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 Full-Time Openings:

Accounting and Grants Assistant

Program Associate, Oversight & Congressional Capacity

Associate Director, Elections Policy

Contract Positions:

Project Manager, Voter Study Group

Internships:

The Democracy Fund seeks highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum for paid internships. 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.

No internship positions are currently open. We will begin recruiting in November for Spring 2017 interns. Please check back soon for updates.

Accounting and Grants Assistant

The Democracy Fund is seeking an Accounting & Grants Assistant to support the Operations Department in carrying out its finance and grants-related responsibilities. This role is vital to managing the disbursement and grants administration functions for the Democracy Fund. The Accounting & Grants Assistant will be responsible for ensuring that all disbursements are handled in accordance with the Democracy Fund’s policies and procedures. This role will assist with the grants process and maintenance of the grants database. The Accounting & Grants Assistant also will support Democracy Fund Voice, a 501c4 social welfare organization. This role will report to the Controller.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Accounting

  • Timely and accurately processing of vendor, grant, and staff reimbursement payments
  • Participate in month-end closing activities including journal entries and other analysis
  • Reconcile and ensure accuracy of assigned general ledger accounts
  • Maintain the Fixed Asset and associated depreciation schedules
  • Assist Controller with Treasury functions, e.g. preparing electronic payments for approval, monitoring cash balances
  • Assist with our annual audit processes by preparing supplemental schedules and by responding to audit and Form 990 requests
  • Perform other accounting, financial, or administrative tasks as may be required from time to time by the Controller or Director of Operations and Grants Management

Grants

  • Coordinate with grants management team on the investment process, compliance, and financial reports analysis
  • Participate in monthly grantee narrative and financial reports review meeting
  • Maintain and file grants management documentation
  • Serve as a general resource in regards to finance and grants related organization policies
  • Ensure collaboration between finance and grants management teams

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or a related field
  • Three or more years of experience with data entry (accounts payable, accounts receivable, and journal vouchers) into a general ledger system, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with multi-string general ledger accounts and associated reportingProficiency with Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and Outlook. Intermediate level experience with Microsoft Excel (very knowledgeable of basic formulas like SUM, COUNT, MROUND, and AVERAGE and proficient with more advanced formulas like IF, VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP)
  • Quick learner with new software systems; Mac experience preferred. While not required, applicants should note if they have experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP, Adaptive Insights, Fluxx, Expensify, Intacct, NetSuite, and Bill.com.Experience with cloud-based environment preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and rigorous attention to detail required
  • Collaborative, thoughtful, and trustworthy by nature, especially when approaching work, planning
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team

HOW TO APPLY

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

Program Associate, Oversight and Congressional Capacity

The Democracy Fund is seeking a Program Associate to support the Oversight and Congressional Capacity strategies within the Governance Program. The Oversight strategy seeks to strengthen and increase transparency and accountability in the Executive Branch. The Congressional Capacity strategy seeks to expand and deepen bipartisan relationships and increase legislative productivity, including through relationship building, training, and constituent outreach, as well as innovative approaches to improving Congressional rules and procedures, office operations, and efficiency. Both programs include grant making, coalition building, advocacy, conducting research, and working with a diverse group of leaders from across the political spectrum.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about making our political system, especially its checks and balances, work better. Strong candidates will possess a nuanced understanding of how Congress and the Executive Branch work, 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 to the Associate Director for Oversight and 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 Oversight and Congressional Capacity goals through research, thought leadership, convenings, and collaboration with a network of partners and peer funders.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy and Execution of Initiative Plan

  • Support the development and execution of Government Oversight and Congressional Capacity strategies, which includes grant making, coalition building, advocacy, research, and program development
  • Provide support 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.
  • 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

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

Grant Making

  • Work with the team to identify, develop, and evaluate grant-making opportunities for the Oversight and Congressional Capacity strategies, 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

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 explaining their interest in the position and the organization and resume here. No phone calls please.

Associate Director, Election Policy

The Democracy Fund seeks an Associate Director for Election Policy to lead its strategy for creating a modern election and registration 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. With this new role, the Democracy Fund seeks to expand its advocacy and defense of elections as a key component of American democracy.

The Associate Director, reporting to the Elections Program Director, will encourage the team’s adoption of evidence-based best practices, policy and technology in the elections field, and also will include direct advocacy and coalition building through Democracy Fund Voice, a 501c4 sister organization. The Associate Director will guide related 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.

Successful candidates will be creative strategists with the ability to adapt quickly to an ever-changing environment. Additional characteristics include: a strong ability to connect and advocate for election policy in a complex environment, talent in managing relationships and coalitions collaboratively among diverse partners as well as in a highly bipartisan, fast-paced work environment, knowledge of the advocacy and policy space, and comfort to operate independently as well.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Election Policy

  • Work with the Elections Program Director to lead overall efforts to modernize elections, including management of staff and consultants
  • Lead the organization’s federal advocacy to modernize election and registration systems, including efforts to strengthen the US Election Assistance Commission
  • Engage with lawmakers at both state and federal levels around election policy
  • 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
  • Support growth of a national network of election officials and stakeholders that promotes best practices and tools to improve the voter experience
  • Develop and implement a federal and state-based advocacy strategies that respond to emerging challenges to our election system
  • Support Elections Program staff and consultants in a new initiative to develop new tools that promote better election management

Experimentation, Learning, and Thought Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team and other Elections staff on a results framework and a learning agenda that allows the team to Integrate experiential learning to make its strategies more impactful
  • Share progress and learning with key internal and external audiences in presentations, writings and other means, including working to develop reports, publications, and other materials. or graphics
  • 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.
  • Grow support for a modern election system by collaborating with peer funders (foundations and individuals) and other leaders in the field on research and initiatives

