Job Opportunities

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Openings: 




Communications Project Assistant
 

We’re seeking a highly-organized lover of details who has the strong ability to confidently communicate with staff at all levels of the organization and ensure that projects being led or supported by the Communications team run smoothly and efficiently. With minimal supervision, they’ll need to proactively anticipate needs, assist the Director of Communications, and support the Communications team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Moving incoming project requests through an intake process and managing the Communications team production pipeline
  • Managing key initiatives, projects, and activities, and their timelines, benchmarks, and deliverables, by contributing to an editorial calendar, staying on top of progress, addressing potential issues, and regularly communicating with stakeholders including vendors
  • Arranging and preparing for meetings, and recording decisions and outcomes
  • Regularly liaising with vendors and consultants, and helping manage vendor relationships
  • Drafting and routing contracts and invoices, and processing expense reports
  • Helping maintain and keep track of team, editorial, and project calendars
  • Drafting and/or editing of materials and correspondence
  • Collecting information and conducting research that helps advance initiatives and activities
  • Contributing ideas toward improving internal processes
  • Coordinating recruitment processes, as needed, including scheduling
  • Posting materials to our website when needed

The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:

  • Highly organized, with strong attention to detail, and dedication to consistently meeting deadlines
  • Comfortable with technology and proficient with Outlook email and calendar. Have a track record of using project management tools
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • A strong sense of ownership over tasks, including follow-through, and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done with excellence
  • Is relentlessly positive, solutions-oriented, and understands that supporting busy staff is integral to the team’s effectiveness
  • Interested in expanding their analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and committed to building and/or deepening their commitment to racial justice work

The most successful candidate will have some of the following skills and qualities:

  • Experience with or being willing to use project management platforms like Asana
  • Background working as a project manager or project assistant

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: The salary range for this position is $53,500 – $58,500. 

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. No exceptions. Please upload materials at: https://demos.hiringthing.com. 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 LGBTQ 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 Counsel with a sense of urgency around racial justice to join its legal team in the New York office. The team maintains a national litigation docket and engages in policy advocacy in the pursuit of a more inclusive democracy and a more just economy. Examples of our active litigation include suits to end unlawful voter purges in Indiana and Ohio, to ensure voter registration opportunities under the National Voter Registration Act in Missouri and Arizona, to secure Spanish-language election materials under the Voting Rights Act in Florida, and to protect the voting rights of pretrial detainees in Ohio. We also maintain an amicus practice and advocate at the federal and state levels for pro-voter reforms like automatic voter registration and to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics.

The Counsel will help advance Demos’ thriving voting rights and election reform work and expand Demos’ 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 primarily through litigation, but also through research, policy development, and other forms of advocacy;
  • Conducting all stages of litigation in pursuit of Demos’ goals, including investigation and case development, discovery, motions practice, hearings, trials, appeals, and settlement negotiations;
  • Devising policy solutions that make sense given the legal landscape, occasionally 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, attorneys at partner organizations, 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 meet the following requirements:

  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 and membership in the New York state bar (or the ability to become a member promptly).
  3. You are excited about litigation, and you have experience with core litigation task such as drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, and engaging in motions and trial practice.
  4. You have excellent legal research, writing, oral advocacy, and other litigation skills.
  5. You are able to work in a fast-paced environment and travel for work.
     

The most successful candidates will also have the following:

  1. Experience litigating civil rights claims, particularly in federal court—preferably 3-7 years.
  2. 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.
  3. Ability to develop new litigation and devise creative legal theories to challenge structural inequality.
  4. Ability to build trust and foster relationships with individuals and communities of various sorts.
  5. Experience collaborating with partners, including local and state-based grassroots organizations, in a way that helps them build long-term power and does not displace their leadership.

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. 

How to Apply: Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (10 pages or less) reflecting your original work. 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. 
 


