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Social Media Manager

 

We are looking for an experienced social media manager to join our growing team. You will help us engage with our audiences on social media, identify our online community’s developing needs, and look for opportunities to grow our social reach and brand awareness.

If you’re a social-savvy trendsetter whose morning routine wouldn’t be complete without knowing what’s happening on Twitter, and someone who has innovative ideas to improve our Demos community experience, we would like to meet you. For this position, you should be highly creative, entrepreneurial, and energized by working with a team. Ultimately, you should be able to effectively connect our brand with our online supporters.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Manage a diverse, multi-issue social media strategy and content calendar that includes rapid response and popular education campaigns
  • Implement a social media strategy that broadens strategic communication and brand awareness goals, including but not necessarily limited to:
    • Media Relations
      • Promote Demos’ press hits, opinion editorials, and email campaigns
      • Engage with national media outlets and their journalists on social media 
    • Digital Communications
      • Cross-promote our digital and social channels with an eye to list-building, follower growth, and donor acquisition
      • Engage directly with our social media followers to develop an authentic sense of online community
  • Create an annual plan for increasing followership and engagement within and across the organization’s social channels
  • Provide regular analytics reporting of social channel growth, engagement, and effectiveness of our social campaigns, with an emphasis on media and notable/verified interactions
  • Provide input, along with the Digital Communications Manager, in the development of program- and issue-specific campaigns at the national, state, and local levels (e.g. planning related microsites and landing pages, social media assets, and potential email arcs)
  • Work with Communications Director to create and distribute organizational messaging for use in all digital settings and in materials used by the organization
  • Make recommendations to Communications Director on new social platforms, digital trends, and emerging best practices to achieve organizational and Communications targets
  • Other responsibilities as requested by your supervisor, from time to time 

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience: 

  • A demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequality plays in our society and in movement-building, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage across difference
  • A strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated experience working with social platforms including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and SnapchatComfortable providing regular messaging guidance and practical social media training for staff members of all levels of digital experience 
  • Hands-on experience in/understanding of creating, launching, and managing popular education campaigns
  • Experience conducting regular analytics reporting of social media platforms
  • Very comfortable creating a social advertising budget and making social ad buys within that budget across multiple platforms

The most successful candidates will also have the following skills and experience: 

  • Solid writing/editing skills in order to craft digital messages that include organizational and issue talking points
  • Hands-on experience with content management systems including Drupal and WordPress
  • A clear understanding of digital best practices, from digital-first strategy to mobile optimization methods to SEO opportunities
  • Proficient in general coding languages (i.e. HTML, CSS, and basic JavaScript)
  • Some experience designing websites, microsites, and/or landing pages
  • Proficient in the use of design programs (e.g. Illustrator, Photoshop)

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $50,000- $70,000 and is commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package that 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 403(b) plan. Position is full-time. 

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 LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. 


 

Digital Graphic Designer

 

We are looking for an experienced graphic designer to join our growing team. You will effectively translate our powerful research, litigation, campaign, and fundraising work into compelling visual content across our many digital and social platforms. You will design graphics that promote the Demos message, maximize audience engagement, and increase brand awareness, in some cases with a rapid turnaround.

If you’re a graphic designer who wants to use your talent in service of advancing the progressive agenda in our country, this opportunity is definitely for you. For this position, you must have hands-on and demonstrated graphic design experience, be highly creative, entrepreneurial, and energized by working with a team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design and produce digital and print materials, including but not limited to: graphics for email, social media, and web campaigns; brochures; signage; banners, etc.
  • Provide audience-centered design expertise from concept to delivery on behalf of and in collaboration with Demos’ research, legal, campaign, and fundraising experts
  • Work with the digital communications team to ensure graphic designs are optimized for target platforms, channels, and technologies—for example, meet the unique requirements of a target audience, social media platform, and/or mobile viewing experience

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • A strong visual storyteller with a clear editorial eye for imagery that builds on Demos’ brand and voice
  • Expert in the use of Adobe Creative Suite (or equivalent) graphic design programs (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
  • Possess hands-on graphic design experience including but not limited to social media assets, infographics, GIFs, and print materials
  • Well-versed in current graphic design standards and best practices for digital and social media and comfortable adapting to new platforms, channels, and audiences as needed
  • A minimum of two years of experience producing rapid response content for social media promotion of issues and campaigns
  • Self-starting individual with proven ability to take ownership for results and driving change
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, prioritize assignments, and multi-task with successful delivery on deadlines
  • A demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequality plays in our society and in movement-building, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage across difference

The most successful candidates will also have the following skills and experience:

  • A general understanding of all aspects of digital communications strategies—from recognizing audiences to optimizing materials
  • Good customer service, negotiation, and influencing skills
  • Ability to work with a variety of staff with wide-ranging expertise and levels of experience

Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The position is full-time.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $70,000.  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 403(b) 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 and a portfolio of your work. 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.
 
