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.

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Publications

In this section, you will find a library of the publications produced by Democracy Fund staff and our grantees on a variety of subjects. For more information about any of these reports, please contact us at info@democracyfund.org.

Local News & Participation

Our democracy is a complex political system made up of an intricate web of institutions, interest groups, individual leaders, and citizens — all connected in countless ways. Every attempt to influence and improve some aspect of this complex system produces a ripple of other reactions. While some of these reactions may be predictable, many are not. This reality makes it difficult to anticipate what will happen when we try to help U.S. democracy work better.

Systems thinking can offer insight into the dynamics of the various fields where the Democracy Fund is active. It is a methodology used to gain a deep, holistic understanding of a given field, or topic within the whole. By supporting comprehensive analysis, systems thinking offers a way to better identify root causes for problems we want to address, and to find intervention points that offer great opportunity to advance change. This approach has a long history in fields as varied as ecology, engineering, urban planning, family therapy, criminal justice, organizational development, and conflict analysis and resolution. Below is version 0.9 of the analysis begun in March 2015.

Systems Mapping Overview
Systems Mapping Overview

Local News & Participation Overview
Local News & Participation Overview

Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms

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

Current Full-Time Openings:

Communications Director

IT Senior Administrator

Executive Assistant, Operations and People Team

Executive Assistant to VP and President

Associate Director, Elections Policy

Director of Grants Management

Associate Director, Public Square

Contract Positions:

Project Manager, Voter Study Group

Internships:

Communications and Network Internship

Elections Program Internship

Governance Program Internship

Public Square Program Internship

Strategy, Impact and Learning Internship

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. The pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns.

The Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

Communications Director

POSITION SUMMARY:

Democracy Fund is seeking a dynamic Director of Communications to lead a matrixed team of staff and multiple firm relationships and to develop, manage, and execute an high-impact programmatic communications strategy. Reporting to the Managing Director for Communications & Network, the Director will work collaboratively with senior leadership and program teams to create and implement communications and advocacy strategies that broaden the influence and impact of Democracy Fund, its programs, and its grantee partners. The Director of Communications will have a special focus on developing strategies across Democracy Fund’s core tracks, including Effective Governance, Modern Elections, a Vibrant Public Square, and Special Projects. The ideal candidate will have direct experience successfully leading the development and management of impactful communications messages and strategies in a multi-issue organization. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leading a team that earns premier national coverage, understands state and regional environments, and purposefully deploys digital media, paid media, and events. S/he will have demonstrable expertise in: partnering with program staff to develop communications goals; prioritizing resources toward high-impact opportunities; and effectively serving the needs of multiple audiences across multiple channels.

The Communications Director will be a member of Democracy Fund’s senior leadership and a key partner to the Managing Director of Communications & Network in expanding Democracy Fund’s platforms for influence and in deepening the Fund’s brand and positioning.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Communications Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Communications Strategy

  • Collaborate with program leadership and staff to develop communications strategies that broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact, while also deepening understanding of Democracy Fund’s brand
  • Directly lead the development of core programmatic messages and communications priorities in partnership with program teams, communications staff, and firms. Manage sequencing of messages and activities across the organization.
  • Work closely with the Managing Director for Communications & Network on the refinement and expansion of Democracy Fund’s brand
  • Identify significant media and public policy debates that can be leveraged to support Democracy Fund’s work, and then work with the Communications team to create and implement responsive plans
  • Support the development and implementation of an organizational communications measurement framework
  • Collaborate with the President; the Managing Director for Communications and Network; the Strategy, Impact, and Learning team; and the emerging Philanthropic Partnerships team to meet their audiences’ needs
  • Serve on the Democracy Fund’s Strategy Council and advise on reputational opportunities and risks of new grantee partnerships
  • Support the proactive cultivation and management of press relationships to ensure coverage of Democracy Fund’s programmatic and organizational goals
  • Act as ambassador for Democracy Fund, supporting the development of media relationships for the organization and for the programs

Communications Operations

  • Oversee and develop a dynamic team of 3 – 5 communications staff that is responsible for high-impact organizational communications channels and has matrixed responsibilities to individual programs
  • With the Communications Team, implement a strategic communications framework to help programs develop clear communications goals and to align resources in service of those goals
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function across Democracy Fund, including budget development and management and rapid response efforts
  • Integrate execution of Presidential, organizational, and programmatic projects into the organizational calendar and workflows
  • Serve as managing editor for the organization’s public-facing calendar, statements, content, channels, publications, and responses to inquiries
  • Maintain and cultivate effective PR, polling/research, and digital firm relationships in service of the organization’s goals

