Equal Citizens is looking for a Program Director to run Deliberations.US — a civic engagement program designed for students and voters.
Who Are We?
Equal Citizens — a nonprofit organization founded by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig — is a national organization fighting to promote equal citizenship in our democracy. We fight against gerrymandering, big money in politics, and voter suppression by supporting innovative reforms such as automatic voter registration, public campaign financing, and ranked-choice voting.
We complement the work of traditional reform groups by launching unconventional campaigns to achieve reform, and to shift the democracy reform narrative in order to get a critical mass of Americans across the political spectrum to agree that we must fix our broken democracy first before any other sensible reform is possible
Equal Citizens is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of color, ethnic minorities, women, and individuals from the LBGT community to apply.
What is Deliberations.US?
Equal Citizens is working to make civic deliberation a pillar of American democracy through a new project: Deliberations.US. By engaging people in balanced, fact-based discussions with fellow Americans, Deliberations.US fosters informed opinions and reveals common ground, bringing democracy back to the people and paving the way for bipartisan, common-sense reform.
Our current and inaugural project, Deliberations.US: The Electoral College, is an hour-long deliberation focused on the way we elect our presidents. Using a specially designed video conferencing platform, this virtual deliberation has already engaged close to 1000 participants from schools to nonprofits in discussion about the Electoral College and ranked-choice voting. This fall, we want to launch the project in schools and universities across the country.
To learn more, visit Deliberations.US.
The Program Director will run the day-to-day operations of Deliberations.US. Day-to-day operations include handling internal communication with program partners and stakeholders, management of a website and social media, and virtual event planning.
In addition, the Program Director will help craft and execute a vision for the first stage expansion of the program to reach large numbers of Americans in high schools and universities. Depending upon the success of this stage, the project would then expand to include the general public. The ultimate objective is to maximize the number of participants deliberating.
We are looking for someone who is excited about engaging Americans in thoughtful, nonpartisan discussions about the future of our democracy. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with a strong sense of accountability and personal initiative who can work remotely with limited instruction, except for weekly check-ins with the Equal Citizens team over Zoom. As part of a small team working on a new project, candidates should be creative problem-solvers open to learning on the job. Training will be provided to the candidate in order for them to gain the specific skills needed to run the virtual events.
List of Responsibilities
- Internal Communications: Manage communication with partners and stakeholders, including instructors and schools as we launch the deliberation with students in fall 2021.
- Event Planning: Plan deliberation events with partner schools and instructors.
- Web Administration: Manage a Squarespace website, updating it with new events, and as the project evolves.
- Scaling: Devise and execute strategy for scaling the deliberation to reach as many students as possible in partnership with Equal Citizens staff.
- Platform Management: Working with technical engineers to maintain and refine the virtual, video chat deliberations on Junto. Working with technical engineers to maintain an internal database of surveys and survey responses.
- Lead weekly check-ins with the Equal Citizens management.
- Data Analysis: Compiling reports from collected response data.
- Remote work with weekly check-ins over Zoom. Estimated 40 hours a week.
- Applicants should have an undergraduate degree or higher.
- Prior coursework or research in political science, data science, and policy is useful but not required.
- Previous experience with the statistical programming language R is preferred, but not required.
- Prior experience with Squarespace, online survey software (Alchemer, Qualtrics, etc.), and YouTube channel management is useful but not required.
- Compensation will be based on experience.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, make sure to highlight when you would be available to start, ideally during or before the month of August.