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Renew Democracy Initiative


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Company Description

Who we are:

The Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving our constitutional democracy and ensuring that it protects the individual while promoting the community. Our endgame is a large-scale constituency that understands constitutional principles such as freedom of expression, due process, and rule of law and prioritizes them in their voting behavior. This, in turn, will result in a government that resists radicalism and corruption while championing our civil liberties.

Our Oath:

American society is deeply divided. There are many Americans who no longer believe in the integrity of our leaders and system of government. Trust in political, governmental, and civil society institutions is weaker than it has been in decades, and the divisive language of our politicians and elected leaders is exacerbating societal divisions. What we’re seeing today in America threatens to undermine the social fabric of our communities as well as the foundation of our democratic and free market system. 

Despite the challenges facing our nation, we believe that it is possible to change the course of our trajectory as a society.

We believe that there is a role for business and civil society leaders in partnership with private citizens to:

  • Articulate why integrity, civility, and critical thinking matter;
  • Hold our politicians accountable for putting nation and democracy above party;
  • Reinforce the importance of truth and facts even while leaving room for differences of opinion;
  • Speak in support of the democratic values that make us great, including freedom of speech, a free press, our free market economic system, and the rule of law; and
  • Remind Americans that there is far more that unites us than divides us. 

Our Oath’s strategy is to:

  • Build a non-partisan Statement of Principles and Values that embraces civility, integrity, and the rule of law and serves as the centerpiece of a national movement in defense of American values. Ordinary citizens will be encouraged to sign on to the statement of values and demand that our politicians and elected officials agree and commit to them; 
  • Encourage and articulate the importance of integrity, honesty, and transparency in public service, civil society, and business; 
  • Highlight the unifying themes of American society, even while acknowledging our challenges;
  • Embolden social cohesion by reflecting on the great American story and reminding us of our nation’s greatest attributes including our democratic free market system, freedom of speech and religion, economic opportunity, and equality; and
  • Launch a nonpartisan movement for Americans to declare themselves in support of “American Values” as outlined in the statement of principles and values;
  • Build a movement of citizens that believe in what is great about the American democratic system and are committed to sustaining and protecting it as a priority in their civic behavior.

Job Description

What you’ll do:

You will refine and implement RDI’s development strategy, manage external relationships, and quickly build a fundraising pipeline. The ideal candidate will have experience managing a development or partnership strategy at the national or international level as well as experience with a nonprofit advocacy organization or with a political campaign or organization. You should also have proven experience and relationships with individual donors, family offices, and foundations. You will research, strategize and develop RDI’s donor relationships as well as manage ongoing relationships. 

The Director of Development will have the interpersonal and organizational skills to motivate and drive projects to completion successfully and collaboratively. Candidates should have extensive fundraising experience; have familiarity across multiple sectors and donor types; and have an understanding of how to engage with a myriad of partners. 

You should also have excellent management, planning, communications and relationship management skills. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who is a creative and energetic team player with a track record of delivery, results and ability to thrive in a dynamic, start-up, mission-focused organization.  

Roles & Responsibilities

  • This role will report directly to the Executive Director;
  • Refine the strategy and execute plan to increase and diversify the resources needed to drive RDI’s mission and, in particular, the Our Oath project
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to establish and deepen key partnerships with aligned funders
  • Represent RDI externally to stakeholders and manage relationships with key stakeholders: funders, potential funders, partners, validators, and board members
  • Own all project management related to successful development and execution of development plan; set, communicate and maintain timelines and priorities with work stream and team leads. This includes maximizing RDI positioning through event format, pitch development, stakeholder engagement, and creative use of content
  • Liaise with stakeholders (internal and external) to manage the production of all development related materials from inception to implementation 

Qualifications

You have:

  • 8-10 years related experience in development or organizational development/partnerships in either the nonprofit or political spheres;
  • Experience managing relationships with senior executives and high-level partners
  • Proven ability to manage a national or multi-stream team;
  • Flexible and adaptive work style with the ability to thrive in a growing, entrepreneurial, mission-driven environment;
  • Deep knowledge with respect to fundraising and legal compliance;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build and maintain positive relationships and foster networks;
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills. 

Nice to have: 

  • Knowledge of the Democracy space; particularly the funders;

You are: 

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to fluidly manage multiple and competing priorities;
  • A creative and strategic thinker;
  • A strong communicator in both written and verbal form;
  • Proactive, anticipating the needs of projects/initiatives before they arise.

Company Description

Who we are:

The Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving our constitutional democracy and ensuring that it protects the individual while promoting the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

What the Renew Democracy Initiative offers:

  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
  • Generous paid time off
  • Excellent health, dental and vision insurance
  • Retirement savings plan with organizational matching
  • Flexible work schedule, including the opportunity to work from home when possible
  • An opportunity to work with our board of directors and extended network
  • Most importantly, a chance to be part of a mission-driven organization and team that is dedicated to changing the world for the better.

What the Renew Democracy Initiative offers:

  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
  • Generous paid time off
  • Excellent health, dental and vision insurance…

How to Apply

Please upload your resume, a brief cover letter, and a sanitized writing sample of a previous large gift solicitation (this can also include a description of the process involved in this solicitation) under the "attach resume" option. Only complete applications will be reviewed. The Renew Democracy Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Please upload your resume, a brief cover letter, and a sanitized writing sample of a previous large gift solicitation (this can also include a description of the process involved in…

Location

780 3rd Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10017

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