Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Jobs at the Democracy Fund

Are you passionate about making our democracy work better? Do you want to be a part of creative philanthropy working to ensure the American people come first in our political system? We’re looking for diverse voices and expertise from across the political spectrum to join our team.

The Democracy Fund works on things that make democracy work better. Created out of a deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values, we invest in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media to help people understand and participate in the democratic process.

For all regular full-time positions, the Democracy Fund offers:

  • A competitive base salary and performance incentive pay
  • A retirement savings plan, including an employer contribution as well as an employer match
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical, dental, and vision (also covering domestic partners), life and accidental death, and disability
  • Support for professional development and growth
  • A collaborative and inclusive work environment

Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome and encourage candidates of all ages, colors, ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, religions, disability statuses, sexual orientations, genders and/or gender identities to apply.

Current Openings:

Office Assistant

Program Assistant, Public Square

Program Associate for Congressional Capacity, Governance Program

Associate Director for Oversight and Congressional Capacity, Governance Program

Associate Director for Modern Elections, Elections Program

Director of Evaluation

Internships & Fellowships:

The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum for a paid internship or fellowship. Positions for the Summer 2017 term are now open for applicants.* Motivated candidates who aspire to make important professional contributions to our work are encouraged to apply. Compensation is $21/hour for undergraduates and $25/hour for graduate and post-graduates. Available positions include:

Intern for Vibrant Media & the Public Square

Intern for Modern Elections & Money in Politics

Research Fellow for Elections

Intern for Principled Leadership & Effective Governance

Intern for Communications & Network

Intern for Strategy, Impact & Learning

*The fellowship term would begin in Spring 2017 and continue through at least the summer.


Office Assistant

Democracy Fund seeks to hire an energetic Office Assistant with a “hospitality first” mindset to support all of the organization’s operations. These include office administration, meeting and event logistics support, IT and contract management, and other duties to create a smooth-running and collaborative work environment for the mission-driven Democracy Fund team. We are looking for a self-motivated, focused, and pro-active team player, who has had success supporting senior staff and who enjoys being helpful and improving office environments. Strong candidates will be highly organized, friendly, meticulous, and excellent communicators.

The Office Assistant, who will report to the Operations Manager, will engage with all members of the Democracy Fund team as well as external operations partners. This position, which is non-exempt, pays overtime, as regular hours are likely to equal or exceed 45 hours/week.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Administer the day-to-day operations of the office, including but not limited to, opening and closing duties for the office, helping to prepare conference rooms for meetings, managing catering orders, ordering and stocking office and kitchen supplies and equipment, identifying ways to save on office expenses, maintaining office and kitchen areas and equipment, and ensuring appropriate security
  • Welcome all guests; respond with a warm, problem-solving approach to inquiries from outsiders and staff, referring as necessary to the appropriate parties
  • Maintain Democracy Fund’s online and paper filing systems
  • Help create and actively maintain an operations administration manual
  • Learn and implement best practices for office management and gain satisfaction when strengthening and growing a productive and collaborative work environment and culture

IT & Systems

  • Be available to provide routine IT and AV support to Democracy Fund staff, in partnership with our external IT firm and the Operations Manager
  • Pro-actively research and work with the Operations Manager to implement and regularly review technology solutions that increase the productivity of the team and security of the organization
  • Coordinates and assist Operations Manager in the development and implementation of user trainings for new and ongoing systems.

Contracts

  • Administer transmission of all contracts and other documents through DocuSign
  • Maintain an accurate listing of all contracts and balances

Human Resources

  • Support HR team during onboarding of new employees, which includes but is not limited to compiling orientation material, setting up new computers and desks, and adding staff to various operations systems
  • Provide assistance and logistical support for all-staff retreats, events, and trainings

Operations Team Support

  • Partner with the Operations Manager to track the Operations Team’s annual expenditures
  • Provide administrative support to the Director of Grants Management & Operations and Operations Manager, including with scheduling, filing, and expense reimbursement
  • Provide logistical support for operations team meetings and retreats
  • Serve as a backup, when needed, for accounts payable and grant administration functions

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3+ years of experience working in an office environment supporting senior staff or project teams. Nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Quick learner with new software systems, and proficiency with MS Excel; Mac experience preferred. While not required, applicants should note if they have experience with Expensify, Zoom, DocuSign, Vidyo, Fluxx, Box, or Replicon
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and rigorous attention to detail required
  • Professional maturity, high sense of personal responsibility and integrity, proven ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Organized and results-oriented self-starter, who enjoys problem-solving, is committed to excellence, and possesses a strong sense of urgency
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • High school diploma required
  • Passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Position is based in the Washington, D.C. area.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in the position. No phone calls please.

