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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 Dēmos’ 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.


Economist / Senior Policy Analyst

 

The Economist or Senior Policy Analyst will develop and execute quantitative research on a range of issues related to economic security and upward mobility, with a specific focus on racial wealth inequality. The position is housed within the research team at Demos and will report to the Director of Policy and Research.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Developing narrative-changing research on a range of issues related to economic and racial inequality, including wealth, jobs and wages.
• Producing descriptive statistics and running regression models for analysis.
• Writing long-form and short-form publications based on the research including research reports, issue briefs, fact sheets and opinion articles.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

• Deep Data Expertise. You are proficient in using one or more statistical software packages such as Stata, SPSS or R. You have deep familiarity working with microdata from U.S. statistical agencies and other sources of household data, including proficiency with the American Community Survey (ACS), Current Population Survey (CPS), and Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF).

• Excellent Writing and Analytical Skills. You have experience executing research and writing projects, from initial concept stage to final drafting of research reports, issue briefs, fact sheets and other materials. You are an agile and versatile writer who can write with a point of view without sacrificing intellectual rigor.

• Strategic and Creative Thinking. You understand that ideas matter and view research as a critical component for creating the public and political will for change. You are curious by nature, and eager to uncover new analyses that can advance the public debate.

• Developed Racial Equity Analysis & Practice. You have a well-developed racial equality analysis and consistently integrate this analysis into your work projects and personal interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of your job responsibilities and projects.

• External Outreach and Collaboration. You are skilled at identifying and cultivating productive relationships with key individuals in academia, government, and policy and advocacy organizations.

Advanced degree in economics, sociology or public policy is required. Title will be determined based on educational background. Experience working in a think-tank or public policy setting is a plus. Active engagement in the media and public speaking, or willingness to increase your public engagement with support and training resources from Demos, is also 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 or Washington, DC, with a strong preference for 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 a thoughtful cover letter and résumé and a writing sample 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 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

 

This position is geared toward professionals with 7+ years of experience in campaigning, organizing, government affairs or advocacy/lobbying. Background should include 2+ years of experience in a leadership position (i.e., campaign manager, senior lead organizer or senior lobbyist). Responsibilities include developing and executing campaign plans; leading strategies and tactics to move a policy agenda; and catalyzing and leading partnerships with a range of local, state and federal allies, including elected officials. We are especially interested in candidates who have a strong movement-building orientation. The successful candidate will join a campaigns team that places a high value on diversity and is committed to distributed leadership. This position reports to the Director of Campaigns and Outreach.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Independently develop and lead key programmatic areas for our campaign work, identifying and driving program goals, strategies, and tactics
  • Co-develop a theory of change for issue and legislative campaigns; participate in recalibrating our campaigning, partnership and advocacy priorities based on the shifting political environment
  • Generate and implement new creative strategies for campaigning with 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
  • Partner with our legal, research and communications teams to advance campaigns, joint program areas and projects
  • Supervise junior campaigns team staff
  • Significantly expand Demos’ influence and reach with policymakers, elected officials and advocates
  • Build alignment, public demand and political will to launch and lead new campaigns
  • Play a leadership, manager and coordinator role in local and remote coalition
  • Represent Demos in public and in the media, working to raise Demos’ profile as a progressive flagship institution
  • Represent Demos on the Hill: organize hearings and briefings, build relationships with key staff, and track and move key offices on our public policy agenda.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • Working for racial equity. You consistently integrate your deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions. You address the structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.
  • Proven success as a campaign or partnerships manager. You command trust and authority from external and internal stakeholders. You have a history of building alignment based on values and long-term vision that has resulted in advanced campaigns and expanded stakeholders. You meet people where they are and win people over to your point of view.
  • Attention to detail with high standards for work products and relationship management. You like setting ambitious goals, bringing rigor to your work and management.
  • Ability to align and move people and organizations into action. You communicate your ideas and plans in ways that build credibility, inspire and align people and motivate action. You have experience with identifying the appropriate asks of individuals and organizations, creating commitments and mutual accountability. You have experience training members, organizers or advocates on policy issues, advocacy and lobbying.
  • Ability to quickly gain deep issue fluency. You have a demonstrated ability to quickly gain comprehension and understanding in new policy areas.
  • Proven record as a compelling public speaker. You have a history of representing organizations in multiple forums, including the delivery of legislative testimony, speaking with the media, and presenting on public-facing panels.
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment and manage workflow across teams and departments. You prioritize and switch gears quickly between multiple projects. You successfully plan and coordinate workflow across teams, consistently meeting deadlines and motivating 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Proven success as a supervisor. You bring at least 2 years of experience (or the equivalent management expertise) as a supervisor, and have managed teams with diverse skillsets in a campaign-oriented advocacy environment.
  • Facilitation and training experience. You are a dynamic facilitator with the ability to build and move a diverse group through a process.
  • Issue fluency in our core issues. Experience and expertise with at least one of Dēmos’ core issues: democracy reform (campaign finance and voting rights) and economic opportunity (college affordability, economic opportunity and workers’ rights).
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural. You bring bilingual language skills and or bicultural fluency into your work.
  • Great sense of humor. You complement rigor and high standards with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment.
     

