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Senior Program Associate, Anchor Collaborative Network & Anchor Learning Network (Washington, DC)

Senior Program Associate | Anchor Collaborative Network and Anchor Learning Network (Washington, DC)

Location: Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C.

Desired Start Date: Late September/Early October 2019


About the position:

The Senior Program Associate will join the dynamic and highly collaborative Advisory Services team to support the Anchor Collaborative Network and Anchor Learning Network, which convene anchor institutions across the country working to build community wealth and shift local economies to become more equitable and inclusive. The person that fills this role can expect to lead and facilitate a number of projects that are specifically focused on the intersection of racial equity and community wealth building. 

The Senior Program Associate will manage a portfolio of work with organizations across  the country that are working to build wealth in their communities and to facilitate place-based conversations and projects. This involves shepherding a variety of projects from launch to completion, while managing and completing project timelines, budgets and deliverables along the way.  

This position is an exempt, collective bargaining position, within TDC’s Engaged Practice division and reports to both the ACN and ALN managers.  


About the Anchor Collaborative Network

The Anchor Collaborative Network convenes place-based collaboratives to share emerging practices for advancing an anchor mission approach within their communities, address common challenges, and co-develop new tools that can enhance work on a local level and also advance the field. This network supports groups of anchor institutions and other community stakeholders to coordinate strategies and leverage their combined resources and power to shift local economic systems.


About the Anchor Learning Network

The Anchor Learning Network is a learning community for higher education institutions created and managed by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) and The Democracy Collaborative. The Anchor Learning Network (ALN) is designed to facilitate a more rapid and effective advancement of the anchor mission within higher education institutions, equipping universities to implement strategies around inclusive, local purchasing, inclusive, local hiring, place-based investment, and other strategies that build community wealth. Utilizing a peer learning approach, ALN members share best practices and develop new tools and resources to expand the anchor approach, with a goal to advance the long-term social, economic, and physical health of their surrounding our campuses and communities.


About The Democracy Collaborative

Founded in 2000, The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) is a research and development lab for the democratic economy. We work across the spectrum from theory to action, identifying and focusing on key points of leverage and scalable impact, building actionable models and pathways that can unlock a new sense of hope and possibility.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Associate will have the following general duties and responsibilities, as well as other duties that may arise based on the demands of specific projects and project deliverables:

  • Design and facilitate engaging and dynamic in-person and virtual meetings and workshops
  • Facilitate collaboration between diverse sets of stakeholders
  • Work with the ACN and ALN managers to track deliverables and activities along with budgets and timeframes for stakeholders, including funders and clients 
  • Maintain and contribute to website content and design, possibly including social media and blogging
  • Write and contribute to reports, newsletters, presentation materials, and other communications
  • Plan and manage both large and small high profile events, including budgeting, creating agendas, handling logistics, directing content, and managing key external relationships
  • Perform qualitative, including interviews, focus groups, and data analysis, and basic quantitative analysis
  • Support knowledge exchange among network members, including development and maintenance of a KE platform
  • Represent our work and build meaningful long-term relationships with a wide variety of external stakeholders, including government, C-suite business and institution leaders, nonprofit and social service agencies, banks and credit unions, philanthropies, and neighborhood or community organizing groups
  •  Ability to travel 5 - 6 times per year in support of project related events




Our ideal candidate will also have the following qualifications:

  • Experience with developing and implementing effective programs, particularly cross-sector collaboration 
  • Experience leading and facilitating conversations centered on inclusion and racial equity 
  • Comfort level with working through key aspects of a program or product design process, balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, imagining and implementing a common way forward
  • Eagerness and enthusiasm for collaborative problem-solving
  • Highly organized with an attention to detail, especially with regards to dates, time and schedules
  • Experience with event planning and logistics coordination
  • Comfortable with engaging multiple stakeholders at different levels and tailoring messaging to specific audiences
  • A passion for influencing the influencers and bringing people together 
  • Ability to meaningfully and quickly build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including the habit of active listening
  • Mature interpersonal skills and strong executive presence
  •  Business planning, business and industry research, financial literacy, and basic marketing knowledge
  • Demonstrated ability to work on high-functioning teams and move seamlessly between leading and following, including respectful collaboration and communication with lateral teammates as well as leadership
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for mission-oriented work. Must be interested in, familiar with, and enthusiastic for transformative community economic development and the work of The Democracy Collaborative


Education and Experience Requirements

A Bachelor's degree and at least 5 years of relevant work experience (e.g., community development, social enterprise/business development, planning and development) is required. Master of Public Administration, Master of Business Administration, or related degree preferred but not required. A strong commitment to social and economic justice is required. 


How to apply

All application materials must be submitted as one PDF document, rather than as multiple attachments.

Send résumé/CV with references, a detailed cover letter regarding your interest in and desire to make a contribution to the kind of work being done by The Democracy Collaborative, and a relevant short writing sample to Please include “ACN/ALN Senior Associate” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through September 16, 2019. 



The Democracy Collaborative’s salary range for a Senior Associate starts at $57,500.

Job includes a generous benefits package including health care, three weeks of paid vacation per year, and an employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.


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 and inclusive 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.