Team Leader and Member

  • Promote a team culture of high performance, accountability, empowerment, and continuous improvement that values learning and quality
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis, including but not limited to establishing and monitoring staff performance and development goals
  • Actively work to support the success of the entire Democracy Fund team
  • Cultivate­­ an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and transparent

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy and comfort working in a bipartisan political environment
  • At least 10 years of communications experience that includes increasing leadership responsibilities and a blend of strategy, message development, and media relations experience, ideally in a multi-issue organization
  • Graduate degree in policy, communications, or similar field is preferred but not required
  • Experience in philanthropic communications a plus
  • Proven experience developing effective multi-channel strategies in a highly-collaborative internal environment and highly-competitive external environment
  • Seasoned manager with strong record of building and maintaining trust, building teams, and managing across difference
  • Ability to coach and support senior leaders as spokespeople
  • Excellent judgment, grace under pressure, and professional maturity paired with creativity and innovative approach
  • Comfort with designing and implementing public opinion polling
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • The position is based in ­­­­­Washington, DC.

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

IT Senior Administrator

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Democracy Fund seeks to hire its first Information Technology (IT) Senior Administrator with a “teamwork first” mindset to support the organization’s IT operations. The IT Senior Administrator will provide desktop and technology support for Democracy Fund in an all-Mac environment, working with staff to ensure the highest data security standards, striving for continuous improvement in operations, and training staff on best practices that enhance productivity and promote excellence in data and network security. The IT Senior Administrator will work with senior staff and external partners to develop and implement a strategic approach to the organization’s information systems. The successful candidate will be motivated, focused, highly organized, meticulous, humble, friendly, an excellent communicator, and customer-service oriented. The ideal candidate will possess a track record of effective staff support, enjoy improving office environments and helping others, and excel technically.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The IT Senior Administrator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Desktop, Tech and AV Support

  • Manage the day-to-day IT operations of the office and provide routine IT and AV support to all Democracy Fund Staff
  • Manage network operations. Typical responsibilities include: troubleshooting connectivity problems; installing and maintaining routers, switches and other network components; on-boarding and off-boarding users; assigning rights and access; resetting passwords; assigning e-mail addresses; assessing and reporting operational status; performing backups and restores
  • Support of the People Team in on-boarding new employees includes setting up new computers and stations, adding staff to various operations systems, training new hires on using our systems and applications, setting up and explaining PGP encryption protocols, and using Mac computers and AV equipment throughout the office
  • Provide AV and IT Support for all-staff events, trainings, and retreats
  • Support Operations Manager in tracking IT annual expenditures and inventory
  • Liaise and manage office telecommunications system and relationships with vendors

IT Training

  • Coordinate and assist Operations Manager in developing and implementing user trainings for new and ongoing systems
  • Deliver trainings in a clear, compelling, and concise manner across all levels of the organization regarding IT improvements and changes
  • Assist Operations Manager in regularly documenting learnings, processes, and trainings

Data Security and Management

  • Manage data security oversight and back-up functions to ensure operational sustainability and compliance with organizational and legal requirements
  • Conduct weekly and daily reports on our cloud-based applications to ensure compliance to policies
  • Update Democracy Fund’s GPG keys on a regular basis and advise staff in troubleshooting common issues with email encryption

Project Management and Continuous Improvement

  • Pro-actively seek out, research and work with the Operations Manager to implement and regularly review technology solutions to optimize the productivity of the team and security of the organization
  • Assist Operations Manager in coordinating and managing IT projects and improvements on time and within budget
  • Support Operations Manager in evaluating IT vendors, software and solutions, and planning and set-up of IT infrastructure during physical expansion
  • Communicate regularly on progress of IT projects and support, evaluating and applying learning to improve customer service, systems, and support.

