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Senior Policy Analyst, Democracy Issues


The Senior Policy Analyst will help us expand our research and policy efforts to advance a democracy agenda that addresses the outsized role money plays in our political system and the urgent need  to ensure our democracy reflects the changing demographics of our country. 

The one ideal that nearly all Americans can agree upon is that through hard work and determination everyone should have a chance to improve him or herself and do better in life regardless of race, gender, or class. At the same time, Americans strongly believe in political equality—the view that civic life should be a level playing field and everyone should have an equal voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Yet today, there is wide recognition that America is not living up to either of these cornerstone ideals. 
 
New research demonstrates that economic inequality is deepening and that this trend is likely to continue without aggressive intervention. This widening gulf between the rich and the rest of us, combined with lax rules that facilitate the direct translation of economic might into political power, has produced a system in which our government is sharply more responsive to the needs and priorities of the wealthy than to the public as a whole—a system that appears to more closely resemble a plutocracy or an oligarchy than a government of, by, and for the people.
 
The Senior Policy Analyst will cover a set of issues related to improving our democracy, with an emphasis on two critical issues: 1) reducing the role of private and corporate wealth in our political system; and 2) addressing the urgent need to ensure our systems, policies, and beliefs reflect the changing demography of our nation--more single women, more young people and more people of color--who will be our country’s majority in 2042. 
 
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Write briefing papers, commentary and in-depth research reports on a range of issues related to money in politics, including but not limited to: changes and trends in financing of campaigns, using FEC and state-level data on campaign spending and contributions; examining the impact of public financing and other campaign finance regulations,  and analyzing public opinion and other data relevant to understanding the Rising American Electorate. 
  • Track, evaluate, and comment upon legislative, budgetary and policy developments at the state and federal level concerning campaign finance reform.
  • Identify and cultivate productive relationships with key individuals in academia, as well as policy and advocacy organizations.
  • Developing new research and content to help build the public and political will for a long-term campaign to address political equality.
  • Represent the organization’s policy research and analysis in the media, including television, radio and print.
 
Basic Job Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated expertise in democracy issues, ideally with particular emphasis on campaign finance reform.
  • At least five years of policy experience (state or federal level) in government, think-tank or academic setting. A master’s or PhD in political science or related field.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, demonstrating a strong ability to persuade and to debate.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Proficient in working with large databases using statistical programs such as STATA or SPSS.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:
Excellent Writing and Analytical Skills. You have experience executing research and writing projects, from initial concept stage to final drafting of research reports, issue briefs, fact sheets and other materials. You are an agile and versatile writer who can write with a point of view without sacrificing intellectual rigor. You are familiar with key databases (ANES, GSS) and can use statistical programs to generate data output.
 
Proven Leadership Qualities. You are a self-starter who will reliably generate a creative solution to a problem or conflict, and you also volunteer your own time and effort to see it done. You command trust and authority from external and internal stakeholders. Through insightful comments, honest brokering, and a "can-do" attitude, you add value to coalitions. 
 
Commitment to Racial Equity and Justice: You must have an analysis about the role that racial inequality plays in our society and in movement-building, and have demonstrated commitment to fostering cross-racial and -ethnic alliances. 
 
Comfort with Public Speaking: You will be asked to compellingly represent Demos in multiple forums, including some or all of the following: delivering legislative testimony, presenting on panels, facilitating convenings, appearing on radio and television, and training organizers or advocates on policy issues. 
 
The position will be based in New York City or Washington, DC.  In addition to the skills above, candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  
 
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000, commensurate with experience.  We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 20 vacation days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan. 
 
Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   
 
How to Apply: 
Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample reflecting your original work by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com. We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 
 

 

 

Associate Director of Communications


The Associate Director of Communications will develop strategies and manage outreach for a rapidly growing portfolio of projects and dynamic team of issue experts. The Associate Director serves as a key player in enhancing the visibility and impact of the organization’s work, raising the media profile for a wide range of policy and issue advocacy work, as well as our visionary leadership, and elevating Demos as a respected resource for progressive policy analysis. The Associate Director reports to the Director of Communications and works closely with the Development, Advocacy, Research and Legal teams. Must be able to represent the organization well publicly with a variety of target audiences, as well as develop and maintain department systems and infrastructure. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Media Relations: 

  • Assist the Director in the development and implementation of strategic communications plans as well as messaging for Demos’ programs, releases, events and other projects.
  • Provide media relations and outreach support for Demos’ programs, releases, and events.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media contacts covering Demos issue areas, as well as broadcast and cable television producers.
  • Monitor media landscape, news cycle and editorial calendars to identify opportunities for promoting Demos experts, research, and materials across all media.
  • Lead the drafting, editing, and dissemination of press releases, statements and other media-focused materials including op-eds and editorial board memos.
  • With the Director, conduct training sessions for Demos’ staff and fellows to build and maintain media skills and expand the organization’s field of experts. Oversee structure and maintenance of media database.
  • Oversee benchmark setting and departmental reporting on media coverage and impact.

Management: 

  • Assist Director in the development and implementation of departmental work plans and budget.
  • Supervise and conduct annual evaluations for Communications staff.
  • Manage production calendar.
  • Serve as communications liaison to Advocacy, Legal and Development departments, as well as work team coordinators.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

  • Media relations experience: S/he has built and maintained relationships with media, successfully pitched projects to reporters, and secured media coverage.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills: S/he demonstrates the ability to craft clear and effective messaging, and an ability to edit and proofread documents well.
  • Grasp of the media landscape, news cycles and trends: S/he can identify themes and narratives that expand the reach, visibility and impact of Demos' work amongst target audiences, including media, social media and other external partners.
  • Strategic and creative thinker: S/he tests new approaches to disseminating information; identifies new strategies for injecting our ideas into the public debate to help sustain and grow a progressive narrative.
  • Supervisory experience: S/he has managed staff, providing guidance, input and feedback.
  • Outstanding organizational skills: S/he is highly organized, with the ability to multi-task, capture important details and prioritize work. 

