Employment Opportunities

General Information

Mountain Projects continually take applications for all positions. These include (but are not limited to) van drivers, cooks, in-home caregivers, Head Start teachers and associate teachers, as well as case managers. If you want to apply for a position with us, please drop by our office at 2177 Asheville Road and ask for a staff application. Check this page often for current job openings and training opportunities. If you are interested in a job description please contact Melanie Lamb at mlamb@mountainprojects.org. Please specify the position for which you are interested.

As a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Mountain Projects is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). To learn more, visit: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service. 

Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. We are committed to ensuring children and families are engaged with highly qualified staff who have the heart, spirit, and knowledge base to support the achievement of children and families. Head Start/Early Head Start staff welcome children and families from diverse backgrounds and create a safe, loving, developmentally appropriate environment that promotes emotional/social growth and provides a rigorous school readiness experience. 

Head Start and Early Head Start positions we will give $1,000 for applicants who meet the qualifications for the job posting and $500 for applicants who do not meet the required qualifications.

Head Start Teacher-full time (Haywood and Jackson County)

Are you looking for a new career? Head Start/Early Head Start program is looking for an individual who cares about their community and wants to make a difference and improve the lives of children and families.

Minimum qualifications are a Child Development Associate Certificate or Preschool Certificate. Preferred qualifications are an Early Childhood Education degree from an accredited community college. Supervisory experience working with diverse populations.

Has lead responsibility for the primary care of children enrolled in the classroom. Develops and utilizes daily lesson plans, across all domains that are developmentally appropriate for all children. Our staff support the facilitation of developmental screenings, on-going assessments, and recording of outcome data to determine future instruction as well as participate in home visits and parent-teacher conferences as requested by the teacher.

Valid driver license and insurance are required. Some travel required and home visits may be necessary. Criminal background checks along with drug testing are required.

We offer competitive wages based on experience and certifications/education.

Benefits included in this position:

37-hour work week

Health Insurance with Mountain Projects paying 85% of the monthly premium.

Dental and Vision coverage.

Short/Long term disability and life insurance paid by Mountain Projects.

Matching retirement plan

13 paid holidays a year

Annual and sick leave

To be considered please apply at www.mountainprojects.org AA/EOE

Teacher Assistant (Haywood County)

Are you looking for a new career? Head Start/Early Head Start program is looking for an individual who cares about their community and wants to make a difference and improve the lives of children and families.

Assist teacher in implementing all educational and developmental aspects of the Head Start Program in the classroom. Responsible for implementation of the Head Start Performance Standards and North Carolina Childcare regulations pertaining to the operation of the assigned classroom. Ability to work effectively with coworkers, parents, and children; ability to work effectively with diverse populations; uses good judgment in making decisions; computer skills; able to multi-task and problem solve.

Minimum Qualifications: Preschool Certificate or CDA. Preferred Qualifications: Early Childhood Education degree from an accredited community college.

Must have an adequate vehicle, valid driver license and insurance; local travel sometimes required. Criminal background checks and pre-employment drug screens are required. Along with random drug testing.

We offer competitive wages based on experience and certifications/education.

Benefits included in this position:

37-hour work week

Health Insurance with Mountain Projects paying 85% of the monthly premium.

Dental and Vision coverage.

Short/Long term disability and life insurance paid by Mountain Projects.

Matching retirement plan

13 paid holidays a year

Annual and sick leave

To be considered please apply at www.mountainprojects.org AA/EOE

Head Start/Early Head Educational Coach-Part time

Are you looking for a new career? Head Start/Early Head Start program is looking for an individual who supports effective teaching strategies that lead to a positive outcome for the children within the classroom settings.

Minimum qualifications are bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field. At least 3 years of experience teaching children 0-5. A coach must have excellent written and verbal skills. Must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the basic principles of appropriate childhood education.

Responsible for providing ongoing coaching for Head Start and Early Head staff. Train individual teachers and assistants in planning, developing, and implementing the curriculum. Observe teaching staff and share observations and recommendations with teachers. Coach and mentor classroom staff, supporting curriculum and facilitating assessment-based planning using Teaching Strategies Gold, CLASS, ITERS and ECERS. Work effectively with families with diverse social, economic, and educational backgrounds. Good judgement in making decisions, computer skills and multi-task and problem solving.

Valid driver license and insurance are required. Some travel required and home visits may be necessary. Criminal background checks along with drug testing are required.

We offer competitive wages based on experience and certifications/education.

Benefits included in this position:

  • Matching Retirement Plan
  • 13 paid holidays a year
  • Annual and sick leave

To be considered please apply at www.mountainprojects.org  AA/EOE

Family Services Coordinator/Coach (Full Time)

Position Summary: Mountain Projects, Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start program is looking for an individual who cares about their community and wants to make a difference and improve the lives of children and families.
Minimum qualifications: Four-year degree from an accredited school in Psychology, Early Education, or a related field.
Preferred Qualification: A Four-year degree in Early Education.

Type of Skills needed: Ability to work effectively with coworkers, parents, and children; ability to work effectively with diverse populations; uses good judgement in making decisions; computer skills; able to multi-task and problem solve.

Other requirements, if applicable: Must have an adequate vehicle, valid driver’s license and insurance; local travel sometimes required, must occasionally go into homes, and Head Start children for home visits; Criminal background checks and random drug testing.

