Jobs at the DA

SENIOR DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT

The Democracy Alliance (DA) is a growing network of progressives who partner with, contribute to, and encourage collaboration among progressive organizations, strategists and donors at the national, state and local levels.

Over the last decade, more than $500 million has been raised to build and sustain elements of the progressive infrastructure – from multi-issue think tanks to a sophisticated media monitoring apparatus – that did not previously exist. As a result of DA strategy and funding, there have been numerous progressive electoral victories, and many progressive ideas and policies have been enacted – and achieved broad popular support.

In a nearly year-long consultative process, the DA has created its Vision 2020, setting out ambitious goals for the next five years that build on previous achievements. By 2020, the DA seeks to build an America where progressives hold the reins of power and use them to make significant impact on several of our nation’s greatest challenges: a fair democracy where everyone can participate; an inclusive economy that works for all; and a planet that is healthy and safe. The DA is committed to addressing the issues of democracy, economic fairness and climate change together because they are deeply connected, and sustainable progress will build on that principle.

As it has in the past, the DA is committed to building progressive power that produces electoral and policy victories, and to the infrastructure that can support those efforts. In addition, the DA will make new investments in state-based infrastructure and the key constituencies that comprise the Rising American Electorate (voters of color, young people and single women) and work closely with other communities that share our progressive values.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Senior Director of Membership and Development will report to the President as a member of the Senior Management Team. In addition to bringing significant major donor fundraising experience, the Director will play an important role in developing an overall development strategy for the DA, including compelling programming to engage and retain Partners and in marshaling funds toward the DA’s investment recommendations. The Director should have a proven track record of success working with high net worth individuals.

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated professional with a passion for politics, social and economic justice, democracy and the environment. S/he will be a collaborative leader, helping the DA reach new levels of funding. S/he will be a strong communicator capable of developing productive relationships, both internally and externally, with various constituencies.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead

 Manage Partner Services team including a Research Director and Partner Services Manager

 Work with Communications Manager and Investment Strategy Associate to ensure regular communication between members of the program staff, fundraising, and communications departments to develop a cohesive progressive message for DA

 Ensure that the DA is represented effectively at conferences and public events to disseminate the DA’s progressive values and ideals

Engage (Recruitment and Retention)

 Create a strategy to retain and renew current Partners while identifying and acquiring prospective Partners and allied funders to support the Investment Recommendations

 Work with President to grow the donor pool by expanding the DA’s membership and identifying new funders and foundations with whom to leverage our investments

 Engage closely with Partners in order to maximize the Partner experience as part of the DA; organize and facilitate Partner meetings with staff, recommended organizations and other Partners in order to make strategic connections between Partners and movement/issue leaders

 Strategize and organize a series of targeted cultivation gatherings, receptions, roundtable discussions, and intimate dinners in major cities.

Marshal

 Oversee the planning of a multi-year fundraising strategy to support the goals of the DA’s vision and investment recommendations

 Coordinate and support outreach efforts to allied foundations, individual donors and funding networks in order to help leverage DA funding within the progressive community

 Create and manage legacy fundraising plan supported by Board of Directors Chair and DA President

 Direct senior staff fundraising travel, meetings, and calls; includes staffing meetings when appropriate

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

The Democracy Alliance seeks a candidate with:

 A demonstrated commitment to the DA’s mission and progressive values as well as a first-hand understanding of the elements of movement-building

 10-15 years of fundraising experience in progressive settings and with diverse funding sources

 A capacity for strategic and creative thinking to develop a multi-year resource plan for the DA  Experience in senior management in nonprofit organizations

 Experience working directly with Boards of Directors

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills

 Ability to work quickly, under pressure, and adapt as needs and priorities change

 The ability to work with a broad range of people and as part of a team.

 Strong work ethic, resourcefulness and willingness to take initiative on wide-ranging responsibilities

 The ability to adapt in a fast-changing environment

 A sense of humor and an interest in building a strong culture and a high-performing team

REPORTS TO: President
BASED IN: Washington, DC
POSITIONS AVAILABLE: One
START DATE: Immediately
TRAVEL: Some travel will be required
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

To apply Applicants should email [email protected] and must include a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample and salary requirements. Email MUST reference “SENIOR DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT” in the subject line. No calls, please.

We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool in the belief that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving our goals.

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DIRECTOR NEW AMERICAN MAJORITY FUND AND NEW AMERICAN MAJORITY ACTION FUND 

The Democracy Alliance (DA) is a growing network of progressives who partner with, contribute to, and encourage collaboration among progressive organizations, strategists, and donors at the national, state, and local levels.

Over the last 14 years, nearly $2 billion has been organized to build and sustain elements of the progressive infrastructure – from multi-issue think tanks to a sophisticated media monitoring apparatus – that did not previously exist. Aided by DA strategy and funding, there have been numerous progressive electoral victories, and many progressive ideas and policies have been enacted – and achieved broad popular support.

