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Communications and Outreach VISTA

EEWV is looking for the right person to help us build West Virginia's energy efficient economy.

About us
Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) is building a more energy efficient economy in West Virginia to help increase employment and economic diversity, while cutting costs for families and small businesses. Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective, clean method of meeting our energy needs - even cheaper than producing power from our most inexpensive sources. We are working with the existing industry and other professionals to help create demand for energy efficiency services and make it easier for people to go energy efficient.

About you
This position is for an idealist who likes to win. You like to communicate ideas for a cause you believe in, and you want to do so in a way that is research-driven to ensure efficacy. You believe in economic diversity in West Virginia, including energy efficiency. Maybe it's because you want to help people struggling in today's economy. Or maybe it's because you think that West Virginia should have more economic opportunities. Or maybe it's because you like how energy efficiency is clean. Whatever the reason, you want to be effective and make a difference. You're not particularly interested in fighting losing battles.

Also, you have and want a work-life balance, willing to put the effort into a cause to be effective, but with enough outside interests that you aren't just an employee. We like well-rounded individuals.

About the position
This is a key point in the development of the energy efficiency industry in West Virginia. As utility rates continue to go up and more and more focus is being placed on economic diversity, energy efficiency is poised to become a more critical part of the economy. This position is focused on building the energy efficiency economy to be more focused and engaged on expanding employment opportunities in the state within its businesses.

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. It is a 1-year commitment, but the position addresses long-term needs and EEWV would like to fund it as a full-time staff position in subsequent years.

Position responsibilities
  • Strategic thinking/planning re: Communications goals/agendas
  • Conceptual graphic design/layout
  • Website updating via Google Sites
  • Utilization/Methodology related to Social Media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Preparation of print media for printing press production
  • Occasional public speaking
  • Creation and management of graphically-oriented “e-blast” campaigns
  • Conducting interviews with constituents and community partners
  • Creative writing for public relations and publications
  • Membership and grant-writing
  • Miscellaneous administrative duties
  • Bachelors degree in a relevant field
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in graphic design, public relations, and/or grassroots work
  • Team player and demonstrate a positive attitude towards the work and organization
  • Policy experience is a plus.

Applications with the following contents should be sent to Emmett Pepper at info@eewv.org with the word "VISTA" somewhere in the subject line: 
  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining how the applicant is a good fit for the position at EEWV and demonstrate an understanding that the position is a stipend AmeriCorps VISTA position. Candidates are encouraged to learn more prior to applying by visiting https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista
  • Nonfiction writing sample

VISTA applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Position Description

*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. To apply, email a resume and cover letter with the word "application" included in the subject line to Xavier Walter at xavier@eewv.org.

Energy Efficient West Virginia is a statewide nonprofit coalition formed in 2009 to grow opportunities for a more energy efficient built environment in West Virginia.  This includes empowering and advocating for businesses that provide energy efficiency services.

Reporting to the Outreach & Development Director leads Energy Efficient West Virginia’s outreach efforts from design to implementation. This position works closely with the Outreach Director to strengthen connections to the community members, businesses and workers in the energy efficiency fields. While furthering the coalition’s priorities. The focus of the campaign will, at least for the short term, be focused in the various portions of West Virginia. 

This is a part-time voluntary position. This is a temporary position, with a goal of securing long-term relationships for future employment and growth.

Primary Responsibilities

1. Develop innovative ways to increase membership to businesses and individuals through networking and social awareness.

2. Strengthen ties to the membership base. Regular communication with the public through social media, initiating and following-up with members and supporters to educate and bring them up to speed on current campaigns, upcoming events, and attending community events to enroll and recruit new members and educate the general public about our work. 

3. Participate in community events by engaging the public in a sincere and meaningful dialog about energy efficiency and sustainability in our region.

4. Collaborate with piers and mentors in both public and individual settings.


1. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of people and build long-term relationships.
2. Creativity, enthusiasm, a rapid learning curve, passionate willingness to engage with others and genuine, contagious enthusiasm about Energy Efficient West Virginia’s work.
3. Active attendance at  a four-year college or university with a degree focus in business, marketing, or closely related field and/or two years plus experience in organizing, development, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
4. Tangible experience of having cultivated existing donor and member relationships over time.
5. Strong organizational skills and time-management skills.
6. Ability to work independently without close oversight and set and prove outcomes measurements.
7. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, as well as ease with social media engagement and one-on-one interactions.
8. Familiarity with the area served and related organizations. Ability to travel via car throughout West Virginia.
9. Personal interest in energy efficiency and economic diversification.

Conditions of Employment

1. This position has a 60-day probationary period
2. Performance will be measured by collaboratively co-developed goals and outcome measurements (such as # of new members achieved per month, contacts with existing members/engagement for deeper involvement, facebook insights, # of community events and follow-up, # of business partners engaged and how/results, # of philanthropic donors identified/contacted/engaged and results, # of grant opportunities identified,/explored/recommendations for follow-up). Regular review of achievement of these outcomes will be conducted and the continuance in the position is contingent on achieving measurable success.