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Legal Director
 

Dēmos seeks a highly qualified and motivated Legal Director to lead the Dēmos 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 Dēmos. The Legal Director is expected to be resident in the New York office of Dēmos; 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 Dēmos’ 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 Dēmos;
  • 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 Dēmos 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  Dēmos’ goals;
  • Directly supervising Dēmos 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 Dēmos’ goals;
  • Engaging in public education and communication and representing Dēmos 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 Dēmos’ legal work and initiatives; and
  • Serving on Dēmos’ 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 Dēmos’ mission and familiarity with core issues. Demonstrated commitment to Dēmos’ goals and mission, including experience or familiarity with one or more of the substantive areas of Dēmos’ 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 Dēmos’ 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 Dēmos’ 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. 

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 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.


 

Communications Director 

 

We're looking for a creative thinker, excellent manager and brilliant strategist who can grow and shape our communications team, effectively manage external communications consultants, and help our organization achieve major impact on key challenges facing our nation. This position will report to the Vice President, External Affairs and will work closely with our issue experts, thought leaders and advocates.

Objectives and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the strategic development of communications priorities and opportunities to best amplify our work and impact the public narrative;
  • Bring sophisticated framing and messaging skills and tools to our core areas of work, including racial equity;
  • Lead and manage Communications Department of five to six staff, as well as manage and monitor the annual department budget and maintain ongoing evaluation and reporting on key benchmarks;
  • Identify new strategies and innovative products for injecting our ideas in the public debate to help sustain and grow a progressive narrative;
  • Elevate Demos' influence online and bring an inspiring and fresh perspective to digital and social media across all channels;
  • Oversee the redesign of the Demos.org website;
  • Expand Demos’ television and radio presence by cultivating relationships with key producers at cable and network news;
  • Work with the Development Department on branding language and strategies, and on key organizational promotional materials, such as the annual report, brochure and website;
  • Work with organizational allies to strategically align our goals and create an echo chamber for key messages and ideas;  
  • Serve as part of organization’s Senior Leadership Council charged with aligning our work for maximum impact.

Requirements:

  • Dynamic leader. You know how to build a team, manage tough situations, encourage innovation, and work within an organization to set a vision and execute it effectively. You know how to achieve your goals and are particularly skilled at nurturing talent and supervising staff. Approachability and a sense of humor are a plus.
  • Excellent strategic thinker. You set the standard for your team by following the daily news cycle and can lead the strategic development of our communications work for maximum impact. You can navigate the terrain of being a non-partisan and credible think-tank while advancing strong progressive values and policies.
  • 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 or campaign. 
  • Deep knowledge of framing and messaging research. You are familiar with the leading research in the field drawing on cognitive and social science and have a real understanding about how people process and perceive information as a result.
  • 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 come to the table with ideas and a plan, and can make it happen with support and good direction.
  • Solid experience in the field. You’ve worked in communications for at least 7 years, either at a think-tank, advocacy organization or political campaign and are very familiar with the progressive field.

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 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 LGBT 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.


 

Grantwriter

 

Reporting to the Senior Foundation Relations Manager, the Grantwriter holds the primary responsibility for preparation of grant reports, proposals and communications, both internal and external, regarding grants administration. The Grantwriter is also responsible for tracking and coordinating all logistics of the organization’s Foundation fundraising, capturing and monitoring grants activity in the organization’s database (Salesforce). This position also assists with and leads activity to research, identify and develop new fundraising opportunities and assists with management of internal stakeholders to ensure timely collection of needed programmatic and budgetary information for grant deadlines. This position will also provide writing support to the organization’s Individual Giving team and potential other aspects of Development activity, as needed. This position is located in Demos’ New York City office.

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain institutional funder and prospect records in the department database (Salesforce); maintain accurate mailing and contact information for institutional funders; generate mailing lists and income reports from database;
  • Review foundation guidelines; write grant reports and funding proposals and manage relevant staff through the process; produce relevant supporting materials;
  • Maintain accurate records of all incoming institutional funds as well as ongoing funding projections;
  • Gift entry and production of acknowledgement letters for foundation grants;
  • Share grant agreements and reconcile foundation gifts with Finance team;
  • Update, maintain and track grant proposal and report submission deadlines as well as ongoing engagement activity with funders in Salesforce; apprise appropriate development and program staff of upcoming deadlines; work closely with senior staff to assist meeting foundation-related deadlines and maintaining foundation relations;
  • Draft correspondence with foundation contacts and help to implement funder communications strategy;
  • Prepare cultivation materials and mailings for foundation contacts, and help to organize meeting prep and foundation related travel plans for the Executive Director and other senior staff;
  • Conduct research on current and prospective funders;
  • Other duties as assigned.

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 and compelling writing, understand writing to unique audiences, and editing other people’s work. The right candidate will also be proficient with working with numerous internal stakeholders, building relationships and practices to ensure ability of collecting and tracking all needed information regarding grants administration.

