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Director of Rural Impact

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has along standing commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together.

Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.


Berea College is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application! 

Berea College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


The Director of Rural Impact is a full-time, senior-level professional position within Partners for Education at Berea College. This position will report to the Chief Strategy and Finance Officer. The Director of Rural Impact will be responsible for the management and oversight of an array of capacity-building programs, including the development of new initiatives, in support of Partners for Education’s strategic plan to influence systems and effect large-scale community change on behalf of Appalachian children. The primary duties revolve around planning and implementation of external capacity building programs built on the frameworks of collective impact and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Results Count™.  As Partners for Education works with other organizations within Appalachia and rural America to apply these frameworks, the Director of Rural Impact will lead design teams associated with these different programs and work closely with other Partners for Education staff to ensure these initiatives are successful and maintain fidelity to the models.

Education required to ensure success in this position:

·   A Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred. Professional training or advanced degree in organizational development, leadership development or related fields preferred.

Experience required to ensure success in this position:

·   A minimum of 5 years’ of experience including demonstrated leadership in human services, education or related field.

·   A strong personal commitment to the mission of Partners for Education at Berea College, with the gravitas to influence the Partners for Education result that All Appalachian Students Succeed.

·   Demonstrated experience and commitment to working in rural communities.

·   Demonstrated project management or program implementation with entrepreneurial experience preferred.

·   Demonstrated success in a complex, fast-paced, high-performing organization, with the ability to prioritize projects and work cross-functionally.

·   Demonstrated training and community facilitation experience.


Special skills, knowledge and abilities:

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills.

·         Superior interpersonal and organizational skills.

·         Ability to work in a team environment.

·         Collaborative and collegial leadership style.

·         An aptitude for and ability to develop content expertise in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Results Count model and in the collective impact framework; familiarity with the Results Count model and collective impact framework preferred but not required.

·         Demonstrated ability to cross boundaries of race, class, ethnic origin and personal philosophy; capacity to work effectively with a broad range of constituencies.

·         The skills to effectively represent the director and Partners for Education in meetings for sharing knowledge, collaborating and building partnerships.

·         Competencies to effectively supervise staff and consultants.


License, certification, or registration necessary:

·   Valid Driver’s License              

·   Background check, including social media background check                              


Physical requirements:

·   Ability to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds


Environmental conditions:

·   Work primarily in the Middletown Office, in Berea, KY with frequent travel nationally and within the Appalachian Region

·   Routine office environment with interruptions and noise due to frequent visitors, students, staff, faculty and callers


Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:

·   Standard office equipment: computer, telephone, fax machine, related equipment
·   Motor Vehicle


Primary duties and responsibilities:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


·       Implement strategic planning, oversight and deployment of technical assistance.

·       Manage and lead the development, implementation, and operation of capacity building initiatives that accelerate educational outcomes.

·       Serve as a technical resource providing content expertise and strategic input to community based organizations and Partners for Education programs.

·       Facilitate and lead sessions on collective impact, adaptive leadership and other content areas.

·       Prepare budget requests for assigned projects and monitor spending.

·       Develop protocols and processes for Enterprise Risk Management within all activities to ensure all activities are compliant with Berea College, Partners for Education, and applicable funder requirements and policies.

·       Assist in establishing and maintaining positive relations with key contacts, leaders, residents and organizations as required.

·       Supervise staff and consultants and ensure their accountability through establishing and monitoring performance measures.

·       Represent Partners for Education’s mission, principles and work, as assigned and requested, by participating in meetings, public presentations and the preparation of written materials.

·       Perform administrative duties in support of the above work.


Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.

Note to Prospective Employees:

Each year, Berea College Public Safety publishes an annual report to the campus to make public crime statistics, policies, and procedures for Berea College.  This Annual Security Report, required by the Jeane Clery Act, Minger Act, and the Student Right To Know Act is now available for review.  For a full, printable version of the ASR, you can click here:

For a policy-by-policy version that is easier to read and browse, please visit Public Safety’s website here: