Senior Trainer

Senior Trainer

Peoples Action Institute Website

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and its sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that reflects people over profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.


With offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, and more. Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations across 29 states, improve lives by running local- and state-level issue and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and collectively coming together to change national policy and politics.


People’s Action/ Institute has a track record of leadership in coordinating field mobilization and advocacy in advancing an array of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state, and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers, and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


For more information on PAI, please visit


The Opportunity

Are you an experienced trainer and big-picture thinker who wants to develop a training program and curriculums that bring deep insight and a practical lens to places where identity, equity, and power intersect? Do you want to be part of developing a political education program and develop leaders to build the power of People’s Action/Institute and its affiliate members? If so, you’ve come to the right place!


Overview of the Position

This role is crucial in helping to build out key pillars of the Organizing Revival. It will be focused on helping to build out the local and regional training infrastructure on the fundamentals of organizing.  This position will play a crucial role in building out the political education program that will help to build a shared worldview that is deeply informed by our Long Term Agenda. The goal is to develop leaders with the capacity to build organizations and develop leaders who have the knowledge, skills, and self-interest to build power.


As Senior Trainer, your typical day will include (but isn’t limited to):

Local and Regional Training Buildout:

Collaborate with member organizations to build a model curriculum for local and regional training buildout
Help to assemble a cohort of training leads at member organizations to support the capacity to build powerful training programs.

Strategic Campaign Training:

Work closely with national campaigns teams to develop a training curriculum for strategic campaigns.
Support integration of campaign training curriculum within various training programs, including (but not limited to)  weeklong leadership training, New Organizer Training program, etc.

Political Education & Coaching:

Support the rebuilding of a political education program that helps to advance the vision and worldview of People’s Action’s Long Term Agenda alongside strategic partners.
Collaborate with Communications Department to develop ‘Battle of Big Idea Academy’
Participate and support coaching and mentoring at Training for Trainers
Participate and support training at weeklong training


Participate in ongoing fundraising efforts to support the growth and development of training programs.
Other Duties as Assigned


The ideal Senior Trainer should have the following experience and qualifications:

Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
Ability to work with diverse people and organizations
A minimum of five years experience working in community, labor, or electoral organizations in base-building roles, working with poor and working-class people.
Experience as a trainer, training other trainers, and developing curriculum.
Experience leading or managing large projects with multiple stakeholders.
Strong interpersonal and organizational communication skills.
A track record of success in the recruitment of volunteers to participate in electoral or community organizing campaigns


Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, benefits-eligible

Union Position (Yes/No): Yes

Salary Range: Level E – $88,749 – $122,412, salary commensurate with experience

Location: Can be based in our Chicago, IL  or Washington, D.C. office but remote locations may be considered anywhere within the continental United States.

Reports to: Training Director

Supervises: N/A

Travel Requirements (Yes/No): Yes, this position requires travel every six to eight weeks

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical, on the first day of employment, and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 4 floating holidays (Presidents Day, May Day, Indigenous People’s Day, Veterans Day, 10 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment.


Our Commitment to Equitable Compensation:

We believe in fair compensation for your work – no matter where you live. Our salary scale is comparable to salaries you would find in Chicago, IL, where our headquarters is based. It is based on your months/years of work experience.  While we do not determine education as a factor in whether we hire someone to work for People’s Action Institute, we do factor in any relevant higher education experience that you have. To further counter pay inequities and inequality on the team, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice and provide opportunities for advancement for full-time employees based on performance evaluation. Your starting pay reflects where you sit within our salary scale and is based on the information that you provide us on your resume. PAI continues to monitor wages through triennial compensation analysis to ensure that we continue to offer our prospective and current employees fair wages.


Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

People’s Action/Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; womxn, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.



People’s Action Institute recognizes our staff bargaining unit affiliated with Chicago Midwest Regional Join Board, Workers United (CMRJB). Any position that is indicated as included in People’s Action Institute’s bargaining unit will be covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.


Close date: January 21, 2024

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