Program Assistant, Public Square Program

Democracy Fund seeks to hire a creative and skilled Program Assistant for the Public Square program, which supports innovations and institutions that help people understand and participate in the democratic process. We are looking for candidates who show a strong interest in learning all aspects of the grant-making process by providing administrative and grants management support to ensure the efficiency of operations, effective delivery of grant making, and high quality services to the nonprofits we serve. In this role, the successful candidate will support coordination of internal administrative processes, grantee activities, events, and research.

The Program Assistant, who will report to the Program Director, will work with the Program Director and the Senior Associate in supporting grant opportunities, working with our portfolio of grantee organizations, development of strategy, and in addition provide general administrative support for the team. This position, which is non-exempt, pays overtime, as regular hours are likely to equal or exceed 45 hours/week.

The Public Square program invests in innovations and institutions that are reinventing local media and expanding the public square to ensure that people can access diverse sources of information — and different points of view. It supports efforts to enable media to engage communities and hold the powerful accountable. This includes supporting efforts to combat misinformation. The program also looks for ways to deepen individuals’ engagement in civic life through new venues for reasoned debate and deliberation.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for administrative functions related to grant making and grant management
  • Assist with the preparation of internal memoranda and other paperwork that are part of routine grant-processing activities
  • Compile research to support the development of new programs and policies within our initiatives and across the foundation
  • Participate in team discussions concerning grant-making strategies and program management
  • Support colleagues in the Public Square team in measuring impact and progress, and sharing results with key audiences.
  • Share our learning with the field and establish the Democracy Fund brand by helping with research and writing and by attending meetings
  • Organize events, schedule and support meetings for team members and assist in writing blog posts
  • Maintain database of contacts and program files
  • Actively support other members of the Democracy Fund team and contribute to an organizational culture that is highly collaborative and supportive
  • Represent the Democracy Fund in a manner that is consistent with our mission and values
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field and ideally 1-2 years of equivalent work experience in the areas of journalism, communications policy, civic innovation, or the innovative application of new technology for engagement
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and rigorous attention to detail required
  • Professional maturity, high sense of personal responsibility and integrity, proven ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Organized and results-oriented self-starter, who enjoys problem-solving, is committed to excellence, and possesses a strong sense of urgency
  • Skilled in pro-actively handling multiple assignments simultaneously; prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines to deliver quality results.
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Successful in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Willingness to work across the political spectrum with leaders, advocates, and media
  • Curious and pro-active with a high commitment to learning and striving for excellence
  • Must be comfortable with ambiguity and working in a changing and fast-paced environment
  • Collaborative, thoughtful and trustworthy by nature, especially when approaching work and planning
  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Willingness to live in the Washington, DC area is required.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit application materials here, including a cover letter explaining their interest in the position and the organization, and a resume. No phone calls please.

Program Associate for Congressional Capacity, Governance Program

Democracy Fund is seeking a Program Associate to support the Congressional Capacity strategy within the Governance Program. The Congressional Capacity strategy involves grant-making and other efforts to expand and deepen bipartisan relationships and increase legislative productivity. Such efforts may involve relationship building, training, and constituent outreach, as well as innovative approaches to improving Congressional rules and procedures, office operations, and efficiency.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about making our political system, especially Congress, work better. Strong candidates will possess a nuanced understanding of how Congress works, bring several years of experience working in Congress, think systemically, pro-actively problem solve, and exhibit excellent writing and speaking skills. The successful candidate will have a track record of working well with others to get things done in a complex, fast-paced environment and will thrive as part of a small, highly collaborative team. As we are a bipartisan organization, the willingness and ability to work well across the aisle is essential.

The Program Associate, who will report the Associate Director for Congressional Capacity, will source and evaluate grant opportunities, develop new opportunities, and help our portfolio of grantees succeed. The Program Associate will work closely with Governance Program colleagues to advance Congressional Capacity goals through research, thought leadership, convenings, and collaboration with a network of partners and peer funders.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Grant Making

  • Work with the team to identify, develop, and evaluate grant-making opportunities for the Congressional Capacity strategy, aligned with our overall strategy and budget, and support due diligence, negotiation, and grant structuring
  • Manage the operational procedures and documentation associated with making grants, including proposal materials, organizational documentation, grant agreements, record keeping, and reporting requirements
  • Provide support to and oversight of grantees to help ensure their success, where trust and relationship-building are essential to the way we partner with our grantees

