Position Title: States Director

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: National Organizing Director

Status: Full-time, Exempt


Position Summary

Demand Justice Initiative seeks a skilled organizer and strategic thought partner experienced with advocacy and project management to fulfill its States Director position. The States Director is responsible for developing, implementing and managing advocacy activities in key states across the county, managing relationships with any consultants or staff in-state, and for serving as the liaison between partners in-state and HQ. This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C., with occasional travel. The position reports to the National Organizing Director. 

Responsibilities and Tasks 

In State advocacy activities

  • Develop and implement plans for building our organizational presence in several key states, with clear short-, mid- and long-term goals identified at the outset. Emphasis should be placed on setting out empirical benchmarks to chart the program’s progress in a quantitative way.
  • Manage and evaluate the program and its progress continuously to ensure goals are being met and challenges are approached creatively;
  • Serve as a liaison between other in-state organizations and key internal staff, especially the Organizing Team, on state-based work;
  • Manage communications and coordination with in-state allies and partners, including by convening regular meetings, developing clear agendas, and spearheading all follow-up conversations;
  • Maintain and update files, documents, and shared information systems; 
  • Provide support, direction and accountability to consultants and staff on the ground;
  • As needed or requested, represent the work of Demand Justice to partner organizations, issue leaders, elected officials and potential influencers;
  • Distill and share program-related information in a clear and compelling manner to the larger team; and,
  • Provide program related updates and new content for communications platforms and development materials; Fulfill other duties as requested by the Organizing Director and Executive Director


Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability   

  • Minimum of 4-6 years’ experience in program management or administration;
  • Proven ability to think analytically, strategically and with agility to translate ideas and insights into action through coherent and viable program work;
  • Extensive experience managing a collection of multiple independent projects;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, while meeting deadlines;
  • Experience working with a range of individuals in nonprofit organizations, government, foundations, and private-sector firms;
  • Sophisticated knowledge and use of technology and varying digital platforms;
  • Facility and working knowledge of a range of communications platforms including Trello, Slack, and Google Apps;
  • Commitment to the Demand Justice’s mission, vision, core values, theory of change, and unique positioning in the field;
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively as part of a team and with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives;
  • Proven self starter, organizer and evaluator;
  • Excellent oral presentation, writing, and interpersonal skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.  
  • Fluent in English.

How to Apply

E-mail your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “States Director” in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. 

Hiring Statement

Demand Justice is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF 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. NVF’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.