Special Assistant to the Director


Overview of Position This position provides organizational support to the Executive Director. The person plays a vital role in providing a wide range of high level communications, and executive and administrative support related tasks, including: external communications and correspondence; research, writing, and preparing reports; managing the E.D.’s calendar and travel; and coordinating meetings and events. This position interacts with all of Highlander’s teams, especially the Development and Communications Team, and with Highlander’s Board of Directors.


The ideal candidate is well organized and works well under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient. A high level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality are necessary. Position requires excellent writing and verbal communication skills, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously with timely follow through. Must be able to work well independently as well as a good team member. The ability to interact well with a diverse staff at all levels of the organization is crucial to this role.


Primary Responsibilities






Expectations of all staff positions at Highlander:




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


To Apply 

Send letter of interest, resume, 3 references, and writing sample to:

Pam McMichael, Executive Director, Highlander Center

1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN, 37820


Email applications are also accepted at matt@highlandercenter.org. Applications will start being reviewed on July 6th and continue to be reviewed until position is filled. Women, people of color, and lesbigaytrans people encouraged to apply.