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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 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.   

 


 

Senior Campaign Strategist for Climate Equity

 

The Senior Campaign Strategist for Climate Equity is a newly created role and the position is designed for someone with at least 4-6 years of experience in social justice advocacy, including leadership experience in advocacy campaigns. The successful candidate will serve as Demos’ lead for developing and executing a new portfolio of work at the intersection of climate policy and racial equity. As a member of Demos’ Campaigns Team, the Senior Campaign Strategist has a major focus on developing and managing Demos support, in varying capacities, for grassroots campaigns for equitable carbon pricing policies at the state level, as well as for other equity-centered clean energy transition strategies. In this emerging space, the Senior Campaign Strategist is responsible for building and maintaining authentic and supportive advocacy relationships with state and local partners, particularly among environmental justice and racial justice organizations, community organizing networks, trade unions, and environmental groups. A primary focus of the work is building strong equity provisions into carbon pricing policies and other clean energy strategies, particularly with regard to environmentally vulnerable communities of color. Drawing on extended listening and learning with state and local partners, the Senior Campaign Strategist identifies and manages Demos’ contributions to help build the case for putting equity at the center of climate policies, including economic impact analyses and other original research, collaboration on policy development, advocacy with policymakers, and communications support. In addition, the Senior Campaign Strategist works with senior staff on project development, including fundraising, formal partnership building, and long-term strategic planning.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Landscaping and outreach to build authentic, supportive, and durable advocacy partnerships and alliances with state and local equity-focused groups working on climate and clean energy policies.  
  • Representing Demos in relevant network gatherings and national partnership conversations/formations.
  • Strongly and consistently advocating to incorporate racial equity principles and goals into climate policies and other environmental policies and programs.
  • Participating in policy briefings, government hearings, and other formal venues for policy advocacy.    
  • Working with senior staff to help conceptualize and develop Demos’ value-added contributions in three main areas: research, policy development, and communications.
  • Some substantive and management responsibilities in execution of research projects, policy work, publications, and communications strategies.
  • Engaging with other national groups to improve coordination of national support for state and local campaigns.
  • Publishing commentaries and articles in print and on-line media, and representing Demos in media coverage of climate and equity issues.
  • Public speaking and other external engagement to advance an equity-centered vision and narrative of climate transitions.
  • Working with senior staff to develop the climate equity project at Demos, including grant writing, funder research and networking, and longer-term strategic planning.
  • Other duties as requested by your supervisor from time to time.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Significant advocacy experience in working for racial and/or climate justice, in one or more of the following contexts:
  • State and/or local advocacy experience in the environmental/climate justice field;
  • Racial and economic justice coalition work inclusive of environmental/climate justice organizations and perspectives;
  • National environmental advocacy connected with state and local strategies/partnerships on environmental justice issues or broader sustainability/climate resiliency strategies. 
  • Fluency with climate policy issues: You have familiarity or broad fluency with climate policy developments and debates, particularly around carbon pricing, renewable energy transitions, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. You have a clear vision and understanding of climate transitions as potential pathways for inclusive investment and economic development in low-income communities, including familiarity with climate justice and just transition principles, frameworks, and policies.
  • Working for racial equity: You have a strong racial equity analysis, with the ability to clearly and consistently articulate a sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism, and to inject this knowledge into work projects and organizational interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class, and other group identities; you bring a high level of self-awareness, empathy, and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions, and are able to identify and address problematic interpersonal dynamics in the workplace and in coalition work when necessary. 
  • Proven success in building advocacy campaigns: You are a strategic and creative thinker on policy, coalition building, campaign strategies, and long-term political development. You have a good track record of managing complex organizational relationships in advocacy work.
  • Strong writing: You can write clearly and compellingly for a variety of audiences, including advocates, policymakers, and the media.
  • Proven success with project management: You have strong abilities and some track record of managing complex workflows punctually and often in cooperation with partners and allies, with high-quality results. You can manage project research contracts in consultation with the Director of Policy and Research.

The most successful candidate might also have some of the following skills:

  • Extensive content knowledge about climate change and climate policies.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Government and/or lobbying experience on these issues.
  • Relevant funding connections.

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 $80,000- 90,000 and commensurate with experience.  We have a generous benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 20 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Upload a thoughtful cover letter and résumé by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com  We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls please. 

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


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.