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Demos seeks an exceptional President to lead the organization to achieve even greater levels of strategic influence, impact, and innovation – knowing that these external indicators derive from a healthy organization with talented staff, strong partnerships, and a solid reputation in the field. This is a unique opportunity to assume leadership of a fiscally-sound organization that is in a period of high-profile growth, and that is culturally comfortable with experimentation and risk-taking. The timing of the current political and social moment is ripe for Demos to continue its trajectory of extraordinary impact. 

The President reports directly to the Board of Trustees. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Strategic Vision and Leadership for Racial Equity and for the Progressive Movement

  • Drive strategies from all areas of Demos’ work toward its mission of an equal say and an equal chance for all
  • Serve as an inspirational leader in the progressive movement, providing thought-leadership in policy and movement-building
  • Push and equip movement partners and allies to incorporate racial equity into their work; Craft and lead Demos’ internal racial equity strategies

Organizational Leadership

  • Provide empowering and supportive leadership of a highly skilled staff of professionals across multiple locations
  • Apply a focus on thoughtful and intentional organizational development with a commitment to professional growth for team members at all levels; Demonstrate attentiveness, availability, and willingness to invest in staff development and cohesion
  • Partner with the Executive Team and Senior Leadership Team to enact sound and informed decision-making for staff leadership; Manage the balance of external responsibilities alongside internal leadership through high levels of communication and collaboration

Fundraising and External Affairs

  • Partner with the Development Team and Board of Trustees to cultivate and steward key donor relationships with individuals and foundations, soliciting funds to support Demos’ mission and work
  • Leverage the President role to build Demos’ brand and serve as a leading representative of Demos’ mission in public settings of all sizes with donors, political leaders, movement partners, press, and other stakeholders
  • Identify, develop, and engage key staff and allies who can speak on Demos’ behalf and further the organization’s goals publicly

Board Relations

  • Collaborate and partner closely with the Board of Trustees to implement the vision, mission, and policies set by the Demos Board and to deliver on organizational goals and priorities created in accordance with Demos’ strategic plan
  • Serve as an active participant in the Board of Trustees’ standing committees and in the Board selection, recruitment, and training process 

  • Provide relevant and timely updates and information to the Board of Trustees

Candidate Profile

Ideal candidates will be highly strategic, engaging, and team-oriented leaders who can represent Demos’ mission and theory of change to a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Successful candidates will bring previous senior organizational leadership in the racial equity and/or social justice sectors, exceptional external relations skills, and a deep belief in the power of policy change for the good of a democracy.

The broad nature of Demos’ work allows for successful candidates to come from a variety of professional and lived experiences. Candidates may have experience in law, public policy, grassroots organizing, philanthropy, academia, or a combination of all of the above.

Leading candidates will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

Policy Leadership and Demonstrated Impact in Social Change

The President will bring a compelling and credible policy voice to the national conversation, backed by an understanding of how to influence the public discourse and political ecosystem. Applying visionary and strategic thinking, as well as political astuteness, the President will have the skills and experience to align legal, research, communications, and campaign approaches to making policy change. The President will have an understanding of the vital connection between ideas, movement-building, and progress towards ambitious policy goals. They will have experience with the progressive movement and its strategies, and a history of centering the people and issues too often excluded from political power.

Fundraising, External Affairs, and Passion for Relationship-Building

As the leading fundraiser and ambassador for Demos, the President will thrive on engaging people and building relationships. The President will have a demonstrated track record in fundraising, ideally with knowledge of and existing relationships with relevant and aligned funders. They will have equal experience or ability in developing relationships with movement partners, political leaders, supporters, and other important stakeholders. Public speaking experience and charisma will be key, as the President will be tasked with frequent and high-level speaking engagements, media appearances, and other opportunities to raise the profile of Demos and the progressive movement.

Commitment to Racial Equity

The President will bring personal and professional experience that centers race with a clear commitment to tackling systemic racism in the United States. They will have the capacity and credibility to serve as a leading voice in the national dialogue regarding racial equity. In order to effectively lead the internal strategy around racial equity, the President will be committed to integrating racial equity into every part of the organization and may have demonstrated such skills in previous roles.

Collaborative Leadership

The President will be committed to leading with humility, approachability, and accessibility. They will understand the importance of building and maintaining a strong staff and effective cross-movement relationships. They will be enthusiastic to partner with senior leaders in developing the strengths and leadership of the staff. The President will have experience making challenging management decisions with the input and insight of appropriate stakeholders.

A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in a related field is preferred. Travel will be required.


