• P.O. Box 1133 Wayne, WV 25570
  • 304-501-4755
  • P.O. Box 1133 Wayne, WV 25570
  • 304-501-4755

job Post: Director of Professional Development

JOB POSTING for position at COALFIELD DEVELOPMENT, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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Title  Director of Professional Development

Team – Development Team

Revised Date – January 14, 2020

Hourly or Salary – Salary

Compensation – $40,000-53,000/Year Salary, Benefits Package, and Paid Leave

Reports To – Chief Development Officer

FLSA Status – Exempt (Administrative)

Status – Full-Time


  1. Email your resume and cover letter to: ​jobs@coalfield-development.org

  2. Top applicants will be invited to complete an application and provide three professional references.

  3. Two to three applicants will be selected for an interview, with a final decision made as soon as possible after this step is complete.


Coalfield Development is looking for a Professional Development Director who will fulfill three main functions:

  1. Ensure professional development opportunities resulting in certificates and/or certifications for employees, partners and community members are assessed, scheduled, conducted and evaluated for effectiveness. Training opportunities may include OSHA 10, HAZWOPER, forklift operation, first aid/safety, blueprint reading, Microsoft Office suite, etc. 
  2. Direct Coalfield’s Workforce Readiness and Professional Success (WRAPS) initiative by finding and selecting community partners to provide mentorship, education/certifications/professional certificates, and opportunities for on-the-job training experiences.
  3. Develop and coordinate an employer network to increase job placement options for Coalfield graduates and WRAPS trainees.


As the Professional Development Director at Coalfield Development a typical day might include the following:

  • Working with social enterprise directors to identify training needs, find training resources, and schedule trainings for their staff and others in the community who may benefit
  • Contacting employers to ensure our employees’ training matches their needs
  • Cultivating an employer network by contacting employers with information about new employees and to follow up regarding employees already placed
  • Emailing with WRAPS partners to provide support, answer questions, and evaluate Trainees’ progress
  • Developing, coordinating, marketing, and assessing training opportunities open to to community members to increase individual and local capacity and professional development. 
  • Meeting with Personal Development Coordinator, Development Coordinator and Chief Development Officer to set weekly goals, solve problems, and celebrate successes


  • Implement training curriculum and direct training programs for Crew Members in consultation with enterprise directors including: identify training resources; schedule specific trainings; assure training quality; publicize trainings as necessary; conduct training evaluations; update employee training records
  • Develop an employer network to identify employment opportunities for Coalfield Graduates and WRAPS Trainees once they advance out of our programs, including: identify employers’ training priorities and develop training opportunities for Coalfield employees related to these skills; develop networking opportunities between employers and Coalfield Graduates and Trainees
  • Develop placement opportunities and ensure Coalfield Graduates and Trainees are prepared for interviews with updated resumes, appropriate attire, and strong interviewing skills; follow up with employers/employees after placement to evaluate the experience, offer support, and record outcomes
  • Coordinate and Support WRAPS cohorts including: identify partners to support a cohort which might include institutions of higher learning, local community-based mentorship organizations, organizations focused on workers in transition, trainers and employers in a variety of sectors; host meetings to explain the WRAPS system/ensure a balance of work, certification and personal development; create MOUs to clarify partner roles; support recruitment of WRAPS Trainees; ensure they are on-boarded as Coalfield Employees; monitor progress and provide support and guidance with weekly check-ins
  • Assists with partnership coordination, including developing outreach materials, planning and implementing partnership strategies, and representing Coalfield at partnership and networking events.


  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment with multiple projects, locations, businesses and collaborative partners.
  • Kind and professional demeanor and attitude. Must be patient and compassionate with people and issues encountered in challenging socio-economic environments. Must understand and adopt Coalfield’s theory of change and value system. 
  • Experience with adult learning principles and training techniques
  • A good sense of humor, a willingness to learn, an inquisitive mind, a willingness to innovate, and the ability to work independently 
  • Experience with scheduling and managing multiple training locations
  • Excellent at time management, task prioritization, and organization.
  • Excellent professional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient with computers, email, Microsoft Office, Google applications and standard office equipment (phone, copier/printer, scanners, etc.).


  • Bachelor’s degree required; masters degree preferred. 
  • Five plus years of experience in a job or jobs that require high levels of interaction, facilitation, events management, and evaluation.


