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 is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Project Associate to support the work of the Just and Inclusive Society (JIS) project and expand its overall capacity.
The hypothesis behind the Just and Inclusive Society project is that with diverse organizations and communities working together for a common good, we can create safe and secure communities, decrease polarization, develop a shared sense of national identity, and defend constitutional norms under attack.
This position involves grantmaking and project management, and provides a unique opportunity for a detailed and creative thinker committed to improving our democracy to support a growing organization. As an organization that works with people, grantees and institutions spanning the entire political spectrum, the willingness and ability to work well across lines of difference is essential.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in civil and human rights, legal issues, community empowerment, and cross sector engagement. We are looking for an organized, entrepreneurial, and goal-oriented individual who can take a step back and connect details across our larger vision. The Project Associate will eventually report to the Associate Director, and will also support the work of Democracy Fund Voice, a separate social welfare organization.
GRANT MAKING, COORDINATION, AND CAPACITY BUILDING
- Review grant application materials. Conduct and document legal due diligence for grants, sponsorships and amendments. Monitor legal issues in partnership with the Senior Counsel, Associate Director, and Program Director.
- Prepare grant, sponsorship, and amendment agreements.
- Compile and analyze grant and portfolio data that can be used for internal portfolio reviews, board meetings, and Democracy Fund’s annual tax return and audit.
- Serve as a point of contact for grantees who need support using our grants management database.
- Engage with grantees via site visits and other evaluation efforts (site visits and most work travel currently suspended due to the ongoing pandemic).
- Monitor grantee developments and track impact metrics.
- Complete other administrative grantmaking projects and duties, as requested by the Program Director and Associate Director.
- Team player with the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively.
- Contribute to a team culture that values collaboration, positivity, and transparency.
- Ability to work effectively cross-functionally and creatively solve problems.
- Actively work to support the success of the entire Democracy Fund team through the development of shared goals and priorities.
- Promote a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and quality.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
- Deep passion for strengthening American democracy.
- 4 - 6 years of related work or equivalent experience in roles that engaged questions related to multiracial democracy, at-risk and targeted communities, racial justice and advocacy, litigation/legal services/legal education, political violence, and civil rights.
- Proven analytical and research skills.
- An outstanding work ethic, self starter, dependable, responsible, with a creative and entrepreneurial mindset.
- Previous grantmaking experience is valued but not necessary. Candidate should be able to analyze and assess organizations and their contributions to the field.
- Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum.
- A learning mindset, self and other-awareness, and success in developing and sustaining interpersonal relationships across differences.
- Operationally focused with strong organizational and execution skills.
- Ability to adapt quickly, work calmly, and maintain good judgment in a fast-paced environment; must be comfortable working through ambiguity.
- Confident and diplomatic oral communicator with exceptional writing and editing skills.
- Skilled in proactively handling multiple assignments simultaneously with a sense of urgency, prioritizing tasks, and meeting deadlines to deliver high quality results.
- Works well both independently and as part of a team.
- A sense of humor.
- High proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and comfortable using online tools for project and contact management.
- This position will eventually be based in Washington, D.C. but will begin remotely due to the ongoing pandemic.
Salary range begins at $73,900 per year.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Applications submitted without a cover letter or lacking the desired number of years of experience will not be considered. Take this as a chance 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.