The 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. 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 $70 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.
Last Fall, the Democracy Fund added a new strategy to its Elections Program that addresses the public’s Trust in Elections. We are now seeking a Senior Program Associate to lead this line of work, aimed at improving the security of elections and reducing gamesmanship around laws of political power. This new position involves grant making and other efforts to bolster the public’s trust in elections, address security threats to election technology, promote policies and practices to secure elections, and reduce efforts to change election law based on hyperpartisanship. Such efforts may involve policy work, advocacy, coalition and relationship building, thought leadership, and innovative approaches to reduce real or perceived threats to American elections.
We are looking for candidates who are passionate about making our democracy work better. Strong candidates will possess a nuanced understanding of how elections work and bring several years of experience working on cybersecurity policy and/or advocacy. The successful candidate will have a track record of working well with others to get things done in a complex, fast-paced environment and will thrive as part of a small, highly collaborative team. As we are a bipartisan organization, the willingness and ability to work well across the aisle is essential.
The Senior Program Associate will be a thought leader in the field and help responsibly translate the importance and sense of urgency this threat poses to our democracy to policy leaders, election officials, and the public. We are looking for someone who is able to discuss technical issues with cybersecurity experts in one moment and translate these issues for a room of election officials in the next. If you are energized about connecting the dots between cybersecurity and elections, this role presents a unique opportunity to blend philanthropy, thought leadership, policy development, and promotion of research to respond to the one of the most challenging emerging policy issues.
The Senior Program Associate will report to the Associate Director for Elections.
Leadership, Policy Advocacy and Grant Making
Strategy, Learning and Networks
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.
The 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. The 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.