about our organization's priorities, and how we include different voices in our strategic planning (i.e., we have worked for years to support new funding for working lands businesses - but has that consistently included the voices of BIPOC farmers?).

VCRD will also continue to reach out with special attention to youth, lower income residents, and people across political and cultural lines to be a bridge for mutual engagement and civic progress in Vermont communities and public policy.

We would be excited to continue this conversation with our first-ever Development & Communications Associate!

Wage or Salary
$44,000, with generous benefits and some potential incentives.