Highlander is searching for a dedicated and skilled educator to add capacity and expand Highlander’s Economics & Governance program (E&G). The new E&G educator will work closely with existing staff to accompany and support new and emerging economics and governance projects democratizing communities and workplaces across the region. With all of Highlander’s staff, this role will contribute to Highlander’s educational and accompaniment work with grassroots organizing and movement building in the US South and beyond.

Learn more about Highlander’s current and past work here: https://www.highlandercenter.org/our-story/   


The selected candidate will be ready to work with the existing E&G team member and other staff to:

The selected candidate will also be ready and able to support and collaborate with other members and programs of Highlander’s Education Team, including planning and implementation of popular education methodology trainings and workshops, strategic program design and implementation, outreach, communications, documentation, information sessions, workshops, and providing support to Highlander movement family and groups, both at Highlander and in the field.

Highlander permanent full-time staff are expected to contribute to organizational responsibilities such as hiring committees, budget planning, staff governance, and other organizational projects.


Applicants invited to an initial interview will show evidence of a majority of the following:



This position is directly accountable to the Education Team and the Education Team Coordinator, who is supervised by the Co-Executive Director(s). Education Team members attend regular team meetings and other organizational team meetings as necessary/assigned, monthly staff meetings, staff retreats, and three multi-day Board of Directors meetings.


This position is a full-time salaried position, currently set at Highlander’s Level 2 salary ($49,103 before taxes/withholdings). The position also comes with a stellar benefits package, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Tennessee) Health, Vision, and Dental coverage (extended to dependents), TIAA-CREF retirement account with employer contribution after a year of employment, a nominal life insurance plan, significant sick and vacation leave, generous holiday leave, and a variety of other policies intended to encourage health and wellness, such as an annual professional development stipend. Work cell phone and computer provided. Relocation expenses up to $1,000 are available to new full-time hires who want to relocate to the area. Pending availability, Highlander can offer temporary transitional housing in one of Highlander’s lodging facilities.


This position is Exempt, meaning it does not qualify for overtime pay. An average commitment of 40 hours per week required (35 work hours and 5 paid break hours). Flexibility in arrival and departure time may be needed to support the work, including some nights and weekends. Some travel is required.

Please note: while conceived as one full-time, exempt permanent position, Highlander is open to considering alternative proposals on a case-by-case basis, including, but not limited to: one person proposing to work part-time (20-30 hours weekly) and two people proposing to share the position (each working 20 hours weekly).


Highlander is located on 186 acres of land in rural East Tennessee (near Knoxville) and is considered a “movement home” by thousands of people from all over the world. We encourage applications from people currently living in the area or who are willing to relocate. Proposals for remote work will be considered on a case-by-case basis (please read below).

For staff whose responsibilities do not include regular on-site work, Highlander supports remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff whose responsibilities include on-site work are expected to adhere to high standards of safety/health protocols. This position can be entirely remote during the pandemic.

When the pandemic subsides, this position would be permitted to work remotely, but this position will also be expected to commit to being at Highlander for priority on-site gatherings. Examples of priority on-site gatherings include staff meetings (monthly), staff and team retreats (up to quarterly), and cross-team programs such as our annual Homecoming weekend, our annual Rage, Hope, and Community organizing and healing justice workshop, and on-site workshop/training requests (regularity varies).

In our experience, the best-case scenario is for team members working remotely to live within a half-day’s driving distance of Highlander. There is no budget to cover travel to work meetings on-site at Highlander, but when rooms are available, staff are welcome to stay at Highlander at no cost when on-site for work responsibilities.


Step 1: In one PDF document, compile:

Step 2: Email that PDF document to apply@highlandercenter.org. Write “E&G Team Member” in the Subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Optional: In addition to the required information above, you can send other application content that showcases your skills, interests, and experiences. Make sure to include any explanation needed of the content. The content can come in any form of media, which can include but is not limited to:

Timeline: The application process will be open until position is filled. We hope to fill this position as soon as possible. Select applicants will receive an initial invitation to interview with a hiring committee. The final candidate(s) will participate in a final interview to which all Highlander staff are invited. During the pandemic, all interviews will be via Zoom.

Highlander is an equal opportunity employer, and we especially encourage applications from Black, brown, and indigenous people, women, LGBTQ+ and gender variant/non-conforming folks, and working-class/cash poor people. Folks directly impacted by the criminal justice system are also encouraged to apply.

QUESTIONS? If you have a question about the position before applying, please send it to apply@highlandercenter.org, and someone from the hiring committee will be in touch as soon as possible.