The Director of Professional Development reports to the Chief Development Officer but is also expected to work with minimal supervision and respond to the needs of the Executive Team and Board of Directors. The Director of Professional Development will not supervise staff at this time.


Coalfield’s offices are currently located in Wayne, Morgantown, Huntington, and Charleston, WV. The chosen candidate must have reliable transportation to regularly attend work at the Charleston office and other locations, as required.

  • Primarily on-site environment.
  • Extensive computer operation.
  • Light lifting (up to 25 LBS with or without accommodation).
  • Must be able to drive and work seated or standing at a desk and/or computer.
  • The normal work week is Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Coalfield allows managers and employees to negotiate a flexible work schedule. Uncompensated overtime is infrequently required when necessary to meet critical deadlines or respond to emergencies.


Candidates must provide reliable transportation to their primary work location. Coalfield has a limited fleet of vehicles and frequently carpools to minimize travel burdens on employees. Travel expenses (excluding commutes) may be reimbursed per Coalfield’s policies and procedures.


DISCLAIMER: Coalfield Development Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Candidates may be required to pass a background check and/or drug test as a condition of employment.

While all applications are appreciated, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Please include the position title, “Director of Professional Development” in the subject line if you choose to submit your application via email by following this link.

Who We Are

Our Mission

To support a family of social enterprises that inspire the courage to grow, the creativity to transform perceived liabilities into assets, and the community needed to cultivate real opportunity in Appalachia through mentorship, education, and employment.

Our Vision

Appalachian places and people unlocking their full potential, power, and purpose.

Together, we are rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up!

Our Core Values

All employees are expected to exemplify our core values:

  • Gumption
  • Grit
  • Grace

Our Core Capabilities

1. Community-Based Real Estate

We work with community groups, leaders, and partner organizations to develop mixed-use residential and commercial real estate projects with a social impact. Coalfield owns three rural multi-family housing properties and has an in-house construction crew.

2. Personal and Academic Development

Formerly unemployed people (especially laid-off coal miners) are hired on to work crews that staff Coalfield’s social enterprises. These crews support a variety of community projects that create assets for local residents, communities, and businesses. Each week, Crew Members complete 33 hours of paid work, 6 credit hours of higher education, and 3 hours of personal development mentorship.

3. Develop and Incubate Social Enterprises

Coalfield incubates and grows a family of social enterprises in sectors it believes have the potential to diversify the regional economy and create good jobs. The enterprises we support measure their value according to our triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Coalfield also leads a business pitch contest and annual social enterprise conference to build a network of new and experienced entrepreneurs.

Our Family of Social Enterprises

Revitalize Appalachia is our enterprise focused on green construction and is instrumental in the development and execution of Coalfield’s community-based real estate projects.

Refresh Appalachia leads our region in sustainable agriculture initiatives by supporting farmers and producers to develop the local food economy. By providing training in farm and food entrepreneurship, Refresh Appalachia transforms the lives of young people and those displaced from the coal mining industry.

West Edge Factory in Huntington, WV is a 96K sq. ft. building that once employed over 1,000 people, but after closing, sat in ruin for more than a decade. Coalfield has renovated the building over the years, developing it into a hub for its social enterprises, personal and academic development activities, and a creative space available to the community.

SustainU is a licensee of Major League Baseball and manufactures sustainable apparel in Coalfield’s West Edge Factory. Our clothing production process saves millions of gallons of water and petroleum every year while reinvesting in new technology and equipment to rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up. SustainU is an industry leader and pioneer through its direct-to-consumer sales approach, interactive technology platforms, wholesale licensed products, and custom printing services.

Saw’s Edge Woodshop is a business and classroom where trainees learn fine woodworking techniques and visitors can learn alongside them.

Our Theory of Change and Guiding Strategies

Opportunity, willpower, and spirit are necessary to end generational poverty. Real opportunities and lasting change cannot be simply provided; they are patiently cultivated. To achieve this, we simultaneously create new markets and the trained workforce to employ those markets. The main hook of our job training programs is that the work is paid, putting real wages in pockets. We insist on higher education because we value lifelong learning. Measured mentorship represents the professional learning environment where we provide accountability and personal growth opportunities. In this way, we learn new skills by doing them on-the-job, as real employees of real businesses. We are not preparing people for the real world; we do business in the real world.