9/3/09 – The application process for this position is now closed.

Organization Summary

The Highlander Research and Education Center is a 77 year old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the South to promote social and economic justice. We are located 20 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee on a 186 acre farm. Highlander’s long and proud history includes work with labor education and organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, and environmental justice in Appalachia. Highlander is world-renowned as a beacon for progressive organizing and widely acclaimed as a leadership development center for grassroots activists across race, culture and generations.


Help implement multi-strategy fundraising plan to meet annual budget including donor relations, staffing events, direct mail appeals, online giving and providing back up support for grant writing. This team also handles the organization’s external communications, and this position will help support documentation of program work for those communications.

This position is coordinated by the Director and works with another development and communications team member.

Highlander has a national and generous donor base that helps meet its budget. We are also in the midst of a capital campaign.



Highlander is a rural based workshop center located on 186 acres in east Tennessee just outside Knoxville in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and the position is based there. Some staff members live on the Highlander grounds while others live in the surrounding areas, including Knoxville.

To Apply

Send letter of interest, resume, 3 references and a writing sample related to prior development and communications work to:

Search Committee
Development and Communications Team
Highlander Center
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN, 37820

Email applications are accepted at hrec (at) test.highlandercenter.org or by fax at 865-933-3424. Position is open until filled and applications will be considered as received with the goal to fill the position soon. Women, people of color, and lesbigaytrans encouraged to apply.