Current Staff Openings

Job Opportunity: Social Enterprise Director

Posted: January 5, 2016

Rural Action is seeking an entrepreneurial person to operate a start-up program in social enterprise development in Appalachian Ohio. As the Social Enterprise Director, he or she will collaborate with Rural Action staff to provide the business analysis and support to two social enterprises at Rural Action: Zero Waste Event Productions and the Chesterhill Produce Auction. The Auction is a 10-year business in Morgan County, Ohio working with over 1500 buyers and 150 sellers, grossing $250,000 in sales and ready for expansion. Products sold include fresh produce, wood products, household goods, baked items, and more. Small businesses are growing around the Auction as it expands. Zero Waste Event Productions is a start-up enterprise looking to triple revenue by helping regional festivals achieve up to 96% diversion at major music and cultural festivals and reaching tens of thousands of festival users with the message of recycling and waste minimization. Revenue growth is high in this business with few competitors and increasing demand.

Using a value chain approach (businesses working together to meet demand), the person in this position will also assist small businesses in the wood products, food, and zero waste sectors that have emerged around our food, zero waste, and forestry programs, helping them identify markets and grow. The specific business growth of Rural Action social enterprises, combined with a broader technical support program to area nonprofits and entrepreneurs, will create a rich learning and performance opportunity for successful candidates.

This position requires actual business experience, a strong sense of collaboration, good business instincts, project management skills, creativity, professionalism, excellent communication skills, and a passion to grow social enterprises and support local entrepreneurs. The position has telecommuting and work flexibility, and Rural Action’s organizational culture supports work-life balance. This effort has two years of start-up funding in place.

Rural Action is Southeast Ohio’s premier community-based sustainable development organization. We have been on the ground working in communities for 25 years. Nationally recognized for our work in sustainable development and environmental restoration, Rural Action is an award winning organization. Our mission is to work with the people of Appalachian Ohio to build up and strengthen our assets for economic opportunity, environmental restoration, and stronger communities for the long-term. Rural Action operates five offices in Appalachian Ohio and has nearly 750 members. Social enterprises are an increasingly important strategy for how Rural Action works with communities to achieve long term prosperity in a sustainable way. The person in this position will have the chance to develop an important body of work in a stable community development organization.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume outlining your experience for the position. Send materials to info@ruralaction.org, subject heading: Social Enterprise Director. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired.

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Rural Action is an equal opportunity employer with full and part-time employment opportunities in Administration, Development, Communications, Agriculture, Forestry, Watershed, Environmental Education and other programming. We strive to offer competitive compensation and benefits to our employees committed to sustainable development philosophies and the nonprofit sector.

Our benefits package includes: group health insurance, vision and dental coverage, group life insurance, sick leave, vacation, mileage for work related travel and participation in a simple IRA plan.

Rural Action also has a vibrant volunteer and internship program for those wishing to be involved with our work on a more limited basis. If you are interested in volunteering contact info@ruralaction.org

For more information about employment  contact: Deb Moreland, Human Resources Manager at deb@ruralaction.org or call 740-797-2783.