Triumph Debate Transparency Statement

Hiring Process

  • All staff members must submit a formal application for consideration, including two references that Triumph Debate will contact.
  • Triumph Debate will invite promising applicants to interview. Interviews are conducted virtually and feature questions relating to experience teaching, background, and ability to handle crisis scenarios/conflict manage. All interviews are recorded.
  • We believe that teaching skills are of utmost importance. As such, we require all instructors to present a sample lesson, so that our staff may evaluate instructional skills.
  • Applicants are hired based on a point system, where administrative staff rank candidates based on initial application, references, interviews, and sample lessons. 
  • Triumph Debate prioritizes hiring staff from different backgrounds and with diverse experiences.


  • Triumph Debate instructors take part in Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Diversity Training. We work with an independent organization to ensure the highest quality training.
  • All staff members must undergo background checks. These background checks function as starting points to ensure all staff can safely work with our students.
  • All staffers must abide by our staff policies, including the Triumph Debate Staff Code of Conduct, Equal Opportunity Policy, and Workplace Harassment Policy.
  • Triumph Debate instructors also receive instructional training, including information on how to promote engagement with materials, build lesson plans, and manage classrooms.
  • All instructional materials are reviewed by senior staff members, and instructors receive direct feedback to improve their pedagogical skills.

Reporting & Grievances

  • Triumph Debate has clear procedures for both staff and students should an incident arise. 
  • For our instructional programs, we provide students with an Ombudsperson as well as an anonymous reporting form, that allows students to express any issue they may be experiencing.
  • Students are required to sign and follow a Code of Conduct with direct sanctions and disciplinary measures outlined, including: warnings, temporary suspension from activities, dismissal from camp, and temporary or permanent suspension from further Triumph activities/events. Triumph Debate reserves the right to notify parents, schools, administrations, and legal authorities if necessary.
  • Staff members are provided with reporting procedures. These include direct points of contact as well as several options to communicate an incident. Offending staffers are subject to disciplinary actions including but not limited to reprimands, suspension, demotions, or terminations

Pay & Compensation

  • All staff members receive an hourly wage, with the exception of administrative staff members receiving stipends.
  • For camp, staff members are for materials developed prior to camp, including PowerPoints, notes, worksheets, etc. as well as for instructing students. Pay begins at $13.50 / hr for Junior Instructors, $15.00 / hr for Senior Instructors, and $17.00 / hr for Curriculum Developers.
  • Staffers are paid based on content type for Content Creation. For articles and guides, we pay $7.00 / page for opinion-based work and $11.00 / page for educational work.  We pay $12.50 / hr for labor related to Triumph Debate Workshops.
  • Staff members who contribute to our brief are paid $2.50 / card cut.