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.

 

Legal Director
 

Demos seeks a highly qualified and motivated Legal Director to lead the Demos Legal Team on its national program of litigation, legal strategies and policy development to further our goal of an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. The Legal Director will manage multiple legal staff, oversee and develop new litigation and other legal initiatives, and lead in the strategic development of policy goals and new work areas. The Legal Director works closely with, and reports to, the Vice President for Policy and Legal Strategies, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Council at Demos. The Legal Director is expected to be resident in the New York office of Demos; but consideration will be given to uniquely qualified candidates based outside of NYC. Some travel is required.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Directing and managing the work of the Legal Team, including all aspects of litigation from trial through appellate and Supreme Court practice, amicus participation, and other legal work;
  • Leading the development of Demos’ legal strategies and related policy goals, including the development of new work areas under advisement of the Vice President for Policy and Legal Strategies and other senior leadership at Demos;
  • Handling department-level management responsibilities, including developing annual budgets, faciliting project and team meetings, executing departmental responsibilities in cross-organizational activities and commitments, conducting annual performance reviews, supporting team members’ professional development, participation in the Senior Leadership Council, and representing the legal department in Demos board meetings and other official settings;
  • Working with federal, state and local officials to improve compliance with civil rights laws and promote progressive 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;
  • Directly supervising Demos Senior Counsels and other staff as assigned, and contributing to management and supervision of entire legal team;
  • Partnering with the Vice President for Policy and Legal Strategies and others to fundraise and work on foundation grants and reports related to the work of the Legal Team and relevant issue-specific work teams;
  • Conducting and overseeing legal and policy writing for diverse audiences to advance 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;
  • Bringing a racial equity lens and an analysis of structural racism to Demos’ legal work and initiatives; and
  • Serving on Demos’ issue-specific work teams to help plan, coordinate, and execute project deliverables such as litigation, legal advocacy, policy development, research reports, and communications strategies.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • High level of litigation skills and other legal aptitudes. At least 10-12 years of legal experience, with demonstrated success in leading sophisticated litigation and legal policy initiatives from start to finish, developing and implementing new strategic litigation, superior legal writing and research skills, achievement of high standards in quality of legal work, and increasing responsibility over course of legal career. Active membership in one or more state bars, preferably New York, is required.
  • 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 (economic justice, voting rights, money in politics, racial justice).
  • Ability to lead and manage a team, and supervise staff. Demonstrated ability to rally a team around shared programmatic, organizational, and institutional goals; experience managing staff as part of a collaborative team; demonstrated success in building respectful working relationships with colleagues and allies; and experience assisting more junior colleagues and supervisees in developing their skills and knowledge of litigation and legal strategies.
  • Ability to lead efforts to advance racial equity. Commitment to leading on racial equity, with a sophisticated understanding of how race and other identity dynamics affect supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work; understanding of how systemic racism affects present-day legal systems and ability to advance racial equity goals through legal strategies; demonstrated history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign; and commitment to Demos’ culture of social respect, shared responsibility, and consistent feedback.

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

  • Movement orientation. In undertaking legal impact work, you understand the importance of, and have experience working with and building, networks and respectful relationships with other progressive organizations and advocates in one or more areas of Demos’ work.
  • Strong existing network.  You are known and respected in the progressive legal community, bringing existing relationships that will facilitate expansion of our legal strategies work.
  • Substantive knowledge: You have 15 or more years of legal experience, and in addition to experience in or familiarity with one or more areas of Demos’ existing work, you have experience with potential new areas of legal work on criminal justice, reproductive justice, climate equity, and/or class action litigation.
  • Public Presentation. You are a skilled public speaker who is experienced with presenting to groups and at conferences, and comfortable with engaging in media interviews or appearances on our issues.
  • Ability to Write Effectively for Non-Legal Audiences.  You have experience writing effectively for non-legal audiences through blogging, op-eds, reports, 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 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. 

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. 

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 Counsel Naila Awan (NAwan (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.