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Director - Democracy

Third Plateau

Third Plateau

110,000 – 125,000 USD per year
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2024

Position Overview

Third Plateau, a growing multi-disciplinary social impact strategy firm, is looking for an experienced professional to serve as a Director on our Democracy team. Under the guidance of a Third Plateau Vice President, the Director will serve as an integral part of Third Plateau’s democracy team, providing core project leadership and programmatic support to the Democracy Funders Network (DFN), a cross-ideological learning and action community for funders concerned about the health of American democracy. Top candidates will have experience with democracy and/or philanthropy and be able to lead complex projects with independence, supervise staff, and provide foundational programmatic support through excellent writing and facilitation.

Location: Flexible on remote locations, with access to office space in the Bay Area. Please note that being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment at Third Plateau, as we are not able to sponsor applicants for work visas at this time.

Starting Annual Salary (Exempt): Director II - $110,000 – $125,000

A compensation committee of at least one department head, co-founder, and the COO will meet to discuss a potential starting salary within the band by weighing the candidate's expected contribution in terms of previous experience and expertise against current Third Plateau employees. We commit to sharing the reasoning used to determine starting salary with you. The expectation is not for new team members to be hired with a starting salary at the top of the band, but to have a salary that adequately compensates experience and expertise while countering pay inequality and upholding internal parity.

Benefits: In addition to collaborating with an incredible team of social impact professionals, benefits include:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement plan with employer matching
  • Unlimited routine time off
  • Wellness program ($500/year)
  • Dedicated professional development budget
  • Cell phone and home internet reimbursement ($110/month)
  • Home office stipend

What You'll Do

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • **Project Management (25%)**Help identify, scope, and manage key strategic initiatives for the Democracy Funders Network (DFN). May include project planning, coordinating with stakeholders to gather input or facilitate their participation, and managing staff or external contractors. With guidance from senior staff, independently manage DFN projects including research and writing projects, funder working groups, funder learning programs and events, and internal systems improvement.

  • **Meeting Planning and Facilitation (25%)**Plan, produce, and curate agendas and content for gatherings of funders, issue experts, and organizational leaders that range from small virtual meetings to large multi-day in-person convenings (as safety allows). Provide high-quality adaptive facilitation in a range of settings as referred to in the bullet above. Work with staff and contractors to oversee coordination of production and logistics for in-person and virtual events.

  • **Network Engagement, Content Creation, and Philanthropic Advising (25%)**Build and maintain relationships with funders and field leaders who are working to improve American democracy and represent a wide range of political perspectives, identities, and areas of focus. Weave networks by connecting network members to one another and to people outside the network who are working on similar issues. Oversee the production and dissemination of regular network communications such as newsletters and website content, including setting strategy, reviewing, and sometimes drafting content. Oversee the production and dissemination of written deliverables for funders and related audiences. Conduct research and create high-quality tools, written materials, and learning opportunities for clients/network members. Advise donors on their giving in the democracy and social justice fields. Stay up to date on current events through reading, conversations, and convenings on the latest ideas, activities, and trends in the democracy space. Participate in external meetings and conferences and share/incorporate learnings.

  • **Organizational Stewardship (25%)**Tend to internal administrative items (e.g., emails/Slack, timekeeping, expenses, HR). Participate in internal activities (i.e., full team meetings, peer learning communities, culture building activities, and regular check-ins with your supervisor). Engage in individual and team wide professional development/learning opportunities.

What You'll Need

  • 7+ years of professional experience plus strong project management skills with minimal oversight.
  • Strong organization skills and ability to prioritize and juggle multiple assignments.
  • Experience supervising employees, including coaching and developing their growth.
  • Strong writing and clear presentation skills and ability to synthesize large amounts of information and concisely communicate key ideas with minimal editorial oversight.
  • Comfort working alongside people with whom you may have deep disagreements; the ability to be transparent about your own beliefs without being restricted by them; and a willingness to invest in building bridges and finding common ground.
  • Strong skills around meeting planning and facilitation, including being able to create and lead large and small groups through agendas.
  • Ability to engage in moderate travel for project work and Third Plateau team retreats.
  • Experience or general familiarity with philanthropy (private foundations, donor advisors, and/or individual donors).
  • Experience in democracy-related work, civic engagement, politics, and/or advocacy, and knowledge of democracy issues in the United States and around the world, is strongly preferred.

How To Apply

Application Instructions: After learning about us, please submit your application HERE. Applicants will be contacted directly to schedule an interview. Priority consideration will go to applicants who apply by January 31.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you're new to this field, returning to work after a gap in employment, looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar.

If are you interested in applying, please take some time to learn more about who we are and what we do!

At Third Plateau, we believe in the power of diverse teams. In our recruiting efforts, we always seek to reach a broad and diverse pool of applicants to ensure our final candidates are not a homogenous group in terms of demographics or experience. You can read more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) here. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply. Third Plateau is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race, color, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics.

Third Plateau is an equal opportunity employer.