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Executive Director

Employer
Demand Progress Educational Fund
Location
Washington D.C. / Remote US position
Salary
$150,000- $180,000
Closing date
Mar 10, 2024

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Focus Areas
Civil Rights / Advocacy, Government, International / Foreign Affairs
Job Function
Executive / Senior Management
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
Executive

Executive Director

Demand Progress Education Fund (DPEF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and Demand Progress Action (DPA), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, are sister organizations focused on holding concentrated corporate power to account, striving for a robust democracy, and demanding human rights and justice for ordinary people.

DPEF/DPA work to promote progressive policies by educating the public, organizing broad grassroots campaigns, leading lobbying initiatives, and leveraging our staff’s policy expertise to advocate effectively in Washington and beyond. We have a team of approximately 20 employees and regular contractors. We have one million affiliated activists, and we regularly collaborate with diverse coalitions that transcend political lines to achieve shared goals.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DPEF/DPA seek an Executive Director (or co-Executive Directors, to be determined over the course of the search process) to lead the organizations, including by guiding overall policy work, communications, fundraising, outreach, strategy, and daily operations. The Executive Director will work in partnership with the organizations’ boards to set priorities, develop policy agendas, and ensure funding for annual budgets.

ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS AND TACTICS

Our mission is to contest concentrated corporate power and hold government accountable. DPEF/DPA have programs focused on fighting corporate power, defending internet freedom, and championing human and civil rights.

We fight undue corporate power with a focus on breaking up monopolies and taking back power for the people by pushing the government to regulate the private sector in the public interest; we work to protect the democratic and open character of the internet; and we oppose mass surveillance and militarism and strive to promote diplomacy.

We regularly employ a variety of tactics that include public education, policy advocacy, participation in administrative rulemaking processes, communications work, grassroots mobilization, and more.

Past marquis campaigns have involved promoting net neutrality, fighting online censorship, regulating illegal monopolies, promoting demilitarization, and promoting public officials with progressive ideals who will work for the best interest of everyday people.

LOCATION

This is a remote US position with the option to work from home or co-work. We have a strong preference for DC-area candidates; travel and in-person meetings/presence will be required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Five years of management experience at a non-profit, on campaigns, in government, or other with other relevant organizations, including significant fundraising experience, success managing staff, exposure to a broad array of progressive policies and key players in Federal progressive arena, and fluency with the workings of Congress, agency rule-making, enforcement actions, tracking ongoing litigation and other avenues of pursuing policy change.
  • Demonstrated commitment to economic and social justice.
  • Particular knowledge of policy and state-of-play relevant to at least many of the following spaces: regulation of corporate power, progressive foreign policy, internet freedom, open government, institutional democracy concerns.
  • Awareness of, and relationships with, relevant organizational coalition partners — and a willingness to work in coalitions that cross traditional ideological lines.
  • Experience building partnerships and coalitions; contacts and an established reputation in progressive activist circles.
  • Understanding of the interrelation between lobbying/advocacy, grassroots mobilization, communications, policy development, research, and other tactics — and the respects in which these can be used in conjunction with  one another to build power and move an agenda.
  • Experience in developing plans and organizational strategies related to both immediate goals and long-term institutional development.
  • Track record of devising and applying successful fundraising and networking strategies.
  • Experience in building and managing organizational budgets.
  • Track record of managing multiple staffers, who work on a variety of projects, in tandem.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors.
  • Experience in organizational management including managing staff, hiring, evaluations, as well as legal, tax, and accounting issues.

DUTIES

  • Setting a strategic vision for the organization in collaboration with the boards and staff.
  • Overseeing daily operations and ensuring adherence to the organization’s mission, long-term plans, and internal policies.
  • Setting and meeting fundraising goals, in partnership with development staff, policy leads, and other relevant staff.
  • Supervising directors, and ensuring that they and their teams are engaging in work aligned with organizational goals.
  • Serving as the face of the organization and participating in external events to increase visibility, credibility, and develop strategic partnerships to increase awareness and programs.
  • Setting and overseeing policy goals by engaging with our staff, coalition partners, and policy makers.
  • Setting and overseeing grassroots organizing goals, working with our digital/grassroots organizing team and allied organizations.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS OVERVIEW

  • $150,000- $180,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Salaried, exempt for overtime.
  • Employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans, including coverage for spouse and dependents, and a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to cover medical expenses.
  • Accrued PTO that includes three weeks vacation, two weeks sick time, and four floating holidays. PTO also includes ten days off for holidays as well as the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • 401k retirement plan, with an automatic 3% employer contribution, as well as a 3% match.
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Employer-paid life insurance and short and long-term disability.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume and short cover letter to jobs@demandprogress.org.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

DPEF/DPA are committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. DPA/DPEF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

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