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Sr. Advisor, Government Accountability

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. Democracy Fund Voice is the 501c4 sister organization of Democracy Fund, which engages in advocacy and other activity to strengthen our democracy.

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 $100 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. 

More information about the Democracy Fund and our sister 501c4 organization Democracy Fund Voice may be found at www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

Democracy Fund is seeking a Senior Advisor to lead its work protecting and promoting the rule of law and democratic institutions within the Governance Program’s Special Project on Government Accountability. Through this Special Project, we aim to defend and strengthen the democratic norms and mechanisms of accountability that underpin our system of government. We believe that democracy is strongest when each branch of government serves as a check on the other. At this critical moment in our nation’s history, Democracy Fund is committed to supporting organizations working to strengthen our democratic system and prepare for and respond to potential constitutional crises. 

The Senior Advisor will report to the Director of the Governance Program and work closely with other members of the team to lead and develop this work through grantmaking, advocacy, and coalition building with organizations and foundations working in this space. This work will be closely aligned with the Special Project’s overall focus on strengthening the institutions that serve as a check on the executive branch, including Congress, the courts, independent oversight institutions, civil society, and the American public. 

This position will be full-time for two years. 

The Senior Advisor also will strengthen existing grantmaking and develop new efforts, in coordination with a broader group of partners. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

This work will include but not be limited to:

LEADERSHIP AND FIELD BUILDING

  • Leading the development and refinement of the Special Project’s strategy to defend and promote the importance of the rule of law and democratic institutions.
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships with philanthropic institutions working in the rule of law or democracy building space to bring additional funds to the current grantees of the Special Project and to the field generally.

  • Working with and supporting relevant coalitions from across the political spectrum.

  • Providing high-value contributions to the Governance Program’s development of a national strategy to experiment with and scale practices that incentivize behavior that promotes the rule of law.

  • Developing organizational preparations for and responses to crisis moments in our democracy.

EXPERIMENTATION AND LEARNING 

  • Working with Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team, and the Governance. Program’s Senior Systems, Research, and Learning Associate, measure progress against goals and share progress with key internal and external audiences.
  • Contributing to the Governance Program’s learning agenda, including by commissioning research and closely collaborating with internal and external research partners.

  • Disseminating learning and cultivating field building through writing, public speaking, convening, and relationship building.

Grant Making

  • Identifying, shaping, and recommending grants related to specific approaches aimed at defending the rule of law and/or responding to a constitutional crisis. 
  • Actively working to support the success of other members of the entire Democracy Fund team and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Relevant graduate degree strongly preferred
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in or with Congress and/or the executive branch and/or the nonprofit sector, preferably with experience in advocacy and/or grassroots mobilization. 
  • Deep knowledge of the field of issues related to checks and balances, the rule of law, and democratic institutions.

  • Familiarity with philanthropy and a preference for a proven track record of building relationships with foundations and/or donors.

  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Willingness and ability to communicate and collaborate with a diversity of leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and different walks of life. 

  • Skilled in pro-actively handling multiple assignments simultaneously and prioritizing tasks and deadlines with an attention to detail to deliver high quality results.

  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team. 

  • Position is based in Washington, D.C. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume here. No calls please.

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. Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome and encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic backgrounds, country of origin, religions, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

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