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Project Manager Position

Unifying and Empowering the Progressive Movement: An Integrated Narrative on Race and Class

Demos and Demos Action, in partnership with Ian Haney López and Anat Shenker-Osorio, seek a Project Manager for a new Race, Class, and Democracy Project.  The project is underway in its analytic phase and the entire project will run through May 2018. The Project Manager will oversee, coordinate and help direct this ambitious effort to shift the national narrative on race, class, and democracy in both an advocacy and electoral context.

About Demos

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.

Our name means “the people.” It is the root word of democracy, and it reminds us that in America, the true source of our greatness is the diversity of our people. Our nation’s highest challenge is to create a democracy that truly empowers people of all backgrounds, so that we all have a say in setting the policies that shape opportunity and provide for our common future. To help America meet that challenge, Demos is working to reduce both political and economic inequality, deploying original research, advocacy, litigation, and strategic communications to create the America the people deserve.

About the Race, Class, and Democracy Project

This is an ambitious multi-phase undertaking to craft, empirically validate, field test and promote wide adoption of an effective new narrative on race, class, and democracy. The central question we seek to answer is how to engage around race and class in ways that build solidarity, reduce division and scapegoating, and create a viable foundation for both electoral and policy victories.

The analytic phase is already underway with qualitative and quantitative research to follow. After we arrive at a vetted narrative and set of findings on frames and even particular wording choices that advance our aims, we will take these out for further testing and refinement in door-to-door electoral canvassing and social media advertising.

This project will build on its novel research with an aggressive approach to ensuring adoption by progressive stakeholders.

We envision a four-front approach to ensuring deep adoption in the field. First, we will spread the findings broadly to stakeholders, including foundations, unions, nonprofits and other racial and economic justice advocates. Second, recognizing that we’re crafting new narratives, we will emphasize stakeholder trainings, drawing on Demos’ work advising issue campaigns across the nation. Third, we will work directly with political campaigns, again with significant training elements. Finally, we will promote cultural diffusion, searching out creative means of pushing the new narratives into daily life.

At the beginning of the project, we will create two Advisory Boards, and perhaps more. One will focus on shaping and reacting to the analytic and empirical research. The second will help us craft the most effective strategies possible for our various adoption and training efforts. Our goal from the start is to create an integrated research and dissemination project around unified progressive narratives on class and race.

We seek a skilled, experienced Project Manager who can be responsible for ensuring all activities related to the project are integrated, deadlines are met, communication is ongoing among all stakeholders, meetings are run efficiently and generally making sure all activities of the project are managed at the highest level. 


Candidates will be reviewed as they are received. Ideally, we would like the Project Manager to be in place by the end of August with a start date as soon as possible thereafter. 


The Project Manager will serve as “mission control” for everything beyond the empirical research. This includes coordinating outreach to key stakeholders, running meetings, serving as the key liaison with the advisory board and as serve as the “glue” between all the principles in the project. This position will report to the Vice President of Policy and Research and work closely with the Director of Partnerships.

  • Coordinate the work of multiple consultants including content creators, researchers and trainers along with the main principles of the project, maintaining clear timelines and integrating various efforts.
  • Write and edit reports to stakeholders including funders, partner organizations and campaigns.
  • Assist the Development Department with the creation of materials for project fundraising when needed.
  • Design effective collaborative working sessions with movement allies and partners to deliver findings, discuss implications and determine best approaches to dissemination and integration of new narratives.
  • Serve as a liaison to the advisory boards for this work, ensuring their seamless integration where appropriate.
  • Manage the logistics for all meetings, trainings and calls for the project, including but not limited to:
    • The creation and distribution of agendas and other related materials for all project meetings
    • Arranging for meeting space and setting up A/V equipment if needed
    • Coordinating schedules for all necessary attendees
    • Recording and distributing meeting minutes and facilitating follow up
  • Arrange travel for consultants as needed for project related meetings and work sessions.
  • Process payments and reimbursements for consultants.

Qualifications and Experience

The Project Manager should have 2-3 years relevant project management experience as well as the following professional qualifications:

  • Ability to manage complex moving parts, among a range of stakeholders both internal and external to Demos and Demos Action.
  • Proven capacity to manage “up” and “across” among internal leaders, outside consultants and advisory board members.
  • Is known for being highly organized, with strong attention to detail and consistently meets deadlines.
  • Is an excellent communicator, both in-person and in writing.
  • Has excellent problem-solving skills and a strong sense of ownership over tasks, including follow-through.
  • Is comfortable with technology and proficient with various project management tools and technologies such as Salesforce, Evernote, Wunderlist Slack, and SurveyMonkey.
  • Experience in advocacy on issues of race, economic justice, democratic governance and their intersections.
  • Ability to develop agendas and run efficient and energetic meetings and calls.
  • Experience booking travel for multiple individuals.

We anticipate that this position will begin as an 80% position (e.g. four days out of five) for the duration of the project anticipated to run until May 31, 2018. This position is a temporary  position, with the potential for full time employment after the project end date but with no guarantee. The salary range is $60,000 to $75,000 FTE plus prorated benefits.

Demos is headquartered in New York, with offices in Washington, DC and Boston. Preference for this position is New York or Washington, DC. 

Candidates will be evaluated on their prior experience in managing complex multi-phase research and implementation projects, facilitating communication among all stakeholders, designing and running meetings, and commitment to issues of racial and economic justice.  Materials should include the following: 

Demos expects all staff to exhibit a core set of racial equity-related skills and competencies, including the following:

·       Equity Analysis. Clearly and consistently articulating a sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism, and the centrality of this analysis to the work we do and how we operate at Demos. Integrating that knowledge into work projects and interactions by addressing 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.

·       Self-Awareness. Demonstrating awareness of multiple group identities and their attendant dynamics and consistently bringing a high level of self-awareness, empathy, and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions.

·       Direct Communication. Communicating clearly and directly with colleagues, working intentionally to match intent and impact in interactions, and being proactive to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings, especially across difference. Consistently giving both positive and developmental feedback to support learning, excellence, and personal growth.

·       Authentic Relationships. Proactively building and sustaining robust, authentic, productive working relationships with colleagues across race and other group identities, including Demos staff and external partners.

To Apply:

Upload a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how yourexperience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role and attach arésumé. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position isfilled.  No phone calls please.

Dēmos is an EqualOpportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, andLGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to adiverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career developmentopportunities.

Location: New York City, NY
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