Melissa Madzel and Molly Brennan of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit materials here. Materials should include a thorough resume and compelling letter of interest. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer – people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Demos' work on social, economic, and political equity and the pursuit of a just society is informed and inspired by the diversity of its staff. Demos celebrates diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, class, ability, life experiences, and background. Demos is committed to maintaining a work environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each member of the Demos team.

Koya Leadership and Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit


Media Relations Associate Director 


Demos is looking for a savvy media relations expert to develop, design, and lead our media strategy. The Media Relations Associate Director will work across the organization to generate maximum visibility for Demos’ work and its experts with an eye toward deploying the most-advanced methods of breaking through in an increasingly noisy media landscape. The ideal candidate always has their finger on the pulse of the news cycle, has proven skills in cultivating deep relationships with journalists, and has the instincts needed to provide strategic guidance on how to give research, campaigns, and people the best possible exposure at the right time. Candidates should demonstrate significant experience in a fast-paced environment effectively leading media strategy and managing staff.   

The successful candidate will join a Communications team that places high value on diversity, creativity, collaboration, and fun and is committed to distributed leadership. This position reports to Demos’ Director of Communications.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Communications strategy: As a media relations strategist for Demos, you offer long-range communications ideas that will help Demos achieve its mission and you lead media planning and top-line message development for Demos’ programs, projects, and spokespeople. You also provide regular analysis of Demos’ media landscape, engagement, and impact to help further communications strategy for the organization.  

Media outreach: In this role you conduct media outreach for all major initiatives and spokespeople, draft, review and/or edit media materials; lead media pitching, prepare briefing memos for interviews, and provide actionable ideas for social media engagement. You are responsible for fielding and tracking media requests and speaking inquiries. You also manage and staff media interviews, draft, edit and/or disseminate media releases, OpEds and statements, and conduct follow-up as needed.

Fundraising, budgeting, and financial management: You work with the Director of Communications to create an annual media relations budget based on the strategic goals of the organization and the strategic priorities of the Communications team, taking responsibility for managing the budget, which includes ad spending.

Team leadership: Working closely with the Director of Communications, you work as a thought partner and leader to help provide clear goals and directions for the collective work of the team, and at the individual staff level. You assist the Director in addressing team morale issues.  As requested, you represent your team in internal or external meetings on behalf of the Director.       

Staff supervision: You check in with direct reports regularly to ensure clarity on goals, to develop space for feedback, and to support staff development. With appropriate input from HR and your Director, you lead on hiring processes for roles you will directly supervise.  You are aware of and model organizational policies, practices, and values to your team and supervisees.

Working for racial equity: Along with all of the above, you consistently integrate your deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions by addressing 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.

Other responsibilities as requested.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • Proven ability to develop and design media relations strategy: You have a successful track record of envisioning, developing, and implementing comprehensive communications plans and media strategies to grow an organization’s influence and impact and leveraging media opportunities at key moments.
  • Superior writing ability: You are a talented writer who is skilled at translating complicated ideas into more accessible content and you know how to craft a compelling narrative.
  • Leading on racial equity: You have a sophisticated understanding of how racialized dynamics impact staff and 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. 
  • Skilled at managing workflow: You are able to prioritize work and can successfully manage multiple projects. You have a strong sense of ownership and successfully plan and coordinate workflow, consistently meet deadlines and, motivate others to do the same. You are a systems thinker with attention to detail, high standards for work products and for relationship managementYou like setting ambitious goals, and bring rigor to your work and management.

The most competitive candidates will demonstrate several of the following skills and experiences:

  • Experience in an agency or newsroom environment: You can work calmly and effectively in a fast-paced environment and can make sound decisions during quick-moving situations. 
  • Compelling public speaker: You have a track record of compellingly representing organizations in multiple forums, including speaking with the media, and presenting on public-facing panels.
  • Issue fluency in our core issues: You have experience with at least one of Demos’ core issues: democracy reform, which includes campaign finance and voting rights, and race forward economic opportunity, which includes college affordability, and workers’ rights.
  • Ability to quickly gain deep issue fluency: You have a demonstrated ability to quickly gain fluency in new topics and policy areas.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural: You bring bilingual language skills and or bicultural fluency into your work.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following workflow and relationship management tools: DARCIs or MOCHAs; Asana, Base Camp, Evernote, Sales Force; and an interest in detail-oriented systems.
  • Sense of humor: You bring rigor and high standards, as well as levity and a sense of humor and to your relationships with colleagues and team members.