Team Player

  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for strengthening American democracy
  • 4+ years of experience providing desktop and hardware support in a Mac environment. ACMT Certification a plus.
  • Excels technically, is a quick learner with new software systems, and highly proficient in supporting Mac computers and servers. While not required, applicants should note experience with data encryption, PGP, MacMail, Okta, Salesforce, Zoom, Office 365, Slack, Vidyo, Fluxx, and Box
  • Motivated to stay abreast of technological changes and enjoys innovating for productivity improvement
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and rigorous attention to detail required
  • Readily analyzes multiple and diverse sources of information to define problems accurately before moving to solutions
  • Enjoys teaching and supporting others with patience and humility
  • Professional maturity, high personal responsibility and integrity, proven ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Organized and results-oriented self-starter, 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
  • Must be comfortable with ambiguity and working in a changing and fast paced environment
  • College degree or strong relevant experience and certifications
  • Position is based in the Washington, DC, area.

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

Executive Assistant, Operations and People Team

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Executive Assistant provides high-level administrative and project support to Democracy Fund’s Managing Director of Operations, and the Chief People Officer, who work closely together. The Executive Assistant will staff major internal coordinating bodies, including the executive team, management team, diversity and inclusion committee, and all-staff meetings. This position will be pivotal to ensuring the growing organization’s processes support and enhance the productivity and engagement of its talented staff. While this is initially a one-year term position, the position could become permanent in 2019.

The Executive Assistant, working in a fast-paced, mission-driven, entrepreneurial environment, will bring a keen attention to detail while exercising good judgment and discretion in handling sensitive relationships and multiple projects. The successful candidate will be resourceful, well organized, highly collaborative, and strong in both written and verbal communication and someone who enjoys creating smooth-functioning operations, and excels at managing a realistic balance among multiple priorities. Able to work independently on projects from conception to completion, the ideal candidate will find satisfaction in synthesizing information, meeting deadlines, making processes run smoothly, and enhancing internal communications. Given both executives are internal facing, the ideal Executive Assistant will be experienced in staffing committees and team meetings, emotionally intelligent, and a key team player impacting the full organization.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Executive Assistant’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Coordinating Cross-Team Committees and Events

  • Participate as an adjunct member of the executive team, management team, the diversity and inclusion committee, and monthly all-staff meetings, including scheduling and coordinating meetings, creating agendas, preparing materials, setting up A/V and the room to optimize staff engagement and inclusion, taking notes, and coordinating follow up
  • Work closely with the Managing Director and the Chief People Officer to help organize trainings and several off-site retreats, including identifying vendors and venues, preparing materials, being available throughout trainings to provide ad-hoc support as needed, and taking notes

High-Level Administrative Executive Support

  • For both the Managing Director and the Chief People Officer, manage appointments, draft correspondence, manage and support meeting planning, organize occasional travel, and ensure they stay on top of relevant expense, timesheet, contract, and invoice submissions and approvals
  • For executives’ meetings, assure proper preparation, including working with staff to ensure compilation of relevant background information, and follow-up communications
  • On incoming issues and concerns addressed to the Managing Director and the Chief People Officer, including those of a confidential nature, prioritize appropriate course of action and ensure follow-up
  • Work closely with both executives to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities
  • Have a hands-on approach; handle matters proactively by following up and following through, and prioritizing conflicting issues in a sensible manner
  • Provide backup support to the Executive Assistant to the VP and the President, as needed

Team Player

  • Coordinate meetings, events, and provide other support as needed for the Operations and People teams
  • Actively work to support the success of other members of the entire Democracy Fund team
  • Cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • At least 5 years’ experience supporting C-level executives and executive teams, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Excellent organization and follow-through that reflect well-honed skills to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with meticulous attention to detail
  • Superb interpersonal skills and proven ability to build and sustain relationships with all staff and stakeholders, supporting their inclusion in bringing their wide diversity of perspectives and lived experience to bear on our work
  • Superior, proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated pro-active approaches to problem-solving and exercising excellent judgment in difficult situations with proven ability to decipher what is important and what can wait and to make solid decisions in support of the organization’s executives
  • Resourceful team player who works well independently
  • Trusted professional with proven experience to handle confidential information with discretion, adaptable to various competing demands, and naturally seeks the highest level of customer service and response
  • Motivated by, and has proven success in, achieving performance goals and meeting deadlines to support the people in the organization
  • Curious, open, and motivated to learn and grow
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and adaptable in working in a dynamic entrepreneurial environment
  • High comfort with Microsoft Office and proficiency preferred in A/V set up and troubleshooting
  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
  • Position is based in Washington, DC.

