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We are adding another role to our Program Team — Project Director for the Progressive Governance Academy. Learn how to apply below.

Director, Progressive Governance Academy

Status: Full time, Exempt
Location: Flexible
Deadline: April 22, 2019

We are seeking a Project Director for the Progressive Governance Academy, a joint project between State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Local Progress, and re:power. As the Director, you will advance a bold vision for leadership development that eradicates the conventional wisdom that elected officials are most progressive on the day they get sworn-in. The project will help progressive elected officials to build power in partnership with their peers and local progressive movement actors while strengthening their skills in governance for a lifelong career in public leadership.

Most local and state legislators lack the necessary resources to succeed — whether it’s dedicated staff, constituent response services, or tools to operationalize impactful public policy — all of which create a disconnect between elected representatives and the communities they serve. We can change this dynamic by training legislators to build the human and political capital necessary to make bold community change, which will have lasting impacts on public policy, electoral politics, and the entire political ecosystem in which they operate.

This is a two-year pilot project (2019–2020) and the Project Director, while based at and managed by re:power, will lead a complex and deeply aligned cross-organizational project between re:power, SiX and Local Progress. You will leverage our collective organizational resources in guiding this work: deep technical expertise in training and curriculum development, a network of the nation’s most progressive incumbent legislators and staff who can serve as trainers and mentors, and additional program staff who can provide a range of ongoing supports to local and state elected officials.

Primary Responsibilities

Lead a Cross-Organizational Team to Develop New Shared Infrastructure, and Meet Project Goals & Objectives

  • Lead the creation and structuring of a cross-organizational work team and develop the project as shared infrastructure between re:power, SiX and Local Progress to meet the goals and objectives of the project
  • Build and execute a holistic work plan for the project aligning the work of all three organizations, working closely with and with direct accountability to the Executive Directors of all three organizations and relevant program staff
  • Manage cross-organizational dynamics effectively to maintain alignment and collaboration on the project
  • Support the Executive Directors in managing stakeholder engagement and reporting on the impact of this project with donors, institutional funders, and others

Manage a Centralized Hub of Training and Facilitation, Curriculum, and a Network of Trainers

  • Collect and organize existing resources and case studies
  • Direct the development and tailoring of a replicable curriculum, both for in-person and online trainings
  • Manage a train-the-trainer program to build a network of trainers and manage any centralized projects (such as online learning communities)
  • Manage, train, and support at least 10 governance trainers who will train and support elected officials across the country
  • Recruit and supervise consultants or additional staff capacity dedicated to curriculum development, dependent on fundraising

Manage a Training Program to Meet Program Goals

• Serve as the project manager on an ambitious project to deliver up to 75 trainings in person and online over the next two years. Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with staff of Local Progress, re:power, and SiX as well as with local partners to perform needs assessments, build training plans and assign training teams, drawing on the network of elected trainers.
  • Tracking overall goals and deliverables for the project and working to ensure all three organizations are on track.
  • Ensuring each training is high quality, well planned and executed, and that learnings from the trainings are integrated into the overall program.
  • Ensuring that participants receive additional support, peer and mentor connections, and in-depth support on policy and legislative work, working closely with Local Progress and SiX staff who will hold primary responsibility for post training support.
  • Directly deliver trainings at the front end of this project, then transition to supporting the overall training team for the duration of the project.

Conduct Evaluation and Assessment

  • Evaluate the enhancement of elected officials’ skills in key areas through this program, including communication, legislative and issue campaign planning, constituent relations, base-building, leadership development, and more
  • Assess the effectiveness of trainings’ focus areas, including visioning, organizing skills and concepts, developing effective relationships, and fundamentals of effective governance

Required Qualifications


  • Strong self-initiative and the ability to work independently; able to own significant projects and follow through to completion without heavy day-to-day supervision
  • Committed to progressive, inclusive leadership, including valuing and prioritizing work with diverse coalitions and communities
  • Skill in managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects with the ability to build consensus and ensure cross-team collaboration
  • Highly relational, with a strong belief in the importance of relationship-building for success, both internally and externally
  • Thoughtful, strategic leadership combined with energy to do the day-to-day work of program delivery
  • Tenacious and flexible, with a “getting to yes” attitude and a propensity for working through roadblocks
  • High standards and peak performance — a drive toward ambition and delivering excellent work, including the ability to manage and successfully execute multiple projects simultaneously
  • Openness to giving and receiving feedback for continuous learning, evolution, and improvement — you’re committed to building your own skills as well as building the skills and capacity of your colleagues
  • Deep and demonstrated commitment to racial, social, economic, and gender justice

Experience and Skills

  • At least 8 years of combined experience in government, electoral, organizing, and/or advocacy work. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working in more than one of these sectors.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including experience with multi-stakeholder collaboration and/or coalition building
  • Experience working with elected officials and staff
  • Dynamic training and facilitation skills preferred, including agenda design, curriculum design, and written resource development
  • Direct experience developing programs, including planning, budgeting, and financial management
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurialism, innovation, and creativity: having imagined and built something new
  • There is a strong preference for a candidate with the availability to fulfill the role as a full-time position (not balanced with other part-time or consulting responsibilities). We are seeking a candidate with the ability to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends, and travel extensively.

Compensation and Benefits
This position is an employee of re:power and accountable to all three organizations (re:power, SiX, and Local Progress) for project delivery, coordination, management, and outcomes.

Compensation for this position is competitive, with a starting salary of $95,000 annually. Benefits are comprehensive, with 90%-employer-paid health and dental insurance premiums for staff and their families; 100%-employer-paid life and disability insurance; exceptionally generous and flexible paid time off; 401k retirement benefits with a 4% employer match; FSA enrollment; 12 weeks of paid parental leave; 12 weeks of paid sabbatical leave; and much more. This is a grant-funded position with continued employment contingent on securing renewal funding in subsequent years, and the potential growth of the role to include fundraising responsibility after year one.

re:power offers a lively and highly rewarding professional environment. This position can be located anywhere in the United States convenient to regular travel.

Application Deadline and Instructions
This position is open until filled, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email your letter of interest and resume in a single pdf document to hiring@repower.org by April 22, 2019. Please be sure to specify Director, Progressive Governance Academy in your subject line.

re:power is an equal opportunity employer. We’re also an organization that’s guided mostly by people of color, women and gender nonconforming folks, immigrants, and working-class people. We eagerly invite people of color, Native American and Indigenous people, immigrants, women, genderqueer and nonbinary people, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and others to apply for all open positions at re:power.

For more about our work, go to www.repower.org.