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Senior Communications Associate

ABOUT DEMOCRACY FUND

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. 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 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 $100 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.

Learn more about Democracy Fund and our sister 501c4 organization Democracy Fund Voice by visiting www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.

POSITION SUMMARY 

Democracy Fund is seeking two creative, highly collaborative SeniorCommunications Associatesto join our growing team. With the goal of building influence and creating deeper connective tissue across our programs, we are creating a new Communications Associate position to manage communications strategy for each program and to collaborate on communications activities for the organization at large. 

The new Senior Associates will be responsible for enthusiastically advancing Democracy Fund messages and driving external activities for one of two core programs—Elections or Public Square. Each associate will also bring passion to the management and execution of select organizational communications efforts, such as social media, internal communications, email marketing, or special projects. Each associate will collaborate with peers and agencies to innovate and grow Democracy Fund’s reach in service of a healthier democracy. Based in Washington, DC, these positions report to the Director of Communications but will be fully integrated within the program teams.

The winning candidates will have proven experience managing the development and execution of high-impact issue or advocacy campaigns and will have direct experience working across departments in nonprofit advocacy, politics, or philanthropic ventures. They will have a track record of earning premier national and state coverage or facility with developing a variety of content, ranging from social media to publications, or both. The ideal candidates will be passionate about democracy, energized by strategic communications, and bring a resourceful, action orientation to the position. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • With the program team and the Director of Communications, develop initiative-level communications strategy and messaging that advances the work of the program, its grantees, and help build organizational brand recognition among targeted audiences
  • Drive execution of program communications strategies, including managing a program communications calendar, developing and curating content, and aligning activities with central communications calendar, staff, and consultants
  • Develop earned media strategies to generate positive media coverage; manage overall reputation/image among relevant policy, research, and other stakeholder communities
  • Manage execution of program events and sponsorships, including grantee convenings, sponsorship events, network happy hours, and other opportunities to engage the program’s network
  • With peer communications associates, develop and manage editorial content for digital properties (e.g., DF blog) publications, and the promotion process 
  • Develop and manage strategy and process for creating, vetting, and publishing social media and email content for Democracy Fund and Democracy Fund Voice 
  • Track and report on program communications metrics and progress
  • Support the development of the program directors’ public positioning, including identifying and supporting new writing projects, leveraging thought leadership opportunities, and executing complementing social media strategies
  • Bring enthusiasm and a positive outlook to problem-solving and day-to-day juggling of priorities
  • Other duties as assigned

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 setting 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 and willingness to work with leaders, advocates, influencers and media from across the political spectrum
  • A bachelor's degree in communications or a relevant field and at least 7 years of professional experience. 
  • Expert knowledge of strategic communications in at least one of the following key areas: designing and executing PR/marketing campaigns, social media or broadcast email strategy, media relations, or internal communications
  • Superior organizational, prioritization, and time management skills
  • Confident, diplomatic communicator; self-motivated; highly creative; flexible and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Ability to think, plan and execute on multiple projects simultaneously in an organized fashion while paying close attention to the details
  • Demonstrated ability to work calmly and maintain good judgment in fast-paced environments, as well as the ability to escalate appropriately 
  • Existing media relationships and a track record of positive press placements
  • Position is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. If a particular program or organizational portfolio appeals, please note in your cover letter. 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.

 

 

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