Through a consultative process, the DA has set out ambitious goals that build on previous achievements. The DA seeks to build an America where progressives hold the reins of power and use them to make significant impact on several of our nation’s greatest challenges: a fair democracy where everyone can participate; an inclusive economy that works for all; a planet that is healthy and safe; and an equitable and just nation. The DA is committed to addressing these issues together because they are deeply connected, and sustainable progress will build on that principle.

As it has in the past, the DA is committed to building progressive power that produces electoral and policy victories, and to the infrastructure that can support those efforts. In addition, the DA will make investments in state-based infrastructure and the key constituencies that comprise the New American Majority (voters of color, LGBTQ voters, young people, and women) and work closely with other communities that share our progressive values.

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

The Director will serve as the primary staff person responsible for the fundraising, investment process, and portfolio management of the New American Majority and New American Majority Action Funds (Funds). The Funds is a collaborative effort between individual and institutional donors designed to increase the independent political power of New American Majority organizations.

The New American Majority Funds and its sister 501(c)(4) fund address the chronic underinvestment in state-based organizations by providing resources to help them build independent political power. This power is leveraged to advocate for progressive policy change, mobilize underrepresented voters, and elect progressive champions.

Grantmaking priority is given to state-based organizations run by leaders from these communities: Latinx, Black, Native American, LGBTQ, and Asian American Pacific Islander. A state landscape analysis, comprehensive capacity assessment, regular benchmark monitoring, and the Advisory Board’s strategic oversight help ensure that grants go to effective, inspiring organizations.

The Funds invest in these seven core capacities:

 Base building

 Mobilization capabilities

 Structural reform campaign tools

 Leadership pipeline

 Network connections

 Narrative setting

 Budget growth and sustainability

This full-time position will commence immediately. The Director will report to the Democracy Alliance’s Vice President, will work directly with the Funds’ Advisory Boards, and will manage the Funds’ program staff. If you are a highly strategic, innovative, driven self-starter with experience in civic engagement and philanthropy, we encourage you to contact us about this position. Interviewing will commence in early December.

Washington, DC-based candidates are preferred.

DUTIES:

 With the Advisory Board and DA senior staff, fundraise for the Funds, helping to secure at least $10M in 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 support from individual and institutional donors for 2020 and grow the Funds in subsequent years.

 Build strong relationships with existing leadership in the civic engagement field and help support and facilitate collaboration between and among groups.

 Develop grantmaking recommendations for investments that meet the Funds’ goals and objectives; including critical needs which are not being met by existing organizations in the field, such as capacity-building/training needs.

 Develop a process for monitoring and assessing the Funds’ progress and regular reporting of that progress.

 Promote and communicate the Funds’ mission and values to all stakeholders.

 Prepare grant proposals, grant reports, and other supplemental materials for the Funds.

 Manage regular communications with the Advisory Boards, developing budgets, strategy documents, plans, and agendas necessary for board meetings.

 Work collaboratively with the DA’s other State POWER Funds, finding opportunities to align funding, where appropriate.

 Help to develop sessions at DA conferences and other events that highlight the work/grantees of the Funds and help to build awareness among donors.

 Ensure compliance with all 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 laws.

DIRECTOR ATTRIBUTES:

 Be an experienced fundraiser, ideally in a political environment, working on issues or campaigns.

 Be a strong relationship builder, with experience engaging partners and working with a board, and able to communicate effectively with people representing diverse styles, interests, and backgrounds.

 Have prior experience in a leadership capacity in a mission-driven organization.

 Offer strong verbal and written communication skills.

 Be familiar with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and ideally experienced with VAN or other online voting file tools.

 Have the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

 Have a sense of humor and the interest to be part of a high-performing team.

QUALIFICATIONS:

 At least 10 years of professional experience in issue, candidate, and/or civic engagement, progressive politics, and/or philanthropy.

 Deep understanding of, and strong relationships with, existing leadership in civic engagement field.

 Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience developing strategic plans and/or development strategies, engaging partners, and working with a board.

 Proven success at fundraising for short-term and long-term initiatives, special projects, candidates, and campaigns from individual donors, foundations, and institutions.

 Demonstrates integrity, strives for excellence, and has experience of leading others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact.

 Passionate about the Funds’ mission and able to promote and communicate the philosophy, mission, and values to external and internal stakeholders.

 Strong verbal, written, research, and interpersonal skills.

 Ability to work under pressure and remain flexible and adaptable as needs and priorities change.

 Impeccable assertiveness, tact, and diplomacy in handling confidential and sensitive issues.

 Exemplary service ethic.

 Culturally competent and able to communicate effectively with people representing diverse interests, styles, and backgrounds.

 Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience in utilizing VAN or other online voter file tools and online networking and collaborative tools preferred.

REPORTS TO: Vice President
BASED: Washington, DC
START DATE: Immediately
TRAVEL: Some travel will be required
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

TO APPLY:
Applicants should email [email protected] and must include a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Email MUST reference “NAM Director” in the subject line. No calls, please. We believe that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving our goals. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.