Program Associate

How To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (~500 words) on a political, historical, or related topic to apply@rdi.org. In the subject line, please write “Program Associate” followed by your full name.

About Us

The Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) is dedicated to creating a movement to defend American democracy and rational discourse from threats across the political spectrum. Founded by a diverse, cross-partisan group of leaders, including former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Bob Kerrey, and Pulitzer Prize winners Anne Applebaum and Bret Stephens, we are committed to combating the threats of far-right and far-left radicalism. Our Board and extended network give us unique credibility and a global perspective as we unite Americans around core democratic principles, such as pluralism, the rule of law, and free and fair elections, and empower them to prioritize these values in their civic behavior.

The Role

This role will work directly with the Executive Director and will serve as a generalist, providing administrative, logistical, substantive, and programmatic support to a variety of RDI projects and undertakings. Ultimately, as a start-up, we have an “all hands on deck” mentality and all team members have the opportunity to gain wide exposure.

Job Responsibilities

  • General project management and ensuring that RDI priorities are effectively executed in a timely manner
  • Keep track of concurrent projects, both large and small, and proactively calling attention to possible problems before they arise
  • Support the Executive Director with effective calendar management, meeting preparation, and follow-up on outstanding action items
  • Assisting in content creation including: writing video scripts, writing opinion articles and newsletters, and planning social media campaigns
  • Manage a team of up to 15 seasonal interns, including all elements of recruitment & onboarding
  • Maintain a well-organized Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, and oversee all aspects of email-based outreach to RDI’s network of supporters
  • Conceptualize events and coordinate with a number of stakeholders to execute on them
  • Work with external partners such as NGOs, influencers, & high-profile political figures to advance RDI’s mission
  • Assist the Executive Director with development activities, including keeping track of donor contacts & meetings, developing lists of prospects, and donor stewardship
  • Provide general administrative support to the RDI team as needed including management of expenses and developing & maintaining a well-organized shared filing system
  • Manage the basics of maintaining the RDI website (in conjunction with others who have more WordPress expertise)
  • Work on other special projects as they arise

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate

  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to RDI’s mission, work and values
  • Experience in opinion, political, or creative writing and an effective writing style
  • Able to work well with minimal supervision at a small, nimble start-up in an unpredictable environment
  • Highly organized and uniquely detail-oriented
  • B.A. required, with 2+ years of work experience in a fast-paced setting
  • Strict confidentiality and discretion when working on sensitive material with high-profile individuals and public figures
  • Broad-based political knowledge and interest in promoting liberal democracy & civics education
  • Open-minded and interested in learning from those with whom you may disagree
  • Strong interpersonal & team-building skills, with a focus on effective communication
  • Experience with CRM systems, especially EveryAction / NGP VAN, is a plus

Logistics & Benefits

  • We offer a competitive salary, flexible hours, paid time off, and unique opportunities for ongoing professional development, along with other benefits
  • All positions may begin remotely, but with the expectation that Program Associates will relocate to New York City for a hybrid schedule
  • U.S. work authorization required
  • Willingness to work outside 9-5 and sometimes on weekends is required
  • Reminder: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (~500 words) on a political, historical, or related topic to apply@rdi.org. In the subject line, please write “Program Associate” followed by your full name.

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