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Associate Director of Communications


The Associate Director of Communications will develop strategies and manage outreach for a rapidly growing portfolio of projects and dynamic team of issue experts. The Associate Director serves as a key player in enhancing the visibility and impact of the organization’s work, raising the media profile for a wide range of policy and issue advocacy work, as well as our visionary leadership, and elevating Demos as a respected resource for progressive policy analysis. The Associate Director reports to the Director of Communications and works closely with the Development, Advocacy, Research and Legal teams. Must be able to represent the organization well publicly with a variety of target audiences, as well as develop and maintain department systems and infrastructure. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Media Relations: 

  • Assist the Director in the development and implementation of strategic communications plans as well as messaging for Demos’ programs, releases, events and other projects.
  • Provide media relations and outreach support for Demos’ programs, releases, and events.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media contacts covering Demos issue areas, as well as broadcast and cable television producers.
  • Monitor media landscape, news cycle and editorial calendars to identify opportunities for promoting Demos experts, research, and materials across all media.
  • Lead the drafting, editing, and dissemination of press releases, statements and other media-focused materials including op-eds and editorial board memos.
  • With the Director, conduct training sessions for Demos’ staff and fellows to build and maintain media skills and expand the organization’s field of experts. Oversee structure and maintenance of media database.
  • Oversee benchmark setting and departmental reporting on media coverage and impact.

Management: 

  • Assist Director in the development and implementation of departmental work plans and budget.
  • Supervise and conduct annual evaluations for Communications staff.
  • Manage production calendar.
  • Serve as communications liaison to Advocacy, Legal and Development departments, as well as work team coordinators.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

  • Media relations experience: S/he has built and maintained relationships with media, successfully pitched projects to reporters, and secured media coverage.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills: S/he demonstrates the ability to craft clear and effective messaging, and an ability to edit and proofread documents well.
  • Grasp of the media landscape, news cycles and trends: S/he can identify themes and narratives that expand the reach, visibility and impact of Demos' work amongst target audiences, including media, social media and other external partners.
  • Strategic and creative thinker: S/he tests new approaches to disseminating information; identifies new strategies for injecting our ideas into the public debate to help sustain and grow a progressive narrative.
  • Supervisory experience: S/he has managed staff, providing guidance, input and feedback.
  • Outstanding organizational skills: S/he is highly organized, with the ability to multi-task, capture important details and prioritize work. 

We are more interested in these six qualities than in any particular amount of experience, however this is not an entry-level position. Familiarity with Demos’ work and our issue areas is a plus, as well as prior experience in the nonprofit or progressive political arena, or media. We are more interested in these six qualities than in any particular amount of experience, however this is not an entry-level position.  Familiarity with Demos’ work and our issue areas is a plus, as well as prior experience in the nonprofit or progressive political arena, or media. 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:

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; application deadline is November 30, 2014. No phone calls please. Only applications submitted through HiringThing will be reviewed.

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 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.  

 


 

Counsel
 

Demos seeks a highly qualified and motivated Counsel to work on its national program of voting rights and election reform litigation, advocacy and research.  The position is full-time.  Candidates based either in New York City or Boston are preferred, but we will also consider highly-qualified candidates based in Washington DC. The position is funded for an initial one-year period, with the possibility of renewal. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting litigation in pursuit of Demos’ goals, including developing and initiating new litigation, discovery, motion practice, hearings, trials and appeals;
  • Negotiating with state and local officials for settlement agreements, to improve compliance with voting rights laws, and to promote election 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  Demos’ goals;
  • Conducting and assisting with legal and policy research and writing for diverse audiences to advance Demos’ goals;
  • Engaging in public education and communication on voting rights and election reform issues including public speaking engagements, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds and conferences;
  • Supervising interns and working closely with the entire Demos staff as needed to advance Demos’ initiatives;
  • Engaging in work-related travel as needed.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

  1. A J.D. degree and membership in a state bar, with three to five years of litigation experience, including proven ability to draft pleadings, draft and respond to discovery requests, and engage in motion practice. .
  2. Strong commitment to excellence in legal research and writing, oral advocacy and other litigation skills.
  3. Ability to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple responsibilities.
  4. Strong commitment to advancing Demos’ mission.
  5. Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and with external stakeholders, including persons of diverse backgrounds.

Background and expertise in voting rights or electoral reform work is a strong plus. Candidates need to bring 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 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, 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. 

Dēmos 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. 

 


 

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. Flexible, generalist approach to work assignments and willingness to embrace work beyond legal research such as blogging and other public education tasks.
  5. 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.  The position begins February 2, 2015 or sooner, and 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 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.


 

Design Intern


As a Design Intern at Demos, you will be involved in every aspect of the design process. You will use a full range of design skills from data visualization, to laying out documents in indesign. You will work closely with the lead designer, members of the communications team, researchers, and policy analysts.

Responsibilities
• Assist in the creation of useful design systems that define the Demos digital experience.
• Layout data heavy reports, briefing papers, and fact-sheets utilizing pre existing templates.
• Design content across multiple channels (web, print, email campaigns, social media).
• Assist in the production and creation of printed collateral for our Gala and other events.
• Collaborate and interact with a team who are passionate about social justice issues.
• Other duties as assigned.

Skills
• Fluent in the Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and indesign.
• Proficiency in Microsoft office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
• Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, and cross-platform compatibility are a plus.
• Detail-oriented with excellent time management and organizational skills

Compensation
This position pays $12.25/hour for 21 hours per week (depending on projects and scheduling).

How to Apply
Upload cover letter, résumé, and portfolio 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. 

 


 

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.