District of Columbia
PROGRAM MANAGER, NEW AMERICAN MAJORITY 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 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.
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.
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Working closely with the Senior 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;
• 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;
• 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: Senior Director
BASED IN: Washington, DC
POSITIONS AVAILABLE: One
START DATE: Immediately
TRAVEL: Some travel may be required.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience, education, and ability
Applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Minimum Education Required