FAQ

Arena Academy 201

What will you learn?
We’ll spend the majority of the 2.5 days in plenary sessions on management and leadership. On Sunday you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a menu of skills-based sessions on topics ranging from budgeting to calculating goals to digital to VAN.

We believe that to be a good manager, you need to get to know yourself. We all carry with us good and bad experiences from past managers. We taught ourselves things at past jobs. And our life experiences and identities have all shaped us in different ways. How can you take all of these factors and understand what it means to be the best leader you can be?

The first day and a half will be spent in plenary sessions on management and leadership. The second day will hone in on skills you may need as a manager on a campaign.

Who can apply?
This training is intended for people who have worked at least one cycle as a full-time paid staffer on a campaign, in any position. We consider a cycle to be 3+ months working on a campaign or multiple campaigns. If you do not meet this criteria, please consider applying to Arena Academy, where we accept applicants from all backgrounds and experience levels.

We also ask that applicants demonstrate their interest in continuing to work on campaigns. We want to know about your interest in holding a management position on campaigns in the future. If you currently hold a management position, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

What’s the application process?
You must submit your application by Monday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How much does it cost? Do you offer scholarships?
The cost of attending Arena Academy 201 is $200. We offer scholarships on a sliding scale of $0 – 150.

When is the training?
April 1 – 3, 2022. Days typically go from 12pm – 6pm ET with ample breaks.

Where is the training?
The training will be held online via Zoom. Since April of 2020 Arena has hosted many virtual trainings. We specialize in creating effective learning environments and building community in virtual spaces.

How many people are accepted?
About 100.

Is this only meant for campaign managers?
No. This is open to anyone who wants to manage people or programs on campaigns.

Are there different tracks?
No. The majority of time will be spent in plenary sessions. On Sunday you’ll be able to choose which advanced sessions you’d like to attend on topics such as VAN, digital, reporting, budgeting, and others.

Do you have any partners?
We’re partnering with groups on the ground in Michigan and North Carolina — two states guaranteed to be critical battlegrounds come November — for this Academy 201. Partners include GLPA Lead, Lillian’s List, and Lead NC. Applicants from across the country are encouraged to apply, and those interested in working in MI or NC are especially encouraged to apply.

Do you offer any accommodations?
We are committed to supporting all participants in their learning experience. If you need accommodation or support of any kind, please let us know on your application form.

What happens after Academy 201?
You gain access to unique one-on-one support from the Arena Careers team. After the training, you can request job search coaching including resume review and interview preparation, or coaching to help you navigate your current role. Staffers trained at Arena Academy have worked in more than 700 roles on campaigns and in progressive organizations.

We need your support.

Arena needs your help to convene, train and support the next generation of candidates and campaign staff. Our programs are designed to make politics more accessible to more people. That’s why everything we do is free or low cost. This is made possible by the support of generous donors. Chip in to help progressives build winning campaigns.

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