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Training and Leadership Director


Job Title: Training and Leadership Director
Reports to: Coordinated Campaign Director
Salary: $7,000/month, generous benefits package
Location: Madison or Milwaukee, WI (Please note: Employment with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin requires residence or willingness to relocate to the state of Wisconsin.)
Start date: Spring 2024
Application Deadline: April 9, 2024 (Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Deadlines may be shortened or extended as necessary. There is no guarantee this posting will remain open until the deadline or be closed on the deadline. This is a suggested timeframe based on organization needs.)

About The Democratic Party of Wisconsin: WisDems is nationally recognized as one of the country’s highest-performing and most pivotal political organizations. During the 2024 cycle, WisDems will drive massive programs to defend the Democratic majority in the United States Senate by re-electing Senator Tammy Baldwin, to re-elect President Biden for a second term, elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot, and work to build volunteer-led coalitions for the long term. WisDems’ work is grounded in inclusion, respect, and empowerment across race, gender, other dimensions of identity, and the rural/suburban/urban divide. Our work continues year-round, collaborating with partners to build a movement that delivers meaningful change for all Wisconsinites. We seek outstanding applicants who share our values and vision to join the team, help win elections, and build a future where everyone can thrive.

The Opportunity: The Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign is looking for a Training & Leadership Director to grow and scale the impact of our organizing program. The Training & Leadership Director will be responsible for working with the Organizing team to ensure the training needs of volunteers, staff, campaigns and voters are met. The Training & Leadership Director will work closely with the Coordinated Campaign Director to support our organizing team and will find opportunities to increase the overall quality of our work through training in support of our mission to help the largest possible number of voters participate in the electoral process.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute training strategy and campaign for the 2024 election cycle, integrating the plan into existing Organizing and Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign structures.
  • Advise the senior management team on the structure, needs, and overall training strategy.
  • Produce training materials, webinars, self-guided training modules and all core training materials for the 2024 election.
  • Create training and materials for diverse audiences including producing content and hosting training.
  • Create and sustain online training communities that increase volunteer participation.
  • Work across departments to identify opportunities that fill training holes and expand reach.
  • Liaise and coordinate with Biden for President on national training programs and resources.
  • Produce reports and feedback summaries to ensure successful achievement of statewide goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to create goals, objectives, and systems.
  • Manage direct reports in all aspects of their work and support their success in the role by conducting relevant coaching conversations, providing and receiving feedback, and creating an inclusive and engaging team culture. More specific tasks could include but are not limited to:
    • Managing and reviewing time off requests
    • Hiring new team members
    • Having constructive conversations with team members on performance
    • Building rapport and trust within your team
    • Leading projects and delegating tasks
  • On year requirements include working outside of normal work hours; including canvassing and other election-preparation as necessary.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Growth Mindset – Able to take and implement feedback.
  • Relentlessly Goal-Oriented – Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keeps calm in stressful situations. Has the capacity and willingness to work long hours during peak season, rolling up their sleeves and getting the work done.
  • Cultural Competency – Able to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities. Understands how to take an inclusive lens into all aspects of work.
  • Management Skills – Able to manage relationships within your team, bring out the best in your employees, and treat employees equitably across lines of difference; including but not limited to feedback, performance, and engagement.
  • Drive for Democratic Ideals – Has a desire to fight for Democratic values and candidates.
  • Proven Training Experience – Able to train on a wide variety of topics in an engaging and effective manner to a broad range of audiences and skill levels; has experience developing engaging and effective training content and training the trainer programs.
  • Strong Communication Skills – Can connect with others, regardless of medium, to quickly gain trust and motivate volunteers, staff, community members, and coalition partners.
  • Project Management Skills – Able to build and execute projects from beginning to end and to work on multiple projects simultaneously while handling competing priorities.
  • Collaborative Mindset – Has commitment to a multi-department approach to training.
  • Adaptable Thinker – Able to think on your feet and give good answers to participant questions.
  • Design Ability – Has the skill to create high-quality content, including graphics, video, and text, rapidly and on-message.

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Knowledge of Wisconsin/Midwestern politics.
  • While campaign experience is a plus, we are also willing to consider highly qualified candidates with non-campaign backgrounds.
  • Spanish language fluency.

Benefits: Great benefits including; excellent health care ($1/month), dental ($1/month), vision ($1/month), life insurance (free), short term and long-term disability (free), TalkSpace virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, mileage reimbursement, monthly cell phone stipend, paid vacation days (starting at 10 days), retirement plan with 3% employer match, 3 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays.

Equity and Inclusion: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a vision for a deeply inclusive  and diverse party organization, membership, and electorate. In order to be successful at the  Democratic Party of Wisconsin candidates must have the cultural competence to successfully  work with a diverse array of constituency groups. We especially strongly encourage applicants  with close ties to Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, Muslim, non-English-speaking, disability, and LGBTQIA+ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note on COVID-19: Candidates will be required to verify that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment, except where prohibited by law. Fully vaccinated includes receiving any booster shots recommended by the CDC or other public health authorities within the timeframe recommended. Reasonable accommodations due to disability, medical condition, or bona fide religious belief will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.