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Deputy Director

Washington, DC
Posted 25 days ago


Deputy Director

The Democracy Initiative is a unique, broad and intersectional coalition of 72 environmental, civil rights, workers’ rights and other progressive organizations committed to strengthening U.S. democracy. Our model of change views democracy as a cross-cutting, foundational issue that increases our chances to win environmental, economic and social justice for our communities. All our work is developed through a race/class/gender equity lens.

We are seeking an energetic, creative and entrepreneurial Deputy Director to provide day-to-day management of our organization while assisting the Executive Director in the development and execution of a ground strategy, policy analysis and fundraising efforts.


  • Assist the Executive director with strategic planning, campaign development and coordination/execution of the organization's programs and projects.
  • Work with coalition partners to maximize engagement, including strategic use of assets in grassroots campaigns.
  • Support fundraising efforts and assist in grant management, measurement of outcomes and reports to funders.
  • Communicate organizational goals to staff, coalition partners, funders and the public.
  • Analyze policy at the national, state and local level, identifying opportunities and flagging areas of concern. Policy areas include voting rights; money in politics; and fair representation.
  • Establish new strategic partnerships to grow the organization and strengthen grassroots efforts in the field.
  • Manage the organization in the absence of the Executive Director.


The successful applicant will bring the following experience and core competencies:

  • Inspiring organizer, with at least 10 years of large-scale grassroots campaign experience.
  • Minimum of 4 years management experience, ideally in an advocacy setting.
  • Demonstrated being a self-starter, working independently and a problem-solver.
  • Track record of managing relationships with coalition partners, ideally across sectors (e.g., labor-environment, LGBTQ-Civil Rights, etc.).
  • Strong writing and face-to-face communication skills and highly persuasive.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, foster camaraderie, juggle multiple projects and overcome obstacles.
  • Grant administration experience, public policy background and Spanish language skills a plus.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to jobs@democracyinitiative.org. Please note in the subject line the specific position for which you are applying. All applications must be submitted by May 15, 2019.

Salary & Benefits

Commensurate to experience. Please provide your salary range. The preferred work location is the Washington DC Metro area.

The Democracy Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status.

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