The project coordinator will provide administrative, programmatic, and partner-focused support for Monuments Across Appalachian Virginia, a three-year project funded by the Mellon Foundation. The project coordinator position will be key to coordinating all phases of the project, including identifying and working with community organizations, faculty researchers, communications coordinator, graduate research assistant, undergraduates, and web services contractors to inventory existing monuments in the region and to identify additional monuments projects.
This individual will be highly organized, detail-oriented, and adept at navigating multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment to coordinate multiple projects and activities. The project coordinator will establish strong working relationships with and act as a point of contact with internal and external collaborators, break projects into doable actions and establish tasks and timeframes, liaise with community organizations and projects leadership to identify and define requirements, scope and objectives, and execute the planning, hosting, and delivery of tasks. A successful candidate will bring strong communications skills, can demonstrate good professional judgment and problem-solving, while staying abreast of emerging technologies.
The project coordinator is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all activities associated with Monuments Across Appalachian Virginia. These responsibilities include building on and nurturing strong partnerships, providing administrative and fiscal support, and coordinating a team that includes a graduate assistant and post-doctoral fellow.
The Monuments Across Appalachian Virginia project will work collaboratively with community members, local organizations, artists, scholars, and educators to document and display histories and experiences that have been silenced, denied, or excluded by existing monuments that dominate public spaces. New monuments in Appalachian Virginia and in Eastern Siouan lands more broadly will encourage the commemoration of resistance and civic engagement by developing spaces where learning is encouraged. We seek to highlight stories that illuminate the diversity of communities with regard to race, ethnicity, indigeneity, national origin, sexuality, and more; movement across the landscape via migration and population displacement; regional ecologies, resource extraction, and environmental change; and struggles for social justice including feminist, anti-racist, environmental justice, and pro-labor movements.
Master's degree or bachelor's degree with relevant training and/or experience.
Strong motivation and the proven ability to work well independently and as a contributing team member within a project that requires collaboration and strong interpersonal communication.
Solid analytical, organizational and time management skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and competing deadlines while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail, including responding to messages and tasks in a timely manner.
Experience managing projects and activities, including meetings and events.
Willingness to travel regionally.
Familiarity with cultures and histories in Appalachia and experience working with local governments, cultural institutions and/or grassroots community organizations.
Strong writing and editing skills.
Administrative or project coordination support or experience managing a professional office or equivalent office experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
Demonstrated experience with website content management systems such as Adobe, Creative Suite, Canva, and computer software such as Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom and/or Microsoft Teams, and Outlook calendaring.
Demonstrated record of successful partnership with a diverse range of Appalachian people, communities, and organizations, including Indigenous, Black, Latinx, migrant, rural, urban, working-class, poor, and LGBTQ+ individuals and collectivities.
Commensurate with experience
January 30, 2023
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
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