Training Director

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website Peoples Action Institute

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and its sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that reflects people over profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.


With offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, and more. Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations across 29 states, improve lives by running local- and state-level issue and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and collectively coming together to change national policy and politics.


People’s Action/ Institute has a track record of leadership in coordinating field mobilization and advocacy in advancing an array of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state, and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers, and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


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The Opportunity

Are you a person who loves to cultivate leaders and help them to recognize their self-interest in building power in their communities? Do you want to grow and strengthen a training department that brings the organizing revival to life across our member organizations? If you answered yes, this is the opportunity for you!


Overview of the Position

From in-person to online, to strategic campaigns & political education, to powerful base-building & leadership development curriculum, our training department is dynamic. It provides several touch points to building the power of our network. The Training Director is responsible for coordinating and aligning these events & programs while also ensuring high-quality training.


As Training Director, your typical day will include (but isn’t limited to):

Alignment of Trainings and Implementing a New Curriculum to Meet the Needs of the Network

Cohere our trainings into one overall program
Explore partnerships with other national network training programs to amplify the best trainings of the movement and support organizations in building local training programs
Build and maintain an infrastructure to hold overall training programs
Ensure strong evaluations and curriculum development/shifts as required and establish and enforce a set of training standards and practices


Manage and Lead a Team of Trainers

Build a competent and diverse Training Team with People’s Action staff and affiliate leaders
Support a team of up to three training staff (Deputy Training Director and Base Building and Leadership Development Director)
Support the team’s ability to prioritize their work and be clear about their goals and outcomes related to the training department’s priorities
Help them build and maintain systems for cross-department/team collaboration and support for member organization’s training and leadership development needs
In collaboration with our Network Power Building Director, assess the strength of our network so we can make smart decisions regarding curriculum and needs from our training program


Fundraising for Training Program

Work with our Development team to build out a fundraising plan that allows us to continue our work and investment in training


Other Duties as Assigned

The ideal Training Director should have the following experience and qualifications:

Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections inside and outside the organization.
Ability to work with diverse people and organizations
Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated organizing experience, which must include some campaigning experience
5 or more years of experience with leading workshops and training in large and small groups
Must have held a senior leadership position at a power-building organization (Organizing Director, Deputy Director, Executive Director, etc.)
Skilled at managing multiple projects simultaneously
Understanding of and interest in emergent best practices and trends in organizing and power-building with a keen eye toward how we move those practices into training and leadership development programs
Experience with fundraising
Ability to keep commitments and not allow things to slip through the cracks
A strong orientation toward movement building that centers relationships and equity
Ability to work independently without close oversight and as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside People’s Action/Institute.
High energy and passion for People’s Action/Institute’s mission are essential
At least 4 years of management experience is required


Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-time, Exempt, benefits-eligible

Union Position (Yes/No): No

Salary Range: Level G – $115,000 – $148,000 commensurate with experience

Location: Can be based in our Chicago, IL  or Washington, D.C. office, but remote locations may be considered anywhere within the continental United States.

Reports to: Chief of Organizing Programs

# of Roles to Supervise: Two; Deputy Training Director, Base Building and Leadership Development Director, and a possibility for additional supervisees

Travel Requirements (Yes/No): Yes, 1-2 times a month

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical on the first day of employment, and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 10 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment.


Our Commitment to Equitable Compensation:

We believe in fair compensation for your work – no matter where you live. Our salary scale is comparable to salaries you would find in Chicago, IL, where our headquarters is based. It is based on your months/years of work experience.  While we do not determine education as a factor in whether we hire someone to work for People’s Action Institute, we do factor in any relevant higher education experience that you have. To further counter pay inequities and inequality on the team, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice and provide opportunities for advancement for full-time employees based on performance evaluation. Your starting pay reflects where you sit within our salary scale and is based on the information that you provide us on your resume. PAI continues to monitor wages through triennial compensation analysis to ensure that we continue to offer our prospective and current employees fair wages.


Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

People’s Action/Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; womxn, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Vaccination Transparency

Due to travel requirements and in-person interactions during employment, candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (Two Doses of either Moderna or Pfizer Vaccines or One Dose of J&J as well as all appropriate booster doses)  against COVID-19 before commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.


Close date: February 6, 2023

No phone calls, please.

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