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:

Team Coordinator, Public Square Program

Director of Partnerships

Senior Communications Associate

Internships:

Legal Fellow

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.


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 Communications Associate

POSITION SUMMARY:

Democracy Fund is seeking two creative, highly collaborative Senior Communications Associates to join our growing team. With the goal of building influence and creating deeper connective tissue across our programs, we are creating a new Communications Associate position to manage communications strategy for each program and to collaborate on communications activities for the organization at large.The new Senior Associates will be responsible for enthusiastically advancing Democracy Fund messages and driving external activities for one of two core programs—Elections or Public Square. Each associate will also bring passion to the management and execution of select organizational communications efforts, such as social media, internal communications, email marketing, or special projects. Each associate will collaborate with peers and agencies to innovate and grow Democracy Fund’s reach in service of a healthier democracy. Based in Washington, DC, these positions report to the Director of Communications but will be fully integrated within the program teams.

The winning candidates will have proven experience managing the development and execution of high-impact issue or advocacy campaigns and will have direct experience working across departments in nonprofit advocacy, politics, or philanthropic ventures. They will have a track record of earning premier national and state coverage or facility with developing a variety of content, ranging from social media to publications, or both. The ideal candidates will be passionate about democracy, energized by strategic communications, and bring a resourceful, action orientation to the position.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

  • With the program team and the Director of Communications, develop initiative-level communications strategy and messaging that advances the work of the program, its grantees, and help build organizational brand recognition among targeted audiences
  • Drive execution of program communications strategies, including managing a program communications calendar, developing and curating content, and aligning activities with central communications calendar, staff, and consultants
  • Develop earned media strategies to generate positive media coverage; manage overall reputation/image among relevant policy, research, and other stakeholder communities
  • Manage execution of program events and sponsorships, including grantee convenings, sponsorship events, network happy hours, and other opportunities to engage the program’s network
  • With peer communications associates, develop and manage editorial content for digital properties (e.g., DF blog) publications, and the promotion process
  • Develop and manage strategy and process for creating, vetting, and publishing social media and email content for Democracy Fund and Democracy Fund Voice
  • Track and report on program communications metrics and progress
  • Support the development of the program directors’ public positioning, including identifying and supporting new writing projects, leveraging thought leadership opportunities, and executing complementing social media strategies
  • Bring enthusiasm and a positive outlook to problem-solving and day-to-day juggling of priorities
  • Other duties as assigned.

TEAM MEMBER:

  • Team player with the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively
  • Contribute to a team culture that values collaboration, positivity, and transparency
  • Ability to work effectively cross-functionally and creatively solve problems
  • Actively work to support the success of the entire Democracy Fund team through the development of shared goals and setting priorities
  • Promote a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and quality

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy and willingness to work with leaders, advocates, influencers and media from across the political spectrum
  • A bachelor’s degree in communications or a relevant field and at least 7 years of professional experience.
  • Expert knowledge of strategic communications in at least one of the following key areas: designing and executing PR/marketing campaigns, social media or broadcast email strategy, media relations, or internal communications
  • Superior organizational, prioritization, and time management skills
  • Confident, diplomatic communicator; self-motivated; highly creative; flexible and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Ability to think, plan and execute on multiple projects simultaneously in an organized fashion while paying close attention to the details
  • Demonstrated ability to work calmly and maintain good judgment in fast-paced environments, as well as the ability to escalate appropriately
  • Existing media relationships and a track record of positive press placements
  • Position is based in Washington, D.C.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. If a particular program or organizational portfolio appeals, please note in your cover letter. No calls please.



Legal Fellow

POSITION SUMMARY:

Democracy Fund is seeking a highly motivated second or third-year law student to support the Senior Counsel’s work for the organization for Fall 2018.This paid position provides a unique opportunity for a law student and creative thinker committed to improving our democracy to support a growing organization. Democracy Fund welcomes applicants from across the political spectrum. The ideal candidate will have an interest in nonprofit tax, campaign finance, and election issues and should be looking for an opportunity to learn about the legal issues that emerge within an innovative nonprofit organizational structure. The Legal Fellow will work closely with the Senior Counsel to support and guide Democracy Fund by taking on a wide range of substantive and administrative tasks. The Legal Fellow also will support the work of Democracy Fund Voice, a separate social welfare organization.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist Senior Counsel in accelerating major legal and risk management infrastructure projects
  • Draft and edit legal resources for Democracy Fund staff
  • Research and analyze legal and policy issues relating to the Democracy Fund’s functional and strategic objectives
  • Provide initial legal review on contracts and grant agreements
  • Provide logistical support during meetings and trainings with Program and Operations teams, which may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, scheduling, proofing and copy editing materials
  • Support Democracy Fund efforts to improve data collection and knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning
  • Actively engage with all Democracy Fund staff as a capable and collaborative team member.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those with different perspectives
  • Ability to work 10-15 hours per week during the fall semester (schedule flexible up to 3 days per week)
  • Enrollment in an ABA accredited law school
  • Excellent legal research and advocacy skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Professional demeanor
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Position is based in Washington, DC.​ Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (less than 1500 words). No calls please.