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Project Manager & Non-Management Staff Trainer (contractor)

Washington, D.C., DC, USA
Consultant / Contract / Freelance

The Management Center (TMC) is seeking a dynamic facilitator who loves teaching about effective, equitable, and sustainable management, project management, and work practices. We strive to excel in our work: we need someone who can deliver our existing curricula to a wide range of audiences (diverse in race, gender, positional power, organization type) and answer questions so thoughtfully and effectively that participants are left excited and ready to implement our tools! We also need someone who is aligned with our views of management – namely, that at the end of the day, great managers must deliver exceptional results toward their missions. This comes from understanding how management intersects with identity, power, and equity, as well as building and maintaining equitable and inclusive teams, transferring real ownership of work to others, and staying engaged and holding yourself and others accountable.  We are looking for someone who can conduct 2-5 day-long trainings per month as an independent contractor.

Who We Are

Our mission is to help social change leaders learn how to build and run organizations effectively, equitably, and sustainably so that they can deliver exceptional results towards their missions. Founded in 2006, we’re now a 50+ person, $10 million organization. We've helped shape the practices of hundreds of influential organizations and thousands of individual managers, with a particular focus on social justice and educational equity organizations. Our clients work on critical issues, like advocating for educational equity, promoting immigration reform, fighting for racial, economic and gender justice, and protecting voting rights. We aim to help them by making their organizations as effective as possible, by providing coaching, training, and resources for the broader field.

We work hard to deliver services that help our clients actually implement our advice. Participants describe our trainings as engaging, practical, and fun, and this word of mouth has caused training demand to grow!

Areas of Responsibility: 

What You’ll Do

Trainers will help impact both individuals and organizations by delivering our existing training program to diverse groups of non-managers and project managers across the country. We primarily offer  one-day trainings (virtually for now, both in person and virtually in the future), both publicly and for client organizations. Increasingly, we are working to meet demand from organizations that are led by and for Black, Indigenous, or other people of color.  

Our training curricula focus on the elements of effective, equitable, and sustainable work and project management. We teach non-supervisory staff and project managers to ask great questions and make proposals to align with stakeholders on what success looks like in their work, seek, receive, and give feedback, manage up, down, and sideways, and do it all with a deep equity approach. Participants have a wide range of backgrounds -- from people who are just starting out in their careers to those who have been in their roles for decades; functional experts in areas like human resources, finance, communications, or policy, to organizers and advocates, to folks who support leadership and programming through a wide range of administrative roles.   

The primary gauge of your success will be the extent to which the organizations and individuals you train are ready to implement better, more equitable work and project management practices, and feel the training experience was useful and relevant to their work.

Skills/Experience: 

Who You Are

To be successful in this job, you will have a deep knowledge of how to work, manage, and lead equitably in social justice or educational equity organizations, and a wealth of your own stories and experiences to draw on to illustrate the concepts. You will also excel in these areas:

  • Teaching, both virtually and in person, in a way that leads participants to implement what you teach. You’ll be able to strategically deploy lecture and experiential learning techniques, and your facilitation is engaging and drives learning for everyone in the room.
  • Having a deep knowledge of equitable management and work practices, including the ways in which power dynamics impact non-manager staff. You’ll be able to apply your knowledge to solve participants’ thorniest work or project management challenges, often untangling the problem quickly and offering kind, helpful, and specific advice on-the-spot in front of a room full of people. 
  • Building trust and credibility with both leaders and the most junior staff in nonprofit, social justice, and educational equity organizations. You demonstrate a deep belief in the need to invest in junior staff and help staff across an organization work better, together, and are able to affirm staff’s skills and stories. 
  • Creating the conditions for learning in a training that support vulnerability, risk-taking, mistakes, accountability, and fun! 
  • Spotting equity and inclusion implications of situations, with an intersectional lens on identity and power (including your own), and addressing situations where common practice might be leading to oppression. 
  • Desiring, receiving, and implementing feedback on your own work, and are sharing feedback effectively with others. 
Compensation/Benefits: 

Adjunct trainers are paid a daily rate range between $1550 - $2350 per day, depending on the type of training.

Additional Information: 

The position can be based anywhere in the U.S. and could involve travel once TMC transitions back to holding in-person trainings. While we don’t currently know when we’ll resume in-person trainings, nor do we know what percentage of our work will remain virtual once we do, we assume that there will be some travel in this role. Travel could occur less than once a month, or up to 2-5 nights on the road per month, depending on the mix of in-person and online work.

We are an equal opportunity employer, are committed to racial equity and social justice, and we make a particular effort to recruit people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply for open positions. 

Organization Info

The Management Center

Overview
Headquarters: 
Washington D.C., DC, USA
Annual Budget : 
$10-50M
Size: 
11-50 employees
Founded: 
2006
About Us
Areas of Focus: 
Mission: 

Our mission is to help social change leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations so they can deliver great results.

Programs: 

We want to see more social change in this country, and we know that producing it is hard. Disparities in money and power mean that social justice advocates need to fight not just as effectively as their opponents, but more effectively. That’s where The Management Center comes in: we help social justice leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations, so that they can get better results.

As the go-to resource on effective management for social change organizations, we’ve worked with more than 100 of the most influential progressive groups in the country and trained thousands of individual managers on the practices that help high-performing organizations deliver lasting results over time.

We offer both intensive hands-on coaching services for executive directors and their senior leadership teams, as well as a series of management training courses that supply practical advice and tools that managers can put to work immediately.

Since 2006, The Management Center has:

  • shaped the management practices of more than 10,000 individual leaders through our training program
  • helped more than 350 organizations get better results through stronger management
  • distributed more than 25,000 copies of our book Managing to Change the World
Why Work For Us?: 

5 Reasons to Work with The Management Center

1. By helping our clients, you’ll have an impact on the most important issues facing our country, like immigration, racial justice, health care, educational equity, and climate change.

2. Our clients are amazing people. You’ll work with leaders who go straight from talking with you to testifying on the Hill, leading a rally at the state capitol, or planning a new grassroots campaign with teams of organizers, and most days when you pick up the newspaper (or okay, read it online), you’ll see the results of their work.

3. Our team is awesome. You’ll be working with a group of smart, thoughtful, and genuinely nice people (at least we think we are!) who come from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds.

4. We’re committed to making our own organization one where people from all backgrounds – and in particular people with marginalized identities – thrive. While we have a lot of learning still to do, we’re working hard to incorporate equity and inclusion into all aspects of our work. That’s leading us to do things like proactively seeking to work with more groups led by and for people of color, supporting identity-based caucuses for our staff (we have people of color and indigenous people, LGBTQ, and white-identified allies caucuses), and making sure each person on our team continually hones their own cultural proficiency skills. More in the works here!

5. We try to practice what we preach: great management. You’ll have clear expectations, receive feedback (some of it even useful), get opportunities to grow and develop, and do it all in a culture that keeps the focus on real-world results and aspires to exhibit excellence with heart.

And a bonus reason… 6. We treat people well, from excellent salaries and benefits to flexible work arrangements to unusually good snacks.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jun 11 2021
Active Until: 
Jul 10 2021
Hiring Organization: 
The Management Center
industry: 
Nonprofit