Program 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 who 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.
Voting is the single most significant way Americans exercise their 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 participate fully in the democratic process and freely vote for the candidates and issues representing their communities.
The Program Associate will support special projects within the Elections & Voting Program’s work to create a more equitable election system and empower communities to advance and defend voting rights. This position involves project management and grantmaking and provides a unique opportunity for a detailed and creative thinker committed to improving our democracy.
Reporting to the Elections & Voting Senior Program Director, the Program Associate will help manage a growing portfolio of special projects, including work to build stronger partnerships with philanthropic peers interested in elections. This role will work with the Senior Director to strengthen team operations and will support cross-cutting grantmaking aligned with other Democracy Fund programs.
This role will also support the work of Democracy Fund Voice, a 501c(4) social welfare organization.
COORDINATION, CAPACITY BUILDING, AND GRANTMAKING
- Assist the Senior Program Director in developing capacity-building offerings for grantees and assisting with the execution of special projects.
- Draft documents that support the Elections & Voting Program’s philanthropic partnership priorities, which will aid in fundraising for grantees and pooled funds with aligned priorities.
- Review grant applications for cross-programmatic grant priorities. Conduct legal and financial due diligence and prepare grant, sponsorship, and amendment agreements.
- Serve as a point of contact for grantees who need support using our grants management database.
- Engage and build relationships with grantees via site visits and other evaluation efforts (work travel is currently limited due to the ongoing pandemic).
- Complete other administrative grantmaking projects and duties, as requested by the Senior Program Director.
STRATEGY, EXPERIMENTATION, AND LEARNING
- Provide input and feedback to the Elections & Voting team to help experiment, learn, and refine its grantmaking approach.
- Monitor, engage with, and capture learnings from grantees.
- Monitor trends, research, and new publications to inform strategy.
- Collaborate with the larger Elections & Voting team to defend the election system from attack and help build power in communities of color.
- Work effectively cross-functionally and creatively solve problems.
- Promote a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, quality, collaboration, positivity, and transparency.
- Contribute to team administration and processes.
- Serve as a liaison between the Elections & Voting Program and other Democracy Fund departments on targeted areas of work, particularly around philanthropic partnerships.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
- Deep passion for strengthening American democracy.
- Deep commitment to racial equity and justice.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred, with at least three to five years of experience in roles that involved managing multiple projects, attention to detail, strategic thinking, and organizing in the fields of elections or voting rights.
- Collaborative and strategic approach to work and planning.
- Team player with the ability to build effective relationships and work with a small, highly collaborative team.
- Proven analytical and research skills.
- An outstanding work ethic; self-starter, dependable, responsible, with a creative and entrepreneurial mindset.
- Previous grantmaking experience is valued but not necessary. Candidate should be able to analyze and assess organizations and their contributions to the field.
- Ability to adapt quickly, work calmly, and maintain good judgment in a fast-paced environment; must be comfortable working through ambiguity.
- Confident and 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.
- High proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and comfortable using online tools for project and contact management.
Democracy Fund follows a hybrid remote and in-the-office model, which enables flexibility and meets collaboration needs. New staff are expected to reside in the DMV, though exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Personnel Committee. All employees, regardless of location, will be expected in the office several days a month.
Salary range begins at $76,486.50 per year.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to 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.