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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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We accept applications on a rolling basis.
The Development Associate is responsible for maintaining accurate fundraising records, handling donor correspondence, and executing plans on fundraising strategies. The Development Associate will work closely with DFA’s Chair and Executive Director as well as our entire team to connect with our donors and inspire them to support our work. We are looking for a self-starter, extremely detail-oriented individual who gets excited by both aggressive goals and the minutia of spreadsheets!
Democracy for America is an equal opportunity employer that strongly values and looks to continue developing the diversity of our team. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and gender nonconforming people are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary range is $45,000-$49,000 with generous benefits. While Democracy for America has a home base in Burlington, VT, the majority of our staff telecommute from their own home bases around the country and this position may also telecommute.
Specific Responsibilities include:
- Schedule, plan and staff call time with DFA’s Executive Director & Chair
- Ensuring all donors receive timely and appropriate responses to their questions
- Execution of all 'snail mail' correspondence with donors
- Maintaining accurate donation records
- Assist Senior Development Associate in the execution of massive cultivation and fundraising projects several times throughout the year
- Writing emails, letters, and proposals to donors
- Assist Finance Director in maintaining and growing our monthly sustainer program
- Recruiting and supporting fellow staff in team fundraising efforts
- Get on the phone to raise critical funds for DFA and speak directly to our members and donors
Qualities we're looking for:
- Passionately progressive; you believe that people-power can make real change happen
- An obsession with detail; you take the time to capitalize first and last names within a database
- A dedication to getting the job done, even when the task isn’t very exciting; you will find yourself organizing lots of lists
- A spirit and creativity to bring new ideas to the team ; we get excited about innovation for our fundraising programs and we hope to learn from you
- An ability to speak truth to power with grace and humor; you’ll be tasked with holding leaders within the organization accountable to hitting their goals, and laughing with them helps a lot
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.
As an intern with the Democracy for America Organizing Department you will have the opportunity to learn by doing within a member driven political action committee, focused on electing progressive champions across the country, at all levels of government. You’ll help organize members, teach grassroots organizing skills, identify leaders, and, most importantly, win campaigns.
Members are the backbone of DFA, and you will gain first hand knowledge of grassroots organizing from forming relationships with members to organizing mass actions and supporting local DFA groups around the country.
The organizing internship requires a commitment to build the progressive movement and elect progressive champions, at all levels of government, now and in the future.
Organizing 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.
Communications interns help with research, writing, editing, media tracking, pitching the media and a variety of other tasks that are necessary to keep DFA in the news and relevant in this 24/7 news cycle. Using a variety of outlets, including Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit, interns help spread the word about DFA to the world. In this fast-paced world, you’ll never be bored and will be able to watch TV for work, but must pay close attention to detail and value the AP style guide.
Communications internships must be completed remotely.