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Resourceful Communities is Hiring – Healthy Eating Active Living Coordinator


Resourceful Communities, a specialized program of The Conservation Fund

Healthy Eating, Active Living Coordinator

Reports to:

North Carolina Director, Resourceful Communities

Status: Exempt, full-time; position contingent on continued funding.


Resourceful Communities, a program of The Conservation Fund, supports a dynamic network of community- and faith-based groups across North Carolina. We help community partners implement the “triple bottom line,” which is focused on environmental stewardship, social justice and community economic development. We provide free-of- charge capacity building, small grants, and access to resources. The Conservation Fund is a national nonprofit in 1985 to protect working lands, such as farms, forest and parks, and to promote economic development. The Conservation Fund has protected nearly 8 million acres across the country.

We encourage all applicants to visit our websites to learn more about our work: and To apply for this position: Submit cover letter with resume to Position open until filled. If you have questions, please contact Monica McCann at (919) 951-0110 or

Position Summary:

The Healthy Eating Active Living Coordinator will be responsible for implementing the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) initiative, which supports rural, community organizations that are expanding access to healthy foods and active living opportunities in their communities by providing small grant funding, training and technical assistance, and facilitated networking.

In this role, the Coordinator will spend the majority of his/her time providing one-on-one technical assistance to community-based organizations across rural North Carolina. Technical assistance involves both project-related and organizational development support including, but not limited to: project planning, budget planning, grant writing, evaluation and more. The Coordinator will also work independently and with team members to develop and deliver workshops and trainings that Resourceful Communities hosts regularly and to support community-based organizations in planning and writing grant requests for HEAL projects with economic, social and environmental outcomes.

The position is based out of The Conservation Fund’s Chapel Hill, North Carolina office. Travel is required; mileage reimbursement/ car rental for travel will be provided. This position is funded through a grant from the Kate

B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and is subject to funding availability.

The ideal candidate will understand and have experience with the specific needs of underserved, rural communities, particularly those experiencing poor health outcomes. He/ she will be able to effectively develop and maintain relationships with a broad range of individuals, organizations and agencies. The successful candidate must also have experience working with nonprofits/community-based organizations, be able to manage their time effectively and balance multiple projects simultaneously.

Special Considerations: Local travel by car required (average 2-3 trips per week within a 200 mile radius). Valid driver’s license required; a driver’s background check will be conducted.

Key responsibilities include:

Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Project-Based Technical Assistance

  • Facilitate meetings and processes with community organizations to enable more effective project planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • Assist with grant writing, evaluation and reporting for Resourceful Communities’ small grants program and other funders
  • Identify and share promising practices, models, curricula, funding sources and other resources that could support partner organizations’ HEAL work
  • Connect partner organizations to other community-based organizations or resource agencies that could strengthen their HEAL work

Organizational Development Technical Assistance

  • Conduct a baseline assessment of organizational capacity for priority technical assistance topics
  • Develop clear scope of work/ goals to advance program and organizational priorities for technical assistance provision
  • Evaluate progress on agreed upon training goals with technical assistance recipients and give updates to Resourceful Communities team members on a regular basis
  • Provide additional support to develop organizational capacity of technical assistance recipients, as needed; this might include reviewing grant applications to other funders; assisting technical assistance recipients develop fundraising plans; support in developing strategies for recruiting new board members, etc.

Trainings/ Workshops

  • Work with the Resourceful Communities team to develop content for and deliver/facilitate 6-8 trainings and workshops each year.

Small Grant Program

  • Review grant applications for Resourceful Communities’ Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF) small grant program.
  • Provide feedback and training for CNEF small grant applicants.

Resourceful Communities Capacity/ Administration

  • Participate in Resourceful Communities and The Conservation Fund meetings as required.
  • Contribute to Resourceful Communities’ Facebook page.
  • Recommend improvements to technical assistance and training provision.

Experience/ Skills:

  • At least 3-5 years experience working in or providing training/technical assistance to nonprofit or community- based organizations
    • Knowledge of range of organizational development topics, including board development; financial management; fundraising; project management and evaluation; partnership building/ collaboration
    • Familiarity with resources in North Carolina that support increasing access to healthy food and/or opportunities for active living for low-income communities
    • Knowledge of popular education, adult learning, and experiential training techniques
    • Ability to communicate appropriately with a wide range of stakeholders
    • Understanding of issues affecting low-resource and rural communities and communities of color, including economic development, social justice, limited access to resources and how these challenges relate to health outcomes
    • Valid driver’s license required
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

The Conservation Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer that fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information or testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.