Executive Director, Midwest Academy
The Midwest Academy is one of the leading centers for training social change organizers. From its founding in 1973 with funds from a labor back pay suit, the Academy has been the go-to training school for organizers across the progressive movement. Its trainers have distilled decades of experience in social justice organizing into practical lessons for social justice organizers. Organizers in labor, women’s rights, the environment, racial justice, immigrant rights, disability rights, corporate accountability and many more issues have found value in Midwest Academy’s skills-based approach to organizing.
We now seek a dynamic organizer with a drive to increase the Academy’s vital role it can play in the current moment of both peril and inspiration—to train the rising generation as well as those in long-standing organizations.
The Executive Director will lead the organization, adapting the curriculum to this changing moment, building on the stellar legacy. In addition to training in the Midwest Academy’s very hands-on/experiential style, the position includes fundraising and organizational outreach. The Director should be experienced in Midwest Academy theory of change, share progressive values and be able to design a program with energy to drive this program into the future.
The Midwest Academy offers three different courses:
Organizing for Social Change: Hone concrete skills that enable you to win issue campaigns and build strong, enduring organizations.
Advanced Strategy Retreat: Develop or refine your organization’s current issue campaign strategy through a combination of presentations and individualized work time.
Supervising Organizers Workshop: Evaluate and sharpen your supervisory skills in order to develop effective strategic and relational organizers.
The spectrum of groups that the Academy has trained includes Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, NColor of Change, United We Dream and thousands of other groups from the neighborhood to the city, state and national levels.
The Director will have prime responsibility to:
Requirements and Preferences
The Director should:
The Director reports to the Academy’s Board of Directors. The position can be based in Washington, DC; or Chicago; but there may be some flexibility for the right candidate. The salary is within a range based on experience, with a good benefits package.
Candidates are encouraged to apply soon; we are prepared to hire when we find the right candidate.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter addressing why you want to do this work, for this organization, to: Jobs@DemocracyPartners.com
Please include at least three professional references (references not contacted until you have had a successful interview). As a separate attachment from the other materials, please include any salary range or requirement information. Thanks!
The Midwest Academy values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals of every race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.