Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


Associate Director, “Groundwork Collaborative”

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director, “Groundwork Collaborative”

Location: Washington, DC

Status: Full-time; Exempt

Position Summary

The Hub Project is about to launch and incubate a new, ongoing undertaking that will focus on advancing a coherent economic worldview within the broader progressive movement. This project, tentatively titled the “Groundwork Collaborative,” will work with partners from across the movement to weave a through line among efforts and policy ideas that too often seem disparate. We will bring together leading thinkers, leaders, grasstops activists, on-the-ground organizers, and other influential progressives from across the movement to advance a shared understanding of how the economy works and lay the ground work for arguments in favor of better policies that create inclusive, durable prosperity, opportunity and security.

We’re looking for an Associate Director to help craft the Groundwork Collaborative and lead some our key initial projects. One of these initial projects that you’ll lead will be to build and maintain a diverse network of policy experts, thinkers and influencers from across the progressive movement. Progressives don’t lack for good ideas or for thoughtful, incisive analysis. But sometimes, we would all do well to have a more structured way for these ideas and analyses to be discussed, disseminated and amplified. This new squad which you will lead will aim to do that. In the first year, you’ll have a small team of one or two people to help you.

As Associate Director, you’ll…

  • Work with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director to execute the mission of the Groundwork Collaborative.
  • Build, maintain and support a squad of influential “fellows” who can help us uncover, build and articulate the economic worldview and disseminate it broadly.
  • Work with the broader Hub teams–including digital, communications and campaigns– to ensure that the Collaborative is serving the needs of the squad and vice versa.
  • Be a key member of the team that comes up with new ideas for the Collaborative to pursue that will help us achieve our goals
  • Supervise, manage, and mentor a small team of junior staff
  • Represent the project to partners, stakeholders, and the public.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

About you

  • You have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • You’re deeply familiar with the progressive policymaking community.
  • You’re a pro at multi-tasking and working under tight deadlines in a dynamic environment.
  • You’re well-organized and live for the details.
  • You enjoy working with people and figuring out how to help others succeed.
  • You’ve successfully managed complicated, dynamic projects.
  • You’re committed to a just, inclusive, and robust economy that delivers opportunity and dignity to all Americans.

In addition, it would be a bonus if…

  • You have an advanced degree in a relevant field such as economics, public policy, or political science.
  • You’ve worked in non-profit advocacy, research, government, or political campaigns.
  • You already have a deep and broad network of colleagues and partners into which you can tap, and you are eager to expand that network.
  • You have experience managing and developing a team.

About us

Launched in 2016, The Hub Project is made up of a growing team of communicators, researchers, and organizers with experience in campaign strategy, digital, and polling and analytics. We believe in a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed in our economy and participate in our democracy, and we make that vision a reality by partnering with advocacy groups to build creative and effective campaigns.

New Venture Fund Careers

The Hub is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is 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. The New Venture Fund’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.



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

E-mail your resume and cover letter as PDF or Word attachments to: Please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from The Hub. Thank you for your interest.