People’s Action Institute (501c3), and 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 30 states, improve lives by running  local- and state-level issue and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and collectively come 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. Qur member organization 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 https://peoplesaction.org/.


Are you an experienced organizer who’s favorite part of organizing is investing in new leaders? Do you dream of being a part of a team of people  building a multiracial base (using new and old school organizing practices ) to win real change in people’s lives? If so, we are looking for you.


People’s Action/Institute is looking for a Base Building and Leadership Development Director to join our power building team to lead  our base building and leadership development program that re-grounds the PAI network in the core fundamentals of organizing while integrating new base building practices and supporting innovative experiments that develop  tens of thousands of new leaders ready to take action in their local communities.

The Base Building and Leadership Development Director should be an experienced organizer with extensive base building experience  who has  won real change in people’s lives through electoral, federal and/or local campaigns. This position reports to the Director of Powerbuilding and works in collaboration with the Powerbuilding, Campaigns and Movement Politics teams.

The Base Building and Leadership Development Director will: 

Lead  a robust base building  and leadership development program across multiple organizations and geographies . Train organizers and leaders in the core fundamentals of organizing through facilitated peer to peer learning sessions, training, and coaching sessions, etc. Develop and support innovative base building practices that match the needs of  particular geographies, constituencies, and/or campaigns. Create an accountable and powerful collective of organizers that are deeply committed to honing their craft around base building and leadership development. Own the project of building and developing a cohort of organizations with deep  commitment to base building.Tell the story of the work by tracking the  metrics of the  program and regularly updating the PAI network, funders and allies about the the lessons, wins and challenges of the programManage a team of coaches, and trainers that support member organizations ability to build strong, multiracial poor and working class bases

Bottom line  development of rigorous base building plans for participating organizations.Dig deep and run with PAI member organizations to build, test, implement innovative base building programs that can be replicated  across the PAI network. Build relationships of  accountability that  foster a culture of rigor around base building.Drive our network toward a shared vision and practice of  base building and leadership development that electrifies and focuses leaders , and takes our movement to a new place.   Work in partnership with  PAI’s Director of Training to develop  and execute strong local training programs grounded in the core fundamentals of organizing, base building and leadership development

Work with the Power Building Team to demonstrate that a team with a sharp vision and clear responsibilities allow us to  realize ambitious goals.Other duties as assigned

The ideal Base Building and Leadership Development Director will have:

A minimum of seven years experience working in  community, labor, or electoral organizations in base building roles, working with poor and working class people.Experience recruiting and developing leaders and leading powerful campaigns.Experience as a trainer, training other trainers, and developing curriculum.Experience with base building in a variety of geographies and with different constituencies is strongly preferred but not required.Experience leading or managing large projects with multiple stakeholders.Experience managing contractors and consultantsStrong interpersonal and organizational communication skills.Ability and willingness to travel regularly.Demonstrate commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.Ability to work with diverse people and organizations

Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-time, Temporary, Exempt, benefits eligible

Time Period: Through December 2023

Salary Range: Level 3, $80,000-$85,000

Location: Based in our Chicago, IL office. Washington, D.C. or remote locations may be considered.  

Reports to: Laurel Wales, Power Building Director. 

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account, 401(k) plan, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 11 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year or employment.

Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

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

Close date: July 8, 2021

No phone calls please

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