Highlander is searching for a dedicated and reliable colleague to be an Executive Assistant to the Co-Executive Director (Allyn Maxfield-Steele). While often called to serve as a public voice for Highlander, the Co-Executive Director primarily facilitates and directs Highlander’s behind-the-scenes work and many of Highlander’s organizational development strategies, including building and land projects, creation/revision of policies/procedures, internal operations and systems, donor relationships, staff recruitment and development, and work with the Board of Directors. The Executive Assistant will assist the Co-Executive Director in implementing his primary responsibilities in a highly participatory and complex work environment. With all of Highlander’s staff, this role will contribute to Highlander’s educational and accompaniment work with grassroots organizing and movement building in the US South and beyond.

The right candidate will understand and believe in Highander’s role in social justice movements and able to express a clear interest in supporting Highlander’s work for this particular position.

Learn more about Highlander’s current and past work here: https://www.highlandercenter.org/our-story/   


A successful person in the Executive Assistant (EA) role will anticipate needs, be highly organized, communicate clearly and directly, and will provide seamless support to the Co-Executive Director (Co-ED). The EA organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts, facilitates workflow, helps the Co-ED track and coordinate short-, medium-, and long-range organizational projects, and will work independently on special projects as assigned. The EA engages in high-level external and internal communications and correspondence; conducts research, drafts reports, and prepares presentations; manages the Co-ED’s calendar and other work-related logistics (i.e., travel); coordinates meeting scheduling; and occasionally supports event planning.

Specific responsibilities will include:


Applicants invited to an initial interview will show evidence of a majority of the following:



This position is responsible to the Co-ED, will work closely with other administrative staff, and will interface with staff in all areas of the organization. The EA will attend weekly meetings that are facilitated by the Co-ED, the Organizational Leadership Team meeting and other team meetings, monthly staff meetings, annual staff retreats, and three multi-day Board meetings.


Currently expected to average 30 hours/week, this position’s salary is set at 75% of Highlander’s full time Level 1 salary, totaling $35,044. The position includes a stellar benefits package, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Tennessee) Health, Vision, and Dental coverage (extended to dependents), employer-paid annual retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF account after a year of employment, a nominal life insurance plan, significant sick and vacation leave, generous holiday leave, and a variety of other policies intended to encourage health and wellness, such as an annual professional development stipend. Work cell phone and computer provided.


Highlander is located on 186 acres of land in rural East Tennessee (near Knoxville) and is considered a “movement home” by thousands of people from all over the world. Much of this position’s work can be completed remotely. Based on the nature of the Co-ED’s responsibilities and the assistance required, however, we will give special consideration to applications from people who live or are willing to move within a 2-3 hour (or less) drive from Highlander. Highlander offers up to $1,000.00 in relocation reimbursements and, when available, temporary transitional housing.


Step 1: In one PDF document, compile:

Step 2: Email that PDF document to apply@highlandercenter.org. Write “Executive Assistant” in the Subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Optional: In addition to the required information above, you can send other application content that showcases your skills, interests, and experiences. Make sure to include any explanation needed of the content. The content can come in any form of media, which can include but is not limited to:

Timeline: The application process will be open until position is filled. We hope to fill this position as soon as possible. Select applicants will receive an initial invitation to interview with a hiring committee. The final candidate(s) will participate in a final interview to which all Highlander staff are invited. During the pandemic, all interviews will be via Zoom.

Highlander is an equal opportunity employer, and we especially encourage applications from Black, brown, and indigenous people, women, LGBTQ+ and gender variant/non-conforming folks, and working-class/cash poor people. Folks directly impacted by the criminal justice system are also encouraged to apply.


If you have a question about the position before applying, please send it to apply@highlandercenter.org and someone from the hiring committee will reply.