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Director of Policy and Research
 

The Director manages multiple research staff and oversees research projects and reports and other publications, while also leading in the strategic development of policy goals and new work areas. The Director is a co-management position, working closely with Demos’ current Director of Policy and Research. The Director will report to the Vice President for Policy and Research and serve as a member of Demos’ Senior Leadership Council.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  •  Supervision of research team members in the execution of projects and publications including major reports, advocacy briefs, government testimony, regulatory comments, infographics and other visuals. This responsibility includes project/publication planning and oversight of all elements of project execution, including data work and statistical analyses of varying complexity, policy design, report writing, and coordination of research content and report releases with advocacy goals and communications strategies. From time to time, the Director will manage work done by consultants, including management of the contract and deliverables.
  • Leading the strategic development of Demos’ research agenda and policy goals, including the development of new work areas under advisement of Demos’ Executive Committee, Senior Leadership Council, and Board of Trustees.
  • Department-level management responsibilities, including facilitation of project-team meetings, execution of departmental responsibilities in cross-organizational activities and commitments, annual performance reviews, providing support for team members’ professional development, and representing the research department in Demos board meetings and other official settings.
  • Maintaining/initiating strong, meaningful relationships with external allies including grass-roots advocacy organizations, economic and democracy policy organizations, academics, and officeholders.
  • Fundraising responsibilities including grant writing and reporting, building strong relationships with foundation staff and individual donors, and locating new sources of funds
  • Expert communications, including government testimony, public speaking, and print and broadcast media interviews.   
  • Other tasks as requested from time to time by the Vice President, Policy and Research.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • You have at least 7 years’ experience in the public policy field and at least 2 years’ experience as a supervisor of research staff and manager of research projects in a public policy setting, with a clear pattern of increasing responsibility.
  • You are a creative and strategic thinker, with the ability to conceptualize impactful new projects and research agendas, policy priorities and content, and new work areas in alignment with evolving strategic goals and a changing political landscape. This strategic capability requires the Director to have substantial expertise in, or the ability to quickly gain fluency in, Demos’ major issue areas and potential new work areas, in addition to having broader fluency in the progressive policy landscape and policy history.
  • You understand the role research plays in supporting effective campaigns and agenda setting, and can work effectively with grassroots partners and advocates at the state and national level.
  •  You have substantial familiarity with socioeconomic and political data sets and statistical methods, and the ability to assess and troubleshoot data approaches and findings with research staff.
  • You are committed to leading on racial equity, with a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and you can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign. You are committed to and will thrive in Demos’ culture of social respect, shared responsibility, and consistent feedback.
  • You have a strong track record of managing high-quality policy reports from concept stage through public release.
  • You are a strong writer and editor in a variety of formats, including policy reports, legislative testimony, public speeches, and articles and popular commentaries.
  • You can help Demos build and maintain a robust network of relationships with external stakeholders, including organizational allies, funders, thought leaders, and academics.
  • You are a skilled public speaker who will embrace professional development opportunities to continually improve your communication skills.       
  • You have an advanced degree in the social sciences or a related field, or equivalent experience outside of academia. 

The most successful candidates will also display some of the following skills:

  • A wide network of professional and personal relationships in the progressive advocacy landscape and with legislative staff.

  • Experience working with state and local advocacy partners

  • Federal, state, and/or local lobbying experience on Demos’ issues.

  • Extensive broadcast media experience.

  • Fundraising knowledge, experience, and success.

Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  The position is full-time.  Ideally the position will be based in New York but we will consider other locations for strong candidates.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.  We have a generous benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 20 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Upload a résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role 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 LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   

 




Director of Campaigns and Outreach

 

This position is geared to experienced professionals with at least 6 years of experience in a senior leadership role within an organization and 8 years experience as a supervisor. The successful candidate will play a senior role leading the Campaigns Team and serve on the organization’s Senior Leadership Council. Responsibilities will include leading strategies and tactics to move a policy agenda, including catalyzing and leading partnerships and joint campaigns with a range of local, state and federal allies, as well as with elected officials. We are especially seeking candidates who have been recognized as leaders in their previous fields of work and have a strong movement-building orientation.

