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.
Democracy Fund’s Public Square program focuses on sustaining a vibrant media and engaged citizens. We believe the American people must have effective ways to understand and be a part of the democratic process. As the internet transforms political life, it opens exciting new pathways for public engagement while challenging models that used to work. We seek to support media models that serve the needs and preferences of communities today as well as taking on challenges related to sustainability and press freedom.
Earlier this year, the Democracy Fund announced more than $10 million in commitments in support of press freedom and hard-hitting, nonprofit journalism. We are now seeking an Associate Director for Press Freedom to create and lead a new initiative around ensuring the future of a free and functioning press that holds government accountable.
The Associate Director, who will report to the Director of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square program, will be expected to quickly engage with the field to ensure that it is able to stand up for the rights of journalists to fulfill their rightful role in our democracy at this important moment in our nation’s history. This will include working to build a larger, more effective coalition of advocates and ensure that key leaders in the field have the resources they need to be effective. In parallel, the Associate Director will work with the Public Square team to develop and execute a long-term strategy to strengthen press freedom in the United States. The strategy development process will consider the broadest range of possibilities and the strategy itself is expected to include both grant making and deep engagement within the field. Candidates must be comfortable working in a small, highly collaborative team within a fast-paced, start-up environment.
Advocacy, Engagement, and Grant Making
Press Freedom Strategy Development
Experimentation, Learning, and Thought Leadership
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
HOW TO APPLY
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. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.