 

Senior Policy Analyst
 

Demos seeks a Senior Policy Analyst who will provide research and writing on, and analysis of, democracy and democratic participation, money in politics, and other strategies and reforms geared toward expanding the voice and power of the New American Demos – people of color, young people, single women, and working-class people of all races. Work of the Senior Policy Analyst will include demographic analyses of registration and voter turnout, statistical and qualitative analyses of electoral outcomes, and analyses of voting reforms and democracy policies, as well as supporting internal advocacy strategies and external partnerships on democracy issues.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research and write in-depth reports as well as policy briefs and other documents on politics and democracy issues, including voting trends, electoral strategies, money in politics, and more.
  • Generate data from large publicly available data sets including the American National Election Studies, the General Social Survey and the Cooperative Congressional Election Survey and others, and oversee data collection by outside contractors as needed.
  • Author commentary and analysis and represent Demos externally on democracy policy issues.
  • Work closely with local, state, and federal advocates to support advocacy and strategy for growing and accelerating the electoral impact of the New American Demos.
  • Cultivate productive relationships with important contacts in various state and federal agencies, elected offices, grassroots movements, advocacy organizations, and academic institutions.
  • Develop research and findings in dialogue with state and local stakeholders and grassroots partners.

 

The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:

  • Data Expertise. You have excellent data generation skills in using large data-sets, including experience using one of the major election-related surveys. You hold an advanced degree in political science, public policy, or a related field—or equivalent experience and mastery in statistical analysis and data skills.
  • Writing. You have excellent writing and analytical skills as evidenced by published writing samples across formats including opinion pieces and research reports.
  • Working for Racial Equity. 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.
  • Democracy issue fluency. You have a strong familiarity with democracy-related issues (specifically voting trends, electoral analysis, and structural democracy reforms). You are familiar with other organizations in the democracy field and in racial justice work.
  • Team oriented. You work effectively in a team environment accomplish organizational goals.

The most successful candidates will have some of the following skills and qualities:

  • Experience with print and broadcast media.
  • Proven experience working in a public policy organization, an advocacy organization, or a related environment.

Candidates must bring a commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  The position is full-time and based in New York City.  Some travel is required.

Salary and Benefits: 
The salary range for this position is $75,000- $90,000 and is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and relevant writing sample (10 pages or less, please) by clicking through the following link: https://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. 

 


 

Summer 2019 Legal Internships

 

Demos is accepting applications for legal internships for the summer of 2019.  We will hire up to two Legal Interns to work with staff on racial justice litigation, advocacy and research. Legal Interns can expect to receive substantive assignments in the areas of voting rights, money in politics, criminal justice reform, and/or economic justice. Demos is committed to providing Legal Interns with an educational experience, and our summer program includes mid-semester reviews and close supervision by staff attorneys to ensure interns receive instruction and feedback. Interns will work in the New York office of Demos.

Students not receiving grant funding or credit are eligible for a paid internship at a rate of $15 per 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 candidates with a passion for our issues and a strong commitment to excellence in research, writing and analysis.  The ideal candidate will be interested in expanding their analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and must be committed to building and/or deepening their contribution to racial justice work.  Background and expertise in voting rights, electoral reform or racial equity is a strong plus but not required. 

How to Apply:  
Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (of no more than 10 pages) reflecting your original work at the following link: https://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: 
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.

We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   


 

Legal Fellowships

 

Demos is accepting applications from graduating law students and clerks seeking sponsorship for legal fellowships to begin in the Fall of 2019 in our New York office. Post-graduate fellows work on our legal team under the close supervision of senior attorneys for one or two years. Fellows engage in litigation, policy analysis, and advocacy in the areas of voting rights, money in politics, economic justice, and/or criminal justice.

Applicants must secure funding for this position. In additional to pursuing national funding opportunities, we encourage students and graduates to contact their law schools regarding potential funding.

Applicants must bring a deep commitment to racial equity. All Demos staff must consistently integrate their deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions. They must address the structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of their job responsibilities.

Students interested in a legal fellowship at Demos should submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample of approximately 10 pages via email to Naila Awan (nawan@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. We regret that we cannot respond to all inquiries. 

About Dēmos.  Demos is a policy and advocacy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Founded in 2000, the organization is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington, D.C. Demos moves ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of everyday Americans through the full cycle of change. We champion over-the-horizon policy solutions, shift the narrative to clear the way for their acceptance, and advocate until they take effect. We use the right strategy for the right moment, whether it’s litigation, research, communications, or support of organizers. This commitment to the full cycle of change has resulted in real victories, from landmark credit card reforms to over 3 million new voter registration applications from low-income citizens. Throughout all of our work, Dēmos is advocating not just for people, but for the very idea of the people—of one nation, united by a shared fate.

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.