Grant Making

  • Guide the growth of Democracy Fund’s grantmaking around voter registration policy and execution
  • Fund grants at federal level with a focus on overall election landscape through rapid response and appropriations
  • Assist with the development and management of a portfolio of local, state, and national grantees
  • Develop and manage grant proposals, including experiments and “moonshots”
  • Convene grantees to explore and share strategy and learning
  • Monitor and support grantees’ progress and success

Election Policy

  • Manage and support growth of staff
  • 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
  • Motivated to focus on elections and their fair executionAt least 8 years of progressively responsible professional experience
  • Graduate/professional degree preferred
  • Seasoned policy actor with working knowledge of election law and policy
  • Commitment to diversity of thought and expression and desire to collaborate in a bipartisan environment with various political stakeholders
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and attention to detail required
  • Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Creative strategist able to flex in an ever-changing environment.
  • 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 and demonstrated ability to manage projects and people as required
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Must be willing to live in the Washington, DC, area; travel required.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume here. No calls please.

Communications & Network Internship

We are looking for a smart, creative, and enthusiastic full-time intern to work side-by-side with our Communications & Network team to support the organization’s outreach, network, and branding strategies and to enhance the influence of our grantees and program-related efforts among target audiences during the Fall 2017 term. Interns are an integral part of our team, and are offered an opportunity work on a variety of tasks that are critical to our communications strategy.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in brainstorming and strategizing sessions for communication and network products
  • Monitor, log, and analyze trends in organizational and grantee press coverage; build press lists and manage press database of national and state reporters
  • Collaborate with planning team for events, including researching initial hotels and venues for upcoming events and conferences; communicating with participants and invitees, quality checking event materials before distribution, and supporting other event work as needed
  • Research, fact check, and collect data for various materials and presentations
  • Maintain the organizational CRM database, including adding new subcribers and tracking event attendees.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support the Communications & Network’s administrative needs, including scheduling meetings, product production, and other projects
  • Write and distribute weekly update for the organization including status of ongoing projects and highlighting upcoming events

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Candidates must be a college graduate or graduate student with an interest in and knowledge of the intersection of public policy, national politics, and journalism/media
  • Enthusiastic, thirsty to learn, proactive, willing to try new things, and eager for feedback
  • Proficient proofreader, exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational, project planning, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with others in a collaborative, team environment
  • Professional in verbal and written communications, able to exercise good judgment
  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum
  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (less than 1000 words). No calls please.

The Democracy Fund offers a paid internship program in an inclusive environment that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our work. For the Fall 2017 term, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage candidates of all ages, colors, ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, religions, disability status, sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities to apply.

Vibrant Media & the Public Square Internship

The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum for internship with our Public Square Program for the Fall 2017 term.

Our Public Square Program focuses on vibrant media and citizen engagement by supporting innovations and institutions that help people better understand and participate in the democratic process. We’re looking for candidates with experience in journalism, communications, and/or civic innovation who are passionate about making our political system more effective.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide logistical support during meetings with reform leaders, political figures, and academic authorities—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to the Democracy Fund office.
  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
  • Actively engage with all staff at the Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to policy discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today.
  • Assist in evaluating grantmaking opportunities and with the preparation of internal memoranda and other materials that are part of the grantmaking process.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives
  • Ability to work at least 4 days per week (32 hours minimum; full time preferred)
  • Experience in the field or enrollment in an accredited university program; individuals pursuing a Master’s or higher degree preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should include: 1) a statement regarding why you want to work in the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund, 2) an idea for a project to undertake while here, and 3) your availability throughout the Fall term, including preferred start and end dates.

Project Manager, Voter Study Group

The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group is a research collaboration comprised of nearly two dozen analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum offering new data and analysis exploring American voters’ beliefs and behaviors. The mission of the Voter Study Group is to help policy makers and thought leaders listen more closely, and respond more powerfully, to the views of American voters. We hope the study group’s research and analysis will help us understand each other and make our democracy more functional. In June, the Voter Study Group released its first four reports based on a unique longitudinal survey commissioned by the group (www.voterstudygroup.org). Further quantitative and qualitative research will be commissioned in the future, which will be designed and analyzed by study group members.

Position Overview and Responsibilities

The Project Manager is a contract role that will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the group’s research and communications, working closely with the Voter Study Group’s Project Director and Research Director, as well as the Democracy Fund communications teams. We anticipate that this will be a part-time contract position, but are open to explore different working relationships for the right candidate.

Responsibilities include:

Research Design

  • Participate in the research design process for new research commissioned by the Voter Study Group
  • Ensure adequate input from members into the design of the original research
  • Work with the research director on developing and finalizing research designs, including research questions and questionnaire

Research Analysis

  • Work with members of the study group to conduct in-depth analyses of commissioned research
  • Edit papers written by study group members and solicit feedback from study group members
  • Work with members of the communications team to design and publish papers written by the group
  • Present research findings to key audiences

Communication

  • Coordinate with the communications team on outreach to media and other key audiences to disseminate research findings
  • Coordinate with the communications team on the development and maintenance of the project web site
  • Produce content for the project web site to communicate new findings

Event Management

  • Organize events to support dialogue among the Voter Study Group
  • Manage the planning and orchestration of public facing events with media and other leaders to discuss and disseminate research findings

Study Group Management

  • Maintain communication among members of the study group
  • Support recruitment of new members of the study group

Qualifications

  • PhD in political science, public policy, or related field
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills, including an ability to use statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data
  • Familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including multiple regression analysis
  • Significant experience in the design of public opinion research
  • Experience with publishing academic research
  • Willingness to work with scholars from across the political spectrum
  • Professional maturity, high sense of personal responsibility and integrity, proven ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • The position is based in the Washington, DC, area.

HOW TO APPLY:

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