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Program Assistant, Public Square

ABOUT US

Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. We work on things that make democracy work better.

At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media and the public square to help people understand and participate in the democratic process. To date, we have committed more than $50 million in support of a healthy democracy.

Out of deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values, Democracy Fund was established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. Incubated inside Omidyar Network, the Democracy Fund launched as an independent foundation in 2014 and is based in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about Democracy Fund and our sister 501c4 organization Democracy Fund Voice by visiting www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Democracy Fund seeks to hire a creative and skilled Program Assistant for the Public Square program, which supports innovations and institutions that help people understand and participate in the democratic process. We are looking for candidates who show a strong interest in learning all aspects of the grant-making process by providing administrative and grants management support to ensure the efficiency of operations, effective delivery of grant making, and high quality services to the nonprofits we serve. In this role, the successful candidate will support coordination of internal administrative processes, grantee activities, events, and research.

The Program Assistant, who will report to the Program Director, will work with the Program Director and the Senior Associate in supporting grant opportunities, working with our portfolio of grantee organizations, development of strategy, and in addition provide general administrative support for the team. This position, which is non-exempt, pays overtime, as regular hours are likely to equal or exceed 45 hours/week.

The Public Square program invests in innovations and institutions that are reinventing local media and expanding the public square to ensure that people can access diverse sources of information — and different points of view. It supports efforts to enable media to engage communities and hold the powerful accountable. This includes supporting efforts to combat misinformation. The program also looks for ways to deepen individuals’ engagement in civic life through new venues for reasoned debate and deliberation.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for administrative functions related to grant making and grant management
  • Assist with the preparation of internal memoranda and other paperwork that are part of routine grant-processing activities
  • Compile research to support the development of new programs and policies within our initiatives and across the foundation
  • Participate in team discussions concerning grant-making strategies and program management
  • Support colleagues in the Public Square team in measuring impact and progress, and sharing results with key audiences.
  • Share our learning with the field and establish the Democracy Fund brand by helping with research and writing and by attending meetings
  • Organize events, schedule and support meetings for team members and assist in writing blog posts
  • Maintain database of contacts and program files
  • Actively support other members of the Democracy Fund team and contribute to an organizational culture that is highly collaborative and supportive
  • Represent the Democracy Fund in a manner that is consistent with our mission and values
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field and ideally 1-2 years of equivalent work experience in the areas of journalism, communications policy, civic innovation, or the innovative application of new technology for engagement
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and rigorous attention to detail required
  • Professional maturity, high sense of personal responsibility and integrity, proven ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Organized and results-oriented self-starter, who enjoys problem-solving, is committed to excellence, and possesses a strong sense of urgency
  • Skilled in pro-actively handling multiple assignments simultaneously; prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines to deliver quality results.
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Successful in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Willingness to work across the political spectrum with leaders, advocates, and media
  • Curious and pro-active with a high commitment to learning and striving for excellence
  • Must be comfortable with ambiguity and working in a changing and fast-paced environment
  • Collaborative, thoughtful and trustworthy by nature, especially when approaching work and planning
  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Willingness to live in the Washington, DC area is required. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, explaining their interest in the position and the organization, and resume. No phone calls please.

The Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. We welcome and encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, religions, disability statuses, sexual orientations, genders, and/or gender identities to apply.

 

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