Associate Director, Learning and Development (remote)

Posted 3 months ago

Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in 2017, we’ve recruited 116,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,200 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 640 candidates across 48 states – 56% are women, 58% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are under the age of 40. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.

The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC), Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).

Essential Duties:

The Associate Director of Learning and Development will manage the following areas:

1. Training & Facilitation

2. Professional & Skills Development

3. Program Management

Position summary:

Run for Something is currently hiring for an Associate Director of Learning and Development. In this role, you will report to the Director of People & Culture. The Associate Director of Learning and Development will be responsible for building, owning and implementing the Learning & Development Strategy for Run for Something. This is a new position, with the opportunity to support our staff across 20+ states in supporting their professional development and cultivating a culture of continuous learning in service of advancing our mission.

This is a role for you if you are passionate about Learning & Development. Also, this is a role for you if you thrive in and enjoy change. You should also enjoy collaborating with others and making data driven decisions. Lastly, this role is for you if you like to think beyond traditional HR practices and you want to be part of a team that is laying the foundation that will support the transformation of the People function.

Your near-term responsibilities are twofold during this time of growth. First, assess and gather feedback of learning and development needs for the organization, departments and individuals to inform your Learning & Development Strategy. Second, take over leading and managing existing pilot programs and start building additional programs concurrently.

As a member of the People & Culture team, this position must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their team accountable to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals that Run for Something has established, and actively contribute towards the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

Near-Term Responsibilities for 2023

Learning & Development Assessment [35% of time]

  • Gather feedback on learning and development needs for the organization, departments and individuals
  • Provide near- and long- term learning and development recommendations to contribute to a work environment where staff can thrive and grow while balancing the organization’s resources

Learning & Development Pilot Programs [35% of time]

  • Transition into the management of existing training and coaching pilot programs
  • Start assessing needs for 2024+ to build out a proposal for a RFS Internship Program

Onboarding [15% of time]

  • Dedicate time in the first 90 days to learn about Run for Something’s teams and existing learning & development offerings
  • Assess current onboarding from a Learning and Development perspective to identify areas of improvement for organization-wide trainings to elevate existing process and build plans for further customized onboarding based on roles in partnership with Associate Director, People Operations
  • Build relationships with direct manager, team, and key stakeholders

Additional projects based on People & Culture and organizational priorities [15%]

~6 months to 1 year+ Responsibilities

Training & Facilitation [35% of time]

  • Set the curriculum strategy for organization-wide learning and development
  • Build out and/or partner with external content experts to create customized learning solutions to train on areas of high organizational impact
  • Facilitate core trainings
  • Manage and ensure we fulfill our annual human resources compliance-based trainings

Professional & Skills Development [35% of time]

  • Develop framework for individualized learning plans to encourage a culture of continuous learning and supporting professional development
  • Own and update professional development stipend policy and track budgets versus actuals
  • Partner with Associate Director, People Operations in Talent & Performance Management

Program Management [20% of time]

  • Oversee evaluation and feedback of learning and development programs
  • Own Learning & Development KPIs
  • Develop and manage budget for learning and development, ensuring organizational funds are being utilized for impactful employee engagement
  • Develop and manage Internship Program, partnering with hiring managers and Talent Acquisition Team
  • Assess and propose additional programs that supports professional development and employee engagement

Additional projects based on People & Culture and organizational priorities [10%]

Near-Term Key Goals

  • Fully own the management of existing pilot programs and build on them with plans for the near- and long-term
  • Codify near- and long-term learning and development recommendations based on assessment and feedback
  • Thorough understanding of current state of learning and development


  • At least 5 years of experience in building and leading Learning & Development
  • At least 2 years of experience integrating Learning and Development work with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging lens
  • Proven experience with designing, developing, and delivering impactful people leadership development programs for both individual contributors and people managers
  • Strong knowledge of training and organizational development theories, learning styles, and learning needs
  • Proven to be an engaging facilitator and capable trainer in remote and in-person environment
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS) and/or Learning Experience Platforms (LXP) selection and implementation
  • Experience with organizational change management and scaling growth organizations
  • Ability to navigate a soon to be 80+ person organization and build relationships across the organization in a remote environment
  • Ability to effectively communicate to staff at all levels of the organization in a remote environment in an inclusive manner
  • High level of integrity working with confidential information
  • Demonstrated time management skills transferable to working a four day work week
  • Proactive problem-solver with judgment and discretion
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
  • Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
  • Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
  • Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission

Plus Qualifications

  • Experience in Political or Non-Profit industries
  • Knowledge of newer technologies in Learning and Development
  • Certified in Strengthsfinder, MBTI, DISC, Enneagram or similar assessments
  • Experience as People/Human Resources Generalist
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in making data driven decisions
  • Experience managing third party vendors

Work Environment

Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.

Essential Physical Requirements

  • As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
  • The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
  • This position will include travel, as described above.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary for this position is set at $120,000. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.

Learn more about our compensation policy here.

Benefits at Run for Something include:

  • Four Day Work Week (learn more here)
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
  • Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
  • Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
  • Professional Development Stipend
  • Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
  • Equipment Stipend
  • 401k
  • Work from Home Stipend
  • Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
  • 12 weeks paid family leave
  • Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
  • ~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
  • Flexible, remote work environment
  • Transition payment for departing employees