Community Development Coordinator


Tentative Start Date: January 6th, 2020


Application Deadline: December 2nd, 2019

Friends of the Cheat is seeking a dynamic individual or team to lead the Trail Town component of its RE/CREATE grant project. The Trail Town Program vision is to cultivate active recreation destinations where visitors want to stay, explore, and spend. The Community Development Coordinator will work through the Trail Town framework with Preston County communities to connect them to trails and connect trails to local communities. A collaborative, community-based process will support the establishment and expansion of trail-friendly businesses, connector trails, wayfaring and interpretive signing, festivals and events, and marketing activities. Project objectives will be rooted in the 5 keys to Trail Town success: Partnerships, Assessment and Research, Connecting town to trail, Development, and Marketing.
The Community Development Coordinator will work closely with local partners and project consultants in addition to engaging key trail advocates, agencies, and other stakeholders at the state and regional level. The ideal candidate knows Preston County like the back of their hand, and has a finger on the pulse of regional and state-wide initiatives in the recreation and tourism sectors. A successful candidate will have experience with meeting facilitation and community-centered economic development. Experience with small business, marketing, and project planning is a plus. This person or persons must have a keen understanding of the importance of relationship building and interacting with different audiences, as well as understanding their role as a facilitator.
The Community Development Coordinator will lead the development of work plans for up to 4 seasonal paid interns, coordinate recruitment and hiring, and supervise the team. The team will work with organizations and businesses to identify need and cultivate impactful requests for complementary projects or initiatives to be funded through the RE/CREATE project.
FOC is open to a variety of working relationships (i.e. full-time employee, individual contractor, or contracted team) to find the ideal candidate(s) for what the organization sees as one of the most impactful roles Preston County has seen in years. FOC seeks competitive employment, with offers to an individual, full-time employee anticipated to be a salaried position in the $38,000 – $45,000 range. Compensation for an individual contractor or contract team will be adjusted to reflect the independent nature of contract work; FOC expects approximately 4000 hours of work over a 24 month period.

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E-mail cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to FOC’s Executive Director, Amanda Pitzer at Independent contractors and consultants shall not include a price proposal with qualifications.
Please include “Community Development Coordinator” as the subject line. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST. Top applicants will be invited to in-person interviews starting the week of December 2nd with an anticipated start date of January 6, 2020.