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Digital Graphic Designer

 

If you’re an experienced digital graphic designer who knows how to turn complex ideas into exciting and accessible visual content, we’d like to meet you. As part of our growing team, in a fast-paced environment, you will creatively translate research, litigation, campaigns, and fundraising work into powerful content for digital and social media platforms. Your graphic design work will amplify Demos’ message, increase audience engagement, and promote brand awareness. To thrive in this environment, you must be highly collaborative, entrepreneurial, and have extensive experience creating graphic design assets that are meant to be shared across digital and social media platforms.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working in collaboration with Demos’ research, legal, campaigns, and fundraising experts to develop comprehensive communications strategies that include visual content
  • Designing and producing digital assets and collateral including graphics for social media, web campaigns, websites, digital reports, videos, and events
  • Producing audience-centered designs that are optimized for target platforms, channels, and technologies—for example, meet the unique requirements of a target audience, social media platform, and/or mobile viewing experience
  • Regularly working with and managing graphic design vendors and their projects
  • Developing print-ready materials like fact sheets, signage, and banners as needed

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Hands-on graphic design experience producing social media assets, infographics, digital ads, GIFs, and materials for events
  • A minimum of two years of experience creating rapid response content for social media promotion of issues and campaigns
  • Strong visual storytelling aesthetic and the ability to clearly and concisely articulate your creative vision
  • Exceptional project and vendor management skills and the ability to prioritize assignments, multi-task, and deliver on deadlines
  • Expert in the use of Adobe Creative Suite (or equivalent) graphic design programs (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)

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

  • A general understanding of all aspects of digital communications strategies and best practices for graphic design—from recognizing audiences to optimizing materials to adapting to new platforms and technologies
  • Good customer service, negotiation, and influencing skills
  • An understanding of the role that racial inequality plays in our society and in movement-building, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage across difference

Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced, high-volume environment. The position is full-time and can based in Washington, D.C. or New York. We will also consider remote working candidates with the appropriate skills and experience. 

Salary: The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $80,000.  

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 and a portfolio of your work. No exceptions. Please upload materials at: http://demos.hiringthing.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.


 

Senior Campaign Strategist

 

The successful candidate will be a proven and recognized issue campaigner; community, labor, or political organizer; advocate; lobbyist; or government affairs professional. The Senior Campaign Strategist at Demos co-develops and leads on strategies and tactics to advance the organization’s priority policy and campaigning goals. The successful candidate is adept at the art and science of leveraging time, resources and relationships into concrete policy victories that build power with and for historically marginalized peoples. The successful candidate will join a campaigns team that places a high value on race, class and gender equity and is committed to modeling distributed leadership. This position reports to the Associate Director of Campaigns.
 
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Co-develop and lead key programmatic areas for our campaign work, identifying and driving program goals, strategies, and tactics
  • Generate and implement 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, research materials, advocacy letters, webinars, convenings, social media, legislative outreach and coalition formation/engagement
  • Partner with our legal, research and communications teams to advance campaign objectives, joint program areas and projects
  • Expand Demos’ influence and reach with policymakers, elected and appointed officials—focus on local and state
  • Build alignment, public demand and political will to launch and lead new campaigns
  • Play a leadership, manager and coordinator role in local, state and national coalitions
  • Represent Demos in public and in the media, working to raise Demos’ profile as a progressive flagship institution
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 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.
  • 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 issue fluency. You have a demonstrated ability to quickly gain comprehension and understanding 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 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 manager. You have demonstrated management experience, managing projects and 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 (money in the politics 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 range for this position is $75,000 - $90,000 and is commensurate with experience.
 
How to Apply:
Upload a cover letter and a résumé at 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. 

 



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: http://demos.hiringthing.com

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).