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National Democracy Program Coordinator
U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), the Federation of State PIRGs, is a state-based, nation-wide multi-issue public interest advocacy organization that for 40 years has worked to protect public health, encourage a fair, sustainable economy, and foster responsive, democratic government. We employ the time-tested tools of investigative research, media attention, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation to deliver consistent, results-oriented public interest activism and to achieve concrete and lasting political change on the state and federal level.
U.S. PIRG Democracy Program
The American system of representative democracy relies on an engaged citizenry and accurate representation, yet voter turnout is lower than it should be; mishaps, confusion and partisan administration raise serious questions about fairness; and in many states, districts are drawn by elected officials to benefit themselves or their party.
Money plays far too great a role in American elections, from the municipal level all the way up to the U.S. Presidency. Large contributions from a few groups, corporations and individuals unduly influence who wins elections and reduces the role of ordinary voters.
Even if we had the voting procedures and campaign finance rules in place to ensure truly representative government, officials will occasionally make decisions that benefit narrow special interests (sometimes their own personal interests) instead of the public interest at large. These decisions are often made behind closed doors, with no way for the public or news media to monitor them. Open, transparent and accountable government with high ethical standards is necessary to a functioning democracy.
National Program Coordinator Role
The state PIRG's are seeking a National Democracy Program Coordinator who will work closely with PIRG policy advocates and campaign directors at the state and national levels, to provide both substantive and strategic input and assistance on policy development, program development and campaign implementation. More specifically, the Program Coordinator will assist advocates on such strategic tasks as identifying and prioritization issues, crafting research strategies and drafting appropriate policy handles, campaign planning and design. At the same time, the Program Coordinator will provide very tactical assistance to PIRG advocates, including:
* Drafting legislation;
* Researching and writing reports and white papers;
* Organizing political support from individuals organizations and policymakers;
* Conducting media outreach; and
* Raising funding from private foundations and high-level donors for PIRG campaigns.
In effect, the National Democracy Program Coordinator will function as an internal consultant within the PIRG network to develop and enhance the capacity of existing and developing PIRG offices to impact significant policy change on democracy issues. The Coordinator will also serve as a central clearinghouse for state and federal PIRG advocates to coordinate policy positions and campaigns nationwide, and help deepen institutional understanding of lessons learned from each of our campaigns.
To fulfill this vital role, the National Association of State PIRGs seeks applicants who possess a strong commitment to democracy issues, and a solid understanding of organizational development and strategic planning. These positions offer entrepreneurial challenge with considerable reward to the successful candidate and the citizen movement as a whole.
Candidates for this position should have at least eight or more years of relevant professional experience, post-college. The more experience that a candidate brings to bear, the greater the level of responsibility will be; candidates with fifteen or twenty years of relevant experience are definitely encouraged to apply. Relevant experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, policy, legal, journalistic, or government settings. Advanced degrees, including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate's professional experience.
Successful candidates will also bring all or most of the following skills and attributes to the position:
* Strong verbal, writing, interpersonal and analytical skills
* Energy and commitment to the PIRG mission and grassroots approach to change
* A team orientation that combines collegiality and creativity to drive and motivate others
* The ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere
* A willingness to engage in conflict in creative and strategic ways
Salary and Benefits
Salary for this position is commensurate with a candidate’s relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. A competitive benefits package includes health care coverage, educational loan assistance, a retirement plan, and paid vacation and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.
Only online applications will be considered. Click here to apply. Direct your application to Andre Delattre, U.S. PIRG Executive Director. Please specify where you found out about our opening.
U.S. PIRG and all PIRG-affiliated organizations are equal opportunity employers and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
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