We are more interested in these six qualities than in any particular amount of experience, however this is not an entry-level position. Familiarity with Demos’ work and our issue areas is a plus, as well as prior experience in the nonprofit or progressive political arena, or media. We are more interested in these six qualities than in any particular amount of experience, however this is not an entry-level position.  Familiarity with Demos’ work and our issue areas is a plus, as well as prior experience in the nonprofit or progressive political arena, or media. Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The position is full-time and based in New York City.

Salary and Benefits:

Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The position is full-time and based in New York City. Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 20 vacation days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and résumé by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com. We are looking for an immediate hire; application deadline is September 19, 2014. No phone calls please. Only applications submitted through HiringThing will be reviewed.

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.


 

Counsel

 

Demos seeks a highly qualified and motivated Counsel to work on its national program of voting rights and election reform litigation, advocacy and research.  The position is full-time.  Candidates based either in New York City or Boston are preferred, but we will also consider highly-qualified candidates based in Washington DC. The position is funded for an initial one-year period, with the possibility of renewal. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting litigation in pursuit of Demos’ goals, including developing and initiating new litigation, discovery, motion practice, hearings, trials and appeals;
  • Negotiating with state and local officials for settlement agreements, to improve compliance with voting rights laws, and to promote election reform initiatives;
  • Building coalitions with other organizations and advocates at the local, state and national level and with social scientists, private law firms and attorneys, and others in carrying out  Demos’ goals;
  • Conducting and assisting with legal and policy research and writing for diverse audiences to advance Demos’ goals;
  • Engaging in public education and communication on voting rights and election reform issues including public speaking engagements, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds and conferences;
  • Supervising interns and working closely with the entire Demos staff as needed to advance Demos’ initiatives;
  • Engaging in work-related travel as needed.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

  1. A J.D. degree and membership in a state bar, with three to five years of litigation experience, including proven ability to draft pleadings, draft and respond to discovery requests, and engage in motion practice. .
  2. Strong commitment to excellence in legal research and writing, oral advocacy and other litigation skills.
  3. Ability to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple responsibilities.
  4. Strong commitment to advancing Demos’ mission.
  5. Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and with external stakeholders, including persons of diverse backgrounds.

Background and expertise in voting rights or electoral reform work is a strong plus. Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.  We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 20 vacation days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, résumé, and writing sample reflecting your original work by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 

Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace. 


 

Development Intern


The Development Department at Demos is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic intern to join the team, and is able to offer academic credit to students. Candidates should be interested in learning about fundraising in a fast-paced environment and working in a team setting. This internship will include training in and responsibility for a portion of the upkeep of both the fundraising database and our electronic and hard copy filing systems. The intern will also have the opportunity to assist in the planning of our May 2015 annual gala event, and will provide general administrative and logistical support to the Development Department. This is an excellent opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of non-profit fundraising and work closely with high-level staff at a leading public policy center.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain donor records in Raiser’s Edge database and hard copy files;
  • Prepare materials for individuals and foundation donors;
  • Research potential individual and foundation donors, and help to draft summary information for Demos president;
  • Provide administrative support for planning, coordination and production of annual appeal letters and event invitations, including some writing and editing;
  • Assist with organizational and cultivation events, including the annual gala;
  • Support Development and Communications in producing the organization’s annual report, and help to distribute to donors;
  • Assist in pulling donor records for annual internal audit;
  • Other responsibilities, as requested.

The successful candidate will excel in three areas:

  1. Exceptional attention to detail, organizational and interpersonal skills
  2. Strong writing, editing and research abilities
  3. Motivation to take initiative on and ownership of assigned projects

We are more interested in these three qualities than in any particular amount of experience.  However, prior experience in a non-profit environment is a plus. Candidates must bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

This is a full-time paid internship at the rate of $12.25 per hour and is based in New York City.

How to Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls please.

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. 


 

Communications Intern

 

A large part of our work at Demos is shaping the narrative around the issues central to realizing an America where we all have an equal say and an equal chance. That’s where communications—and you—come in.

The communications intern will join a busy team working every day to promote Demos’s original research and advocacy efforts. This internship pays $12.25 an hour.   

Duties include:

Web:

  • Updating Demos.org daily and assisting with the editing of Demos blog PolicyShop, as well as other web-based assignments.
  • Assist in running Demos’ social media accounts, particularly Facebook.

Reporting: 

  • Compile Demos media hits; assist in the production of press hits and analytics roundups.
  •  Monitor traditional and social media for coverage of Demos’ issue areas for opportunities to promote Demos’ work, experts, and messaging.

Events:

  • Help staff and coordinate events.

Publicity:

  • Assist in maintaining HighRise, our press database; building and refining press outreach lists; monitoring staff interactions with members of the press.
  • Occasionally assist with the writing, editing and distribution of communications materials, including press releases and media advisories for organization’s issue and program work.

Other duties as assigned by the Communications team including research and administrative needs.

Requirements:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of Demos’ issues (money in politics, financial reform, voting rights, upward mobility issues)
  • Experience working collaboratively in Google Drive

We are more interested in these qualities than in any particular amount of experience.  However, prior experience in a non-profit environment is a plus and experience working on a Mac is a plus. Candidates must bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The position is full-time and based in New York City.

How to Apply:
Upload application at http://demos.hiringthing.com/. We are looking for an immediate hire.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls please. 

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.