For Michigan’s Future is seeking a Training Director to direct a robust state-driven training program. This program will include leadership development, organizational management, and a curriculum to share best practices for high-quality, data-driven field and communications programs. Through this program, FOF hopes to provide trainings for: 1) Community-Based Organizations; 2) Local Activists & Leaders; 3) Communicators & Influencers; and 4) FOF Staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Training Director to design, build and manage a training program, to be executed by state and national staff. The Training Director will work with leadership to craft region-specific training plans and programming to achieve organizational goals. The Training Director will also serve as the main project manager for multiple large-scale events and retreats and for developing content for state trainings.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Build and maintain clearinghouse of training materials for staff and partners, covering subjects ranging from: building and maintaining political relationships and coalitions, to delivering an effective persuasion message at the doors.
  • Facilitate learning across the state, regions and partner programs.
  • Support and help lead a multi-pronged leadership development program focused on emerging grassroots activists, FOF programs, and partner programs in creating tiered modes of engagement for local leaders.
  • Support FOF and partner leadership staff in designing programs to source organizing talent.
  • When needed, directly organize and facilitate trainings.
  • Applying training best practices to ensure trainings are professionally and experientially designed.
  • Project manage logistics for large events and retreats.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Team player - Inclination to lead via organizing rather than by decree. Ability to build strong teams to accomplish goals without a need to bottom-line everything. Talented in coalition and team building.
  • Self-determined and self-managed work style This position will require working collaboratively and managing horizontally, but will also entail a lot of solitary work and seeing projects from idea to implementation. As a result, candidates should be motivated internally to do their best work.
  • Communication Skills - Ability to write compelling training materials, program reports, fundraising/marketing documents, and program debrief reports, with examples. Experience in working with multiple state operations at one time a plus.  Demonstrated ability in building relationships and maintaining communication with key stakeholders a plus. Demonstrated ability to navigate conflict and work toward resolution required.
  • Enthusiasm for Building Progressive Power - Understanding of the general progressive landscape at the local, state, and national level preferred. Understanding of how the community coordinates and co-exists legally, values-wise, and based on electoral goals preferred. Demonstrated ability to turn activists into leaders through training in a local or statewide setting preferred.
  • Training Skills - Understanding and experience applying training best practices, developing trainings to varying audiences, writing needs assessments and evaluating programs (particularly training programs) in traditional and non-traditional training settings required. Experience training others to be trainers is preferred. Examples of past training materials & curriculum may be requested.

**The Training Director must be willing to travel extensively and work long hours.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. FOF offers a competitive salary and benefits package consistent with experience and expertise.

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