The successful candidates will join a Campaigns Team that places a high value on diversity, rigor and fun and is committed to distributed leadership. This position reports to our Vice President of Policy and Strategic Partnerships.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • With the guidance of the Vice President of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, set and achieve annual goals for Demos’ campaigns and strategic partnerships;
  • Spearhead partnership management, including operationalizing partnerships to advance and develop collaborative programs;
  • Provide senior-level leadership to Demos’ Campaigns Team: recruit, train, and supervise members of the Campaigns Team, including supervising other senior staff;
  • Help set Demos’ annual policy goals and legislative targets;
  • Supervise and draft content for policy advocacy materials, such as policy briefs and testimonies;
  • In addition to managing campaign staff, lead your own portfolio of campaigns and advocacy goals;
  • Contribute to fundraising by drafting grant proposals and reports; maintaining relationships with funders, and working collaboratively with our development team;
  • Work closely with the Communications Department to develop communications plans to reach our campaign and advocacy goals, including working across teams to manage rapid response strategic communications at key campaign moments, and work collaboratively with communications staff on long-term communications plans for our campaign and partnership work;
  • Other responsibilities as requested.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • Leading on racial equity: You have a sophisticated understanding of how racialized dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign. 
  • Proven success as a long-term supervisor: You bring more than 6 years of experience (or the equivalent management expertise) as a supervisor, and have experience managing teams with diverse skill-sets in a campaign oriented, advocacy environment. You have demonstrated success with professional development, including with mid and senior level staff, and are skilled with giving regular, developmental feedback.
  • Proven success as a campaign or partnerships manager: You command trust and authority from external and internal stakeholders and, through honest brokering, add value to coalitions. You have a history of building alignment based on values and long-term vision that has resulted in expanding a set of stakeholders and partners, and advancing campaigns. You meet people where they are and win people to your point of view, when needed.
  • Systems thinker with attention to detail, high standards for work products and for relationship management: You like setting ambitious goals, and bring rigor to your work and management.
  • Facilitation and training experience: You are a dynamic facilitator with the ability to build and move a diverse group through a process; you can motivate action, and have experience training organizers or advocates on policy issues or best practices for campaigning.
  • Ability to quickly gain deep issue fluency: You have a demonstrated ability to quickly gain fluency in new policy areas.
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment and manage workflow across teams and departments: You prioritize and switch gears quickly between the multiple projects on your plate. You successfully plan and coordinate workflow across teams, consistently meet deadlines and motivate others to do the same. You are comfortable designing and directing others to use project management systems that include Google docs and/or other online workflow management tools. 

The most competitive candidates will demonstrate several of the following skills and experiences:

  • Experienced movement-builder: Your previous work includes conceptualizing, building and playing a leadership role in transformative organizing campaigns, field expansion efforts, and/or collaborations designed to make strategic interventions in a field or sector.
  • Compelling public speaker: You have a track record of compellingly representing organizations in multiple forums, including delivering legislative testimony, speaking with the media, and presenting on public-facing panels.
  • Well-networked and deep connections across the progressive and social justice movement(s):  You have a strong set of relationships within the progressive movement, ideally including both national and state-based policy, advocacy and grassroots organizing groups and networks.
  • Issue fluency in our core issues: Experience and expertise with at least one of Demos’ core issues: democracy reform (campaign finance and voting rights) or economic opportunity (college affordability, economic opportunity and/or workers’ rights).
  • Successful experience with fundraising and maintaining relationships with funders: You have written materials for funders and successfully engaged funders as collaborators in programmatic work and discrete projects.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural: You bring bilingual language skills and or bicultural fluency into your work.
  • Familiarity with the following workflow and relationship management tools: DARCIs or MOCHAs; Base Camp, Evernote, Sales Force; and an interest in detail oriented systems.
  • Great sense of humor: While bringing rigor and high-standards, you compliment that with a great sense of humor and an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this position is competitive for our sector with a range that depends on experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 20 vacation days per year, 9 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Send a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role and attach a résumé. Please upload materials at: 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. 

