Democracy Works’s mission is to increase participation across all elections by building technology for voters and election administrators. Your work is critical to achieving our moonshot goal: 80% turnout. Over the past 2 years we have laid the groundwork to reach this goal, helping voters connect to a more modernized election system through the institutions they interact with in their daily lives.
TurboVote, our first service, helps voters register, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national. TurboVote signed up its millionth voter in 2016 by building the largest college and corporate coalition in the country, including 194 campuses, companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and dozens more. We also helped (basically) everyone find their polling place through the Voting Information Project. Its data had 123 million impressions in 2016, and over 11 million voters looked up where to vote on GetToThePolls.com. To scale our impact and reach every voter, we’re establishing an Election Technology Cooperative to provide affordable, voter-centered technology to election administrators. Ballot Scout helps election administrators track absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry.
It’s an exciting time to join our team. In February, a major foundation is announcing a $2.5 million matching grant to help kick-start our $10 million fundraising round. You will work hand-in-hand with our executive director, board, and existing donors to raise that round over the next 1-2 years, transform Democracy Works into a critical civic institution, and have a historic impact on our democracy.
As a development director, you’ll:
- Help the executive director set and execute on weekly and monthly outreach goals
- Cultivate community among major supporters through regular updates, and directly maintain relationships when possible
- Create and design our fundraising decks
- Write foundation proposals and reports
- Research donors and foundations that may be interested in supporting us, and set up opportunities for the executive director to make asks
- A strong, proven professional with experience in the field and an ability to work independently
- An excellent communicator, persuasive and engaging, whether you’re in-person or writing emails and foundation reports
- Passionate about our mission and strategy
- Organized and detail-oriented
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO. We hope you’ll want to work from our Brooklyn office, though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the perfect candidate.
The hiring process: Candidates should send a short email with resume, addressed to Seth, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Will fundraise for democracy” to begin the application process. Qualified candidates who meet the above requirements will have the opportunity to complete an anonymized skills evaluation (see below for why we do this) before we schedule an interview. Based on the application, evaluation results, interviews, and reference checks, one person will be selected for the position.
Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team which is representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector (including Latinx, Black, AAPI, and Indigenous candidates), and we offer every candidate an anonymized skills evaluation, to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded startup, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact email@example.com if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices.