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Democracy for America staff and interns put their talents and skills to work each and every day to make the Democratic Party more progressive and move our country forward.
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Democracy for America, a national progressive political action committee founded by Gov. Howard Dean with more than one million members nationwide, is looking for an Organizing Manager to help build up its source of strength - grassroots membership - by recruiting activists and developing activists into leaders. Over the past decade, DFA has helped elect more than 830 leaders to higher office, raised more than $36 million in small grassroots donations, and trained thousands of organizers across 50 states.
Our grassroots members are the heart and soul of DFA; we are powerful because of them. We’re looking for someone who will give singular focus to building that power by developing leaders, recruiters, and organizers within our membership. You’ll organize community-building events on a massive scale to bring people together over common values and goals, and work with volunteers to develop their skills and make each event powerful experiences for everyone involved. You’ll teach grassroots organizing skills to groups of 5 to 500. You’re motivated to fight income inequality and structural racism. You’re innovative, creative, driven by ambitious goals, fired up to work hand-in-hand with volunteer leaders, and solution-oriented and nimble in a fast-paced environment.
Democracy for America is an equal opportunity employer that strongly values and looks to continue developing the diversity of our team. Women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary range is $60,000-$70,000, plus generous benefits.
- Working with the Organizing Director to develop and drive DFA organizing strategy and actions for growing the breadth and depth of the DFA community.
- Supporting and resourcing DFA’s existing local groups and supporting the formation of new groups.
- Effective grassroots organizing, developing new leaders and winning campaigns with DFA’s member base.
- Creating and leading implementation of events run by teams of volunteers such as petition deliveries and days of action to support endorsed candidates.
- Delivering DFA’s renowned trainings, especially to recruit new activists and develop the skills of existing leaders.
- Collaborating with ally organizations around actions to break down structural racism and fight income inequality.
- Progressive, optimistic, and strategic; obsesses over the art and science - and embraces the messiness - of finding and developing leaders while winning campaigns.
- Leans into action over assessment, with a healthy dose of impatience to get the job done.
- Fully committed to the long-haul vision of a more just and equitable country by dismantling racism and fighting income inequality. Unafraid to speak truth to power.
- Has crafted and executed campaign plans with many moving pieces to reach ambitious goals.
- Aggressive problem-solver & information-seeker, positively flexible, errs on the side of over-communicating, thrives in the fast-paced, ever-shifting landscape of digital campaigning while staying focused on the big picture.
- Compelling writer, with some experience working with digital organizing tools.
Fundraising interns develop key skills through a fast-paced, multifaceted internship program. Interns are responsible for a number of intricate projects, many of which are self-driven and incredibly valuable to our team’s overall goals. From scouring our database for new prospective donors to tracking down the latest polling results for our next cultivation piece, each day brings another challenge that will help establish a solid foundation for fundraising in the political world.
Interns also have an opportunity to work alongside our strong team of fundraisers, partnering with our development associates as they pilot our principals through call time and complicated travel schedules -- both basic must-know programs for an upcoming political fundraiser.
Our team is high-energy, fast-paced, and ready to go day-in and day-out. We’re looking for detail-oriented, well organized individuals who share our love for funding the work that needs to be done. Fundraising internships are only available at the Burlington, Vermont office.
Electoral interns are crucial to our endorsement program. In addition to researching, vetting and prioritizing DFA's endorsement applicants, electoral interns will work to identify top districts for DFA involvement in municipal, state and federal elections.
Electoral interns will have experience with online organizing and help craft and manage some of our online programs and help us take offline action. These interns help develop plans to elect progressive public officials and to put some of the biggest issues we face into an electoral context. Interns will be expected to help communicate information about candidates using content management systems such as ActionKit.
Electoral interns should be politically-savvy, creative problem solvers, data-driven, avid readers, proficient writers and interested in public policy. Electoral internships must be completed remotely.
Political interns work directly with members of our Political Team to create and run high-impact issue advocacy campaigns, to engage our members both online and offline, to help our training program run effectively and to support our endorsed candidates during high-stakes elections. Political interns will have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of valuable skills, from email writing to volunteer training to event planning and recruitment. These internships are an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the political world. Political interns need to be self-motivated, reliable and creative with solid writing skills. Most importantly, they must be passionate about progressive issues and willing to do the hard work necessary to make change happen.
Political internships must be completed remotely.