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Emerging Voices Fellow

 

The Emerging Voices Fellow will give voice to strong progressive values within Demos’ core areas of work: expanding the freedom to vote, addressing the role of money in politics, rebuilding pathways to the middle class, limiting corporate and financial sector power, and advancing racial equity.  This fellowship is dedicated to developing junior writers and thinkers, in order to help them enter important public debates with a dynamic progressive voice. 

As part of Demos’ Emerging Voices Initiative, the aim of the fellowship is to diversify the pipeline of public intellectuals and policy journalists in American political debates.  As such, the fellowship provides one year of financial support, intellectual mentorship, media training, and deep integration with a professional communications platform, which includes the Demos blog, PolicyShop, as well as our print, social and broadcast media activity.  The Fellow will report to Rich Benjamin, Director of the Fellows Program.

Candidates should be first and foremost strong writers—with backgrounds in investigative journalism, criticism, feature writing, policy analysis, blogging or other commentary. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a strong grasp of the pace of political and policy debate and be capable of engaging at the appropriate speed. Candidates with demonstrable interest affecting change in under-represented communities, and with diverse social backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Researching and writing commentary for media outlets on regular basis, and representing Demos in the media.
  • Contributing regularly to Demos’ PolicyShop blog (2-4 posts a week).
  • Participating in the organization’s programmatic work, alongside Demos staff.
  • Conceiving and forging own research and commentary agenda, with advice and consultation among Demos staff.
  • Contributing to organization’s public events.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, demonstrating a strong ability to research, analyze, and persuade the public on complex ideas.
  • Disciplined self-starter. Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities while meeting deadlines. But must also have ability to generate ideas and to deliver work inspired by own initiative.
  • Strong commitment to advancing Demos’ mission and to excellence in research and communication as an emerging public intellectual.
  • Some publication credits (essays, blog posts, reviews, or other formats), ideally which advance a compelling progressive narrative of our democracy and/or economy.

We are more interested in these qualities than in any particular amount of experience. However, strong leadership ability, public speaking skills, facility with multi-disciplinary thinking, capacity for multi-issue research, and progressive volunteerism experience are highly advantageous.  While not required, an interest and track record addressing Latino social-political issues in the contemporary United States is an added value. This includes Latino civic involvement, Latinos and the economy (wages, education, housing, wealth), Latino politics, and Latino civil rights (voting rights policy, immigration, etc). 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 in New York City.  Bilingualism in Spanish is a plus, but not a requirement. 

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this fellowship is $50,000. 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 cover letter, résumé, a 2-3 page statement of your research and writing plans for the fellowship year, and a writing sample by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  No phone calls please. Candidates should be available to start in Fall 2014, date negotiable.

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.



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. 
 

 

 

Media Relations Manager


Demos seeks an energetic communications professional to help manage a rapidly growing portfolio of projects. The Media Relations Manager serves a critical role in enhancing the visibility and impact of a wide range of policy and issue advocacy work. The Media Relations Manager reports directly to the Director of Communications, supervises Communications Associate and Assistant, and works closely with 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:

  • Assist the Director in the development and implementation of strategic communications plans as well as messaging for Demos’ programs, releases, events and other projects.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media contacts covering Demos issue areas, as well as broadcast and cable television producers.
  • Monitor news cycle as well as editorial calendars to identify opportunities for promoting Demos experts, research, and materials across all media.
  • Provide media relations and outreach support for Demos’ programs, releases, and events.
  • Lead the drafting, editing, and dissemination of press releases, statements and other media-focused materials including op-eds and editorial board memos.
  • Oversee structure and maintenance of media database.
  • Oversee comprehensive research on media landscape of Demos issue areas as well as departmental reporting on media coverage and impact.
  • Assist Director in the development and implementation of departmental work plans and budget.
  • Supervise and conduct annual evaluations for Communications Associate and Assistant.
  • Manage production calendar.
  • Work with the Director to integrate advocacy-focused media and social media outreach with overall communications strategy.
  • Serve as communications liaison to work team coordinators and department heads.

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. 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 so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  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.   


