Prosper Appalachia Seeks Director of Operations for Youth Serving Organization in Eastern Kentucky

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Prosper Appalachia, a partnership led by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Inc., is seeking to hire a Director of Operations to help lead an innovative organization focused on the educational and career success of 16 to 24 year olds in Appalachia Kentucky. Founding partners of Prosper Appalachia include EKCEP, Partners for Education at Berea College, Fahe, Save the Children KY, and the Brushy Fork Leadership Institute.

The Director of Operations will provide management to an organization that takes a place-based, comprehensive approach to ensuring youth are provided a pathway to success and economic mobility. The organization will use a collective impact approach to secure investments in youth, braid public and private funding to ensure all youth are provided a pathway to success, align multi-sector partners to work toward shared outcomes, and identify and dismantle systemic barriers that impede the progress of youth. The Director of Operations will work closely with the Founding Director to establish and implement a structured organizational framework that ensures sustainable success of the organization and programs in collaboration with partners, employers, Community Action Agencies, public K-12 schools, local colleges and universities, and community partners to develop a coordinated entry point for any youth in Eastern Kentucky seeking a pathway to a career.  

The organization’s first initiative is a flagship youth internship program during the summer of 2021. The interns will be paid $10/hour for up to 35-40 hours a week for 10 weeks. The internships will be complemented by a professional development curriculum delivered through four offsite seminars. The Director of Operations will be responsible for helping establish employer relationships and assisting with recruiting internship candidates to allow more youth an opportunity for career and educational success. To support this program, the Director of Operations will work closely with the Founding Director to help ensure success of the program.

The successful candidate for the Director of Operations position will be a dynamic and collaborative leader in the region with proven success running successful programs and initiatives. They will also have deeply established networks in the region with a strong understanding of various communities’ assets and challenges. Specific requirements and a job description can be found online at:

To apply for the position, candidates must send a cover letter, résumé, and three references to: Sharon Poff, EKCEP Director of Human Resources at . The deadline to apply is Friday, June 25, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EKCEP is an equal opportunity employer.

EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. The agency provides an array of workforce development services, administers the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program for dislocated coal miners and their spouses, and is the White House-designated lead organization for the federal TechHire designation for Eastern Kentucky. Learn more about us at, and


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