Democracy Fund is a foundation working to defend American democracy and challenge it to be more open and just. Created by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Democracy Fund has made more than $200 million in grants to support free and fair elections, a vibrant and diverse public square, effective and accountable government, and a just and inclusive society. In addition to grantmaking, Democracy Fund advocates for better solutions and works with partners to grow philanthropic support for our democracy. To learn more, visit www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.
Democracy Fund champions leaders and organizations who defend democracy and challenge our political system to be more open, just, resilient, and trustworthy. We believe that experimentation, learning, and adaptation are key to the health and resilience of any system, whether it is our organization or the American political system. As grantmakers, we focus on listening and being of service to our grantees, who are visionaries and our collaborators, and on ways we can more deeply embed diversity, equity, and inclusion as values central to the success of our work and mission.
The Communications team is a key strategic partner in Democracy Fund’s work to create an inclusive, multiracial democracy. The team is focused on developing new lines of work and refreshing external strategies to meet the needs of a robust new organizational strategic framework. The new framework is built, in part, on a strong reputation in philanthropy and deep external relationships within the field.
Democracy Fund is seeking a detail-oriented and strategic Communications Associate to join our growing Communications team. Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Communications Associate will work closely with Democracy Fund’s Communications and Program teams to enhance our influence with target audiences. In addition to having a deep passion for improving our democracy, the successful candidate will be self-motivated, highly collaborative, creative, and eager to work across a variety of communications channels.
This position requires exceptional writing skills and proven experience managing high-impact issue or advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate will have direct experience working across departments in advocacy, private-sector, political, or philanthropic ventures; be energized by strategic communications; and bring a resourceful, action-orientation to the position.
PROJECT SUPPORT AND STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
- In close collaboration with the Communications team, drive execution of program communications strategies, including managing a program communications calendar, developing content, and aligning activities across the organization.
- Assist in media relations and in the management of overall reputation/image among relevant policy, research, and stakeholder communities.
- Coordinate and provide writing and editing for a variety of editorial and promotional products.
- With program teams, manage execution of events and sponsorships, including grantee convenings, sponsorship events, and other opportunities to engage the program’s network.
- Track and report on program communications metrics and progress.
- Complete other communications projects and duties, as requested by the Communications Manager.
- Serve as a team player with the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively.
- Work effectively with staff at all levels and across the organization, balancing projects and priorities for multiple team members.
- Contribute to a team culture that values collaboration, positivity, and transparency and that drives toward impact through continuous improvement and learning.
- Bring critical thinking to this work, with the aim of advancing our organizational goals and mission.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
- Passion for strengthening and building a multiracial democracy.
- Deep commitment to racial equity and justice.
- A minimum of three to five years in strategic communications with experience in multidisciplinary communications functions, including content development, strategy, messaging, social media, public relations, and/or government affairs. Capitol Hill, campaign, or public affairs agency experience welcomed but not required.
- A self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit who enjoys crafting and implementing new insights while working with others.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills.
- Ability to get up to speed quickly on complex topics, spot opportunities, and stay ahead of communication trends.
- A high level of integrity that embodies and reflects Democracy Fund values.
Democracy Fund follows a hybrid remote and in-the-office model, which enables flexibility and meets collaboration needs. New staff are expected to reside in the DMV, though exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Personnel Committee. All employees, regardless of location, will be expected in the office several days a month.
Salary range begins at $76,486.50 per year.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through our Jobs page. Applications submitted without a cover letter or lacking the desired years of experience will not be considered. Take this opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you're interested in joining our team. 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.