Time Management for Winning Campaigns - National Democratic Training Committee

Time Management for Winning Campaigns

By Jan Gaetjens & Kelly Dietrich
60 min
Management & Leadership

What You’ll Learn

  • Ways to manage time, people, and resources to meet campaign goals
  • How to delegate responsibilities and ownership of team goals and projects
  • Tools for managing candidate and campaign calendars
  • Strategies for productive meetings and collaborative time

Why This is Important

In this course, you’ll learn concrete strategies for managing a campaign’s limited time, money, and human resources. You’ll learn to prioritize key campaign tasks, delegate responsibilities, and make the best use of candidate, staff, and volunteer time.

Key Resources

  • The Management Center: SMARTIE Goals Handout
  • Campaign Staff Roles and Responsibilities Handout
  • List of Potential Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities
  • The Management Center: MOCHA Model Handout
  • NDTC POP Method of Meeting Planning Handout

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Jan Gaetjens


Jan is an Instructional Designer at NDTC, where he is responsible for creating our online and in-person learning experiences. After nearly a decade working in secondary and higher education, Jan joined NDTC to apply his love of teaching and learning to help democratize access to political power. Jan earned his BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and an MEd in Counseling from DePaul University, where he is pursuing his PhD in Curriculum Studies. In his free time Jan loves jiu jitsu, live music, and finding excuses to avoid working on his dissertation.

Kelly Dietrich


As founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC), Kelly Dietrich brings more than 20 years of experience on dozens of Democratic campaigns across the country. Kelly started NDTC in 2016, where at the time it was a collection of videos covering an array of campaign topics, available to campaigns and their volunteers for free. Five years later, those videos grew into a fully fledged training program with hundreds of courses, videos, and articles about running effective campaigns. Kelly’s expertise in various areas — fundraising, staff training, sci-fi (maybe not as much) — have shaped NDTC into an industry leader in Democratic politics. Originally from Missouri, Kelly lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, daughter, and dog, Tulip, who is allegedly part cat. Beyond work, Kelly is a diehard Kansas Jayhawk and an avid poker player. Kelly also serves on the board of directors at his local park, Sheil Park. This is where he “plays” basketball, which according to his wife can only be loosely considered a hobby. Even with all these interests, Kelly remains committed to making sure high quality tools and training are available to any Democrat who steps up to run for office, work on a campaign, or make their community better.