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Three Open Positions:  

Advancing a Vision of a Democracy that Values Everyone’s Voice and Participation
Everyday Democracy, based in Hartford, CT, works with communities, institutions and other partners to strengthen democracy by focusing on making authentic engagement, racial equity and inclusive public participation a permanent part of the way we work as a country. We offer a Dialogue to Change approach that is the embodiment of authentic engagement and that promotes inclusive participation for all people, especially people from marginalized communities. Applying a racial equity lens to our dialogue process, community coaching, training, tools, leadership development, intergenerational equity work, partnerships, evaluation and data management is essential in our daily practice. Everyday Democracy values work-life balance and flexible employment conditions that support creativity
and results. Our competitive compensation package includes 100% coverage for employee’s health benefits, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, generous vacation and leave time, participation in a non-contributory retirement plan, and participation in pre-tax reimbursement programs.

 

Director of Communications

Be a part of building a democracy that values racial equity, inclusive dialogue and public engagement! Are you ready to use your skills as a writer, editor, or media professional to make a difference by promoting racial equity, civic engagement, and civil dialogue in communities nationwide? Everyday Democracy is seeking a Director of Communications with a demonstrated commitment to these values who will set and guide the strategy for the organization’s communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral for its diverse range of constituents, donors, media, and other audiences.

Everyday Democracy, project of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, is a privately operating not-for-profit foundation dedicated to strengthening deliberative democracy and improving the quality of life for all people in the U.S. by addressing institutional racism and other structural inequities. We have more than a quarter-century of experience working with grass-roots organizations and public officials helping them to engage people and address critical public issues, all through a lens of racial equity. Everyday Democracy (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center) is recognized nationally as the creator of innovative tools for public engagement and problem solving. We work with partners to build and strengthen a civic infrastructure that encourages and values public participation.     

Does our story intrigue you? If yes, then consider helping us enhance it by joining our fun and focused organization. Work in an environment where you, your ideas and your success matter.  We practice what we preach. Everyday Democracy values work-life balance and flexible employment conditions that support creativity as well as accomplishments. Our competitive compensation package includes 100% coverage for employee’s health benefits, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, generous vacation and leave time, participation in a non-contributory retirement plan, and participation in pre-tax reimbursement accounts.

Position Summary:
The Director of Communication leads the unit that develops the organization’s communication strategy and, collaborating with other Directors, implements a multi-faceted plan for enabling Everyday Democracy to advance its mission. The incumbent must fully understand the organization’s vision of participatory democracy and be able to develop communication tactics that convey racial equity as central to Everyday Democracy’s dialogue to change process and its role in movement building. The outcomes of the position include:
• Observing and listening for relevant events, engaging colleagues, and maintaining communication networks that will bring information to the organization and generate ideas for engaging partners;
• Developing and implementing a collaborative communication and marketing strategy that integrates ideas, resources, materials, and training guides to deliver a consistent message for diverse audiences;
• Directing a staff of associates who use art, prose, digital-media and data, as well as personally performing certain creative functions, to produce the tools and techniques necessary for initiating public dialogue and problem solving, and for delivering and developing our message nationally and locally;
• Managing internal communication systems and functioning as the organization’s media representative and spokesperson, to assure a unified and consistent organizational message;
• As an integral strategic partner, using communication objectives to support and advance our fund development strategies.

Suitable applicants will indicate the following qualifications.

• Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s or other post-graduate degree in Communications, Business Administration, Public Relations, Marketing, or Media Production, or a related field, is preferred.
• At least seven (7) years working in the field of business communications or public relations or marketing, of which at least four (4) of those years are working in a supervisory or management position; such experience working for a not-for-profit organization is preferred.
• Work experience should: Demonstrate responsibilities for developing and executing communication strategies for social change, democratic reform, or democratic participation; evidence of ability to inspire and manage a diverse team to achieve goals; development and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with a broadly diverse group of people or institutions, and demonstrate the ability to network with agents for change; indicate a strong understanding of racial equity and related structural inequities, civic engagement, and/or public policy processes; fund development campaign experience.

More information about Everyday Democracy may be found at www.everyday-democracy.org.

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter (which describes your suitability for the position) by email to:                                                                          
Francine Nichols, Director of Administration, Everyday Democracy, fnichols@everyday-democracy.org

Everyday Democracy believes that one of the great strengths of community is the rich diversity of its residents in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and physical ability.  Everyday Democracy affirms publicly its moral and legal commitment to a policy of equal opportunity employment.


 

Database and Evaluation Manager

Everyday Democracy, a non-profit project of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, which is a private operating Foundation, is seeking an Evaluation and Database Manager. This position is an exciting opportunity for the individual with blended knowledge and experience in both the field of evaluation and in database administration. If you have the skillsets, like working within the nonprofit sector and have an interest in being a part of an organization that is helping people create the change they want to see in their community, institutions and in the country as a whole then we hope you will apply!

