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DEI 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 motivated and skilled DEI Fellow to support the work of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

The mission of our DEI Council is to ensure the organization lives into its vision of promoting and innovating diversity, equity, and inclusion in its programmatic and internal work. The core responsibilities of the Council include promoting practices and policies where all employees can bring their best selves to work and developing increasingly sophisticated cross-cultural learning and skills as individuals and as teams. The Council also works to help staff practice inclusion and find innovative ways to work together across and within teams.

The Fellow will support the Council in continuing and developing new approaches to DEI at Democracy Fund that impact how we organize our work internally and how we work with grantees and partners. The Fellow will help us innovate and grow our practices by researching effectiveness of DEI work in the fields where we work and in philanthropy. We are looking for someone who is detail-oriented and entrepreneurial, who brings passion, strategic thinking, skills and experience in building relationships, networks and communities, and who is open to all perspectives and always brings a learning lens. 

The Fellow will play crucial roles that include:

  • Supporting the DEI Council in developing materials and processes, rooted in iteration, experimentation and learning
  • Coordinating, collaborating, and communicating with staff across the organization
  • Collaborating with partners, consultants, and other stakeholders whose work touches the mission of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at Democracy Fund
  • Documenting the work of this cohort for sharing with other parts of the organization’s network. 

A new role within Democracy Fund, the Fellow will help shape and define this role with the DEI Council, drawn from across the organization, and its leadership. The Fellow will report to the Vice Chair of the Council and work closely with the organization’s senior leadership as well. This work builds on Democracy Fund’s past DEI work and the organization’s emphasis on culture and values since inception. 

Successful candidates will bring a cohesive mix of strong writing and strong technical skills, emotional intelligence, and experience in issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They also will be motivated to help facilitate conversations across a range of groups and ideas as a way of ensuring our commitment to diversity of thought and expression through open dialogue.

We actively seek a diverse pool of applicants from across the political spectrum as well as those from, or who have worked closely with, historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ people, first- or second-generation immigrants, veterans, and people from low-income families. When applying, please include information about your unique background or experience.

This new role is a one-year commitment that pays $25/hour for 25-40 hours/week at our DC offices, depending on candidates’ availability and qualifications. We offer a degree of flexibility regarding hours and on-site requirements to meet mutually agreed-upon needs and goals. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

RESEARCH, COORDINATION, AND COLLABORATION

  • Monitor trends, develop and promote research and best practices in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field to inform our work and relationships with grantees and partners.
  • Identify and develop policies to improve Democracy Fund’s DEI practice and promote their success through internal consensus building, research, and facilitated conversations.
  • Provide initial analysis and research support for DEI-related ideas.
  • Undertake specific DEI research tasks. 
  • Provide planning and logistical support for meetings and trainings with subsets or full DEI Council meetings, which may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, scheduling, and copy editing materials
  • Manage the operational procedures and documentation associated with considering new approaches or changes to internal practice.
  • Draft and edit presentations, training materials, and other documentation for the DEI Council and leadership, as requested.
  • Support Democracy Fund’s efforts to improve data collection and knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning.

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 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.
  • Desire to work with leaders from an array of backgrounds, experiences, identities and political beliefs.
  • College-educated with at least two years’ DEI-related study, training, or equivalent experience. Human Resources degree, training or experience a plus.
  • Proven analytical and research skills.
  • An outstanding work ethic, self-starter, dependable, responsible, with a creative and entrepreneurial mindset.
  • A learning mindset, self and other-awareness, and success in developing and sustaining interpersonal relationships across difference.
  • Operationally focused with strong organizational and execution skills.
  • Ability to adapt quickly and work calmly and maintain good judgment in a fast-paced environment and not 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.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and comfort with online tools for project and contact management.
  • One-year term position, 25-40 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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