Benefits included in this position:
  • 37 Hour work week.
  • Health, Dental and Vision coverage.
  • Short/Long term disability and life insurance paid by Mountain Projects.
  • Matching Retirement Plan
  • 13 paid holidays a year
  • Annual and sick leave
Please apply to join our work family and to help serve our community at MPI, 2271 Asheville Road, Waynesville, NC 28786 or www.mountainprojects.org. EOE/AA

Floater (Haywood and Jackson Counties)

Come work for a team that cares for their community and wants to improve the lives of children and families. Are you looking for a career change?

Assist teaching staff with all educational and developmental aspects of the Head Start Program in the classroom. Rotates throughout the program to assist classroom staff as needed.

Minimum Qualifications is a High School Diploma or GED.

North Carolina Childcare credentials is preferred. Enrolled in an accredited Early Education program.

Ability to work effectively with coworkers, parents, and children; ability to work effectively with diverse populations; uses good judgment in making decisions; computer skills; able to multi-task and problem solve.

Must have an adequate vehicle, valid driver license and insurance; local travel sometimes required, must occasionally go into homes of Head Start children for home visits.

Criminal background checks along with random drug testing.

We offer competitive wages based on experience and certifications/education.

Benefits included in this position:

37 Hour work week

Health Insurance with Mountain Projects paying 85% of the monthly premium.

Dental and Vision coverage

Short/Long term disability and life insurance paid by Mountain Projects.

Matching Retirement Plan

13 paid holidays a year

Annual and sick leave

To be considered please apply at www.mountainprojects.org  AA/EOE

Certified Application Counselor – Macon County

Are you an outgoing person with a passion for equitable access to healthcare in rural Western NC?  Mountain Projects, Inc. is immediately seeking a full-time Certified Application Counselor for Haywood County. This is a grant-funded position.

Job Duties:

Conduct education and outreach to uninsured individuals and community partner agencies

Share information regarding the Federally-facilitated Marketplace, including:

Eligibility requirements for federal tax subsidies and cost-sharing subsidies.

Eligibility for Qualified Health Plans on the FFM, Medicaid and North Carolina’s Health Choice and how to enroll in qualified health plans, Medicaid, and Health Choice on the marketplace website.

Meet with individuals and facilitate plan selection based on the needs of the individual/family or the small business seeking health insurance coverage, assess tax implications and premium and cost-sharing requirements, application submission, renewal, and disenrollment processes.

Help people understand how premium tax credits work and their potential financial impact.

Facilitate eligibility determinations for qualified health plans, Medicaid, and Health Choice and premium tax subsidies.

Provide referrals to appropriate agencies, including the North Carolina Department of Insurance for applicants and enrollees with grievances, complaints, questions, or need for other social services.

Qualifications: Candidates applying for this position should have the following qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree.
Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
Ability to work autonomously and with other team members.
Experience with Medicaid, VA, Medicare, Individual health insurance and safety net health care providers.
Prior experience assisting clients.
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
Strong writing skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft outlook
Public Speaking experience
Willingness to travel up to 50%

Benefits included in this position:

37 Hour work week.
Health Insurance with Mountain Projects paying 85% of the monthly premium.
Dental and Vision coverage.
Short/Long term disability and life insurance paid by Mountain Projects.
Matching Retirement Plan
13 paid holidays a year
Annual and sick leave

To be considered please apply at www.mountainprojects.org  AA/EOE

Part Time Sales Associate – Sylva Linings Resale Store

Mountain Projects, Inc. is currently accepting applications for a part-time Retail Store Associate to provide a pleasant shopping experience for our customers.
Cashier, open and close the store at designated times. Price items and restock. Assist sorting donations and help maintain a clean and orderly store.
This position has long periods of standing. The ability to lift 35 pounds is required. Up to 25 hours a week, schedule will vary, and will include some Saturday’s.
This position comes with 13 paid holidays per year, paid vacation, sick leave and retirement benefits.
Please apply at MPI 2177 Asheville Road, Waynesville, NC 28786 or at www.mountainprojects.org  EOE/AA


Senior Nutrition Centers

Nutrition Site Manager

This position is responsible for the management of a nutrition site, record keeping, planning and outreach. Candidates must have effective oral and written communication and listening skills, computer skills are a must, organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations. Experience in management, activity planning, and working with the senior population is helpful. This position requires the ability to lift at least 35 lbs. The position is part-time 3 days per week, 4 hours daily from morning through lunch service. Offering holiday pay, annual and sick leave, etc.  Applications will be taken at Mountain Projects, Inc. 2177 Asheville Road, Waynesville, NC or at 154 Medical Park Loop, Sylva, NC. You may also submit applications online at www.mountainprojects.org – at the link above. Pre-employment and random drug testing required. EOE/AA

Transit Dispatcher-Part Time

This person is responsible for dispatching and communicating with clients and drivers to schedule appointments using a radio transmission and telephone.

A knowledge of Haywood County: roads, landmarks etc. is required.

Dispatch client assignments to transit drivers.

Records drivers daily work time and break times.

Uses sound judgement in following dispatch instructions. Keeps regular contact with drivers. Prepares and mails “No Show” letters.

The ability to practice respectful and continuous communication with drivers, confirming all calls.

Must be flexible and able to adapt to changing needs, multiple task demands, and work structures.

Perform well in a team environment.

Good listener with a professional demeanor.

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Ability to use various computer software for scheduling. Understanding of Microsoft Office programs.

Applicants with dispatching experience will be highly considered.

Valid driver license and insurance are required. Criminal background checks along with drug testing are required.

Benefits included in this position:

Matching Retirement Plan

13 paid holidays a year

Annual and sick leave

To be considered please apply at www.mountainprojects.org AA/EOE


Food Services