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

Current Full-Time Openings:

Director of Partnerships

Team Coordinator, Public Square Program

Senior Associate, Cybersecurity Policy

Senior Associate, Public Square Program


Spring 2019 Internship Openings:

Strategy, Impact, and Learning Internship

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. 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.


Team Coordinator, Public Square Program

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Team Executive Coordinator provides high-level administrative and project support to Democracy Fund’s Public Square team. Serving as point of contact for external constituencies, candidate will coordinate meetings and events for the entire team, and oversees process improvements to enhance their productivity. This role provides the hub for all work happening across the program and how people connect to and collaborate with it. This role reports to the Managing Director, Public Square. We are looking for someone who loves working in a fast-paced, mission-driven, entrepreneurial environment, and brings a keen attention to detail. Successful candidate is a resourceful, highly collaborative team player who, possesses strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and who excels 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 Coordinator’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

High-Level Administrative Executive Support

  • For Managing Director: 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 team: manage team appointments, team meetings, and the flow of information
  • For team meetings: assure proper preparation, including working with staff to ensure compilation of relevant background information and coordinate follow-up communications
  • Problem-solver who can prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response to inquires and needs to ensure timely and apprioate response
  • 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 existing and incoming external contacts with professionalism and discretion, cultivating ongoing relationships as needed
  • Collaborate and work seamlessly across Democary Fund and 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

  • Fortify team engagement and interaction through expert calendar administration
  • Support management of contracts, invoices, sponsorships, and grants that come from the Public Square team
  • Coordinate meetings, events, and provided other support as needed of the Public Square 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
  • 3-5 years of experience supporting a high performing team or senior level executive management, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Demonstrated expertise in scheduling a plus.
  • 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 Adobe Acrobat, and Salesforce web platforms
  • Associate/Bachelors degree or relevant experience
  • Comfort working in a bipartisan political environment
  • The position is based in ­­­­­Washington, DC.

HOW TO APPLY

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


Director of Partnerships

POSITION SUMMARY:

Democracy Fund has grown dramatically over the last four years, and it has cultivated a diverse network of leaders committed to fostering a healthy democracy. As such, Democracy Fund is seeking its first Director of Partnerships to expand its influence by activating a powerful and diverse network of philanthropic, political, and civic leaders. The Director, a senior leader within the organization, will lead implementation of its newly developed Philanthropic Partnerships strategy to bring new resources and leadership to the field. The Philanthropic Partnerships program will leverage Democracy Fund’s expertise, rigor, and systems approach to provide resources and direct advising to donors so they can strategically invest in innovative and successful nonprofits across the country.

The Director, reporting to the Managing Director of Communications and Network, also will oversee strategy and engagement of Democracy Fund’s National Advisory Committee, which advances the organization’s work to create a healthy democracy. Working closely with the leadership team, including the President and Senior Recruiter, the Director will join a growing Communications and Network team and manage two-full time staff and outside consultants.

Successful applicants will have a track record of success in donor activation, stewardship, and relationship activities, particularly with ultra- and high-net worth donors. The Director will bring a love of people, a comfort working across difference, and a deep talent as a strong collaborator, communicator, and strategic network builder.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERSHIPS

  • Direct the implementation and further refinement of the organization’s Philanthropic Partnerships strategy and goals, through which Democracy Fund seeks to activate more than $100M in new donor investments to improve our democracy by 2021
  • Identify and manage opportunities and events for the President and other senior staff to engage new donors and donor advisor networks. Partner in speaker recruitment and events team management to ensure seamless and highly professional engagements
  • With team support, produce a major convening of new democracy funders as well as create online educational opportunities and a newsletter for our co-funder community
  • Coach, train, and partner with staff across the organization who are engaging with institutional and individual donors on best practices, material review, and follow up
  • Create infrastructure for the Partnerships program, including overseeing the development and maintenance of content that guides philanthropists on investment strategies in the democracy space as well as an internal donor engagement and reporting tracking system
  • Manage and attend events with senior staff and build relationships directly with donors and their advisors as needed

NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Manage the development and execution of a strategy to creatively engage the National Advisory Committee (NAC) throughout the year to increase the influence of Democracy Fund’s vision for a healthy democracy
  • Oversee and collaboratively produce Democracy Fund’s semi-annual NAC strategy retreats, focused on issues and questions of critical importance to its current and future work
  • Collaborate with Democracy Fund’s Senior Recruiter to nurture relationships across large pools of current, former, and potential advisors to grow a network that can diversify the experience, demographics, and perspectives of the organization while expanding its reach and impact
  • Manage and improve the infrastructure that supports the National Advisory Committee, including leadership, program representatives, and consultants