 

 

 

Individual Giving Manager


We are looking for a supremely organized, energetic, and creative individual to join the development department of Demos, a national public policy organization that is a key player in the progressive movement. You will be a member of a collegiate, driven development department with the highest of standards, which is looking to evolve our individual giving program. You should be thoughtful, persistent, and enjoy working with a range of different people (from policy analysts and advocates to lawyers and communications experts), look forward to being a thought partner on strategy, and excel at juggling responsibility for multiple projects. This position is ideal for someone who has development experience with an emphasis on individual giving, and who strongly relates to Demos’ mission and work. 

The Individual Giving Manager is responsible for supporting all activities of the Individual Giving Program, helping to achieve short and long-term individual giving goals, and maintaining and expanding the major donor, base donor and family foundation portfolios and revenue. 

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

  • Draft major donor and family foundation proposals and reports;
  • Draft and edit content for base donor direct mail and e-appeals;
  • Produce acknowledgement letters for individual gifts, including annual tax letters;
  • Help to execute end of year staff phone-a-thon; 
  • Support Director of Development on personalized updates to individual donors and compiling outreach lists;
  • Conduct prospect research for individuals;
  • Carry out donor cultivation strategies and MOVES management;
  • Carry out delivery of donor circle benefits (events, updates, etc);
  • Serve as point on annual gala planning and execution, run internal gala planning meetings, as well as logistics at the event;
  • Support Director of Development on donor cultivation event logistics;
  • Carry out planned giving strategy;
  • Support President and Vice Presidents in fundraising from individuals by preparing call lists, advising on meeting preparation and travel plans, note-taking on calls, and drafting correspondence;
  • Serve as Raiser’s Edge database administrator, responsible for all trouble-shooting, clean-up, administration, data entry, query management, training new staff and updating of internal manual;
  • Responsible for maintaining electronic & hard copy filing systems for individuals;
  • Reconcile individual gifts, deposits and batches and coordinate with Finance Department;
  • Work with Communications Department to update website pages related to individual donors, and serve as liaison with external online donation processing;

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities: 

  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously, often under time constraints;
  • Self-starting, entrepreneurial, independent sensibility required, but ability to work in a team-oriented setting;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience in special event creation and management;
  • A high level of proficiency  in Raiser’s Edge is a huge advantage;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, and wealth screening software strongly preferred.
  • A sense of humor, and a healthy amount of levity.

We are more interested in these qualities than in any particular amount of experience, however prior experience in fundraising with an emphasis on individual giving is ideal. 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: 

Upload 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.  

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.  


 

Administration Intern


Demos is seeking an Administration Intern in our New York City office to support our work and assist with logistics across the organization.  The intern will interact with many staff and allies.     


Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Greet visitors both at the door and on the phone
  • Monitoring and assisting with office inventory
  • Assist with logistical arrangements for Demos forums and events
  • Assist with expense reconciliations
  • Updating staff information lists
  • Assist Finance and Administration departments with filing
  • Assist with general office upkeep and organization
  • Organizing, printing and shipping materials for external meetings and events
  • Uploading information into Outlook and arranging travel for Executive-level staff
  • Assisting the Demos Finance and Administration Department with general administration work on an as needed basis.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will excel in these three areas:

  1. S/he will have outstanding verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills;
  2. S/he will have excellent attention to detail and an ability to multi-task;
  3. S/he will take initiative and anticipate needs.

Prior experience in a non-profit environment is a plus. Candidates should bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The internship is based in New York City. This is an academic year paid internship (30-40 hours per week), starting in September through May 2015. We can also work with individuals to help them obtain school credit.

How to Apply:

Upload a cover letter and résumé 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.  
 



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.  
 


 

Legal Intern

 

Demos is accepting applications for a legal internship.  The intern must work in the New York office of Demos.   

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal research and writing;
  • Policy and legislative analysis and drafting;
  • Assistance with our litigation in trial and appellate courts;
  • Other duties, as assigned. 

Requirements:

The Legal intern must have completed at least one year of law school.  We seek highly motivated persons with a passion for our issues and a strong commitment to excellence in research, writing and analysis.  Background and expertise in voting rights or electoral reform work is a strong plus but not required.   

How to Apply:

Upload a 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. 

Demos 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.

 


 

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.