Sr. Associate, Elections & Voting
Democracy Fund is a foundation working to defend American democracy and challenge it to be more open and just. Created by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Democracy Fund has made more than $200 million in grants to support free and fair elections, a vibrant and diverse public square, effective and accountable government, and a just and inclusive society. In addition to grantmaking, Democracy Fund advocates for better solutions and works with partners to grow philanthropic support for our democracy. To learn more, visit www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.
Democracy Fund champions leaders and organizations that defend democracy and challenge our political system to be more open and just. We believe that experimentation, learning, and adaptation are key to the health and resilience of any system, whether it is our organization or the American political system. As grantmakers, we focus on listening and being of service to our grantees, who are visionaries and our collaborators, and on ways we can more deeply embed diversity, equity, and inclusion as values central to the success of our work and mission.
Voting is the single most significant way Americans exercise our political power. The Elections & Voting Program works to ensure that all Americans, especially those who have been historically underrepresented at the polls, have the opportunity to fully participate in the democratic process and freely vote for the candidates and issues representing their communities.
The Senior Associate will lead the Elections & Voting Program’s work on how to reduce or stop the current attacks on our election system and its legitimacy. We need an innovative thinker who can stay abreast of evolving threats to our election system and solutions that foster a more resilient election system and more equitable election administration practices.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Elections & Voting, the Senior Associate will lead a portfolio of grants and consultants working to build and strengthen a reliable, impartial election administration system. The successful candidate will be a systems thinker and builder who can drive impact while cultivating the internal organization needed to achieve our goals.
We are looking for candidates who can bring a range of experiences and expertise to bear on the challenges our democracy and election administration system face. Candidates must be comfortable working with a small, highly collaborative team in a fast-paced environment. The Senior Associate will work with others on the Elections & Voting team and across Democracy Fund to execute a long-term strategy, develop and manage internal processes, and support team learning and growth.
This role also supports the work of Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.
GRANTMAKING, COORDINATION, AND CAPACITY BUILDING
- Collaborate with the Senior Director of Elections & Voting to support overall efforts, including managing staff and consultants, programming, and grantmaking.
- Manage a portfolio of grants with other program staff, including identifying, shaping, and preparing grants for consideration by the Senior Director, foundation investment committee, and board of directors.
- Foster meaningful collaborations with current grantees and support their success. Monitor the field and develop a pipeline of new grantees who can help meet the goals of our evolving strategy.
- Support the Elections & Voting team’s communities of practice that foster collaboration and expand impact through events, communications, and network building.
LEARNING, IMPACT, AND PARTNERSHIP
- Partner with Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team to help us refine and experiment with our grantmaking approach.
- Leverage communications and outreach to advance Elections & Voting Program goals.
- Monitor, engage, and capture learnings from grantees and help share findings across the field.
- Facilitate increased dialogue and collaboration in the field by convening grantees, experts, academics, change-makers, and leaders. Build and manage the stakeholder network through convenings and events.
- Support the Elections & Voting Program leadership’s work with philanthropic partnerships by building relationships with funders and preparing documents to advise peer donors and foundations.
- Represent Democracy Fund at events and in partnerships in a manner consistent with our mission and values to drive funding aligned with the goals of Democracy Fund and our grantees.
TEAM MEMBER AND LEADER
- Collaborate with the larger Elections & Voting team on events, initiatives, and processes that support free, fair, and equitable elections.
- Contribute to team administration and processes that make the Elections & Voting Program effective.
- Identify opportunities for meaningful cross-team collaboration and participate in strategic planning on issues related to free, fair, and equitable elections. Serve as a liaison with other Democracy Fund departments, in particular the Grants team.
- Actively work to support the success of other Democracy Fund team members and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive.
- Collaborate with the Senior Director to set ambitious, motivating, and realistic goals for the Elections & Voting Program and its impact on the field.
- Maintain stakeholder networks and oversee consultants and fellows working to develop, manage, and contribute to cross-team, cross-organization, and philanthropy-wide programmatic efforts and special projects.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
- Passion for strengthening American democracy.
- Deep commitment to racial equity and justice.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required and at least five to seven years of experience working in roles that address issues related to a multiracial democracy, election administration, or voting rights.
- Engaged self-starter with a zeal for systems and proactively solving problems.
- Experience with and energized by evaluating, improving, maintaining, and managing workflows across teams and departments.
- Demonstrated experience in incorporating principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work and mindset.
- Previous grantmaking experience is valued but not necessary. Candidates should be able to analyze and assess organizations and their contributions to the fields in which we work.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the willingness and ability to communicate and collaborate with diverse leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and different walks of life.
- Experience managing organizational change. Must be comfortable with ambiguity and working in a fast-paced, changing environment.
- Professional maturity, with a proven track record of successful project management and work with diverse teams.
- Ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels to execute duties; proven talent in ensuring positive, proactive, responsive relationships within and across departments for compliance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
- This position will eventually be based in Washington, D.C., but will begin remotely due to the ongoing pandemic.
Salary range begins at $101,740.50 per year.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through our Jobs page. Applications submitted without a cover letter or lacking the desired years of experience will not be considered. Take this opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you're interested in joining our team. 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.