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


 

Director of Talent

 

Demos seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial professional to lead the organization’s efforts to recruit, train and retain top-quality talent. As the organization’s first Director of Talent, s/he will be responsible for developing and executing a full cycle talent strategy; leading the organization’s talent sourcing and tracking, staffing, and professional development. The ideal candidate will be a strong strategic thinker with experience in nonprofit management, and have a proven track record of driving organizational talent. This individual will bring a passion for creating innovative pathways to recruit and develop high-performing staff. The Director of Talent will have experience in planning and execution, working under tight deadlines, managing through change and scale complexity without sacrificing attention to detail and thoroughness.  Limited travel is required.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Talent Acquisition:

  • Develop and lead an organization-wide strategy for recruiting and retaining a high-quality and racially diverse staff, including identifying talent within and outside the organization;
  • Work with senior management to enhance organization-wide workforce planning, recruitment, and retention;
  • Identify and nurture external relationships to ensure a broad and diverse candidate pool and that Demos hires candidates in an efficient and timely way;
  • Work with team leads to draft job descriptions and screen candidates;
  • Recommend Applicant Tracking System to best meet organizational hiring needs;

Change Management:

  • As the organization grows and evolves, manage the people side of change.  Create a structured change management strategy so there is consistency in adopting change for every employee, every project, and every work team or department.
  • Identify the most expected and potential points of resistance to organizational change. Develop counter strategies to reduce the resistance and address the doubts and uncertainty surrounding the change to foster a positive acceptance of change.

Performance Management and Compensation:

  • Develop a robust performance management strategy tied to quantitative and qualitative organizational goals;
  • Create systems to ensure that supervisors provide meaningful and actionable evaluations;
  • Set high expectations for accountability and deliver consistent, candid, appropriate, and targeted feedback;
  • Develop a compensation philosophy, ensuring that compensation at Demos is externally competitive and internally consistent;
  • Manage staff off boarding processes;
  • Coach supervisors on how to deal with problematic performance issues and participate in performance improvement plan or termination meetings;

Leadership Training and Professional Development:

  • Update onboarding processes to comprehensively introduce new staff to the organization with a focus on incorporating organizational racial equity learning content;
  • Oversee the training and coaching of staff;
  • Ensure that supervisors and staff members are regularly engaging in feedback conversations and that supervisors are continuously coaching and mentoring supervisees;
  • Support a culture of continuous learning, ensuring that staff have access to continued professional development training and opportunities for growth;
  • Partner with senior staff to establish and cultivate organizational practices that support a positive organizational culture and relationships;
  • Coordinate and design high-quality professional development opportunities and learning resources aligned with growth plans, performance standards and improvement needs for staff;
  • Identify and coordinate learning resources for optimal supervisory performance in a social movement environment.

The successful candidate must have the following experience skills:

Nonprofit talent management and recruitment experience: You have a track record of success in nonprofit management, talent management, organizational development, recruitment or a related field.  You are dedicated to building and maintaining a positive organizational culture in a dynamic environment. You have the ability to coach and mentor direct reports, peers, and senior leaders on sound talent management practices.  You have a track record of driving organizational results by coaching and mentoring.

Exceptional detail-oriented project management:  You can delegate effectively, manage multiple priorities, organize a large volume of work and keep it flowing through the pipeline. You are a problem solver, tenacious, and proactive with the ability to get things done.  You have a track record of developing and implementing new or improved systems and processes, achieving strong results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style.

A demonstrated commitment to racial equity: You have a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization.

Strategic thinking: You enjoy strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills, and bring intellectual depth and maturity to work with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.  You have the ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and persuade others to implement it.

Excellent relationship building skills:  You have a demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

An interest in Demos’ programmatic areas of work would be a plus.  Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.  The ideal candidates will be enthusiastic about operating amidst complexity and change.  The position is full-time and based in New York City and will require limited travel for recruitment and networking purposes.

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, 12 sick days per year, 10 paid holidays per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:
 

Send a thoughtful 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. 

