Special Assistant to the Co-Founder

Democracy Collaborative
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 02

Position description

The Democracy Collaborative, a national research institute dedicated to the development of innovative strategies for the democratization of wealth, seeks a skilled administrative and research assistant to help us advance our mission.

This full-time, non-exempt bargaining unit position will report directly to Thomas Hanna, Director of Research, while providing seamless support for the work of the Co-Founder, Gar Alperovitz. 

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019. All applications will be reviewed upon receipt and the position will be filled as soon as possible

Salary: Salary range begins at $42,000, commensurate with work and academic experience and qualifications. Generous benefits package including health care, three weeks of paid vacation per year, and a 7% employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.

Length of position: Two-year commitment (contingent on satisfactory performance reviews) necessary to ensure continuity of support. Position can extend beyond two years by mutual agreement. 

Start date: July 15, 2019

Basic Function

Provides research and administrative assistance in support of progressive political-economist and historian Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative and author of What Then Must We Do? [Chelsea Green 2013], America Beyond Capitalism [Wiley 2005], Unjust Deserts [New Press, 2008], Making a Place for Community [Routledge 2003], The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb [Knopf 1995] and many other books, articles, and reports. Assists with scheduling, calendar, and travel requirements, provides office administrative support, and undertakes independent research assignments under the supervision of Dr. Alperovitz and the Research Director. Also occasionally assists with research and media projects in support of broader work for the Theory, Research, and Policy division of The Democracy Collaborative.

Must be comfortable working almost exclusively in a support role with little discretion over selecting research projects. Must be extremely reliable and present in our Washington D.C. satellite office on a full-time basis (5 days a week, regular office hours). Must interact with the public in an open and pleasant manner. As this is a support role within a satellite office, one can expect daily interaction and collaboration with the satellite office’s team of Dr. Alperovitz and another research associate. However, regular meetings and events at The Democracy Collaborative’s main office provide opportunities to interact with the larger organization.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

50% Research Assistance 

At the request of Gar Alperovitz and the Research Director, researches and collects documents and information from various sources (government agencies, universities, libraries, Internet, non-profit research organizations, etc.) for short and long-term research projects on a broad range of topics including, but not limited to: comparative political economy; political movements; tax policy; income and wealth distribution; public and nonprofit forms of business ownership; energy and climate change; systemic change; economic and political theory; international relations and political economy; as well as other issues in American politics and economics. Collects and prepares data from various sources for qualitative (and occasionally quantitative) analysis. Compiles, reads, abstracts, synthesizes, analyzes, and organizes written and electronic material into summarized form. Analyzes and produces written summaries of quantitative data. Keeps abreast of pertinent issues, major discussions, and publications. Participates in discussion with Dr. Alperovitz and other researchers to develop analysis on topics as they emerge. Contributes to early-stage draft-chapters for books. Provides editing assistance for research products in preparation for publication. Provides general research on a variety of short-term projects.

50% Administrative and Support

Makes travel arrangements, coordinates speaking and media engagements, provides reminders of calls and appointments, provides first-level “trouble shooting” assistance with computers and networks, answers phones and takes messages, sends emails, faxes, and packages, copies and scans material, processes receipts, reimbursements, and bills, ensures magazine subscriptions are up to date, orders office supplies, receives visitors, and coordinates meetings.  

Education/Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a social science or history is required. Master’s degree and/or equivalent work experience (e.g., policy work, research experience, and/or administrative work) is preferred. Evidence of previous work demonstrating reliability, a very high degree of accuracy, and attention to detail is critical.

Knowledge Requirements

Familiarity with, knowledge of, and interest in left/progressive American politics, economics, and history broadly defined is required. Familiarity with the work of Gar Alperovitz and or The Democracy Collaborative is a plus. Must have a knowledge of library and online research resources with capacity to conduct independent research. Must have a basic knowledge of computers, computer networks, and computer troubleshooting. Must be highly organized with an attention to detail, especially with regards to dates, times, and schedules. Must have strong interpersonal skills. Must have an exceptional ability to synthesize information and write clearly and precisely without supervision. Must be able to pay attention to detail; precision is critical.

The Democracy Collaborative Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We are committed to a diverse workplace.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Generous benefits package including health care, three weeks of paid vacation per year, and a 7% employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.

Application instructions

Send résumé/CV with references, a detailed cover letter regarding your interest in and desire to make a contribution to the kind of work being done by The Democracy Collaborative and our co-founder Dr. Gar Alperovitz, and a relevant writing sample including “Special Assistant Job” in the subject line. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. No phone calls please. We will contact all candidates who qualify for first-round interviews. 

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