Full-Time Senior Campaign Strategist
About Dēmos. Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Founded in 2000, the organization is headquartered in New York City and has additional offices in Washington, D.C., and Boston. Demos moves ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of millions of Americans through the full cycle of change. We champion over-the-horizon policy solutions; shift the narrative to clear the way for their acceptance; advocate until they take effect. We use the right strategy for the right moment, whether it’s research or communications, supporting organizers or litigating. This commitment to the full cycle of change has resulted in real victories, from landmark credit card reforms to more than 3 million new voter registration applications from low-income citizens. Throughout all of our work, Demos is advocating not just for people, but for the very idea of the people—of one nation, united by a shared fate.
Senior Campaign Strategist. The successful candidate will be a proven and recognized issue campaigner; community, labor, or political organizer; advocate; lobbyist; or government affairs professional. The Senior Campaign Strategist at Demos co-develops and leads on strategies and tactics to advance the organization’s priority policy and campaigning goals. The successful candidate is adept at the art and science of leveraging time, resources and relationships into concrete policy victories that build power with and for historically marginalized peoples. The successful candidate will join a campaigns team that places a high value on race, class and gender equity and is committed to modeling distributed leadership. This position reports to the Associate Director of Campaigns.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Co-develop and lead key programmatic areas for our campaign work, identifying and driving program goals, strategies, and tactics
- Generate and implement creative strategies for campaigning with the full range of Demos resources, including but not limited to: testimony, partnership and alliance building, media appearances, opinion writing, research materials, advocacy letters, webinars, convenings, social media, legislative outreach and coalition formation/engagement
- Partner with our legal, research and communications teams to advance campaign objectives, joint program areas and projects
- Expand Demos’ influence and reach with policymakers, elected and appointed officials—focus on local and state
- Build alignment, public demand, and political will to launch and lead new campaigns
- Play a leadership, manager and coordinator role in local, state and national coalitions
- Represent Demos in public and in the media, working to raise Demos’ profile as a progressive flagship institution
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:
- Working for racial equity. You consistently integrate your deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions. You address the structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.
- Proven success as a campaign manager. You command trust and authority from external and internal stakeholders. You have a history of building alignment based on values and long-term vision that has resulted in advanced campaigns and expanded stakeholders. You meet people where they are and win people over to your point of view.
- Ability to align and move people and organizations into action. You communicate your ideas and plans in ways that build credibility, inspire and align people and motivate action. You have experience with identifying the appropriate asks of individuals and organizations, creating commitments and mutual accountability. You have experience training members, organizers or advocates on policy issues, advocacy and lobbying.
- Ability to quickly gain issue fluency. You have a demonstrated ability to quickly gain comprehension and understanding in new policy areas.
- Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment and manage workflow across teams and departments. You prioritize and switch gears quickly between multiple projects. You successfully plan and coordinate workflow across teams, consistently meeting deadlines and motivating others to do the same. You are comfortable designing and directing others to use project management systems that include Google Docs and/or other online workflow management tools.
The most competitive candidates will demonstrate the following skills and experiences:
- Experienced movement-builder. Your previous work includes conceptualizing, building and playing a leadership role in transformative organizing campaigns, field expansion efforts, and/or collaborations designed to make strategic interventions in a field or sector.
- Well-networked and deep connections across the progressive and social justice movement(s). You have a strong set of relationships within the progressive movement, ideally including both national and state-based policy, advocacy and grassroots organizing groups and networks.
- Proven success as a manager. You have demonstrated management experience, managing projects and teams with diverse skillsets in a campaign-oriented advocacy environment.
- Facilitation and training experience. You are a dynamic facilitator with the ability to build and move a diverse group through a process.
- Issue fluency in our core issues. Experience and expertise with at least one of Demos’ core issues: democracy reform (money in the politics and voting rights) and economic opportunity (college affordability, economic opportunity and workers’ rights).
- Bilingual and/or bicultural. You bring bilingual language skills and or bicultural fluency into your work.
- Great sense of humor. You complement rigor and high standards with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $75,000 – $90,000 and is commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 18 vacation days per year, paid time off between Dec. 25 – Jan. 1, 5 additional floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.
Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
How to Apply
Upload a cover letter and a résumé at https://demos.hiringthing.com. We are looking for an immediate hire, so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.