May 16, 2017

Opportunity SWVA AmeriCorps Positions Available

Opportunity SWVA invites applicants to apply for AmeriCorps paid positions in the City of Norton, towns of Dungannon, Haysi, and St. Paul, Friends of Southwest Virginia (Abingdon), and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Office of Economic Development & Engagement.
*Pending Approval from the Corporation of National and Community Service

Service Description

Program: Opportunity Southwest Virginia

Position Type:  Full-time

Site Supervisor: Robyn Lee, UVa-Wise

Term of Service: September 1, 2017- August 31, 2018

Hours per week:  35+


Stipend: $13,730

Education Award: $5,775

Objective: Each Opportunity SWVA AmeriCorps Member will work alongside residents and local officials in an assigned Southwest Virginia (SWVA) community to advance economic strategies that build upon the region’s outdoor recreation, cultural assets, and unique opportunities in technology and health. As part of a regional network of local leaders, members will take part in physical improvement and business development strategies including Opportunity SWVA’s Rally entrepreneurial communities program, the Friends of Southwest Virginia’s Appalachian Spring initiative, and specific local projects funded in part by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Appalachian Regional Commission.


  • Assist in locally determined economic development projects.
  • Participate in the selection, development, and implementation in a Rally SWVA community or regional improvement project.
  • Facilitate local participation in regionally collaborative economic strategies based upon Southwest Virginia’s outdoor recreation and cultural heritage assets such as the Clinch River Valley Initiative, High Knob Master Planning, Spearhead Trails, Breaks Interstate Park, and the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail.
  • Participate in a regional network of economic and entrepreneurial leaders.
  • Assist in a fellow AmeriCorps member’s project in at least one neighboring community.
  • Present the year’s work in a culminating regional celebration.

Site Locations: The City of Norton, the towns of Haysi, St. Paul, and Dungannon, Friends of Southwest Virginia (Abingdon), and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Office of Economic Development & Engagement. See individual site descriptions for additional information.

Training/ forms required:

Four part background check, Pre-Service Orientation, bi-annual all network training, Opportunity SWVA trainings.


Education & Experience: Preferred Bachelor’s degree, interest in rural placemaking and business development strategies.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Driver’s license and willingness to travel periodically within Southwest Virginia.

Qualities: Optimistic, team-spirited, energetic, outcome-oriented.











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