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Project Coordinator

Other, Program/Project Management


Project Coordinator

  • 524308
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Ctr Refugee, Migrant & Displacement
  • Other
  • Program/Project Management
  • Administrative & Professional
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

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.

Required Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications

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.



Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

January 30, 2023

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Katrina Powell at kmpowell@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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