Fellowship and Training Manager

Down Home North Carolina is seeking a temporary, full-time Fellowship and Training Manager to lead our 2024 political organizing fellowship program, and to support the development and delivery of training with staff, fellows, and members. This is a temporary role with the possibility of a permanent contract. This role will serve as our resident training specialist, working with other Down Home departments to develop and deliver excellent training for our members and staff.


A key responsibility of this role will be overseeing Down Home’s second fellowship program to train the next generation of working class, rural movement leaders. This exciting new program will provide a paid training opportunity to people who may have no previous experience with organizing, and help them gain professional experience that can translate into long-term employment and leadership in our movements. The training program will include organizing skills, political education on power, race and class, campaign and electoral strategy, planning, and professional skills. The class of fellows will be embedded with Down Home’s Field team and will contribute to our statewide electoral work through running a paid canvass in the later months of the year. 


 We envision a 6-month program for up to 6 participants who come from small towns and rural communities across North Carolina. Through focused and ongoing classroom training and coaching, combined with field experience gained by embedding with Down Home 2024 Field Program, the Fellowship and Training Manager will establish a foundation of principle and practice that will serve participants and our movements for the long haul. The program will also include professional development and resume coaching, and a career fair for our at the conclusion of the program. Down Home hopes to draw our future staff organizers from the alumni network we will be building through our fellowship.


In addition to running the fellowship program, the Fellowship and Trainings Manager will also consult with Down Home’s organizing, field, and communications department to develop excellent training content to serve our members and staff.


Who We Are:


Down Home North Carolina is a growing statewide organization of rural and small town communities that advocate for economic, gender, and racial justice. We will move North Carolina toward the values of dignity, safety, and inclusion through leadership development, strategic campaigning, multiracial movement building, and civic engagement that advances positive, life-changing reforms for rural communities.


We are unique in our focus on building permanent, statewide organizing infrastructure in North Carolina’s rural places. Through our growing network of member-led, county-based chapters, we are engaged in year-round organizing. Our member-leaders, deeply rooted in their communities, are the heart and soul of We are Down Home’s work. Our organizational mission includes a deep commitment to building multiracial and working-class member leadership, and our chapter culture inspires the deep and necessary commitment required to transform small towns and rural places.


Founded in 2017, Down Home has built a strong organizational track record, including:

  • Led a years-long statewide campaign to Expand Medicaid, which was passed by the General Assembly in 2023
  • Helping to elect the first Latinx state legislator in NC history
  • Growing a statewide membership base that includes all 100 counties of North Carolina
  • Anchoring the first southern, rural deep canvass and race-class narrative tests
  • Driving statewide coalitions to fight for a just COVID-19 recovery


Responsibilities of the Training Manager:


  • Manage Down Home NC’s organizing Fellowship program.
    • Support recruitment of fellows for the year 
    • Develop training schedule and coordinate training curriculum
    • Coach and supervise fellows during the program
    • Evaluate program on an ongoing and annual basis, and incorporate lessons learned
  • Establish Down Home Training Program
    • Identify training needs within the organization, and create a plan to meet the organization’s training needs.
      • Work with staff across departments to identify training content needs
      • Work with chapter leads to identify trainings for members
    • Coordinate and develop training content
      • Work with outside partners to create a curriculum bank for use throughout the organization
      • Develop and lead trainings (in consultation with other departments) on specific needs (for example- candidate endorsement training, communications training, etc)
  • Training trainers both on staff and within the Down Home membership.


Who You Are and Keys to Success (the must haves):

  • Experienced organizer: Has shown the ability to organize large groups of people for a cause or a campaign; has a true understanding of organizing skills including having effective one to ones, making hard asks, base building, propositions, and building trust and credibility with communities in small amounts of time. Has experience working in elections, either through campaigns or other entities. 

  • Exceptional manager: Has demonstrated experience leading multiracial teams to accomplish results; able to cultivate organizer’s development through direct feedback as well as strong, inclusive, and equitable management practices. Able to work through conflict directly and in ways that build trust and relationships. 


  • Demonstrated ability to train/teach others and build curriculum: You have experience training or teaching others a new skill, particularly skills that require people to come out of their comfort zone or require them to do something for the first time.. You are able to take a complex task or project and communicate its parts to others in plain language. You have experience creating and delivering presentations/discussions/trainings that reach a wide variety of audiences.


  • Approach your work with a coaching and learning mentality: You help others grow. You use coaching, training, and feedback to develop others and support problem-solving. You see mistakes as learning opportunities. You seek and engage well with feedback. 


  • Ability to build and sustain trust: You say what you mean. You are able to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities. You follow through on commitments, and are able to set boundaries without burning bridges.


  • Project management skills: Is able to build systems and projects quickly, and accomplish goals under tight deadlines and high stress environments. Has the ability to inspire a team, build deep relationships, agitate organizers, and hold them accountable to their goals. Proven ability to manage complex schedule and responsibilities with minimal support or oversight

  • Aligned with the mission and values of Down Home NC: Committed to the vision of a  powerful, inclusive, rural, multiracial, working-class movement-building as a path towards liberation for all people. Is aligned with the idea that building power takes both election programs and long-term base building and investment in communities. 


If you were here now, this is what you would be doing today:

  • Planning for training with new organizers and fellows, including training additional staff to support the fellowship.
  • Managing the hiring process for new class of fellows
  • Working with the political team to plan and design the 2024 Field Program 


Compensation for this full-time staff position is $72, 916 to $84, 134 annually and includes best-in-class health and retirement benefits. Location is flexible within North Carolina. Applicants must be able and willing to travel regularly for work. Some irregular hours are required, including nights and weekends. 

How to Apply

Down Home NC is committed to creating a dynamic, multicultural, diverse working environment. Candidates of color and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Down Home NC is an equal opportunity employer

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a priority for applications received by January 31st. If this job description is posted on Down Home’s website (www.downhomenc.org), we are still accepting applications.

Please send a resume and a short cover letter that includes your experience to: [email protected]