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

Executive Assistant to VP & President

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Executive Assistant provides high-level administrative and project support to Democracy Fund’s Vice President of Strategy and Program, as well as the President. The Executive Assistant serves as point of contact for external constituencies, coordinates meetings and events of the Strategy and Program team, and oversees process improvements to enhance the productivity of both executives.

The Executive Assistant, working in a fast-paced, mission-driven, entrepreneurial environment, will bring keen attention to detail while exercising good judgment and discretion in handling sensitive relationships and projects. The successful candidate will be resourceful, highly collaborative, possess strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and excel at managing a realistic balance among multiple priorities. Able to work independently on projects from conception to completion, the ideal candidate will enjoy meeting deadlines, making processes run smoothly, and enhancing internal communications.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Executive Assistant’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

High-Level Administrative Executive Support

  • For both the Vice President and President: manage appointments, draft and edit correspondence, manage and support meeting and event planning, plan and organize travel, complete expense reports, and work with IT staff to support technology needs
  • For Democracy Fund board of directors: provide support for ongoing meetings with individual board members, including scheduling meetings, preparing materials, taking notes, and coordinating follow up
  • For executives’ meetings: assure proper preparation, including working with staff to ensure compilation of relevant background information and coordinate follow-up communications
  • Regarding incoming issues and concerns addressed to the Vice President and/or President, including those of a sensitive and confidential nature, prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response, and ensure follow-up
  • Work closely with both executives to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities
  • Have a hands-on approach; handle matters proactively by following up and following through, and prioritizing conflicting issues in a logical and sensible manner

Relationship Management

  • Track, manage, and follow up on external contacts made by the Vice President and President with professionalism and discretion, cultivating ongoing relationships as needed
  • Collaborate and work seamlessly with executive assistants across The Omidyar Group (of which Democracy Fund is a part)
  • Cultivate trust in working with diverse external contacts and internal staff by acting with integrity and professionalism, grace, and credibility while maintaining discretion and confidentiality in all working relationships

Team Player

  • Support management of contracts, invoices, sponsorships, and grants that come from the President’s office and the Strategy, Impact, and Learning team
  • Coordinate meetings, events, and provided other support as needed of the Strategy, Impact, and Learning team
  • 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.

Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • 5-10 years of experience supporting C-level executives, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Excellent organization and follow through that reflect well-honed skills to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly, with excellent attention to detail
  • Superb interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, and external partners who bring a diversity of perspectives and lived experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated pro-active approaches to problem-solving and exercising excellent judgment in difficult situations with proven ability to decipher what is important and what can wait and to make solid decisions in support of the organization’s executives
  • Resourceful team player who works well independently
  • Trusted professional with proven experience to handle confidential information with discretion, adaptable to various competing demands, and naturally seeks the highest level of customer service and response
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines and is motivated by them
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and adaptable in working in a dynamic entrepreneurial environment
  • High comfort with Microsoft Office and proficiency preferred in working with Mac environment, Adobe Acrobat, Salesforce, and Social Media web platforms
  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience

Position is based in Washington, DC.​

HOW TO APPLY

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

Director of Grants Management

Democracy Fund is seeking a Director of Grants Management to lead the Fund’s grants management team, including overseeing the administration of more than $35M in grants each year, improving all aspects of the grants process, and providing support and trainings to program staff on best practices in philanthropy. As Democracy Fund continues to grow, it is looking for a passionate grants management expert who can transform how grants management is positioned at the Fund from being highly centralized to focused on using data, coaching, and professional development in supporting our program staff to be the best grantmakers they can be.