NETWORKS

  • Work closely with the Managing Director and Communications Director on the refinement and expansion of Democracy Fund’s brand across partner interactions
  • Collaborate with the Communications Director, Senior Recruiter, and others in identifying and engaging thought leaders, influencers, and other key audiences with whom Democracy Fund should build relationships
  • With the Office of the President and Communications Director, develop infrastructure to support engagement and regular communication with influencer audiences through events, dinners, broadcast email, and personal outreach
  • Oversee the implementation and adoption of Salesforce with a focus on collaboration and high adoption across the organization

TEAM AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEADER

  • Partner closely with the Director of Communications to align and amplify public-facing messages and content
  • Promote a team culture of positivity, high performance, and continuous improvement that values learning and quality
  • Actively develop and manage two staff members, using a supportive, coaching-based approach, including but not limited to establishing and monitoring staff performance and professional development goals
  • Actively work to support the success of the entire Democracy Fund team through the development of shared goals and setting priorities

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy and comfort with difference, including bipartisan audiences
  • At least 10 years of experience working directly with donors and/or other VIPs, including a track record of success in donor activation, stewardship, and relationship activities
  • Strong national networks within the ultra- and high-net worth donor and wealth advisor community
  • Strategic mindset and highly skillful at planning, organizing, and following through, particularly with regard to project and event management
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Proven strong collaborator with a positive approach and emotional intelligence
  • Confidence and capability to adapt and lead in a changing external environment while also navigating ambiguity and change inherent to a young organization while helping the organization build and maintain structures for consistency
  • Willingess to travel at least monthly. Also requires occasional evening and weekend work and ability to staff events as needed
  • Bachelor’s degree required (or equivalent experience)Position is based in Washington, DC.

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


Senior Associate, Cybersecurity Policy

POSITION SUMMARY:

Last Fall, Democracy Fund added a new strategy to its Elections Program focusing on the public’s Trust in Elections. We are now seeking a Senior Program Associate to lead this line of work, aimed at improving the security of elections and reducing gamesmanship around laws of political power. This new position involves grant making and other efforts to bolster the public’s trust in elections, address security threats to election technology, promote policies and practices to secure elections, and reduce attempts to change election law for partisan benefit. Such efforts may involve policy work, advocacy, coalition and relationship building, thought leadership, and innovative approaches to reduce real or perceived threats to American elections.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about making our democracy work better. Strong candidates will possess several years of experience working on cybersecurity policy and leading advocacy or legislative policy change. 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 Senior Program Associate will be a thought leader in the cybersecurity field and help policy leaders, elections officials, and the public understand the importance and urgency that attacks on our election infrastructure pose to our democracy. We are looking for someone who is able to translate cybersecurity concerns into practical solutions for election officials and policymakers. If you are energized about connecting the dots between cybersecurity and elections, this role presents a unique opportunity to blend philanthropy, policy development, legislative advocacy and promotion of research to respond to one our nation’s newest national security issues.

The Senior Program Associate will report to the Associate Director for Elections.

LEADERSHIP, POLICY ADVOCACY AND GRANTMAKING:

  • Identify and develop policies to improve the security of and confidence in elections and promote their adoption through research, advocacy, speaking, and writing
  • Coordinate issue campaigns, direct lobbying, and coalition work when needed to support and defend policy goals through our affiliated 501c4, Democracy Fund Voice. Support efforts to build coalitions to identify and overcome challenges to policy adoption and improve ideas
  • Monitor trends, develop and promote research and best practices in the cybersecurity and elections field to inform the work, and work with election administrators to adapt this information for their use
  • Lead and manage grant making and strategic opportunities around election security and confidence. Provide support to and oversight of grantees, with a particular focus on relationship-building as an essential component to expanding our partnerships in the field
  • Manage the operational procedures and documentation associated with making grants, including proposal materials, organizational documentation, grant agreements, record keeping, and reporting requirements

STRATEGY, LEARNING, AND NETWORKS:

  • Support the development and evolution of the Election Program strategy through research, study, experimentation, and evaluation
  • Promote effective communications around goals, priorities, and grantee efforts, particularly as it relates to security and confidence in elections
  • Facilitate increased dialogue and collaboration in the field by convening grantees, cybersecurity experts, election officials, academics, leaders, and others. Manage relationships and develop convenings and 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
  • Disseminate learnings 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 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, higher level degree strongly preferred
  • At least 5-7 years of experience working in cybersecurity, elections, or another area of relevant public policy
  • Strong relationships with organizational leaders and experts in the cybersecurity field and demonstrated experience working on issue advocacy and with coalitions
  • 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
  • Professional maturity, demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment
  • Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • 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 and systems thinking skills and proven ability to translate strategy into action
  • Proven ability to work in a bipartisan environment with political stakeholders
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to travel periodically for project work
  • Position is based in the Washington, D.C. area

