Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities Currently Available:

Assistant to the Executive Director and Development Assistant

This position is responsible for providing administrative support to the Executive Director and supporting development efforts by recording gifts and income in our database, preparing donor correspondence, and creating reports, as well as coordinating grant applications and reports.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

Assistant to Executive Director Tasks (approx. 50% of time)
Administrative & Development Support
• Schedule meetings using Doodle polls and email
• Email screening and response for Executive Director
• General office support – copying, scanning, answering general phone calls, opening mail
• Attend bi-weekly staff meetings

Support Board of Director Meetings
• Support Board Meetings (6 per year) — minutes, materials, preparation for Board meetings, room set up
• Support Board committees – scheduling meetings and preparing materials for committees (2 regular meeting committees, 2 less frequent committees and temporary work groups)
• Maintain rosters for Board, Board committees and Advisory Council

Corporate Council & Municipal Leaders Support
• Organize meetings of Corporate Council, Municipal Leaders, and other ED projects
• Take notes at Corporate Council meetings

Special Projects
• Arrange brown bag lunches for staff (occasionally with Board) on educational topics
• Other duties as assigned

Development Assistant Tasks (approximately 50% of time)
Database Tasks (30%)
• Enter gifts, grants, ticket sales, and other payments in database
• Generate and coordinate the signing and mailing of thank you letters for income
• Generate lists and reports from database to support development efforts
• Work with Communications Manager on development and communications projects
• Work with Finance Manager to reconcile donations on quarterly basis
• Other duties as assigned

Grants Administration Tasks (20%)
• Maintain a calendar to monitor and ensure timely application, reporting, and planning of grants
• Communicate with prospective and current grantors to clarify questions on applications or reporting
• Pre-award— work with program managers (especially Valley Food & Farm) and Executive Director on key grant applications; primary application assembly, including online and paper applications; and enter and track grants in database
• Post-award— track and ensure adequate reporting for grants received; generate lists and reports from database to support grant tracking; communicate status updates and workflow needs to staff; with Finance Manager, analyze and track grant expenditures on a monthly basis
• Other duties as assigned

Criteria:
• Detail oriented with strong organization skills
• Able to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities effectively on deadline
• Personable, friendly, and professional in email, phone, and written correspondence
• Excellent writing and proofreading skills
• Problem solver
• Works well independently and as part of a team
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint); tech savvy a plus
• Experience with relational database preferred
• Experience with federal grants a plus
• Occasional event attendance outside of regular business day

To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and three references to HR@VitalCommunities.org.

 

Communications Internship: Summer 2017

Vital Communities seeks a Communications Intern to support communications projects and social media for the organization. The intern will work together with the Vital Communities Communications Manager on some of our regular projects, like our monthly e-news, and on some exciting new ideas (dependent upon skill and interest).

This position will be office-based, with opportunities for some work to be performed remotely. Dates for the position are flexible, running approximately May-September at 20-30 hrs/wk. Small stipend available.

Communications Intern Responsibilities

  • Manage Vital Communities’ day-to-day Facebook presence, condensing stories from longer articles into shorter pieces appropriate for social media.
  • Draft content for newsletters, annual reports, blog posts, and articles.
  • Update the Vital Communities’ WordPress blog.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Applicants MUST have:

  • Reliable transportation to Vital Communities’ offices in White River Junction
  • Local housing available

Desired Skills Include:
• Interest or experience in marketing or journalism
• Excellent writing skills
• Familiarity and comfort with Facebook and Instagram
• Ability to develop content of various lengths and types for a variety of media
• Understanding of discretion and tact in representing an organization
• Ability to pick up new tasks quickly
• Experience with WordPress preferable but not required

To Apply: E-mail resume, writing sample, and cover letter to SCottingham@VitalCommunities.org.

 

Local First Alliance Internship: Summer 2017

The Local First Alliance Intern will be primarily tasked with conducting research to identify future projects to expand and strengthen the LFA mission. The intern will research local economy programs and initiatives in other parts of New England and in other states and identify ways to apply these best practices in the Upper Valley.

The intern will also support the LFA program’s membership outreach efforts, updating member businesses’ profiles on the LFA online directory and preparing membership packets for new and renewing members. The intern will work together with the Vital Communities LFA Manager to prepare blog posts, social media posts, and newsletter items highlighting the program.

This 10 hour/week position will be office-based, with opportunities for some work to be performed remotely. Applicants MUST have reliable transportation to Vital Communities’ offices in White River Junction and local housing available.

Local First Alliance Intern Responsibilities (10 hours/week)

  • Research current models for some creative projects LFA is considering, as directed.
  • Update membership directory and prepare information packets for new and renewing members.
  • Help with LFA special events.
  • Draft content for newsletters, social media, blog posts, and articles.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills Include:
• Passion for supporting local economies
• Interest or experience in research
• Familiarity and comfort with Facebook and Instagram
• Understanding of discretion and tact in representing an organization
• Ability to pick up new tasks quickly
• Experience with WordPress preferable but not required

To Apply: E-mail resume, writing sample, and cover letter to SCottingham@VitalCommunities.org.

 

Ongoing Internship and Volunteer Opportunities
Are you interested in interning at Vital Communities but do not see a current opportunity that matches your interests? We are open to explore the possibilities with you.

Please email HR@VitalCommunities.org your resume and one page cover letter describing your interests, skills, and what you’d like to get out of an internship at Vital Communities. In the subject line, please include 1-2 of our focus areas. Example subject line: Internship Inquiry: Energy/Transportation

Our main areas of focus are:

  • Civic engagement
  • Sense of place
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Local agriculture
  • Local economy
  • Marketing/Communications

Please allow us a few weeks to get back to you.

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