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Executive Assistant, Legal Strategies


Demos is recruiting a full-time Executive Assistant to provide administrative, scheduling, and communications support to the Vice President, Legal Strategies. Limited support will also be provided for the Legal Strategies Team.  In addition, the Executive Assistant will assist with research and data entry for our state-based legal work and will oversee facility support for our Boston office. The Executive Assistant will be a key member of the Administration Team.

The successful candidate will be an exceptional independent problem-solver and communicator and be comfortable respectfully “managing up”. The ability to handle multiple responsibilities and prioritize tasks with little guidance is essential to success. S/he will be expected to be a self-starter and have the ability to complete projects with minimal supervision. S/he will be an individual with excellent judgment that Executive staff can trust with confidential information. Strong writing skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail are a must.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling and travel arrangements:
    • Keeping the Vice President, Legal Strategies’ calendar up-to-date and confirming external meetings
    • Scheduling meetings for the Vice President, Legal Strategies
    • Arranging travel and creating itineraries for the Vice President, Legal Strategies, and Legal Director
  • Research and Data Entry:
    • Compiling research on states
    • Receiving and managing monthly data sets, including entry of data into spreadsheets and converting it into graphic representations
    • General research support, as requested
  • Administrative support for the Vice President, Legal Strategies:
    • Maintaining the Vice President, Legal Strategies’ contact databases
    • Planning and preparing materials for meetings
    • Maintaining files and archiving documents for Boston office
    • Reconciling expenses for the Vice President, Legal Strategies and other Legal Team staff
    • Drafting and editing materials and correspondence, as requested
  • Facility Support:
    • Support for the Boston office, including ordering supplies, overseeing IT and phone support, handling mail, equipment repair, services from building management, and general troubleshooting for printer or other facility issues.
  • Administrative Team participation and organizational support:
    • Attending weekly Administration Team meetings and annual planning meetings
    • Helping the Administrative team support internal and external events, as needed

The successful candidate will excel in five areas:

  1. Strong communications skills, including excellent writing, editing, verbal, and interpersonal skills;
  2. Strong data management skills, including data entry, use of spreadsheets, proficiency with Microsoft Excel, and ability to generate various graphs and tables;
  3. Exceptional organizational skills, including attention to detail, ability to juggle multiple priorities, and ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision;
  4. Excellent judgment and a high level of professionalism and discretion, especially when handling sensitive and/or confidential information;
  5. An ability to plan ahead and anticipate needs.

Prior experience in a support position and an interest in Dēmos’ mission are a plus. Candidates should bring a strong commitment to excellence, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  The position is full-time and based in our Boston office.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $35,000- $38,000 and is 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.

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. 

How to Apply:

Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé and writing sample at http://demos.hiringthing.com  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.  


 

Policy Analyst


The Policy Analyst will help us broaden our research and policy efforts to promote the freedom to vote in a more seamless and inclusive voting system.  The quality of our election experience – our core exercise in self-government - depends on our ability to commit to ensuring every eligible person can participate fully, without encountering discrimination or unnecessary bureaucratic red tape. Yet our system of election administration—a patchwork of rules and requirements that vary by state-- is outdated and antiquated, with far too many eligible voters  encountering unnecessary barriers to registration, waiting hours to cast their vote, or having their vote rejected because of administrative errors, polling place confusion or other errors.

Demos is seeking a policy analyst who can help us examine, define and advance a set of ideas and policies that harness technology to improve election administration in a way that is broadly accessible to eligible citizens.  Technological innovation holds great promise for simplifying registration and election administration, yet there are numerous challenges related to the digital divide, data system integration and privacy. The policy analyst will focus on this set of issues, in addition to providing overall research and policy support a broader set of democracy reforms.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Write briefing papers, commentary and in-depth research reports on a range of voter registration, election administration, and public agency issues, specifically related to technology and registration systems.
  • Track, evaluate, and comment upon legislative, budgetary and policy developments at the state and federal level.
  • Work particularly closely with our legal team to respond to emerging needs related to litigation and ongoing monitoring of settled cases.
  • Identify and cultivate productive relationships with key contacts in state agencies, and policy and advocacy organizations.

Basic Job Qualifications:

  • Expertise in the field of technology and public administration; specific knowledge of the issues in election administration, social services administration, or motor vehicle department processes a plus.
  • At least 2 years of policy experience (state or federal level) in government, think-tank, academic, or non-profit setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, demonstrating a strong ability to persuade and to debate.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint software; familiarity with statistical programs such as SPSS or STATA a plus.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:

Excellent Writing and Analytical Skills. You are an agile and versatile writer who can write with a point of view, without sacrificing intellectual rigor, and in a style accessible to a lay audience. You have strong data analysis skills and are able to identify key trends and data points from a large array of data.

Proven Understanding of Technology and Public AdministrationYou are familiar with how database systems are maintained or integrated; the software, hardware, and bureaucratic challenges to overcome in sharing information across databases within different state agencies; and the potential for online systems and apps to improve user experience and accuracy.

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.

Comfort with Public Speaking: 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.

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The position will be based in New York City, Washington, DC, or Boston.  In addition to the skills above, candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. 

Salary:
The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000 commensurate with experience.  

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.   

How to Apply:

Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample reflecting your original work at http://demos.hiringthing.com. Applications that do not comply with these instructions will not be considered. Include in the letter how you found out about the position. 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.



Administration Intern

Demos is seeking an Administration Intern in our New York City office to support our work and assist with logistics across the organization.  The intern will interact with many staff and allies.     

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Greet visitors both at the door and on the phone
  • Monitoring and assisting with office inventory
  • Assist with logistical arrangements for Demos forums and events
  • Updating staff information lists
  • Assist Finance and Administration departments with filing
  • Assist with general office upkeep and organization
  • Organizing, printing and shipping materials for external meetings and events
  • Uploading information into Outlook and arranging travel for Executive-level staff  
  • Assisting the Demos Finance and Administration Department with general administration work on an as needed basis.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will excel in these three areas:

  1. S/he will have outstanding verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills;
  2. S/he will have excellent attention to detail and an ability to multi-task;
  3. S/he will take initiative and anticipate needs. 

Prior experience in a non-profit environment is a plus. Candidates should bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The internship is based in New York City. This is a paid internship (20- 37.5 hours per week), starting immediately, through August 2014. We can also work with individuals to help them obtain school credit.

How to Apply:

Upload cover letter, résumé, and 2-3 page writing sample to 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.  
 


 

Advocacy 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 and events on our core issues
  • Other responsibilities, as requested.

The successful candidate will excel in three areas:

  1. Strong, persuasive writing skills;
  2. Attention to detail;
  3. Excellent phone presentation and public speaking skills.

We are more interested in these three 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 are particularly encouraged to apply.  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. 

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.