HOW TO APPLY

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


Senior Associate, Public Square Program

POSITION SUMMARY:

Democracy Fund’s Public Square Program believes that a healthy democracy demands access to trustworthy news and information that reflects the diversity of the public and enables all people to participate fully. We support people and organizations working to strengthen local news, expand engaged journalism, defend press freedom, and combat misinformation and the impact of social media platforms on our society. Grant making is just one tool we use to support change. We believe as grantmakers we must be humble and oriented towards listening and service, recognizing that our grantees are visionaries and collaborators who we want to help succeed in the world.We are seeking a Senior Program Associate to guide our trusted and engaged journalism strategy, investing in projects that rebuild the social contract between newsrooms and communities, and foster diversity, equity and inclusion in media.

The Senior Program Associate, who will report to the Program Director in the Democracy Fund’s Public Square team, will manage a portfolio of grants and activities designed to encourage audience-driven journalism, inclusion, trust and transparency across the American media landscape. Beyond grantmaking, they will help develop programs and convene with the field in creative community building efforts designed to support the needs of practitioners and leaders across the public square. This position supports a growing network of ambitious partners working to inspire, refine and evolve systems in need of urgent change. Our grantees include the Maynard Institute, Solutions Journalism Network, City Bureau, Coral Project, Ida B. Well Society, Listening Post, National Association of Black Journalists, the Community Listening and Engagement Fund and others. We are looking for a leader who brings astute analysis, creative problem solving, great communication skills and a love of building inclusive relationships and networks.

Democracy Fund is committed to working on systems level changes to address complex problems facing our democracy. 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 environment. The Senior Program Associate will work with others on the Public Square team to execute a long-term strategy, develop and manage internal processes and administration across the organization, and support learning and team growth.

LEADERSHIP, POLICY ADVOCACY AND GRANTMAKING:

  • Work with the field to respond to changes and trends facing journalism in America today as they relate to community engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion, and newsroom transparency
  • Identify, shape, and prepare for consideration potential grants related to: audience driven journalism, media diversity, and newsroom transparency
  • Build meaningful relatinships with grantees, and support existing and new grantees to help them to be as effective as possible
  • Maintain and support communities of practice that foster collaboration and expand impact through events, communications and network building.
  • Develop partnerships with organizations and foundations that can bring new support into the field
  • Support the Engaged Journalism Lab publication as a resource to promote our grantees work and share what we are learning

STRATEGY, EXPERIMENTATION, AND LEARNING:

  • Partner with the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team to facilitate a sound approach to help us iterate, experiment, learn, and refine our approach
  • Monitor, engage, and capture learnings from grantees as they execute their grants, help share those learnings across the field
  • Facilitate increased dialogue and collaboration in the field by convening grantees, experts, academics, change-makers, and leaders. Manage relationships and develop convenings and events as appropriate
  • Monitor trends, research, and new publications to inform our strategy

TEAM LEADER AND MEMBER:

  • Supervise staff, and support the professional development of direct reports
  • Maintain relationships with and oversee consultants and fellows working in support of the Trusted and Engaged Journalism strategy
  • Collaborate with the larger Public Square team to support activities aimed at combatting misinformation, defending press freedom, and strengthening local journalism (contribute to team wide events, initiatives, and processes)
  • Contribute to team administration and processes that make the Public Square Program effective and help us work together
  • Serve as a liaison between the Public Square Program and other Democracy Fund departments on targeted areas of work
  • Actively work to support the success of other members of the 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 and supporting journalism that serves communities and enables long term systems change
  • BA required, and at least 5 - 7 years of experience working in roles that engaged questions related to community engagement, journalism, media diversity
  • Nuanced understanding of issues related to trust between newsrooms and communities, media diversity, and the landscape of audience driven storytelling
  • Previous grant making experience is valued but not necessary. Candidate should be able to analyze and assess organizations and their contributions to the fields we work in
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written), including the willingness and ability to communicate and collaborate with diverse leaders and stakeholders from across the journalism spectrum and different walks of life
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team. Ability to work in a bipartisan environment and with stakeholders from across the political spectrum
  • Professional maturity, demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and proven track record managing complex projects
  • Must be comfortable with ambiguity and working in a changing and fast paced environment
  • Collaborative, strategic and empathetic 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.