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


 

Senior Foundation Relations Manager 

 

The Senior Foundation Relations Manager oversees and provides leadership and strategic direction to Demos’ Foundation relationships. Reporting to the Director of Development, they are responsible for managing Demos’ extensive portfolio of Foundation relationships and grants ranging from thousands-of-dollars to grants of $1 million and above. The Senior Foundation Relations Manager is a member of the Development department, a talented team of seven staff, and directly manages the Foundation Relations Associate and outside grantwriting consultant (as needed). This position is located in Demos’ New York City office.

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive foundations fundraising plan;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, coordinate the cultivation and stewardship of foundation relationships in support of Demos activities;
  • In concert with the Foundation Relations Associate, draft proposals, reports, concept papers, letters of intent and any other needed communications as well as staffing key Demos personnel and overseeing ongoing strategy for outreach;
  • Cultivating, securing and stewarding own portfolio of Foundation funders and relationships;
  • Directly supervise the Foundation Relations Associate, overseeing that role’s assistance in the development of letters of inquiry, grant proposals, reports, and other relevant materials to deadline;
  • Lead on prospecting and research to develop new leads for foundation funding;
  • Coordinate funder meetings and calls, and lead on briefing and strategizing with key staff in advance.
  • Participate in calls and meetings as appropriate with program officers, and direct follow up in service of institutional goals;
  • Work with the Director of Development to develop compelling funder communications as part of a broader outreach and ongoing engagement strategy;
  • Work with the Director of Development and senior staff to project and monitor foundation gifts towards one-year and multi-year revenue projections;
  • Work with program staff and the Grants Administrator to oversee monitoring of grant deliverables and communications with funders about adjustments to deliverables;
  • Help coordinate grant-related aspects of joint projects between Dēmos and partner organizations to ensure that funder requirements are met;
  • Other duties as assigned, from time to time, by the Director of Development.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills: Verbal and written communication is a significant component of this role, and the right candidate must possess proficient skills and have substantial experience with persuasive writing, understand writing to unique audiences, and editing other people’s work.

Demonstrated background in Foundation fundraising: You’ve worked in development preferably at a think-tank, advocacy organization, grassroots organization, or political campaign, and are very familiar with the progressive field. You have significant experience raising money from foundations and have directly created grant prospect strategies, engaged in prospect cultivation, solicited gifts, and stewarded funders post-gift. You are flexible with an entrepreneurial spirit and can identify – and are willing to seize -- fundraising opportunities as they arise.

Strong people-oriented leader: You know how to manage staff and hold strong relationships with numerous staff across an organization. You have exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to listen, develop and maintain strong relationships, with the ability to call upon assistance from staff as needed and sometimes with incredibly tight deadlines.

Intellectual Curiosity: You are naturally interested in the work of the organization and are eager to get ‘into the weeds’ with program staff. You have a demonstrated practice of continually educating yourself and staying up-to-date on organizational programs and priorities and you conduct your foundation relations work from a place of strong organizational understanding.

Exceptional detail-oriented project manager: You can delegate effectively, manage multiple priorities, organize a large volume of work and keep it flowing through the pipeline. You are a problem solver, tenacious, and proactive with the ability to get things done, and are comfortable working in a fluid, multiple-stakeholder environment. You come to the table with ideas and a plan, and can make it happen with support and guidance.

A demonstrated commitment to racial equity: You have a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience and skills:

A sense of humor.

Knowledge of political and electoral fundraising and/or 501c4 fundraising approaches.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $75,000- $80,000 and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 10 paid holidays per year, 20 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Send a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role, and include your salary requirements, and attach a résumé. Please upload materials at 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.

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


 

Annual Giving Manager

 

Reporting to the Director of Development the Annual Giving Manager oversees the organization’s Annual Giving fundraising program, focused on cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all donors under $5,000. This consists of building out a macro-level Annual Giving fundraising program, including building strategy, structure and implementation of both a physical mail program and in collaboration with the Communications team, leading, managing and growing the organization’s online fundraising activity as well. This position will also maintain a portfolio of relationships for more direct personal cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of donors in the $2,500-$5,000 range and will utilize a Moves Management structure to manage these donors as well as work to elevate them into the organization’s Major Giving program consisting of donors above $5,000. Finally, this position will also assist with fundraising activity around the organization’s annual Gala event, and will be the point person for the Development Department related to management and usage of the organization’s database (Salesforce). This position is located in Demos’ New York City office.