Salary and Benefits:
The salary for this position is competitive for our sector. We have a generous benefits package which  includes health insurance (dental and vision), 10 paid holidays, 20 vacation days and 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Upload a cover letter and a résumé 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.



Executive Assistant, External Affairs

 

We’re seeking a positive, highly-organized lover of details that has a strong ability to communicate with staff at all levels of the organization and ensure the support for our Vice President, External Affairs runs smoothly and efficiently. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·Administrative support for the Vice President, External Affairs

o   Arrange travel and prepare itineraries

o   Liaise with the Database Administrator to ensure contact information is entered into the Salesforce database

o   Plan and prepare materials for meetings

o   Staff the Vice President, External Affairs in meetings, as needed, to document follow-up for the meetings on her task list

o   Maintain files

o   Reconcile expenses

o   Draft and edit materials and correspondence

·Communications Team Support

o   Manage the Communications calendar

o   Assist with team expense submissions and reconciliation processes

o   Other support, as assigned

·Scheduling, e-mail and phone support for the Vice President, External Affairs

o   Manage the calendar (addressing scheduling questions, getting aligned on tradeoffs, ensuring enough space/travel time between events, etc.)

o   Manage e-mail to pull out and organize to-do items

o   Answer phones and check voicemail messages

·Facility Support:

o   Support for the Washington, D.C. office, including ordering supplies, overseeing IT and phone support with our IT consultants, handling mail, equipment repair, recycling, services from building management, and general troubleshooting for computer, printer, copier or other facility issues

o   Greet visitors at the door

·Meetings and event support

o   Assist with logistics for Communications and Development Team meetings

o   Provide support for all Washington, DC-based meetings and programmatic events

o   Other tasks as assigned by the Vice President, External Affairs and the Manager, Office of the President

The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:

  1. Is known for being highly organized, with strong attention to detail and consistently meets deadlines. 
  2. Is comfortable with technology and proficient with Outlook email and calendar.  S/he should also have a track record of learning new technologies and have experience with or be willing to learn other platforms, such as Salesforce, Evernote, Slack, and Wunderlist.
  3. Is an excellent communicator, both in-person and in writing.
  4. Has excellent problem-solving skills and a strong sense of ownership over tasks, including follow-through, and has a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.
  5. Is relentlessly positive and flexible and understands supporting two busy staff is integral to the team’s effectiveness.
  6. Is interested in expanding analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and has a strong interest in building or deepening their commitment to racial justice work. 

Prior experience in a support role 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 Washington, D.C.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $40,000- $52,000 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.

How to Apply:

Send 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 Senior Counsel Jenn Rolnick Borchetta (jborchetta 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.