The Media Relations Associate Director position is full-time and based in either New York City or Washington DC.

How to Apply:

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and résumé to: Lauren I. Gumbs, Senior Partner,

Gumbs + Partners via e-mail, 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:  Demos considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, pregnancy status, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   


Associate Director, Foundation Relations


The Associate Director, Foundation Relations is the lead Development Team staff person overseeing the organization’s robust foundation fundraising. Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will provide proactive, strategic leadership and management of Demos’ foundation relationships. The Associate Director, Foundation Relations is a member of the Development Team; a talented team of seven staff. This position also directly manages the Grantwriter, as well as any outside grantwriting consultants (as needed). This position is located in Demos’ New York City office.

This is a unique opportunity for a talented fundraiser to help ensure an equal say and an equal chance for all in America.

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive foundations fundraising plan;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, coordinate the cultivation and stewardship of foundation relationships in support of Demos’ activities;
  • In concert with the Grantwriter, draft proposals, reports, concept papers, letters of intent and any other needed communications as well as staffing key Demos personnel and overseeing ongoing strategy for outreach; cultivating, securing and stewarding own portfolio of foundation funders and relationships;
  • Directly supervise the Grantwriter, conducting regulary check-ins, ensuring clarity on goals, developing space for feedback, and supporting professional development, in addition to overseeing that staff person’s assistance in the development of letters of inquiry, grant proposals, reports, and other relevant materials to deadline;
  • Lead on prospecting and research to develop new leads for foundation funding;
  • Work with the Director of Development to develop compelling funder communications as part of a broader outreach and ongoing engagement strategy;
  • Work with the Director of Development and senior staff to project and monitor foundation gifts towards one-year and multi-year revenue projections;
  • Help coordinate grant-related aspects of joint projects between Dēmos and partner organizations to ensure that funder requirements are met;
  • Other duties as assigned, from time to time, by the Director of Development.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills: Verbal and written communication is a significant component of this role, and the right candidate must possess proficient skills and have substantial experience with persuasive writing, understand writing to unique audiences, and editing other people’s work.

Demonstrated background in foundation fundraising: You’ve worked in development preferably at a think-tank, advocacy organization, grassroots organization, or political campaign, and are very familiar with the progressive field. You have significant experience raising money from foundations and have directly created grant prospect strategies, engaged in prospect cultivation, solicited gifts, and stewarded funders post-gift. You are flexible with an entrepreneurial spirit and can identify – and are willing to seize -- fundraising opportunities as they arise.

Intellectual Curiosity: You are naturally interested in the work of the organization and are eager to get ‘into the weeds’ with program staff. You have a demonstrated practice of continually educating yourself and staying up-to-date on organizational programs and priorities and you conduct your foundation relations work from a place of strong organizational understanding.

Exceptional detail-oriented project manager: You can delegate effectively, manage multiple priorities, organize a large volume of work and keep it flowing through the pipeline. You are a problem solver, tenacious, and proactive with the ability to get things done, and are comfortable working in a fluid, multiple-stakeholder environment. You come to the table with ideas and a plan, and can make it happen with support and guidance.

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.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience and skills:

A sense of humor.

Knowledge of political and electoral fundraising and/or 501c4 fundraising approaches.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $85,000- $95,000 and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Dēmos has retained the executive search firm LeaderFit to lead this search.  Please reach out to the individuals listed below with inquiries or nominations.

Gabriel Albornoz
Annie Linehan Czerwinski




Dēmos seeks a highly qualified Counsel with a sense of urgency around racial justice to join its legal team. The team maintains a national litigation docket and engages in policy advocacy in the pursuit of racial equity, a more inclusive democracy, and a more just economy. The Counsel will help advance Demos’ thriving voting rights and election reform work—litigating under the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act, advocating pro-voter reforms like automatic voter registration, and combatting the corrupting influence of money in politics—and will help expand Dēmos’ work on economic and criminal justice. The legal team is focused on innovative legal strategies to make ours a more equal society. The new Counsel will be an integral part of its efforts.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advocating for progressive change through litigation, research, policy development, and advocacy;
  • Conducting all stages of litigation in pursuit of Demos’ goals, including new case development, discovery, motions practice, hearings, trials, appeals, and settlement negotiations;
  • Devising policy solutions that make sense given the legal landscape, drafting and delivering legislative testimony, and helping craft language for legislation and ballot initiatives;
  • Building coalitions with organizations and advocates at the local, state, and national levels and with social scientists, private law firms and attorneys, and others;
  • Writing for diverse audiences and translating complex legal issues in relatable terms;
  • Engaging in public education and communications, which may include speaking engagements, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds, and conferences;
  • Traveling for work as needed; and
  • Other duties, as assigned by your supervisor, from time to time.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  1. You have a demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society and in movement-building, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively across difference.
  2. You have a J.D. degree, membership in the state bar (or ability to become a member promptly), and experience with litigation tasks such as drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, or engaging in motions and/or trial practice.
  3. You have a strong commitment to excellence in legal research and writing, oral advocacy, and other litigation skills.
  4. You have a demonstrated ability to build trust and foster relationships with diverse communities.