Research, Policy, Learning, and Impact

  • Work with the team to analyze how the systems that we seek to influence operate and identify points of leverage that we may influence
  • Collaborate with the Research Associate in monitoring trends, research, and new publications in the field to inform our work
  • Engage as needed to support the development of new programs and policies within our initiatives and across the organization through research and study
  • Participate in the development and deployment of the effort’s communications strategy
  • Help to share our learning with the field and establish the Democracy Fund brand through research, writing, and public speaking

Convener and Collaborator

  • Work with Democracy Fund staff to convene reform leaders, academics, political leaders, and others to facilitate increased dialogue and collaboration in the field, managing relationships, and logistics associated with events as appropriate
  • Build relationships with program officers at other foundations, participate in philanthropic conferences, organize regular funder conversations, and otherwise support collaboration with peer funders

Team Member

  • Actively work to support the success of other staff members not only within the Governance Program but of the entire Democracy Fund team and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive
  • Collaborate with colleagues on supportive and complementary approaches that advance Democracy Fund’s overall mission and goals

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in Congress, political reform, or collaborative governance, though more experience preferred
  • MPP, MBA, JD, or equivalent preferred
  • Strong relationships with organizational leaders and experts in the field
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written), including the willingness and ability to communicate and collaborate with a diversity of leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and different walks of life
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and comfort with online tools for project and contact management
  • Professional maturity, demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment
  • Skilled in pro-actively handling multiple assignments simultaneously and prioritizing tasks and deadlines with an attention to detail to deliver high quality results
  • Strong strategic skills and proven ability to translate strategy into action
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Ability to travel periodically for project work
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to live in the Washington, D.C. area is required.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Associate Director for Oversight and Congressional Capacity

The Democracy Fund has created a new position, Associate Director for Oversight and Congressional Capacity, to lead its emerging work within the organization’s Governance Program to rebuild legislative branch capacity and to strengthen and increase transparency and accountability in the Executive Branch. The Associate Director will be responsible for developing as well as executing the Democracy Fund’s approach to this area, which will include grant making, coalition building, advocacy, conducting research, and working with a diverse group of leaders from across the political spectrum to promote congressional capacity for oversight, accountability, and transparency in government.

Specifically, the Associate Director, reporting to the Governance Program Director, will strengthen existing grant making and develop new efforts, in coordination with a broader group of partners, to:

  • Support strategies such as training staff in the principles and skills of oversight, transparency, and accountability
  • Undertake litigation to protect these principles as necessary
  • Educate and protect whistleblowers
  • Protect and preserve critical data regarding government programs and functions
  • Identify and publicize abuses of the above as necessary, and
  • Advocate for stronger institutions within each branch to protect and support fundamental democratic norms around these principles.

As the team continues to grow, the Associate Director will be supported by a shared program associate serving grant making and other projects related to the team’s core work to strengthen the ability of Congress to fulfill its governing obligations to the American people. The Associate Director will also contribute expertise to Governance team initiatives on congressional engagement and hyper-partisanship.

The successful candidate will possess a working knowledge of the Congress, Executive Branch, and political dynamics leading to reduced government accountability, as well as strong familiarity with the field of government transparency and accountability. The candidate will bring a strategic, proactive, collaborative and problem-solving mindset, deep comfort with experimentation and learning as you go, and exceptional written and verbal communication skills. A strong candidate will be comfortable working in a small, highly collaborative team within a fast-paced, fluid start-up environment that appreciates and leverages diverse points of view.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy and Execution of Initiative Plan

  • Lead the development and execution of the government oversight and transparency project, which includes grant making, coalition building, advocacy, research, and program development focused on reinvigorating the field of transparency and accountability in coordination with a cohort of other partners
  • Contribute to the execution of the Governance team’s existing strategy to strengthen Congress’ capacity to function.
  • Provide high-value contribution to the Governance team’s development of a national strategy to experiment with and scale practices that improve the responsiveness of government, especially but not limited to Congress.
  • Support Governance team colleagues and partner with the Democracy Fund’s Communications team to position the Democracy Fund to be highly impactful and intentional in how it uses its influence to achieve its goals.

Experimentation, Learning, and Thought Leadership

  • Work with the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning, team to develop an experimental approach to this new strategy, allowing the Democracy Fund to iteratively experiment, learn, and refine its approach
  • Play a leadership role in developing and maintaining short- and long-term indicators to measure our progress against goals and share progress with key internal and external audiences
  • Contribute to the Governance team’s learning agenda that includes commissioning research and close collaboration with external research partners
  • Work with research and evaluation partners to design, monitor, and learn from evaluations of major programs, initiatives, and grants
  • Monitor trends, research, and new publications to inform and adapt the Fund’s strategy
  • Disseminate learning and cultivate field building through writing, public speaking, convening, and relationship building.

