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:

Accounting and Grants Assistant

Program Associate, Elections

Program Associate for Congressional Capacity, Governance Program

Design Associate

Associate Director for Freedom of the Press

Internships:

The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum for a paid internship. 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 Communications & Network

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, Elections

The Democracy Fund is seeking a Program Associate to support our Elections team as we modernize voter registration systems, improve and expand access to voting, and reduce the risk of systematic election failures. The new position involves grant-making and other efforts to support modern registration systems and easier access for the voter in our election system. Such efforts may involve policy work, advocacy, coalition and relationship building, thought leadership, as well as developing innovative approaches to improve how Americans register and vote.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about making our democracy work better. Strong candidates will possess a nuanced understanding of how elections work and bring several years of experience working in and around election law, policy or advocacy. 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 will report to the incoming Associate Director for Modern Elections.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Policy Advocacy and convening
  • Support efforts to build coalitions to identify and overcome challenges to policy adoption and improve ideas
  • Identify and investigate policy ideas for reform and their likelihood of adoption
  • Monitor trends, research and influential information in the field to inform the work
  • Promote identified policies to improve registration and voting
  • Coordinate campaigns and direct lobbying to support and defend policy goals through our affiliated 501c4, Democracy Fund Voice
  • Develop sustainable advocacy and compliance strategies that will buttress grantmaking and network goals
  • Facilitate increased dialogue and collaboration in the field by working with Democracy Fund staff to convene grantees, reform leaders, election officials, academics, political leaders, and others. Manage 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

GRANT MAKING

  • Identify, develop, and evaluate grant-making opportunities for Modern Elections aligned with our strategy and budget, and support analysis, 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, with a particular focus on relationship-building and trust as essential components to growing our partnerships

LEARNING, RELATIONSHIPS, AND IMPACT

  • Promote policies around registration and voting through grantmaking, advocacy, speaking and writing
  • Engage to support the development of new programs and policies within our initiatives and across the organization through research and study
  • Support the development and evolution of the Election Program strategy
  • Promote effective communications around goals, priorities and grantee efforts
  • Share our learning with the field and establish the Democracy Fund brand through research, writing, and public speaking

TEAM MEMBER

  • Actively work to support the success of other staff members, not only within the Elections 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
  • BA required. MPP, MBA, JD, or equivalent a plus
  • At least 4-6 years of experience working in elections, political reform, or another area of relevant public administration
  • 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
  • Demonstrated experience managing state and national issue advocacy campaigns
  • Proven ability to work in a bipartisan environment with political stakeholders
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Willingness and ability to communicate and collaborate with leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and different walks of life
  • Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • 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
  • 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 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.

Design Associate

The Democracy Fund is seeking an enthusiastic and creative Design Associate to join our team. Reporting to the Director of Communications & Network, the Design Associate will help visualize strategic concepts and narratives, elevate the organization’s brand through publications, presentations, and collateral, and oversee and maintain brand consistency. This position is equal parts design and production—you will work with program staff and external partners on conceptual design creation, as well as final execution on a wide variety of projects.

Our work environment is collaborative and fast-paced. Our people are passionate about what they do. On an average day, you might:

  • Brainstorm, design, and format print collateral and other materials for meetings and events, including but not limited to: reports, powerpoint presentations, invitations, signs, registration materials, menus, nametags, agendas, and other marketing materials.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and external partners to produce infographics, shareable content, and other graphics for digital media and our website.
  • Manage multiple, complex projects and timelines simultaneously.
  • Ensure that all staff and external partners are equipped to serve as brand advocates by providing resources and collateral, including business cards, templates and design files, authoring guidance, and/or materials for meetings and presentations, etc.
  • Maintain internal brand consistency across print and digital collateral and swag, including training staff and consultants on a suite of Word templates and troubleshoot as needed.
  • Work with the Communications & Network team and external design partners to refine and extend our visual brand and to expand the library of branded resources and materials.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, marketing, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in a graphic design role
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe CS, particularly InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Proficiency in MS Office
  • Savvy about social media design best practices and working knowledge of cross-channel digital design principles and brand development
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS preferred
  • Skilled proofreader, exceptional attention to detail
  • Effective time management, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Team player with the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively
  • Enthusiastic, thirsty to learn, proactive, willing to try new things, and eager for feedback
  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum
  • Experience managing projects through full lifecycle as well as managing relationships with consultants.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit application materials here, including a cover letter, resume, and portfolio of past work. No calls please.

Associate Director for Freedom of the Press

The Democracy Fund’s Public Square program focuses on sustaining a vibrant media and engaged citizens. We believe the American people must have effective ways to understand and be a part of the democratic process. As the internet transforms political life, it opens exciting new pathways for public engagement while challenging models that used to work. We seek to support media models that serve the needs and preferences of communities today as well as taking on challenges related to sustainability and press freedom.

Earlier this year, the Democracy Fund announced more than $10 million in commitments in support of press freedom and hard-hitting, nonprofit journalism. We are now seeking an Associate Director for Press Freedom to create and lead a new initiative around ensuring the future of a free and functioning press that holds government accountable.

The Associate Director, who will report to the Director of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square program, will be expected to quickly engage with the field to ensure that it is able to stand up for the rights of journalists to fulfill their rightful role in our democracy at this important moment in our nation’s history. This will include working to build a larger, more effective coalition of advocates and ensure that key leaders in the field have the resources they need to be effective. In parallel, the Associate Director will work with the Public Square team to develop and execute a long-term strategy to strengthen press freedom in the United States. The strategy development process will consider the broadest range of possibilities and the strategy itself is expected to include both grant making and deep engagement within the field. Candidates must be comfortable working in a small, highly collaborative team within a fast-paced, start-up environment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Advocacy, Engagement, and Grant Making

  • Work with the field of press freedom advocates to respond to critical threats and opportunities and ensure that the field has adequate resources to be effective.
  • Enlist new supporters to the field of press freedom to expand the press freedom coalition of support, including providing new funders with an easy path into the space.
  • Support existing and new grantees to help them to be as effective as possible. Promote collaboration and communication between grantees.
  • Identify, shape, and prepare for consideration of potential grants related to press freedom.
  • Monitor, engage and capture learnings from grantees as they execute their grants.

Press Freedom Strategy Development

  • Lead a strategy development process to develop a multi-year strategy for Democracy Fund to address threats to press freedom and build public support for the news media.
  • Contribute insight to the strategy setting process based on knowledge of the field.
  • Engage with key stakeholders within the organization and across the field of press freedom and those concerned with freedom of expression.

​Experimentation, Learning, and Thought Leadership

  • Work with the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team to develop a sound approach to our Press Freedom Initiative in which the Democracy Fund can iteratively experiment, learn, and refine its approach.
  • Play a leadership role in the development and maintenance of short- and long-term indicators to measure the organization’s progress against its goals, and share progress with key internal and external audiences.
  • Monitor trends, research, and new publications to inform our strategy and update our understanding of potential threats to domestic press freedom.
  • Disseminate learnings and cultivate field building through writing, public speaking, convening, and relationship building.

Team Member

  • Collaborate with the larger Public Square team to support activities aimed at combatting misinformation, increasing trust in journalism, and strengthening local journalism.
  • 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.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree required, higher level degree strongly preferred
  • More than 7 years of experience in the press freedom field or closely related area
  • 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
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills and highly developed emotional intelligence
  • Successful in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Willingness to work across the political spectrum with leaders, advocates, and media
  • 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
  • Position is based in the Washington, D.C. 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.