Director of Institute & Training - 2020 Project

Chicago, New York, or Washington, DC
Full Time
270 Strategies is seeding the launch of a new independent training program geared toward the next major electoral cycle. The program will tentatively rollout in February 2019 with core programming kicking off in June 2019.

As the organization’s Director of Institute & Training, you will be a founding leader and shepherd a team of 25+ to design, implement, and execute the training program. You will be a creative and collaborative self-starter and have a passion for developing and nurturing people, projects, and teams. You have 5/+ years of experience leading professional development and training at scale, 3/+ years of experience with electoral and/or community organizing, and a demonstrated commitment to serving young people and communities of color. You believe in the power of organizing, as well as the integration of data and on/offline organizing, and are excited to shape and guide the development of a talent pipeline.

The position will ideally be located in NYC, DC, or Chicago, though remote locations will be considered. This is a temporary full-time position expected to start in February 2019 and end by March 2020, and will entail some weekend work and travel. The salary range is $85k-$100k for candidates with 8/+ years of relevant experience.


    • Lead the design, development and execution of high-quality 10-week experience --  including a week-long in-person “Institute” -- that will not only equip organizers with the field, data, and digital skills and competencies needed to successfully serve on future electoral campaigns, but also the professional skills needed to succeed in the 21st century workplace.
    • Facilitate the onboarding, training, and professional development of seasonal trainers, coaches and content developers.
    • Foster an intentionally inclusive, equitable and collaborative team culture that puts participant experience and a love of organizing at the forefront.
    • Collaborate with Chief Program Officer, COO, and program staff to achieve training and engagement goals on-time and on-budget.
    • Partner with Manager of Institute Operations to ensure week-long in-person convening amplifies the training experience and all participants experience seamless logistics.
    • Leverage external partners to source best-in-class training and delivery, and gather input and feedback from diverse stakeholders to evolve and iterate program scope and sequence and content.
    • Design ongoing engagement experience to ensure participants continue to learn and grow remotely after the initial 10-week training program.
    • Determine and analyze key metrics for success in each phase of organizer training and development, review and monitor implementation, and ensure training content is delivered with fidelity by staff and coaches.
    • Help manage the relationship with high-profile and/or complex partnerships.


    • 5/+ years of experience designing, building, and scaling training and professional learning programming.
    • 3/+ years of experience crafting and executing organizing strategy with a strong perspective on the core skills and competencies needed by a community organizer in today’s electoral landscape.
    • Strength in coaching, empowering, and leading other in formal and informal capacities.
    • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to communicate expectations clearly.  
    • Strong judgment and critical reasoning skills, with the ability to navigate new situations.
    • A track record of working with diverse staff and external partners.
    • Confidence and professionalism while engaging with contacts ranging from grassroots volunteers to high-level public officials.
    • Enthusiasm for a team-based work environment.
    • A sense of humor, a willingness to embrace both your own quirks and others’, and a passion for progressive issues.


    • Experience with political campaigns.
    • Experience with high-volume recruitment and/or training.
Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references. Please include the position you are applying for in your cover letter.

270 Strategies is a next-generation grassroots firm that is redefining how companies, causes, and organizations build winning campaigns and achieve big things.

Our company was born of the basic belief that grassroots campaigns can change the world. We named our firm “270” for the number of electoral votes required to win the presidency.  Our team used grassroots and digital organizing to achieve our strategic goals on both historic Obama campaigns – and we help our clients do the same.

Unlike traditional consulting firms that focus exclusively on marketing, 270 Strategies believes effective, 21st century campaigns must integrate people-centered, grassroots organizing with smart digital strategies and a data-driven approach. The 270 team uses the lesson learned after years of leading progressive organizations and working with over 300 clients to help our clients connect with key constituencies, design innovative programs, and put their ideas into action.

270 Strategies is committed to diversity among its staff and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to clients and constituents. 270 Strategies is an equal opportunity employer and it is 270 Strategies’ policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.