Grant Making

  • Identify, shape, and prepare for consideration potential grants related to specific approaches aimed at strengthening government transparency and oversight
  • Monitor the progress of grantees and take all needed steps to ensure their success
  • Help shape potential grants that experiment with and scale practices that improve government transparency, accountability, and oversight
  • Monitor, engage and capture learnings from grantees as they execute their grants.

Team Member

  • Actively work to support the success of other members of the entire Democracy Fund team and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive
  • Work closely with colleagues in Democracy Fund on complementary approaches
  • Collaborate with other staff, as the team grows, manage staff, and project manage as required
  • Duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Relevant graduate degree strongly preferred
  • More than 10 years’ experience working in or with Congress and/or the executive branch
  • Deep knowledge of, and experience with, the broader field of creating change in government on a bipartisan basis
  • Possess and value an extensive bipartisan network of leaders in the field
  • Interest in seeing the big picture and pursuing a systems approach to change
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written), including the willingness and ability to communicate and collaborate with a diversity of leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and different walks of life
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills and highly developed emotional intelligence
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and comfort with online tools for project and contact management
  • Professional maturity, demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment
  • Skilled in pro-actively handling multiple assignments simultaneously and prioritizing tasks and deadlines with an attention to detail to deliver high quality results
  • Proven success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Experience in contract management preferred
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to travel, but with a D.C. base.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.

Associate Director for Modern Elections

Democracy Fund seeks an Associate Director for Modern Elections to lead its strategy for creating a modern election system. The Associate Director will be responsible for implementing the Election Program’s efforts to modernize voter registration systems, improve and expand access to voting, and reduce the risk of systematic election failures.

The Associate Director, a newly created position reporting to the Elections Program Director, will also support the team’s work to encourage the adoption of evidence-based best practices and technology in the elections field, which will include direct advocacy and coalition building through Democracy Fund Voice, a 501c4 sister-organization. The Associate Director also will support research, network development, field evaluation and analysis, and the development of a portfolio of regional and national grantees working to generate change for a modern election system.

The successful candidate will be an excellent manager with demonstrated policy reform and management experience. Strong candidates will possess deep expertise in the field of election administration or a related area of public policy and will be comfortable collaborating in a highly bipartisan, fast-paced work environment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Modern Elections Initiative

  • Work with the Elections Program Director to lead efforts to modernize elections, managing a small number of staff and consultants
  • Direct a campaign to modernize voter registration systems through strategic advocacy at the local, state, and national levels, including support for litigation, education, communications, and technical support for implementation of the National Voter Registration Act
  • Advise and support creation of a national network of election officials and stakeholders to share and adopt best practices and tools that improve the voter experience
  • Develop and implement a federal and state-based advocacy strategy to achieve our goals of creating a modern election system
  • Support Elections Program staff and consultants in a new initiative to develop new tools that promote better election management
  • Manage staff, as the team grows
  • Grow support for a modern election system by collaborating with peer funders (foundations and individuals) and other leaders in the field
  • Implement and refine strategies that position the Democracy Fund to be highly impactful and influential.

Experimentation, Learning, and Thought Leadership

  • Apply systems thinking to the work
  • Integrate experiential learning into strategic approach in collaboration with other Elections Program staff and Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a results framework that includes key learning questions, and short- and long-term indicators of the organization’s progress against goals
  • Share progress on strategy with key internal and external audiences in presentations, writings and other means, including working to develop reports, publications, and other materials. or graphics
  • Participate in the development and management of a learning agenda, including research and close collaboration with external partners
  • Support research and analysis of the field by monitoring trends, research, and new publications that inform our strategy and support the development of new programs and policies.

Grant Making

  • Assist with the development and management of a portfolio of local, state, and national grantees.
  • Identify, shape, prepare, and present grant proposals aimed at achieving the goals of the Elections Program, including grants that experiment with desired goals and moonshots.
  • Monitor the progress of grantees and take all reasonable steps to ensure grantees’ success; keeping the Director informed of major changes or developments
  • Share learnings from grantee experiments with the Elections Program and with the Strategy, Impact, and Learning team.

