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Senior Associate-Communications (Washington, DC)

Senior Associate-Communications

The Communications Division of The Democracy Collaborative Foundation, a national research and development lab for the democratic economy [], seeks a Senior Associate to help amplify and disseminate our research and analysis around the need for systemic solutions, and to create and tell the stories that can illuminate pathways towards alternative models of ownership and control of the economy.

This full-time, exempt, Senior Associate collective bargaining position, will report to the Director of Communications, and work closely across our teams of researchers, fellows, and community wealth builders. Based in our Dupont Circle, Washington DC location the Senior Associate will be responsible for helping to manage a growing portfolio of communications initiatives designed to amplify systemic solutions for an equitable, sustainable, and democratic economy.

Target Deadline for Applications: May 24th, position open until filled.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Helping advance policy solutions and best practices for local, national, and international audiences through multiple channels, on and offline
  • Writing for both internal and external outlets
  • Working with vendors, partners, and staff to provide management and strategic direction for projects, publications, and campaigns 
  • Participating in shaping overall communications strategy

Ideal candidates for this position should:

  • be equipped to help ground a rapidly growing organization’s work in effective messaging.
  • have experience as manager of projects with a love for setting up robust systems to make sure opportunities don’t fall through the cracks.
  • excel in pitching systemic long-term analysis around solutions in a busy and often distracted media landscape.
  • bring multiple years of communications-related experience and connections to the work.
  • be capable of learning about and adapting to a changing media landscape, and helping others learn about the best new platforms and how to use them effectively.
  • know how to measure impact and use those assessments to refine existing strategies and drive the creative development of new ones. 
  • be a skilled or accomplished writer, capable of quickly and effectively producing quality prose that conveys complex ideas in clear and engaging ways.
  • be comfortable writing in multiple registers, able to engage equally well with committed social movements, interested policymakers, and a curious public.
  • be able to use evocative storytelling to illuminate the stakes of complex arguments in compelling ways.
  • have experience writing for non-specialist publications (newspapers, magazines, online).
  • thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment in which competing priorities and deadlines have to be managed with grace and diligence.
  • be able to embed self-directed productivity within a larger organizational framework for collaborative action.
  • be able to quickly immerse themselves in unfamiliar subject material in order to distill key points of interest and action.
  • know how to quickly iterate to refine strategies and styles for maximum impact, without getting stuck in attachments to approaches that fail to deliver results.
  • be comfortable navigating the tonal contradictions that surface when trying to take radical, system-changing ideas to mainstream scale with diverse sets of stakeholders and supporters.
  • approach work professionally and responsibly.
  • embrace team work, and be eager to make their team stronger by helping where needed.  
  • have a personal and intellectual commitment to the project of imagining and fighting for systemic economic alternatives to our current system.
  • be specifically interested in developing effective messaging and communications products at the intersections where systemic economic change meets racial justice.


We would be particularly excited by candidates who:

  • have strong familiarity with key debates around heterodox political economies and alternative economic institutions.
  • are specifically excited about an agenda for systemic change that centers a transition to plural forms of democratic ownership.
  • understand both the power of ideas to inspire movements and the need for social movements and work on the ground to turn ideas into reality.
  • have experience with graphic design, content management, and social media management.
  • see policymakers and organizers as natural audiences to be influenced by their work.
  • are excited to help a growing organization scale effectively, and ready to take on new responsibilities and roles as this happens.

Length of position:

 Two-year commitment (contingent on satisfactory 90-day and annual review) preferred. Position can extend beyond two years by mutual agreement. 



Salary range begins at $57,000, and is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Job includes a generous benefits package including health care, three weeks of paid vacation annually, and a 7% employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.


To Apply: 

Send résumé/CV with references, a detailed cover letter regarding your interest in the work of The Democracy Collaborative, together with a portfolio of relevant writing samples to: including “Senior Associate - Communications” in the subject line. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. No phone calls, please. We will contact all qualified candidates for first-round interviews. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Democracy Collaborative Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We are committed to a diverse workplace. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.