Position Summary

The Database and Evaluation Manager manages the data collection operations of the organization’s database and coordinates the data evaluation activities to produce information (in the form of formal reports and documents) to help the Executive Team plan the organization’s strategy and assess the effectiveness of our programs. The incumbent must fully understand the organization’s vision of participatory democracy and be able to assist with developing data-collecting tools and survey methods to support Everyday Democracy’s dialogue to change process.

 

The outcomes of the position include:

  • Managing all components of the information system used to collect data, which includes providing training and technical support at the data entry level, performing system maintenance and deploying software updates;
  • Developing and implementing plans to analyze data and, using various software programs, evaluate the information to derive meaning and significance;
  • Preparing reports, using graphic representation as well as text, to present information to Everyday Democracy’s Executive Team.

Essential Duties:

Database management

  • Manages the operation of the organization’s CiviCRM database, which includes identifying options for customizing the system and optimizing its use.
  • Conducts audits to review entered data, analyzes database entries for quality, and troubleshoots the collection and entry process to detect and resolve problems.
  • Develops reports from the data and information available using CiviCRM.
  • Trains (or retrains) staff to navigate the database system and provides real-time technical support whenever necessary.
  • Deploys software updates to the CiviCRM system.
  • Serves as the primary liaison with the organization’s contracted consultant for its data system.

Evaluating and reporting

  • Plans and coordinates evaluation activities, which includes data collection and analysis and reporting, for all of the organization’s initiatives and projects.
  • Implements the evaluation activities as directed.
  • Monitors and evaluates the organization’s progress on theory of change strategies and outcomes.
  • Facilitates organizational learning through an evaluation lens.
  • Designs new templates and tools for data collection whenever necessary.
  • Works with all organizational units to ensure compliance with documentation requirements.

 

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in measurement and evaluation, computer science, social science research or data management is required; Master’s degree is preferred.

 

Required Work Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of actual work experience in the field of evaluation. Experience in database operations and management, preferably operating a CiviCRM database. Experience in working with software programs used for analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Work experience should:

Indicate knowledge of evaluation designs and methods, preferably involving community engagement;

Show evidence of monitoring and assessing results against organizational metrics and outcomes;

Show evidence of the flexibility to work within, and adapt to, a fluctuating workload and pace;

Indicate the ability to provide training and technical support for people having various levels of technical skills.

 

 

Essential knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of, and skill to operate, a CiviCRM database.
  • Knowledge of, and advanced skills working with, quantitative and qualitative data-analysis software programs such as Nvivo, Survey Monkey, and Excel.
  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft® Word and other Office programs.
  • High-level analytical and evaluation skills.
  • Listening, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data, assimilate information and write/present reports.

 

Work Environment:

  • Works in office setting.

 

The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, please submit via email, your resume and a letter of interest which must include: specific details of your related work experience, a brief description of how you would contribute to the work of the organization and an explanation of your interest in working for an organization like Everyday Democracy. More information about Everyday Democracy may be found at www.everyday-democracy.org.

Send documents to: Francine Nichols, Director of Administration fnichols@everyday-democracy.org Applications for this position will be accepted until January 15, 2019.

Everyday Democracy believes that one of the great strengths of community is the rich diversity of its residents in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and physical ability.  Everyday Democracy affirms publicly its moral and legal commitment to a policy of equal opportunity employment.


 

Spring Semester Internship

 

Part Time: up to 20 hours a week
Unpaid Internship
 
Everyday Democracy is a project of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation that focuses on using dialogue as a tool for positive community change. We focus on equity and bringing diverse community members together to address various social issues.
 
Minimum Qualifications: Associate’s Degree or pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, have an interest in administration, community engagement, and organizational management.
 
How to apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Matthew Sagacity Walker at mwalker@everyday-democracy.org by Monday, November 26th, 2018.
 
Community Assistance Internship Description: Everyday Democracy is seeking an individual who would like to assist a dialogue process that involves creating positive changes in communities throughout the country. The person in this position will support our community assistance efforts in a variety of administrative tasks and data collection. The intern will have opportunities to apply and strengthen research, documentation, organizational, and interpersonal skills. The Community Assistance Intern will report directly to the Community Assistance Associate. The hours are flexible but all work must be completed in the Hartford office between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.
 
Organization Description: Created in 1989 by the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, Everyday Democracy, a Hartford based organization has worked with over 600 communities across the United States on many different public issues. Everyday Democracy is a national organization that helps communities find ways for all kinds of people to think, talk, and work together to solve problems.
 
It is a high energy, hard-working, ever-changing, fun, and challenging work culture. Opportunities for continued learning, meeting interesting people, and creatively and collaboratively solving problems abound. See www.everyday-democracy.org for more information.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Documenting program information
  • Sharing resources with community partners
  • Documenting organizational processes
  • Helping with event planning and management
  • Drafting presentations for community events, trainings, and conferences
  • Assisting with report writing for program development
  • Assisting with administrative duties
 
Required Skills:
  • Organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Basic math skills
  • Collaborative
  • Ability to work on multiple projects
  • Command of Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel  
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment

Everyday Democracy believes that one of the great strengths of community is the rich diversity of its residents in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and physical ability.  Everyday Democracy affirms publicly its moral and legal commitment to a policy of equal opportunity employment.

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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.