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Development and implementation of annual and multi-year strategy for building out and running a program to acquire, cultivate, solicit, steward and graduate donors through the organization’s Annual Giving program;
  • Identification and creation of any needed organizational materials to assist with donor engagement;
  • Developing, leading and managing the organization’s digital fundraising program and ensuring that the program maintains or exceeds industry standard benchmarks;
  • Manage a portfolio of 25-50 higher-level individual donors for which this position will provide higher-level of personal engagement and cultivation;
  • Act as development liaison to Communications,
  • Serve as point person for all Development Department needs and activities around organization’s Salesforce database;
  • Assist with fundraising activity around annual Gala event;
  • Ensure administrative operations for Annual Giving program, including timely process for sending gift acknowledgement letters and managing end-of-year fundraising program, among other activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

Analytical mindset: You love data, and even more than that, you love analyzing data. This position is about cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a large group of donors who are too numerous to receive significant personal attention. Therefore they will need to be strategically managed at a macro level and success in this role will be the ability to move the needle on various fundraising metrics around the program. The successful candidate must be willing and eager to dive into this data analysis and in finding ways to move the needle to continue to grow the program.

Exceptional detail oriented project manager: You can manage a lot of projects at the same time and jump between them with ease. You are a problem solver, tenacious, and proactive with the ability to get things done, and are comfortable working in a fluid, multiple-stakeholder environment. You come to the table with ideas and a plan, and can make it happen with support and guidance.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills: Verbal and written communication is a significant component of this role, and the right candidate must possess proficient skills and have substantial experience with persuasive writing, understand writing to unique audiences, and editing other people’s work.

Customer service oriented: You don’t mind sometimes dealing with challenging people and you feel comfortable being the first point of contact for an organization in regards to answering questions and assisting donors. You know how to handle challenging personalities and can maintain your cool in sometimes challenging interpersonal circumstances.

A demonstrated commitment to racial equity: You have a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience and skills:

A sense of humor.

Knowledge of political and electoral fundraising and/or 501c4 fundraising approaches.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $50,000- $75,000 and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 10 paid holidays per year, 20 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Send a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role, and include your salary requirements, and attach a résumé. Please upload materials at 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.

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


 

Database Manager

 

Demos seeks an experienced Database Manager to support the growing data integration, strategy development and implementation needs of the organization by managing and ensuring the integrity of our newly implemented Salesforce database. The Database Manager position will be a key member of the Finance and Administration team, leading all aspects of effective usage of Salesforce and data management across the organization.  The position will provide support to each organizational department in regards to data collection and their data needs, as well as conduct regular efforts to ensure the ongoing cleanliness of the organization’s data and database. In addition, this position will lead the organization’s overall strategy and direction for effective use of the Salesforce platform and effective and strategic use of data across the organization. The position is full-time and based in New York City.

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Develop, lead and implement overall data strategy for the organization and in particular for effective usage of the Salesforce platform;
  • Create and maintain system configuration and documentation including of workflow rules and procedures for data input, as well as approval processes;
  • Develop and deliver targeted training to current and new users, maintain training documentation, and provide ongoing support to users;
  • Ensure data and record integrity through routine management of the database;
  • Manage and maintain integrations with apps, including campaigns (KnowWho), email (MailChimp), online fundraising (Classy) and event management (Eventbrite) tools;
  • Manage regular data imports, including leading on a project to migrate legacy data from Research, Legal and Campaigns teams into the database in a way that ensures record integrity;Optimize functionality of database by staying up-to-date on system improvements, best practice, and new apps to identify areas of innovation;
  • Responsible for setting and updating permissions and customizing page layouts according to the users’ role in the organization;
  • Provide top-level support to each department including more complex data imports and pulls and providing guidance and expertise towards effective use of tools for achieving organizational goals.

Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • Outstanding database and computer skills: You have a strong proficiency with Salesforce, and preferably with specific experience with the Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack in particular, as well as experience with other databases such as Raiser’s Edge. You also have experience creating structures for data systems and knowledge of best practices and ability to manipulate, analyze and clearly present data for the purpose of fundraising strategy, organizational projects and communications.
  • Self-starter and entrepreneurial spirit: You have the ability to initiate and lead projects independently; develop and implement strategies for innovation and ability to move individual projects and the broader organization forward in regards to its effective use of data and data management tools.  
  • Exceptional communicator: You have proven experience training non-data focused staff on how to use an organizational database and demonstrated ability to communicate across departments with competing demands.
  • Good judgement: You are able to maintain confidential and sensitive information and effectively prioritize multiple deadlines and organizational needs.
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity: You have a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization. 

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience and skills: 

A sense of humor. 

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 $65,000- $75,000 and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 10 paid holidays per year, 20 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.    

How to Apply

Upload a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role, and include your salary requirements, and attach a résumé. Please upload materials at 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.  

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

 


Economist / Senior Policy Analyst

 

The Economist or Senior Policy Analyst will develop and execute quantitative research on a range of issues related to economic security and upward mobility, with a specific focus on racial wealth inequality. The position is housed within the research team at Demos and will report to the Director of Policy and Research.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Developing narrative-changing research on a range of issues related to economic and racial inequality, including wealth, jobs and wages.
• Producing descriptive statistics and running regression models for analysis.
• Writing long-form and short-form publications based on the research including research reports, issue briefs, fact sheets and opinion articles.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

• Deep Data Expertise. You are proficient in using one or more statistical software packages such as Stata, SPSS or R. You have deep familiarity working with microdata from U.S. statistical agencies and other sources of household data, including proficiency with the American Community Survey (ACS), Current Population Survey (CPS), and Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF).

• 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.

• Strategic and Creative Thinking. You understand that ideas matter and view research as a critical component for creating the public and political will for change. You are curious by nature, and eager to uncover new analyses that can advance the public debate.

• Developed Racial Equity Analysis & Practice. You have a well-developed racial equality analysis and consistently integrate this analysis into your work projects and personal interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of your job responsibilities and projects.

• External Outreach and Collaboration. You are skilled at identifying and cultivating productive relationships with key individuals in academia, government, and policy and advocacy organizations.

Advanced degree in economics, sociology or public policy is required. Title will be determined based on educational background. Experience working in a think-tank or public policy setting is a plus. Active engagement in the media and public speaking, or willingness to increase your public engagement with support and training resources from Demos, is also a plus. 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 or Washington, DC, with a strong preference for 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 a thoughtful cover letter and résumé and a writing sample 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. 

Dēmos 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.  
 



Policy Analyst—Racial Equity

 

The Policy Analyst will produce quantitative analyses and policy research on a range of issues related to economic security and upward mobility, with a specific focus on racial wealth inequality. The position is housed within the research team at Demos and will report to the Director of Policy and Research.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Executing narrative-changing research on a range of issues related to economic and racial inequality, including wealth, jobs and wages.
  • Producing descriptive statistics and data analyses that support our policy goals.
  • Authoring or co-authoring long-form and short-form publications, including research reports, issue briefs, policy explainers, fact sheets, blogs, and opinion articles.
  • Supporting senior research colleagues with data gathering, policy research, literature reviews and other needs.
  • Other tasks as needed for the research department and other departments. 

The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:

  • Basic Data Expertise. You have training and previous experience in using one or more statistical software packages such as Stata, SPSS or R. You have basic familiarity and experience in working with microdata from U.S. statistical agencies and other sources of household data, such as the American Community Survey (ACS), Current Population Survey (CPS), and Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF).
  • Strong Writing and Analytical Skills. You have previous experience in data and policy analysis for publications in the public policy field, and you are a strong writer who can provide solid draft material for reports and grow into a lead author of major policy publications. You are able to write with a point of view without sacrificing intellectual rigor.
  • Strategic and Creative Thinking. You understand that ideas matter and view research as a critical component for creating the public and political will for change. You are curious by nature, and eager to apply yourself in helping to expand and shape our research agenda around racial wealth gaps and other forms of racial inequity in the economy. You are eager to contribute to bold, over the horizon policy solutions that will close that racial wealth gaps in this country.
  • Commitment to Racial Equity Analysis & Practice. You have a demonstrated commitment to expressing and advancing a strong racial equity analysis and you embrace the responsibility of consistently integrate this understanding into your work projects and personal interactions in the context of your job responsibilities.
  • Advanced degree or Equivalent Experience. You have an advanced degree in economics, sociology, or public policy, or equivalent experience outside of academia.

