Job Opportunities

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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 Demos’ 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 Demos 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.  


 

Communications Assistant


Demos is seeking a qualified and motivated Communications Assistant to help elevate the organization’s expanding digital efforts. This will include helping to execute our day-to-day digital work, including emails, social media, and our blog and contributing to a very active communications team. The ideal candidate should be a strong writer, have technical aptitude, and have the capacity to grow with and shape our digital program.

The Communications Assistant will report to the Manager of Digital Strategies and works closely with the Digital Communications Associate to implement the organization’s communications priorities. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Digital:
    • Create digital content.
      • Work with the Digital Communications Associate to write external-facing mass emails and donor communications.
      • Run Twitter and Facebook accounts daily and for special projects with the goal of increasing followers, likes and engagement.
      • Assist Digital Communications Associate create Google and Facebook ads and social media strategy.
      • Assist with site design and the implementation of online tools (i.e. Creatavist, CartoDB).
      • Work with digital team to create impactful digital content including infographics, charts, maps, and viral images.
      • Assist in the creation of impactful video with the goal of driving site traffic and increasing Demos’ influence online.
    • Produce analytics reports for staff and development.
  • Production:
    • Work with Digital Communications Associate to copyedit Demos research publications, blog posts, and other materials as required.
  • Publicity & Media Relations
    • Monitor news cycle and editorial cycle for opportunities to promote Demos’ work, experts, and messaging.
    • Distribute communications materials, including press releases and media advisories for organization’s issue and program work.
    • Help edit Demos op-eds and other communications materials.
  • Reporting:
    • Monitor traditional and social media for coverage of Demos’ issue areas and report back to the organization as necessary.
  • Calendar:
    • Ensure that the editorial calendar is current.
    • Contribute to release and editorial strategy.
  • Oversee expense reconciliations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Communications Team including research and administrative needs, as assigned.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

  1. Excellent writing skills.
  2. An understanding of the media and news cycle.
  3. Technical aptitude and skill.
  4. Creative, independent thinking.

We are more interested in these four qualities than in any particular amount of experience.  However, experience with Adobe Creative Suite, digital design, HTML5, Javascript, writing or running organizational social media accounts is a plus. Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  The position is full-time and based in New York City.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.  We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 20 vacation days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

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

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.  

 


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. Demos 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 Demos’ 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 Demos’ 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 Demos 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 Demos’ 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.


 

Freelance Writer and Editor

 

Demos seeks a talented, experienced freelance writer and copy editor. This position is a consultant, not FTE position. The ideal candidate will be able to write about complex political and economics topics for a broad audience, will be a grammar and punctuation fanatic, and will have a working knowledge of both Chicago and AP style. S/he will be able to quickly learn and adapt to writing in key organizational leaders’ voices and conveying our organizational vision on a variety of topics, for a variety of written platforms. S/he will be able to rapidly incorporate feedback and input into their work. The ideal candidate will be creative and curious, willing to learn about the subject matter, accurately synthesize Demos materials, and explain the topics at hand for a range of audiences.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting a wide variety of written materials, ranging from op-eds, speeches, and blog posts, to fundraising e-mails and reports;
  • Copy-editing public policy reports or organizational documents;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

  • Excellent Writing and Proofreading Skills.  This includes experience writing for individuals at the executive level and working knowledge of the Associated Press Stylebook and Chicago Style within a progressive context.  S/he must have experience writing for social media.  The candidate’s portfolio of work should be substantially of their own creation.

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

  • Commitment to Racial Equity and Justice:  Candidates should have the ability to write about the role that racial inequality plays in our society.

  • Grasp of the Political Discourse and Media Landscape:  Candidates should follow political news and have a sense of the key stories of the day.   In addition, they must have a strong understanding of the media and new cycle and have experience turning around work on a short deadline and quickly incorporating feedback.

A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, marketing, or any discipline that fosters strong writing skills is a strong plus.  The position is based in New York.

Pay Rate:

This is a part-time consultant position that will work approximately 10 hours per week with a great deal of flexibility on schedule and will be paid a rate of $20-25/hour, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Send a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and two original writing samples 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. Only applications submitted thru Hiringthing will be considered.

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.  


Immediate Hire: Campaign and Outreach Internship
 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Draft advocacy and legislative support letters and other materials, including talking points and op-eds
  • Research policy positions of elected officials and candidates
  • Research potential allies and partner organizations at the state and federal level on our core issues
  • Compile statistics from sources such as the US Census Bureau and secondary research materials
  • Attend coalition meetings
  • Track news coverage, events and legislation on our core issues
  • Public interfacing with community members to capture stories related to our core issues
  • Other responsibilities, as requested.

The successful candidate will excel in four areas:

  1. Strong, persuasive writing skills;
  2. Attention to detail;
  3. Excellent phone presentation and public speaking skills.
  4. Willingness and competency interfacing with public officials, community leaders, allies and community residents.

We are more interested in these four qualities than in any particular amount of experience.  However, prior experience in a non-profit environment is a plus. Candidates must bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Applicants with journalism experience and interests, and/or experience and interests within community relations are particularly encouraged to apply.  This is a paid internship, at a rate of $12.25 per hour.  The position is based in New York City.

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. Only applications submitted thru hiring thing will be considered.

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   


Communications Intern

 

Demos is seeking an enthusiastic and committed Communications Intern to help assist with the daily needs of the Communications Department. This will include assisting with database management and media tracking, building press lists and copyediting. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of the media landscape and a passion for Demos’ issue areas.

The Communications Assistant will report to the Media Relations Associate and will work closely with the entire Communications team.

This internship pays $12.25 an hour.  

Responsibilites include, but are not limited to:

  • Reporting:
    • Compile Demos media hits
    • Assist in the production of press hits and analytics roundup
    • Monitor traditional and social media for coverage of Demos’ issue areas for opportunities to promote Demos’ work, experts, and messaging
  • Publicity:
    • Assist in maintaining our press database
    • Build and refine press outreach lists
    • Monitoring staff interactions with members of the press
    • Occasionally assist with the writing, editing and distribution of communications materials, including press releases and media advisories for organization’s issue and program work
    • Copyedit press materials, including press releases, advisories and blogs; copyedit organization’s publications, explainers and briefs
    • Update website with current press releases and relevant Demos press hits
  • Events:
    • Help staff and coordinate events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Communications team including research and administrative needs

Requirements:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of Demos’ issues (money in politics, financial reform, voting rights, upward mobility issues)
  • Experience working collaboratively in Google Drive
  • We are more interested in these qualities than in any particular amount of experience.  However, prior experience in a non-profit environment is a plus and experience working on a Mac is a plus. Candidates must bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The position is full-time and based in New York City.

How to Apply:
Upload application at http://demos.hiringthing.com/. We are looking for an immediate hire.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls please. 

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


 

Summer 2015 Legal Internships 


Demos is accepting applications for legal internships for the summer of 2015.  We will hire up to two legal interns to work with staff in our national program of voting rights and election reform litigation, advocacy and research. Legal Interns can expect to receive substantive assignments in the areas of freedom to vote, money in politics and/or economic justice. Demos is committed to providing Legal Interns with an educational experience, and our summer program includes mid-summer reviews and close supervision by staff attorneys to ensure interns receive instruction and feedback. The interns may work in either the Boston or New York office of Demos, though the New York office is preferred.

Students without grant funding or receiving credit are eligible for a paid internship at a rate of $12.25/ 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 persons with a passion for our issues and a strong commitment to excellence in research, writing and analysis.  Background and expertise in voting rights or electoral reform work is a strong plus but not required. 

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, résumé, and writing sample reflecting your original work by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace.