Reports to: Managing Director, Campaigns and Partnerships
Location:  Temporarily remote; Washington, D.C.
Department: Campaigns and Partnerships
Status: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt

About Groundwork
Launched in 2018, Groundwork Collaborative is animated by the firm belief that We are the Economy. We know our economy will be stronger and more stable for all of us when all of us—especially Black, brown, disabled, immigrant, low-paid, women, and other historically marginalized people—are able to thrive. We believe truly progressive economic policy builds public power, breaks up concentrations of private power, and affirmatively centers people too long left out of prosperity, leading to better economic outcomes for everyone.

We work with economic policy experts, progressive movement leaders, advocates, and other key stakeholders to advance this progressive economic worldview; collaborate and foster new ideas; and develop new, stronger avenues to work together for greater impact. We are committed to breaking down issue silos, supporting and amplifying our partners’ work, and showing up for and with a myriad of partners on critical economic issue campaigns.

About the Campaigns and Partnerships Team
Groundwork’s Campaigns and Partnerships team builds cohesion behind our economic worldview to produce a more just, inclusive, and prosperous economy. We are constantly generating new ideas, crafting everything from internal message guidance and polling projects to public events, coalition-driven campaigns, and short-term advocacy efforts to influence timely economic policy debates.

We work closely with economic policy experts, grasstops leaders, policymakers and their staffs, and other key stakeholders to tip the scales during timely fights for economic justice, as we’ve done recently on issues like Unemployment Insurance, inflation, public investment, and economic relief and recovery programs. We’re conveners, with a deep commitment to good partnership and always bringing new, diverse stakeholders into our circles.

We’re savvy, strategic thinkers who know how to spot an opportunity to advance our worldview and influence national economic policy debates, identify new audiences for Groundwork’s resources, and support and amplify the great work our partners are already doing so we’re all better aligned to achieve our common goals.

Position Summary
The Director of Campaigns and Partnerships is a senior team position that will play an integral role in Groundwork’s programs, strategy, and operations. This is a job for a highly organized, entrepreneurial campaigner who loves economic policy and learning new things, enjoys brainstorming and following the news, is at ease with many different types of people and in a lot of different settings, and prides themselves in being one step ahead when it comes to seeing opportunities for action and sparking new ideas for resources and events. The person who will excel in this role is a seasoned, successful campaigner who has developed exciting, timely ideas that generate measurable impact; shepherded partners to share and fulfill their vision on projects; and used excellent judgment and great instincts to see opportunities to make a difference in a crowded policy landscape, using polling, ads, direct action, and a variety of other tactics.

As Director of Campaigns and Partnerships, you’ll:

  • Work with the Managing Director and other organizational leaders to set the vision for short- and long-term work that disseminates and advances the Groundwork worldview;
  • Develop new campaigns from idea to execution to impact timely economic policy debates in a more just, inclusive, progressive direction; 
  • Lead and grow existing campaigns and coalition efforts, including expanding Groundwork’s menu of campaign tactics, to achieve each project's goals and objectives;
  • Supervise the execution of high quality, engaging events and products including toolkits, ads, messaging guidance, and trainings;
  • Direct rapid response efforts, including identifying opportunities to inject Groundwork’s worldview into a newsworthy moment and mobilizing our team to seize it;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with advocacy and campaigns partners at peer institutions and develop relationships with key stakeholders across Groundwork’s core audiences, including developing a strong sense of when is the right moment to call on which partner for the greatest impact in our work;
  • Mentor, guide, and develop the Campaigns and Partnerships team staff members;
  • Supervise and manage projects that involve team members from across the organization;
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including budget management and operational support.

About you:

  • You have a significant interest in economic policy and are already comfortable with or eager to learn about issues like inflation, unemployment, economic modeling and measurement, public investment and economic recovery policies, and other issues;
  • You are an enthusiastic, creative idea generator, willing to experiment and take risks but discerning enough to track impact and thoughtfully change course as needed;
  • You have experience managing and developing creative, timely, impactful campaigns and managing large coalitions to successful activation;
  • You have experience directing polling and paid media;
  • You’re an experienced meeting and convening facilitator;
  • You’re familiar with the progressive economic policymaking community and advocacy partners, and have a track record of strengthening existing and building new partnerships;
  • You have management experience and are eager to mentor early career staff members;
  • You’re comfortable communicating complex ideas to a variety of audiences, including conversing in academic jargon and translating that jargon to a lay audience;
  • You’re an excellent written and verbal communicator;
  • You’re a pro at multitasking and staying organized under tight deadlines in a dynamic environment;
  • You’re committed to a just, inclusive, and robust economy that delivers opportunity and dignity to people, with particular attention to dismantling structural barriers including racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, and others.

The salary range for this position starts at $115,000, commensurate with experience.

This position is not part of a bargaining unit represented by the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union.

How to Apply
To begin the application process, please submit your resume and cover letter through the job portal. 

  • Please also include at least 3 references who can speak to you as a candidate for this job.
  • Please note that we may not be able to send a direct reply to everyone who applies. Thank you for your interest.

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from Groundwork. Thank you for your interest.

New Venture Fund Careers

Groundwork Collaborative is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date. This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at hr@newventurefund.org.

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