Director of Movement Strategies

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Director of Movement Strategies. Demos is looking for an experienced strategist and movement leader who can design and lead the organizations’ work of catalyzing dynamic movement strategies with a range of local, state, and federal allies and building out our National Inclusive Democracy Project. This position manages three unique bodies of work: our campaigning and partnership work, our internal progressive hub work and our writing and research on effectively winning key campaigns. The successful candidate will be a member of our dynamic Directors team, a leadership body that works closely with the organization’s Executive Steering Committee. We are especially seeking candidates who have been recognized as leaders in their previous fields of work and have a strong movement-building orientation to policy change and campaigning.

The successful candidates will lead a Campaigns & Partnerships Team that places a high value on diversity, rigor, and fun and is committed to distributed leadership. This position reports to our Executive Vice President of Movement Strategies.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Design and leadership of Demos’ partnership and movement building work: Working closely with the Executive Vice President of Movement Strategies and the Associate Director of Campaigns, you envision and lead strategies to expand and deepen the organization’s relationships within, and work within the progressive movement. You provide leadership to the Inclusive Democracy Project, including relationship management of very senior and executive-level partners in the Inclusive Democracy work, co-leading on program and project design with the Senior Partnership Manager, and leading or sharing responsibilities for fundraising with the goal of expanding fundraising and impact over time. You also you supervise and support the Associate Director of Campaigns in developing bold smart campaigns that are in alignment with Demos’ theory of change and strategic goals. You are charged with leading and coordinating high-level movement strategies relationship building on key Demos work, including but not limited to Climate Equity, Criminal Justice Reform, Debt Free College, Voting Rights, Money in Politics, and additional partnerships as the work evolves over time. You support the team’s overall strategy of durable wins through a racial justice framework. Working closely with the Executive Vice President of Movement Strategies, you set goals for and measuring the success of Demos’ partnership and movement-building work. You attend and represent Demos at key state and national gatherings and connect key Demos staff as appropriate.

Team Leadership: You are able to lead an internal staff team that reaches across several functional areas – including communications, legal, research, movement strategies, development, and finance. You lead project planning and implementation in ways that are engaging and inclusive for project team members. You participate in senior leadership and Director meetings, ensuring representation of your team’s voices and thoughts inform organizational decision-making.  You model organizational policies, practices, and values to your team, and the organization as a whole.

Racial Equity Leadership: You bring a racial equity lens and analysis of structural racism to all of Demos’ movement building work and initiatives, centering race and conducting racial equity interventions with partners, coalitions, campaigns, within the organization, etc.

Fundraising, Budgeting, and Financial Management: You partner with members of the leadership team to share overall responsibility for the relevant components of the Demos budget. You work with relevant leadership and staff to create an annual budget based on programmatic needs and projected income. You build relationships with current and potential individual and foundation donors, working in partnership with members of the development team and Executive leadership. When requested, you partner with development staff on project fundraising, providing timely input to help us meet grant application and grant report deadlines and ensuring members of your team provide relevant, timely input as well.

Communications Strategy: Working closely with the Communications Department, you develop communications plans to reach our campaign, partnership and advocacy goals, including working across teams to manage rapid response strategic communications at key campaign moments, and working collaboratively with communications staff on long-term communications plans for our partnership work.

Staff Supervision: You directly supervise members of the Campaigns & Partnerships Team and are a skilled supervisor, who checks in with direct reports regularly to ensure clarity on goals, to develop space for feedback, and to support staff development.  With appropriate input from HR and the Executive Vice President of Movement Strategies, you lead hiring, promotions, new role creation, performance improvement, and termination processes for Campaigns & Partnerships Team staff below the Director level.

Other responsibilities as requested by your supervisor from time to time.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • Proven success in building strong, collaborative relationships: You command trust and authority from external and internal stakeholders. You have a history of building alignment and effective collaborations grounded in shared goals and clear roles and responsibilities. You meet people where they are and win people to your point of view, when needed.
  • 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. You have experience translating complex campaign theories and strategies to win into well crafted compelling reports, blog entries or op-eds.
  • Ability to Lead Efforts to Advance Racial Equity. You are committed to leading on racial equity with Dēmos and our external partnerships, with a sophisticated understanding of how race and other identity dynamics affect supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work; understanding of how systemic racism affects present-day systems and ability to advance racial equity goals through research strategies; demonstrated history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, partnership or campaign; and commitment to Dēmos’ culture of respect, shared responsibility, and consistent feedback.
  • Proven success as a long-term supervisor: You bring a depth of experience as a supervisor, and have experience managing teams with diverse skill-sets in a campaign oriented, advocacy environment. You have demonstrated success with professional development, including with mid and senior level staff, and are skilled with giving regular, positive and developmental feedback.
  • Proven experience managing workflow across teams and departments: You are able to prioritize work and can successfully manage multiple projects. You have a strong sense of ownership and successfully plan and coordinate workflow across teams, consistently meet deadlines and you motivate others to do the same. You are comfortable designing and directing others to use project management systems or online workflow management tools.  You are a systems thinker with attention to detail, high standards for work products and for relationship managementYou like setting ambitious goals, and bring rigor to your work and management.

The most competitive candidates will demonstrate several of the following skills and experiences:

  • Well-networked with deep connections within 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.
  • Compelling public speaker: You have a track record of compellingly representing organizations in multiple forums, including delivering legislative testimony, speaking with the media, and presenting on public-facing panels.
  • Issue fluency in our core issues: You have experience and expertise with at least one of Demos’ core issues: democracy reform (campaign finance and voting rights) or race forward economic opportunity (college affordability, and/or workers’ rights).
  • Successful experience with fundraising and maintaining relationships with funders: You have written materials for funders and successfully engaged funders as collaborators in programmatic work and discrete projects.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural: You bring bilingual language skills and or bicultural fluency into your work.
  • Familiarity with the following workflow and relationship management tools: DARCIs or MOCHAs; Base Camp, Evernote, Salesforce; and an interest in detail-oriented systems.
  • Great sense of humor: You combine rigor and high standards with levity, joy, and a great sense of humor and a sense of camaraderie to your colleagues and team members.
  • Experience with team-level budgeting or financial management. You have experience creating and managing team or project budgets and have the ability to read team financial statements.
  • Facilitation and training experience: You are a dynamic facilitator with the ability to build and move a diverse group through a process; you can inspire learning and motivate individuals to action.

Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  The position is full-time and based in New York City with consideration given to other locations.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position starts at $120,000 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, 5 floating holidays per year, paid time off Dec. 25- Jan. 1, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply: Upload a thoughtful cover letter and résumé.  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. 

Dēmos 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.   

Location: New York City, NY
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