Jobs at the DA

PROGRAM MANAGER, NEW AMERICAN MAJORITY FUND

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

The New American Majority (Action) Fund, a collaborative project of the Democracy Alliance, National Education Association, Service Employees International Union, Civic Participation Action Fund, and American Federation of State County, and Municipal Employees, builds and strengthens organizations to elect progressive champions and then work with these progressive champions to pass policy change that makes people’s lives better.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Working closely with the Director, contribute to all aspects of the Fund’s strategy and work, including developing annual grantmaking strategy and work with the Fund’s Advisory Board;
  • Conduct research and analysis of emerging opportunities, the needs of the field, and alignment with allied funders;
  • Lead the implementation of the grantmaking strategy in select states;
  • Identify and coordinate state activities with allied funders, consultants, and national and state level

    partners;

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with organizations, state thought leaders and experts, and funders;

The Program Manager coordinates and executes grantmaking strategies. The Program Manager works to implement the grantmaking strategy and program; tracks the overall landscape and progress in the target states and works with the Director to adjust and refine strategies.

  • Communicate with and convene organizations, as needed, to facilitate strong partnerships between and among organizations;
  • Coordinate with the Fund’s fiscal sponsor to maintain financial records and budgets;
  • Support fund development through cultivating relationships with funders, writing proposals, managing

    program and financial reporting, and other tasks as needed;

  • Support fund staff with limited administrative tasks;
  • Special projects as needed

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES DESIRED:

  • 5-7 years professional experience in related fields, such as community organizing in New American Majority communities, organizational development, political campaigns, and/or philanthropy;
  • Understanding of leading organizations and funders in the field;
  • Experience with campaign and/or strategy development;
  • Experience with research and analysis;
  • Experience in grantmaking process (either as a funder or applicant), program development, and

    fundraising;

  • Experience with Salesforce with the ability to run queries, pull lists, and manage entries;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the capacity to write clear and compelling

    program-related material and speak publicly as necessary;

  • Cultural competence, commitment to equity, and demonstrated ability to build diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization;
  • Experience with fundraising and board management a plus;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work flexibly, quickly, and effectively as part of a growing team;
  • Strong work ethic and resourcefulness, and high level of self-organization with close attention to detail;
  • Sense of humor and interest in building a strong culture and high-performing team;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Extremely well organized, detail-oriented, and analytical

    REPORTS TO: Director
    BASED IN: Washington, DC
    POSITIONS AVAILABLE: One
    COMMITMENT: Full-time
    START DATE: Immediately
    TRAVEL: Some travel may be required.
    SALARY: Commensurate with experience, education, and ability

    TO APPLY:

    Applicants should email [email protected] and must include a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Email MUST reference “Program Manager, New American Majority Fund” position 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.

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.