The Director of Grants Management will also support Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. The Director will manage a Grants Management Associate and report to the Managing Director, Operations. The ideal candidate will be passionate about systems improvement, customer service, analytics and learning, process documentation, thrive with change management efforts and working collaboratively across teams, understand the intricacies of funding work in the advocacy and public policy space, as well as have prior experience with Fluxx.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee and seek to improve the process and workflow by which grants are made, from how grants are sourced, through the application process, to due diligence review, approval, grant agreement generation, payment, grant reporting, and grant closing.
  • Ensure Grants Management team provides excellent customer service to program staff and grantees as they navigate the process.
  • Partner with the Grants Management Associate and Senior Counsel to ensure that policies and procedures are followed and all grants adhere to federal and state legal and tax requirements as well as organization-defined best practices for proposal development, due dilligence, and grantee reporting.
  • Work with the Managing Director to create a robust coaching and training program that empowers program staff to be excellent grantmakers, including a curriculum for new program staff who join the Fund, ongoing trainings on different aspects of due diligence and grantee support, and a staffing support model that connects in-house and external nonprofit management expertise with program staff.
  • Create and maintain a robust data and analytics program that provides timely and relevant data to stakeholders across the organization to promote learning, improve grant processing time, and systemize internal communications. Be the organization’s expert on data reporting out of Fluxx and coach Grants Management Associate on analytics best practices.
  • Lead major projects to improve existing systems, including overhauling the grant application, creating a policies and procedures guide, creating new grant reporting templates, creating a board portal for grant review, instituting a more formal amendment process, and other projects as identified.
  • Work closely with the Grants Management Associate to manage the ongoing use and improvement of our grants management system, Fluxx. Partner with Operations and Communications staff on how to use Fluxx to manage other processes, such as contracts, invoice processing, and sponsorships.
  • Serve as a member of the organization’s Investment Committee, reviewing all major grant opportunities and giving feedback to program staff. Work with the Grants Management Associate to oversee the management of the Investment Committee.
  • Continually stay abreast of new developments in grant management best practices and technologies and their applicability to the needs of the Fund. Identify opportunities and develop partnerships both internally and externally to build innovative, sustainable tools, and services that benefit the Fund.
  • Serve as a leader of the Operations team, shaping the team’s goals, and 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.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Passion for strengthening American democracy
  • 7-10 years grants management experience with a deep understanding of private foundation grantmaking processes and related financial and compliance issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information (technical, legal, financial, and anecdotal) and communicate clearly the key information. Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data integrity.
  • Prior direct management experience and proven ability to provide feedback and develop staff.
  • Works collaboratively with staff at all levels to execute duties. Proven talent in ensuring positive, proactive, responsive relationships within and across departments for compliance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Proven ability to evaluate, improve, manage and maintain systems and processes, including grants and/or contracts management software and processes. Passionate about continuous improvement.
  • Success in creating and facilitating trainings and materials, whether internally or in managing outside consultants, as well as coaching program staff on grantmaking best practices.
  • Experience with Fluxx or similar grants management databases preferred.
  • Experience with the IRS rules applicable to private foundation grantmaking, including familiarity with IRS-defined lobbying and “project grant rule” grants and making expenditure responsibility grants.
  • Exceptional customer service, problem-solving, analytical and conceptual skills, including a proven ability to create and manage organizational change.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and support multiple grant making functions simultaneously while exhibiting excellent time-management skills; ability to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite in Mac environment preferred.

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

Associate Director, Public Square

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 to join our team to help us build out new initiatives to support a strong and robust fourth estate. The Associate Director, who will report to the Director of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square team, will be expected to quickly engage with the field to lead the team’s work related to issues around the role of misinformation and the loss of trust in our public square. This work will be a critical new component of our work that builds on parallel tracks related to journalism and engagement, sustainability of local news, and press freedom. The person will manage a growing portfolio of grants and work directly with grantees and leaders within journalism, media, and with technology companies. In parallel, the Associate Director will work with others on the Public Square team to develop and execute a long-term strategy, manage a range of projects, and build strong coalitions and partnership with other foundations.

Democracy Fund is committed to working on systems level changes to address complex problems facing our democracy. Grant making is just one tool we use to support the change we want to see. We are looking for candidates who can bring a range of experiences and expertise to bear on the challenges our media and democracy face. 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 to respond to critical threats and opportunities facing journalism in America today
    • Develop partnerships with organizations and foundations that can bring new support into the field to support a robust fourth estate, expand trust and combat misinformation.
    • Project management of large scale efforts, events, and programs.
    • Supervision of staff and collaboration with teams across the Democracy FundSupport existing and new grantees to help them to be as effective as possible.
    • Promote collaboration with teams across the Democracy Fund
    • Identify, shape, and prepare for consideration of potential grants related trust and truth in the public square as well as press freedom.
    • Monitor, engage, and capture learnings from grantees as they execute their grants

    STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

    • 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 news and civic information and those concerned with misinformation in the public square and press freedom

    EXPERIMENTATION

    • Work with the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team to develop a sound approach to help us iterate, experiment, learn, and refine our 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
    • Disseminate learnings and cultivate field building through writing, public speaking, convening, and relationship building

    TEAM LEADER AND MEMBER

    • Collaborate with the larger Public Square team to support activities aimed at combatting misinformation, increasing trust in journalism, press freedom, 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 Democracy Fund colleagues on complementary approaches.

    EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

    • Passion for strengthening American democracy
    • BA required, higher level degree strongly preferred
    • More than 7 years of experience working in roles that engaged questions related to news, technology, and civic information
    • Nuanced understanding of the role of technology companies and platforms in how people are informed and engaged
    • 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
    • Proven ability to work in a bipartisan environment and with stakeholders from across the political spectrum
    • Demonstrated supervisory skills and highly developed emotional intelligenceSuccessful in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
    • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from all walks of life.
    • 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
    • Position is based in the Washington, D.C. area.

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

    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.

    Communications & Network Internship

    POSITION SUMMARY:

    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 Summer 2018 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 detailExcellent 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

    Position is based in Washington, DC. ​Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume and short writing sample (less than 1000 words). No calls please.

    Elections Program Internship

    POSITION SUMMARY:

    The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum to support the Elections Program for the Summer 2018 term.

    The Elections Program focuses on the administration of elections, modern registration, and trust in elections by supporting unbiased research, bipartisan dialogue, and unconventional solutions that will ensure the views and votes of the American public come first in our democracy. We’re looking for candidates with an interest in either election administration, registration modernization, or trust in elections. A successful candidate believes the election system must provide the public with confidence that their voices can be heard and that they have the ability to hold their leaders accountable for their actions.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Support efforts by the Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning
    • 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 full-time during the summer
    • 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 skillsProfessional 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

    Position is based in Washington, DC. ​Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

    Governance Program Internship

    POSITION SUMMARY:

    The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum to support the Governance Program for the Summer 2018 term.
    The Governance Program focuses on principled leadership and effective governance by supporting approaches that help our elected leaders deliberate, negotiate, and serve the American people. Our team is looking for candidates who have a strong understanding about how Congress and other governing institutions function and are passionate about ensuring those institutions work effectively in the face of increasing polarization.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Support efforts by the Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning
    • 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 full-time during the summer
    • 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

    Position is based in Washington, DC. ​Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

    Public Square Program Internship

    POSITION SUMMARY:

    The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum to support the Public Square Program for the Summer 2018 term.
    The 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 the future of journalism and making our political system more effective. A successful candidate believes that media plays a critical role in the public square, and believes that all communities should have access to the news and information they need to participate fully in our democracy.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Provide logistical support during meetings with journalism grantees and partners—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 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.
    • Provide your unique perspective on the future of local news, through the contribution of expertise, research, and writing.
    • Contribute to the Public Square’s Local Fix newsletter and Local News Lab website.

    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 3 days per week (20 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 skillsProfessional 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

    Position is based in Washington, DC. ​Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

    Strategy, Impact and Learning Internship

    POSITION SUMMARY:

    The Democracy Fund is seeking a highly motivated graduate student or recent graduate to support the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact and Learning team for the Summer 2018 term.
    The Strategy, Impact and Learning Team supports Democracy Fund in developing strong organizational and programmatic strategies, evaluating their effectiveness, and facilitating reflection and learning across the organization. Using systems thinking and rigorous inquiry, we strive to ensure that Democracy Fund is making strategic and informed choices that achieve impact. We believe that through experimentation, learning and adaptation Democracy Fund can more effectively support the health and resilience of the American political system.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Support efforts by the Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning.
    • Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
    • Provide support for the development of long-term evaluation plans and evaluation projects for Democracy Fund Program Initiatives, including supporting a re-development of the Fund’s reporting systems.
    • Provide logistical support during meetings with staff, reform leaders, political figures, and academics—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to the Democracy Fund office.
    • 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 other Democracy Fund team members, collaborate internally within Democracy Fund, and assist with various operational, administrative, and logistical duties as needed. Other duties relating to team or organizational activities as assigned.

    EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

    • Background in political science, public policy, or a related field, or enrollment in an accredited university program; individuals pursuing a Master’s or higher degree preferred
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, experience conducting independent research.
    • Professional demeanorSuccess 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
    • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
    • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives, including individuals from across the political spectrum
    • Ability to work at least 3 days per week (20 hours minimum; full time preferred)

    HOW TO APPLY

    Position is based in Washington, DC. ​Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.