Summary of Dirtroad Organizing:
Founded in 2022, Dirtroad Organizing 501(c)(4) provides concrete tools and strategies to support organizers, staff, legislators, and aspiring leaders who are working towards an equitable and just democracy in rural America. An American future that prioritizes human and civil rights depends on investing deeply in rural organizing. Dirtroad Organizing is the national training ground and perennial support system for individuals and organizations focused on rural America. Our work is focused at the state and local levels.
Our theory of change revolves around recognizing the inherent political power of rural citizens in American democracy. Deep investment in rural communities is how we secure the policies needed for a durable, just, and equitable future for all.
Dirtroad Organizing has launched a non-partisan training program to train potential candidates and staffers/organizers in rural communities. These trainings are available to everyone, and are intended to promote our principles and values and to serve the rural communities our participants represent. The skills for rural organizing are unique, and Dirtroad Organizing seeks to offer this kind of targeted support across the country.
Dirtroad Organizing’s work culture prioritizes well-being and self-care with a 4-day/32-hour work week and generous benefits package.
Our mission revolves around but is not limited to these values:
- Investing in community organizing and grassroots power;
- Prioritizing listening, respect, and finding common ground;
- Understanding that many citizens have less access, resources, & opportunities;
- Fighting for a just and equitable future;
- Committing to an inclusive, free, and fair democracy.
Dirtroad Organizing currently has two full-time staff– Co-Directors Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward. We seek a new full-time member of the team who is excited to expand our programming and build up the organization.
The Training Programs Manager will mainly be responsible for Dirtroad Organizing’s cohort program. We run small-group cohorts–one for staff/organizers and one for potential candidates–that prioritize quality over quantity. Each cohort is four months long and focuses on community building, one-on-one coaching, and skills development customized for rural organizers. As capacity provides, this position may also work to provide shorter trainings to local groups and folks in our network.
Our training models bring together the many talented minds in this field to collaborate with the Dirtroad Organizing staff on fleshing out trainings, honing specific skill sets, and developing vibrant relationships with partner organizations in 2024 and beyond.
The Training Programs Manager will develop Dirtroad Organizing’s staff/organizer and candidate cohorts program through a collaborative model, which includes: recruiting and supporting cohort participants, creating social media and messaging content, developing and maintaining relationships with partner organizations and cohort members, and creating a long-term Dirtroad Organizing training strategy.
Duties of the job will include, but are not limited to:
- Take primary point on Dirtroad Organizing’s cohorts, which includes:
- Recruitment for both cohorts.
- Managing the application and selection process.
- One-on-one support and potential coaching of participants on topics such as messaging, developing a field plan, calculating a win number, etc.
- Overseeing logistics for both cohorts.
- Coordinating in-person cohort convenings. This includes managing participants’ travel, accommodations, meeting space, meals, and a group activity.
- Support Dirtroad Organizing staff with curriculum content and design development on topics such as values-based messaging, fundraising, Dirtroad Canvassing, overseeing a campaign, self-care, managing a team, story-telling and other topics that require a unique approach in rural communities.
- Coordinate with our network of outside trainers to develop, schedule, and run supplemental trainings throughout the duration of each cohort.
- Concretizing training schedules, monthly goals, yearly plans, and a future strategy alongside Dirtroad Organizing staff.
- Developing relationships with training participants and cohort alumni to maintain and grow the Dirtroad Organizing community.
- Creating social media content to advertise the trainings and content.
- Nourish relationships with organizations that could be partners with Dirtroad Organizing or do work adjacent to ours. For example, building a partnership with another training program to support their rural participants or organizing co-led trainings with other groups for our cohort members.
- Foster relationships with organizers in this space who want to be a guest trainer for Dirtroad Organizing’s programs.
- Organizing at least 10 trainings per year outside of the cohort program for other partners or as open offers to our network.
- A desire to invest in a new organization dedicated to rural organizing.
- Enjoys working with people, especially on a one-on-one level.
- Experience with programming, management, and curriculum development.
- At least two years’ experience in grassroots rural organizing and campaigning.
- A commitment to Dirtroad Organizing’s values and mission.
- Strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills.
- Responsive, responsible, and self-motivated.
- A growth mindset and willingness to give & receive feedback.
- A belief in finding common ground with those who are different from you or hold different political ideologies and doing the work to heal divides.
Desired But Not Required:
- Experience in non-profit organizations.
- Social media and graphic design skills.
- Experience in developing and running trainings.
- Experience developing partnerships with organizations and individuals.
- Budgeting skills.
- Competence in digital tools including G Suite, Votebuilder, Canva, and Zoom.
The above are not an exhaustive list of skills or qualities that make a successful candidate. We encourage all to apply who are interested in the position and this work.
What Success Looks Like:
- In 2024, support recruitment, training, and one-on-one coaching of at least 20 people for the staff cohorts and at least 20 people for the candidate cohorts.
- In 2024, support recruitment and training of at least 100 people outside of the cohort program.
- Create long-term training programming for 2024 and beyond.
- Develop robust communication, messaging, graphic, and other materials needed for trainings.
- Join bi-weekly meetings with Co-Directors.
- Participate in the growth of the organization.
- Foster meaningful, reflective, and trustful relationships with partners and trainers.
Salary and Benefits:
- $70,000-$75,000 per year.
- 32-hour work week. During peak times, hours may fluctuate.
- Flexible work schedule.
- A culture that prioritizes balance, well-being, and accomplishments.
- The opportunity to grow a young organization from the ground up.
- Access to Dirtroad Organizing’s benefits program in your first year, which includes:
- Generous paid time off:
- 10 recognized Holidays as well as flexibility for other faith Holidays.
- 2-week Winter Break.
- 1-week Summer Break
- Unlimited Paid Time Off (minimum 4 weeks off), including sick days and mental health days.
- 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
- Generous paid time off:
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees and 50% for dependents).
- 401k with 3% employer-matched contributions.
- Cell phone reimbursement stipend.
- Rural internet accessibility stipend (conditional).
- Wellness stipend.
- Home workspace stipend.
- Professional development support.
Work Environment and Requirements:
Dirtroad Organizing works remotely and runs programming available nationwide. There will be travel required as the training program develops and opportunities arise to host in-person trainings and events. We expect applicants to have accessible and workable internet, and Dirtroad Organizing can help with access to Starlink or another provider if needed.
Dirtroad Organizing operates on a four day work week, working 32 hours per week. We allow flexibility in schedules, allowing employees to set their schedule as long as they meet weekly work expectations.
We acknowledge that organizing work can be draining and quickly lead to burnout. We strive to build an organization that reflects the care and support that we fight for in the world and will support our staff as needs arise. Dirtroad Organizing also encourages staff to pursue other joys of life and nourish our many identities as humans in this space.
Dirtroad Organizing is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Dirtroad Organizing is committed to growing an equitable and responsive organization. We understand that equity is a process, not a moment, and continue to evolve. We have strived to incorporate equity principles into this job posting and application process to ensure accessibility and transparency. However, please inform us if we can further accommodate any needs or requests as you consider this position.
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