Experience working in a think-tank or public policy setting is a plus. Active engagement in the media and public speaking, or willingness to increase your public engagement with support and training resources from Demos, is also a plus. 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 or Washington, DC, with a strong preference for New York City.

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000 and commensurate with experience.  We have a generous benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 20 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Upload a résumé, writing sample, and a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role 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 LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   


Senior Counsel

 

Dēmos seeks a highly qualified and motivated Senior Counsel to work with the Demos Legal Team on its national program of litigation, legal strategies and policy development to further our goal of an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.  The ideal candidate will have strong legal skills with demonstrated success in leading litigation or legal policy initiatives; have a passion for Demos’ issue areas and for advancing positive change through litigation and legal strategies; have a demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting; and an ability to bring a racial equity lens and an analysis of structural racism to Demos’ legal work and initiatives.

The Senior Counsel may work in either the New York, Washington, D.C., or Boston office of Dēmos.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting and managing litigation in pursuit of Demos’ goals, including developing, initiating, and leading new litigation (whether in an existing or new area of work);
  • Conducting and assisting with legal and policy research and writing for diverse audiences to advance Demos’ goals, including policy analysis to develop legislative proposals;
  • Working with state and local officials to improve compliance with civil rights laws and promote policy reform initiatives;
  • Building coalitions with other organizations and advocates at the local, state and national level and with social scientists, scholars, private law firms and attorneys, and others in carrying out  Demos’ goals;
  • Engaging in public education and communication and representing Demos in public settings including public speaking engagements, conferences, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds and;
  • Supervising and/or delegating work to more junior litigation staff and interns, and working closely with the Legal Team and entire Demos staff as needed, to advance Demos’ initiatives;
  • Bringing a racial equity lens and an analysis of structural racism to Demos’ legal work and initiatives.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • High level of legal skills. At least 8-10 years of legal experience, with demonstrated success in leading sophisticated litigation or legal policy initiatives, strong legal writing and research skills, achievement of high standards in quality of legal work, and increasing responsibility over course of legal career;
  • Passion for Demos’ mission and familiarity with core issues. Demonstrated commitment to Demos’ goals and mission, including experience or familiarity with one or more of the substantive areas of Demos’ work;
  • Ability to work successfully in team setting and supervise more junior legal staff. Experience in working as part of a collaborative team to advance organizational or institutional goals, demonstrated success in building respectful working relationships with colleagues and allies; and experience in supervising work of more junior colleagues and assisting more junior colleagues in developing their skills and knowledge of litigation process.
  • Strong racial equity analysis. Ability to clearly and consistently articulate a sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism, and knowledge into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects; awareness of multiple group identities and their attendant dynamics, and ability to bring a high level of self-awareness, empathy, and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions.

The most competitive candidates will also demonstrate one or more of the following skills and experiences:

  • Movement orientation. You bring a movement orientation to legal work, and have experience working with and building networks and relationships with other progressive organizations and advocates in one or more areas of Demos’ work.
  • Public Presentation. You are an effective public speaker. You are experienced with presenting to groups and at conferences. You are comfortable with or willing to be trained to engage in media interviews or appearances on our issues.
  • Ability to Write Effectively for Non-Legal Audiences.  You have experience writing for effectively for non-legal audiences through blogging, op eds, reports or briefing papers, or other similar outlets.

·         Bilingual and/or Bicultural: You bring bilingual language skills and/or bicultural fluency into your work.
 

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position is $75,000- 100,000 and is commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 10 paid holidays per year, 20 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Send a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role and attach a résumé. Please upload materials at:http://demos.hiringthing.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls please. 