The most successful candidates will also have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience litigating civil rights claims, particularly in federal court;
  • Experience using an integrated advocacy approach to move progressive reforms forward—meaning the strategic use of litigation, research, policy development, campaigns, and/or communications to bring about lasting change; and
  • The ability to develop new litigation and devise creative legal theories to challenge structural inequality.

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.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $60,000- $85,000 and is commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 18 vacation days per year, paid time off between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 5 additional 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, résumé, and writing sample (10 pages or less) reflecting your original work by clicking through the following link:  We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

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) 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. 

Dēmos Emerging Voices Fellowship—Voting Rights Journalist


The Fellowship:                              

The Emerging Voice Fellow gives voice to strong progressive values within the areas of voting rights, including advancing the National Voter Registration Act, Same Day Registration, Automatic Voter Registration; increasing access to the ballot for people with limited English proficiency and restoring voting rights to people convicted of felonies; and fighting against all forms of voter suppression, in particular through voter purging. The overall focus of our work in this area is to remove structural barriers to robust, inclusive democratic participation so that the New American Demos—people of color, single women, and working people of all races—has full participation and meaningful representation in government.

This fellowship is dedicated to developing emerging writers and thinkers with an interest in pursuing reporting or providing commentary on voting rights and access to the ballot box. The fellowship aims to help an individual enter important public debates as a dynamic progressive voice. 

As part of Demos’ Emerging Voices initiative, the aim of the fellowship is to diversify the pipeline of public intellectuals and policy journalists in American political debates.  As such, the fellowship provides one year of financial support and deep integration within a professional communications platform, which includes the Demos blog as well as our print, social and broadcast media activity. The Fellow will be embedded within Demos’ Communications Team.

Candidates should be first and foremost strong writers, with backgrounds in investigative journalism, criticism, feature writing, and/or policy analysis. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a strong grasp of the pace of political and policy debate and be capable of engaging at the appropriate speed. Candidates with demonstrable interest in effecting change in under-represented communities, and with diverse backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Write 4-6 articles a month (500-1,200 words each) on the cutting-edge voting rights issues of the day, featuring intelligent journalistic insight, the highest integrity, high-quality writing, and careful research.
  • Produce 4-6 in-depth, long form stories over the course of the year on important voting rights issues. This may require on-the-ground reporting.
  • Stay on the pulse of local and national voting rights news around the country to discover, research, and lift up compelling voting rights stories.
  • Create compelling frames for articles on voting issues.
  • Develop a commentary agenda in consultation with Demos staff.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills: You are an exceptional writer and communicator and demonstrate a strong ability to research, analyze, and persuade the public on complex ideas.
  • Disciplined self-starter: You have the ability to juggle multiple responsibilities while meeting deadlines. You also have the ability to generate ideas and to deliver work inspired by your own initiative.
  • Some experience as a published writer:  You have some publication credits (essays, blog posts, reviews, or other formats) that, ideally, advance a compelling progressive narrative of our democracy and/or economy.
  • Willingness to learn and collaborate:  You are interested in exploring Demos’ issue areas, particularly voting rights and have the ability to work alongside experienced Demos staff.
  • Commitment to 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 your job responsibilities and writing.

The strongest candidates will also possess some of the following skills:

  • Strong leadership ability
  • Public speaking skills
  • Media exposure
  • Facility with multi-disciplinary thinking and capacity for multi-issue research
  • Experience working or volunteering in progressive causes
  • A track record in addressing voting rights through the lens of marginalized communities is an added value. This includes civic engagement of people of color, women, low-income white communities, and young people.  

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.  

Salary: The salary for this fellowship is $50,000. 

How to Apply:

Upload a cover letter, résumé, a 2-3-page statement of your writing plans for the fellowship year, and two writing samples by clicking through the following link:

Note that only full and complete applications will be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  No phone calls please. Candidates should be available to start on or around August 1, 2018 (date negotiable).