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.
Democracy Fund’s Elections team is seeking a Program Associate to promote and advocate for national issues in voting policy, particularly election law and election cybersecurity policy. This role presents a unique opportunity to blend philanthropy, policy development, and legislative advocacy.
The successful candidate will be passionate about educating leaders, officials, and the public on the urgent need for election reform and the danger that attacks on the electoral process pose to our democracy.
The Program Associate will focus on increasing the public’s trust in elections, improving election security, advancing policies and practices that make elections more accessible, and reducing attempts to change election law for partisan benefit. Day-to-day tasks will include grantmaking, policy work, advocacy, coalition and relationship building, thought leadership, and developing innovative approaches to reduce real or perceived threats to American elections.
We are looking for candidates who are determined to help our democracy work better. Strong candidates will possess several years of experience working on voting or election policy and leading advocacy or legislative policy change. 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.
The Program Associate will report to the Associate Director, Elections.
Identify and develop grantmaking and strategic opportunities that will lead to greater voter access and public trust in elections.
Provide support to and oversight of grantees. Build relationships as an essential component to expand our partnerships in the field.
Manage a grant portfolio, including related tasks such as record keeping and collecting proposal materials, organizational documentation, grant agreements, and required reports.
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Identify and develop federal policies to improve voter access, and increase the security and integrity of elections. Promote their adoption through research, advocacy, speaking opportunities, and writing.
Coordinate issue campaigns, direct lobbying, and coalition work under the guidance of the Associate Director to support and defend policy goals through our affiliated 501c4, Democracy Fund Voice. Support efforts to build coalitions to identify and overcome challenges to policy adoption.
Monitor trends, develop and promote research and best practices in the elections and voting reform field to inform the work. Collaborate with election administrators to adapt this information for their use.
STRATEGY, LEARNING, AND NETWORKS
Support the development of the Election Program strategy through research, study, experimentation, and evaluation.
Communicate goals, priorities, and grantee efforts, particularly those regarding voter access and election integrity.
Facilitate increased dialogue and collaboration in the field by convening grantees, election officials, academics, election policy experts, and others. Manage relationships and develop convenings and events as appropriate.
Build relationships with program officers at other foundations, participate in philanthropic conferences, and support collaboration with peer funders.
Share learning and establish Democracy Fund brand through research, writing, and public speaking.
Actively work to support the success of other staff members, not only within the Elections Program but the entire Democracy Fund team, and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive.
Participate in an active feedback and coaching culture that promotes individual and team growth.
Collaborate with colleagues on supportive and complementary approaches that advance Democracy Fund’s overall mission and goals.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
Deep passion for strengthening American democracy.
BA required; higher level degree strongly preferred.
At least 3-6 years of experience working in election policy, cybersecurity policy, or another relevant policy field.
Strong relationships with organizational leaders and experts in the elections and voting field.
Demonstrated experience working on issue advocacy and with coalitions.
Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written), including the willingness and ability to communicate and collaborate with a variety of leaders and stakeholders across the political spectrum and from different walks of life.
Strong strategic and systems thinking skills, with proven ability to translate strategy into action.
Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships.
Skilled in pro-actively handling multiple assignments simultaneously and prioritizing tasks and deadlines with an attention to detail to deliver high quality results.
Ability to travel periodically for project work.
Position is based in the Washington, D.C. area.
Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume here. 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.