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


Executive Assistant, Legal Strategies  

 

Demos is seeking a positive, highly-organized lover of details with a strong ability to communicate with staff at all levels of the organization to provide administrative, scheduling, and other support for our Vice President of Policy and Legal Strategies.  The Executive Assistant, Legal Strategies will also oversee facility support for our Boston office, handle logistics for meetings that are sponsored by Demos’ Legal Team, and provide support to the Legal Director on specific items. 

The successful candidate will be exceptionally detail-oriented and have past experience and strong proficiency in scheduling meetings, appointments and travel for a supervisor or group of colleagues. S/he will be an exceptional independent problem-solver and communicator and be comfortable respectfully “managing up”.  The ability to handle multiple responsibilities and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced work environment with independence and initiative is essential to success. S/he will be a self-starter and have the ability to complete tasks and projects with minimal supervision. S/he will be an individual with excellent judgment that executive staff can trust with confidential information. Strong writing and communication skills, organizational skills, skills with standard office software and programs, and attention to detail and accuracy are a must.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling and travel arrangements:
    • Manage the calendar and appointments of the Vice President, Policy and Legal Strategies in service to her programmatic and organizational priorities (surfacing scheduling questions, getting aligned on tradeoffs, ensuring enough space/travel time between meetings, etc.)
    • Manage e-mail to pull out and organize to-do items
    • Arrange travel and create itineraries for the Vice President, Policy and Legal Strategies, and Legal Director
    • Plan and prepare materials for meetings and travel of the Vice President, Policy and Legal Strategies, and the Legal Director
  • Administrative support for the Vice President, Policy and Legal Strategies:
    • Maintain the Vice President, Legal Strategies’ contact databases
    • Assist with creation of PowerPoints and using other presentation software
    • Maintain files and archiving documents for Boston office
    • Reconcile expenses for the Vice President, Legal Strategies and the Legal Director
    • Answer phones and check voicemail messages
    • Draft and edit materials and correspondence, as requested
    • General research support, as requested
  • Facility Support:
    • Support for the Boston office, including ordering supplies, overseeing IT and phone support, handling mail, equipment repair, recycling, services from building management, and general troubleshooting for computer, printer, copier or other facility issues.
    • Greet visitors at the door
  • Meetings and event support:
    • Responsible for logistics for meetings sponsored by the Legal Team
    • Provide support for programmatic events

Other tasks as assigned by the Vice President, Policy and Legal Strategies and the Director of Legal Strategies

The successful candidate will excel in the following areas:

  1. Is known for being highly organized, with strong attention to detail and consistently meeting deadlines. 
  1. Is an excellent communicator, both in-person and in writing.
  1. Has excellent problem-solving skills and a strong sense of ownership over tasks, including follow-through, and has a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.
  1. Is relentlessly positive and flexible and understands supporting two busy staff is integral to the team’s effectiveness.
  1. Has strong proficiency with standard office software including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook and other platforms.
  1. Is interested in expanding analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and has a strong interest in building or deepening their commitment to racial justice work. 

Prior experience in a support position and an interest in Dēmos’ mission are a plus. Candidates should bring a strong commitment to excellence, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The position is full-time and based in our Boston office.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $40,000- $50,000 and is 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:

Upload a thoughtful cover letter and résumé at http://demos.hiringthing.com  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 LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   



Demos Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships

 

Demos is interested in hearing from law students seeking post-graduate fellowships. Post-graduate fellows at Demos work within the legal department under the close supervision of senior attorneys for one year following law school graduation. Fellows assist in litigation, legal strategy, policy analysis and advocacy in the areas of freedom to vote, money in politics, racial equity and/or economic justice.

Students must secure funding for this position. We encourage students to contact their schools regarding potential funding available for post-graduate fellowships at Demos.

Students interested in a post-graduate fellowship at Demos should submit a letter of interest and resume via email to Demos Legal Director Lisa Danetz (ldanetz at demos.org). Please state in your letter the potential sources of funding that are available to you.

We assess submissions and select candidates on a case-by-case and rolling basis. Please do not call about this position. We regret that we cannot respond to all inquiries.