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Campaign Strategist / Senior Campaign Strategist

 

Both of these positions are geared to experienced professionals seeking opportunities to play the lead role with a portfolio of Dēmos’ advocacy campaigns. Responsibilities will include developing and leading strategies and tactics to move a policy agenda, including catalyzing and leading partnership efforts with a range of local, state and federal partners, as well as with elected officials. Successful candidates will have demonstrated leadership in their previous field of work and will bring a strong orientation to movement-building. The successful candidates will join a campaigns team that places high value on the diversity of our team, that is both rigorous and fun and is committed to distributed leadership. Campaign Strategists and Senior Campaign Strategists report to our Director of Campaigns and Outreach.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead a portfolio of Demos advocacy programs, working in conjunction with the Campaigns team, our attorneys, policy analysts, and communications staff to advance our policy and campaign goals;
  • Lead advocacy campaigns, driving goals, strategy, and tactics, as well as build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders;
  • Significantly expand Dēmos’ influence and reach with policymakers, elected officials, and advocates;
  • With the guidance of the Director of Campaigns and Partnerships, set and achieve annual goals for Demos’ campaigning efforts;
  • Participate in recalibrating our campaigning, partnership, and advocacy priorities based on the shifting political environment;
  • Generate and implement new creative strategies for campaigning, using the full range of Demos resources, including but not limited to: testimony, partnership, and alliance building,  media appearances, opinion writing, new research materials, advocacy letters, webinars, convenings, social media, legislative outreach, and coalition formation/ engagement;
  • Represent Dēmos in public and in the media, and work to raise Demos’ profile as a progressive flagship institution;
  • Represent Demos on the hill, including organizing hearings, briefings, building relationships with key Hill staff, and tracking and moving key offices on our public policy agenda;
  • Other responsibilities as requested.
  • Senior Campaign Strategist will lead multiple campaign programs and partnerships while also directly supervising junior Campaigns Team staff

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

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. You are able to win people to your point of view when needed.

Campaign Strategy and Management Skills: You must have a track record, including at least 4-6 years of experience (for the Campaign Strategist) and 8-10 years of experience (for the Senior Campaign strategist) designing and leading issue and/or electoral campaigns. You have experience working productively with elected officials and their staff, movement allies and the media.

Issue Fluency: You must have experience with some of Dēmos’ core issues, whether related to democracy reform (campaign finance and voting rights) or economic opportunity (higher education affordability, workers’ rights, financial reform). You will also be able to quickly gain fluency in new policy issues on an ongoing basis.

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.

Connections to the Progressive Movement:  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.

Comfort with Public Speaking, Facilitating and Training: You will be asked to compellingly represent Dēmos 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.

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 and résumé by clicking through the following link: 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 LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. 


Money in Politics Legal Fellow

 

Through a series of misguided rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court has shaped a democracy in which the strength of a citizen’s voice depends upon the size of her wallet. Dēmos seeks a highly-qualified and motivated Legal Fellow to help transform the Court’s approach to money in politics through legal research, doctrinal development, litigation, and public education. The Legal Fellow will support and collaborate with more experienced counsel engaged in Dēmos’ work to curb the role of big money in American politics. The position is full time, funded for a one-year period, and may be based out of any of Dēmos’ three offices.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in research on case law, jurisprudence, and social science primarily on topics relevant to regulating the role of money in politics but also secondarily on other voting rights issues;
  • Supporting Demos’ litigation relating to money in politics and other voting rights issues, including legal research on important cases at the Supreme Court level; verifying citations and sources for litigation documents; and tracking important cases in the lower federal and state courts;
  • Supporting research to track state and federal legislative developments and opportunities on money in politics and other voting rights reforms and to provide substantive input to policymakers on such reforms, including original research as well as verifying citations and sources;
  • When requested, working with other organizations and advocates at the local, state and national levels, and with social scientists, private law firms and attorneys, and others in service of Demos’ goals;
  • Engaging in public education and communication on money in politics and other voting rights issues including blog posts, general assistance with communications activities, and support for public appearances by more senior Dēmos staff, with the opportunity for public speaking engagements as approved by more senior staff;
  • Engaging in work-related travel as needed;
  • Other tasks, as requested.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

  1. A J.D. degree and eligibility for membership in a state bar.  The position is funded at a level corresponding to a recent law school graduate or individual who has completed a clerkship. 
  2. Excellent legal research and writing skills, interest in jurisprudential development, and at least some academic or practice-oriented background in money in politics issues or other issues relating to political participation.
  3. Strong commitment to advancing Dēmos’ mission and demonstrated interest in intellectual issues related to money in politics, voting rights or other relevant jurisprudence, with the ability to quickly master both core values and doctrine in a complex area of law.
  4. Strong commitment to Demos' goal of racial equity both in our mission and in our working relationships.
  5. Flexible, generalist approach to work assignments and willingness to embrace work beyond legal research such as blogging and other public education tasks.
  6. Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and juggle multiple responsibilities; and also work collaboratively with a team of attorneys and external stakeholders, including persons of diverse backgrounds.

Background and expertise in election law and campaign finance reform is a strong plus.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this position is $45,000 for one year.  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 cover letter and résumé by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com.

Include in the letter how you found out about the position.  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.  


 

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 Jenn Rolnick Borchetta (jborchetta at demos.org).

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.


Deputy Director, Political Affairs and Supporter Strategy (New York, NY) Research and study development & operation of political systems. Write and present on necessity of government role in society. Connect and build relationships with donors and supporters. Send CV re: Job #7003, w/ all experience, to employer at: K. Drzewiecki-Sezer, Dēmos: A Network For Ideas And Action Ltd., 220 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001