Exceptional detail-oriented project manager: You can manage a lot of projects at the same time and jump between them with ease, being able to naturally track and manage significant numbers of ongoing details. 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.

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 foundation funders. You know how to handle challenging personalities and can maintain your cool in sometimes challenging interpersonal circumstances.

Interested in Racial Equity. You are interested in expanding your analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and are committed to building and/or deepening your commitment to racial justice work. 

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 $45,000- $55,000 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.

 


 

Communications Associate

 

The Communications Associate plays a key support role for Demos’ Communications Department. Ideal candidates will have an administrative generalist background, with at least a year of experience in general communications functions and social media platforms.  The strongest candidates will possess exceptional organization skills and have an ability to prioritize in a dynamic environment. The position is full-time and based in New York City.

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Provide administrative support for the Communications Department, including scheduling support, meeting preparation support, and expense reconciliation support
  • Support traditional & digital media efforts with copyediting and dissemination of regular press alerts via email, web upload and social media platforms
  • Provide logistical support for press conferences and media event preparation, including press packets and information requests
  • Provide support with monitoring social media platforms
  • Assist with email capture and list building campaigns with the goal of increasing list growth and email performance
  • Provide support for research on releases, speeches and other documents produced by the Communications Department
  • Work with department consultants to provide the necessary information needed to advance writing, messaging and media strategies
  • Assist with the distribution of daily electronic media clips
  • Set up and manage the media clip archive and the media contacts database
  • Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • Administrative generalist skills:  You are positive, organized, and attentive to detail.  You do what it takes to get things done.  You have scheduling support experience, meeting support experience, and expense reconciliation experience. 
  • Outstanding computer and digital media skills: You have a strong proficiency with web presentation programs, Outlook, and Power Point.  A minimum of one year working with digital technologies, across a spectrum of platforms that include social media is a must. 
  • Exceptional communication skills:  You are proficient in writing, editing, speaking, and general communications skills.  You have a demonstrated ability to communicate across departments with competing demands.
  • Interest in Racial Equity: You are interested in expanding your analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and are committed to building and/or deepening your commitment to racial justice work. 
  • Good judgement: You are able to maintain confidential and sensitive information and effectively prioritize multiple deadlines and organizational needs.

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

A sense of humor. 

Experience with Salesforce.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $45,000- $52,000 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.

 


 

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.


 

Emerging Voices Fellowship

 

The Emerging Voices Fellow gives 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; expanding women’s reproductive and economic autonomy; combatting the climate crisis in tandem with the racial and economic inequality crises; 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 as 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, professional mentorship, 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, Senior Fellow.

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:

  • Conceiving and forging research and commentary agenda with advice and consultation among Demos staff.
  • Researching and writing investigative journalism and/or commentary for media outlets on regular basis.
  • Participating in the organization’s programmatic work, alongside Demos staff.
  • Contributing to organization’s public events.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills: You ar a strong writer and communicator and demonstrate a strong ability to research, analyze, and persuade the public on complex ideas.
  • Disciplined self-starter: You have the ability to juggle multiple responsibilities while meeting deadlines. You also have the ability to generate ideas and to deliver work inspired by your own initiative.
  • Strong commitment to advancing Demos’ mission:  You are passionate about Demos areas of work and are committed to excellence in research and communication as an emerging public intellectual.
  • Media exposure:  You have some publication credits (essays, blog posts, reviews, or other formats), ideally which advance a compelling progressive narrative of our democracy and/or economy.
  • Willingness to learn and collaborate:  You have a desire and ability to cooperate and seek guidance alongside experienced Demos staff.
  • Commitment to racial equity. You consistently integrate your deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions. You address the 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 writing.

The strongest candidates will also possess some of the following skills:

  • Strong leadership ability
  • Public speaking skills
  • Facility with multi-disciplinary thinking and capacity for multi-issue research
  • Progressive volunteerism experience
  • 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 New York City.  

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this fellowship is $50,000.  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 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.  ONLY full and complete applications will be considered. 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 January 2017, date negotiable.

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.   


 

Summer 2017 Legal Internships

 

Demos is accepting applications for legal internships for the summer of 2017.  We will hire up to two legal interns to work with staff on voting rights and economic justice litigation, advocacy and research. Legal Interns can expect to receive substantive assignments in the areas of freedom to vote, money in politics, racial equity and/or economic justice. Demos is committed to providing Legal Interns with an educational experience, and our summer program includes mid-semester reviews and close supervision by staff attorneys to ensure interns receive instruction and feedback. The intern will work in the New York office of Demos.

Students not receiving grant funding or credit are eligible for a paid internship at a rate of $15/ hour.

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:

Legal interns must have completed at least one year of law school.  We seek highly motivated candidates with a passion for our issues and a strong commitment to excellence in research, writing and analysis.  The ideal candidate will be interested in expanding their analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and must be committed to building and/or deepening their commitment to racial justice work. Background and expertise in voting rights, electoral reform or racial equity is a strong plus but not required.  

How to Apply: 

Send cover letter, résumé, and writing sample reflecting your original work at 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 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.