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Democracy Program Director

Posted on: May 9, 2017

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Job description

The Democracy Program Director will be taking on the most fundamental issues facing our democracy, from fighting the corrosive influence of big money in our political system and modernizing voter registration to increasing civic participation and ending gerrymandering.

U.S. PIRG and our 27 state affiliates have been at the forefront of the democracy reform movement for over 40 years. With outsized influence from special interests and barriers to participation in the political process blocking progress on issue after issue, U.S. PIRG is continuing to grow its democracy program, winning reforms in statehouses, city halls, and at the ballot box across the country.

Program development: Evaluate the research on the issue, create viable policy solutions, and propose the right political strategy and messaging.

Advocacy: Take our policies directly to key decision-makers in regulatory agencies, statehouses, the administration, Congress or wherever important decisions are being made.

Campaign Strategy: Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, and message development.

Media Outreach: Serve as a chief spokesperson for our campaigns at media events, editorial board meetings, and in press releases.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with major donors. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.
Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers. Oversee program staff to develop and implement work plans; provide training and leadership development opportunities.

Candidates must have at least 8 years of relevant professional experience. Advanced degrees like a JD or a master’s degree are preferred, but not required. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. Experience with related policy issues and how Washington, DC or statehouses work preferred.

Salary & Benefits

Salary for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package. Eligible staff receive health insurance, paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, and the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) programs. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Washington, D.C.


Please apply using our online application @ Direct your application to Andre Delattre, Executive Director of U.S. PIRG.

U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender identity, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status


Washington, DC



Job category

Employment type
Full Time

6+ years


Start date
November 30, 2017

Apply by November 30, 2017