Team Member

  • Actively support the success of others at the Democracy Fund and cultivate a highly collaborative, positive, and productive organizational culture
  • Work closely with colleagues in Democracy Fund on complementary approaches to the other programs.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible professional experience
  • Graduate/professional degree preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of and expertise in election administration or another area of public administration, as well as deep networks with leaders in the field or at the state government level
  • Demonstrated experience managing state and national issue advocacy campaigns
  • Proven ability to work in a bipartisan environment with political stakeholders
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and attention to detail required
  • Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Interest in employing a systems approach to change (e.g. no “silver bullets”), bringing an ability to synthesize complex, nuanced information and develop innovative solutions
  • Professional maturity, ability to exercise good judgment, and enthusiasm for collaboration
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects as well as manage others required
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Must reside in or relocate to the Washington DC area; travel required.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.

Director of Evaluation

Democracy Fund is seeking an experienced professional to serve as its Director of Evaluation to support the Democracy Fund in becoming a best-in-class learning organization that consistently learns from its failures as well as its successes. As part of Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team, the Director will support an evaluative cycle that involves (a) seeking to understand our democracy as a complex social system, (b) helping to develop strategies for engaging that system, and (c) learning from our activities so that we can engage more effectively over time.

The Director will work with Democracy Fund’s program teams to design and implement a coordinated and comprehensive strategy for measuring the impact of our programs to ensure that the organization deepens and broadens its influence. In collaboration with other departments, the Director will develop key ways to understand and evaluate programmatic impacts and how those impacts may contribute to sustainable social change at the systemic level. The Director will work with the program teams to build buy-in and capacity for the Democracy Fund to continuously adapt its programs based on ongoing self-assessment, and lead efforts to conceptualize and implement a longitudinal strategic evaluation plan designed to improve internal program practices.

Internally, the Director will manage the development and implementation of pathways towards assessing our progress and learning from our programs and investments. Externally, the Director will engage with researchers, evaluators, and other thought leaders in the field in order to stay abreast of new research, guide future research to address critical questions, and share what the Democracy Fund has learned from its own experimentation.

The Director of Evaluation will report to the Vice President of Strategy, Impact, and Learning.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Results Framework: Lead groundbreaking efforts to evaluate the Democracy Fund’s social impact, innovation, and influence within the systems in which we operate, based on a systemic and learning-focused approach to evaluation. Manage an evaluation budget, internal staff, and external evaluators in implementing the Results Framework
  • Program Progress: Coordinate with program teams to ensure continuous performance monitoring of the portfolio and compile performance reports. Act as the lead in reviewing and determining the impact of programs, and use the resultant information to drive strategy and learning
  • Capacity: Build capacity for, implement, and manage internal systems for strategic learning and evaluation. Help grow the learning culture within the organization
  • Board Communication: Prepare reports and other materials about the organization’s learning and progress to the organization’s board of directors
  • Research and Publications: Support and advise on research being conducted by the program teams. Identify and articulate content and lessons learned for publication externally to exert thought leadership and influence the broader field. Present at philanthropic and evaluation conferences
  • Networks: Develop networks and collaborations across the philanthropic and evaluation fields, including our sibling organizations in the Omidyar Group
  • Organizational Indicators: Compile annual organizational indicators, and lead staff conversations to reflect on and learn from the data
  • Grantee Evaluation: Streamline grantee reporting and assessment processes, and provide technical support to grantees around evaluation
  • Knowledge Management: Contribute to the development of knowledge management systems that codify, store, and manage results and learning
  • Team: Contribute to a collaborative internal team and develop strong networks among peers within Omidyar Group and the larger field
  • Values: Embody the core values of the Democracy Fund

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Deep passion for the improving the health of our nation’s democracy
  • 10 - 15 years of work experience across a range of sectors designing and implementing evaluations and performance management systems, including exposure to research, and significant experience in either an internal or external consulting role
  • Established profile as a leader in evaluation in the philanthropic and/or nonprofit field
  • Advanced degree in social sciences, evaluation or related field with substantial experience in research and program evaluation. MPA, MPP, MBA, or PhD preferred
  • Evaluation content knowledge acquired through formal training and / or education in evaluation
  • Experience working with organizations or institutions that work on democracy-related issues preferred
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis skills
  • High tolerance for ambiguity, and ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategic frameworks, and definitions of success
  • Understanding of systems thinking and complexity science
  • Experience facilitating participatory and collaborative, learning-oriented evaluations
  • Demonstrated flexibility and non-dogmatic approach, including in developing and adapting strategic approaches to different organizations and contexts
  • Must be logical and structured in thinking and have excellent problem-solving ability
  • Strong, self-directed project management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills. Strong and supportive team player
  • Deep sense of curiosity, and demonstrated interest in learning, distilling lessons and turning them into action
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills
  • Recognized innovator and organizational change agent
  • Willingness and experience in considering equity and inclusion
  • Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to live in the Washington, D.C. area is required.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.