Trainer (full time)

Website Midwest Academy, Inc.

Position Summary

The Midwest Academy, a national training institute committed to supporting groups organizing for racial, economic and social justice, is seeking a full-time Trainer.

The Trainer will work with other Midwest Academy training staff to conduct our multi-day Organizing for Justice training workshop for organizers from a wide variety of progressive organizations, as well as other trainings.  They will also provide training and consulting to individual organizations, including skills training, strategic planning, and organizational development support.  This position reports to the Co-Directors.


All trainings are currently conducted virtually; in the future, we expect to offer both virtual and in-person trainings again.  The ideal candidate will be skilled in both formats, and will be expected to travel when it is safe to do so.


·      Conduct training workshops on the skills of direct action organizing using the Midwest Academy curriculum, including: developing strategic campaigns and ensuring that racial justice is an essential part of strategy development; choosing issues; the role of political analysis and vision in organizing; recruiting and developing leadership; and the role of self-awareness and self-care in organizing for the long haul.

·      Conduct tailored training and consulting for client organizations, which range from neighborhood groups to statewide and national organizations working on a wide variety of issues.

·      Assist in designing curriculum for training.

·      Other responsibilities as assigned.


·      Five to ten years or more of organizing experience, in a variety of settings, including some combination of local, state and national issue work, electoral work, and/or union organizing.

·      Experience as a trainer or leadership development facilitator.

·      Demonstrated strong commitment to racial, economic and social justice and building democratic and progressive organizations.

·      Experience working with diverse constituencies.

·      Willingness to travel frequently (when safe to do so).

·      Excellent interpersonal, written, organizational and project management skills.

·      Excellent computer skills, including mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Zoom.

Additional qualifications which will be helpful but are not required:

·      Fluent Spanish language skills, both written and oral.

·      Supervisory experience with a progressive nonprofit organization.

·      Experience with online organizing and social media.

About the Midwest Academy

Established in 1973, the Midwest Academy (the Academy) has served as an important training institute supporting struggles for racial, economic and social justice. From local neighborhood groups to statewide and national organizations, we have trained over 50,000 organizers and leaders from hundreds of organizations and coalitions in the craft of organizing during our 47-year history.

We are committed to supporting organizations that are led by and building long term power with constituencies that have been most impacted by racial and economic injustice. Through our training and assistance, the Academy supports the development of self-determined, democratically governed organizations that win real improvements in people’s lives and help build the broader movement for justice.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range $85,000-$90,000, and excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, 401k w/ company match (after 1 year), and generous PTO. This is a union position.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted through February 5th, 2021.  This job is being posted January 5th, 2021.

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The Midwest Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

Midwest Academy, Inc.

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Ste 1634

Chicago, IL 60604


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