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Just and Inclusive Society Fellow

ABOUT US:

Democracy Fund is an independent 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 system, 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.

Democracy Fund was created by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar out of a deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values. 

Learn more about Democracy Fund and our sister 501(c)(4) organization Democracy Fund Voice by visiting www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Democracy Fund is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Fellow to support the work of the Associate Director of the Just and Inclusive Society (JIS) project for a period of one year.  

The hypothesis that lies behind the JIS project is that with diverse organizations and communities working together for a common good, we can create safe and secure communities, decrease polarization, develop a shared sense of national identity, and make space to defend constitutional norms under attack. 

This new position is a unique opportunity for a detailed and creative thinker committed to improving our democracy.  As a growing organization that works with people, grantees, and institutions spanning the political spectrum, a willingness and ability to work well across the aisle is essential.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in civil and human rights, legal issues, community empowerment, and cross sector and partisan engagement.  This position will work closely with the Associate Director to support and guide Democracy Fund by taking on a wide range of substantive and administrative tasks. The Fellow will also support the work of Democracy Fund Voice, a separate social welfare organization.

Our work environment is collaborative and fast-paced. Our people are passionate about what they do. On an average day, you would:

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

GRANT MAKING, COORDINATION, AND CAPACITY BUILDING

  • Support the JIS project by reviewing grant application materials. Conduct and document initial legal due diligence for sponsorships and grants – and monitor legal issues in partnership with the Senior Counsel and Associate Director.
  • Prepare grant and sponsorship agreements, as well as grant amendments.
  • Compile and analyze grant and portfolio data that can be used for internal portfolio reviews, board meetings, and Democracy Fund’s annual tax return and audit.
  • Serve as a point of contact for grantees who need support using our grants management database.
  • Engage with grantees via site visits and other evaluation efforts.
  • Brainstorm effective methods of building political power, resiliency, mobilization, and protection for communities facing threats – with a particular focus on immigrant/refugee communities, communities of color, and Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities. 
  • Monitor grantee developments and stay informed of best practices in the civil rights and community empowerment fields. 
  • Complete other special grantmaking projects and duties, as requested by the Associate Director.

TEAM MEMBER

  • Team player with the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively.
  • Contribute to a team culture that values collaboration, positivity, and transparency.
  • Ability to work effectively cross-functionally and to creatively solve problems.
  • Actively work to support the success of the entire Democracy Fund team through the development of shared goals and priorities.
  • Promote a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and quality.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy.
  • At least 2 years of experience working in public policy or advocacy, with a focus on protecting and advancing civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Proven analytical and research skills.
  • An outstanding work ethic, strong initiative, dependable, responsible, with a creative and entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum.
  • A learning mindset, self and other-awareness, and success in developing and sustaining interpersonal relationships across differences.
  • Operationally focused with strong organization and execution skills.
  • Ability to adapt quickly, work calmly, and maintain good judgment in a fast-paced environment without being stymied by ambiguity.
  • Confident, diplomatic, oral communicator with exceptional writing and editing skills.
  • Skilled in proactively handling multiple assignments simultaneously with a sense of urgency, prioritizing tasks, and meeting deadlines to deliver high quality results. 
  • Works well both independently and as part of a team.
  • A sense of humor.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and comfort with online tools for project and contact management.
  • Bachelor’s degree required (or equivalent experience). J.D. or similar studies and experience a plus. 
  • One year term position, with benefits included for 40 hours/week. 
  • Based in Washington, D.C.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. 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, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

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