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Partnerships Associate

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 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 501(c)(4) organization Democracy Fund Voice by visiting www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.

POSITION SUMMARY:

In response to a swell of interest, Democracy Fund is building a new team to expand its influence by activating a powerful network of philanthropic, political, and civic leaders. As such, Democracy Fund is seeking an enthusiastic and detail-oriented Partnerships Associate to join a new Philanthropic Partnerships team focused on attracting resources to support a more trustworthy, equitable, and resilient democracy.  

As a founding member of the Partnerships team, the Associate will play a key role in executing the emerging strategy. The Associate will work with leaders across the organization to advise donors on strategic investments in nonprofits who strengthen our democracy. Specifically, the Associate will provide timely prospect research, coordinate high-caliber events, draft compelling collateral and proposals, and help manage a relationship database. The Associate will be a part of a growing Communications and Network team, and will report to the new Director of Partnerships. Together, the Partnerships Director and Associate will be responsible for producing a semi-annual retreat with Democracy Fund’s National Advisory Committee. 

The successful applicant will have a growing record of success in fundraising, event planning, and/or partnerships. We are looking for a resourceful problem-solver who is eager to help build processes while seamlessly supporting incoming requests and opportunities. The Associate will thrive on collaboration, excel on a “start up” team, and have excellent, adaptable writing skills and the ability to connect across audiences.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

PARTNERSHIPS

  • Support front line fundraisers in stewarding donors by creating communications that are appropriate for diverse audiences, including comprehensive donor reports.
  • Draft various cultivation, stewardship, and event-related materials, and flawlessly coordinate communication across all channels. 
  • Track, manage, and follow up on external contacts with professionalism and discretion, cultivating ongoing relationships as needed. Proactively troubleshoot any donor relationship challenges as they arise.
  • Conduct prospect and relationship research and prepare reports and other briefing materials for senior leaders.
  • Support the marketing and management of a variety of funding opportunities and vehicles. 
  • Meet objectives in all stages of donor event planning, design, and production. Track budgets, vendors, event communications, and logistics to ensure smooth execution, in addition to managing day-of event execution such as nametags, signage, speaker and guest reception, etc.
  • Support special projects and requests, including developing one-of-a-kind packages and coordinating responses to requests for collateral, funding proposals, media clips, or other materials.
  • Work closely with grants and operations teams on Salesforce development, management, and pipeline accuracy. Collaborate with grants and operations teams on implementing processes to improve staff collaboration and data entry throughout the donor cultivation cycle. 
  • Cultivate trust while working with diverse external contacts and internal staff by acting with integrity and professionalism, grace, and credibility. Maintain discretion and confidentiality in all working relationships.
  • Other duties as assigned.

TEAM MEMBER

  • Fortify team engagement and interaction through expert project management.
  • Promote a team culture of positivity, high performance, and continuous improvement that values learning and quality.
  • Support management of the Partnerships team’s contracts, invoices, sponsorships, and grants.
  • Actively work to support the success of other members of the entire Democracy Fund team and foster an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for strengthening American democracy and comfort with working across differences.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience working in philanthropic advising, event planning, or fundraising.
  • Excellent customer service skills; proven savvy working directly with VIPs a plus. 
  • Highly-detailed mindset and high degree of skill at planning, organizing, and following through on tasks, particularly with regard to project and event management.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with a meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels to execute duties; proven collaborator and learner with a positive approach and strong emotional intelligence. 
  • Confidence and capability to adapt and execute on a new team that is building and maintaining structures.  ​
  • ​​​​​​Willingess to travel at least monthly; also requires occasional evening and weekend work and ability to staff events as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree required (or equivalent experience).
  • Position is based in Washington, DC.​​​​​​​

HOW TO APPLY

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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