Fellowship and Training Manager

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

A key responsibility of this role will be overseeing Down Home’s inaugural annual fellowship program to train the next generation of working class, POC, and rural movement leaders. This exciting new program will provide a paid training opportunity to Down Home members 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.

We envision a 6-month program for up to 12 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 organizers, 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:

  • Helping to elect the first Latinx state legislator in NC history
  • Winning local campaigns to raise the minimum wage for city workers (Waynesville) and oppose the expansion of local jails
  • 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 and for Medicaid expansion

Responsibilities of the Training Manager:

  • Manage Down Home NC’s inaugural organizing Fellowship program.
    • Support recruitment of fellows each 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 Department.
    • 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):

  • Knowledge of race equity and inclusion: You recognize ways that race and other identities intersect in our work, especially within rural, multiracial communities. You are comfortable talking about identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, or gender in plain, specific terms. You understand the historical context for racial inequity and its present-day implications. You recognize how your own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.
  • 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 have an approach to training/teaching that is rooted in racial equity. 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.
  • Leads with empathy and attentiveness: You have an enthusiasm for meeting and engaging with people. You empathize with the communities we serve. You are able to put people at ease, especially when there are lines of difference. You listen closely to understand needs or concerns and take steps based on that input. You get back to people in a timely manner. You take pride in providing clear, helpful information.
  • Aligned with the mission and values of Down Home NC

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 leadership team on the creation of a “political theory DNA” training that explains the mission and values of Down Home NC to members and staff


Compensation for this full-time staff position is $65,000-$75,000 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 March 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]