Partnerships Associate

Protect Democracy seeks a Partnerships Associate to join our small, highly collaborative fundraising team and play a critical part in securing the financial future of our organization. 

At Protect Democracy, we anchor our work in service to our ambitious mission: to prevent American democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. We believe that our supporters are essential partners in our mission, and in the role of Partnerships Associate, you will connect and contextualize our mission and impact to engage and inform these partners. 

In your work, you will collaborate with the fundraising team to develop and achieve annual fundraising goals, cultivate donor relationships, prepare written materials to convey our work, and foster innovative practices and strategies in fundraising to advance our mission. In addition, part of this role includes managing scheduling and correspondence for the Executive Director, who oversees the Partnerships team.

The ideal candidate brings strong detail orientation and commitment to excellence; outstanding communication skills and comfort corresponding with high-level individuals; an interest in learning creative fundraising strategies; and enthusiasm for our mission. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and from across the political and ideological spectrum to apply. You can work remotely from any location in the United States.

The Partnerships Associate will:

  • Collaborate with the fundraising team to craft annual development goals and track progress towards those goals.
  • Correspond with existing and prospective supporters to ensure we are delivering on our supporters’ confidence and keeping them informed of progress in our mission. 
  • Prepare grant proposals and reports.
  • Coordinate and execute fundraising events.
  • Assist in the creation of development-related materials and communications.
  • Prepare the Executive Director and other members of the team for meetings with supporters; participate in virtual meetings and execute on follow-up items; and, when required, accompany the Executive Director to in-person meetings.
  • Work with the Executive Director to screen and triage incoming requests.
  • Manage the Executive Director’s schedule and coordinate meetings and events within Protect Democracy and with supporters, journalists, politicians, executives, and nonprofit and advocacy leaders.
  • Independently seek opportunities to build and improve on Protect Democracy’s fundraising operations by closely examining needs, assessing possible solutions, and making concise recommendations.

The ideal candidate will bring: 

  • Passion for protecting and improving our democracy. 
  • For early career candidates, a bachelor’s degree and some relevant professional experience (which can include internships); for more experienced candidates, 3 or more years of relevant professional experience, or an equivalent combination of an advanced degree and relevant experience. 
  • Keen attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution.  
  • Excellent critical thinking skills — can reason through novel problems and have good instincts about how to get to efficient solutions.  
  • Stellar interpersonal and diplomatic skills, and outstanding communication skills; ability to correspond naturally with high-level individuals and potential to grow into doing more one-on-one fundraising conversations.
  • Project management experience, including ability to develop and implement plans and track, prioritize and balance an assortment of ongoing responsibilities and competing deadlines.
  • A belief that there is strength in diversity and a commitment to ensuring an inclusive workplace, and an enthusiasm for working with people with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and perspectives.
  • Comfort with a transparent culture where regular and candid feedback — up, down, and sideways — is a gift to be cherished; and a growth mindset that recognizes that we all are on a constant path of improvement.


The starting salary range for this role for early career candidates is $56,650 – $62,046, and for more experienced candidates is $67,718 – $79,668, commensurate with the candidate’s relevant experience, capabilities and skills and in alignment with internal equity.

Working at Protect Democracy:

  • Flexible location. The only requirement is that your location be one that allows you to complete the demands of the position and mission. We currently have staff in Washington, DC, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, California, and elsewhere around the country. We offer shared workspaces in various locations for staff members who enjoy working in an office environment, and we are operating our workspaces in line with current COVID-19 guidance.
  • Commitment to a diverse workplace. Protect Democracy is an equal opportunity employer. Our culture principles emphasize that there is strength in diversity as we believe diverse teams are more innovative, creative, and productive. Protect Democracy encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
  • Competitive pay and phenomenal benefits. In addition to a competitive salary, our benefits package includes: a minimum of four weeks of PTO per year, three months of paid parental leave, a 401(k) plan with up to 6% employer match that vests immediately, excellent employer-sponsored health, vision, and dental plans, long-term disability and life insurance for all employees, a home office stipend, and as budget allows, discretionary bonuses.
  • Ample opportunities for personal & professional development. Candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing mentorship and opportunities for professional growth.


To apply for this position, please fill out the application here and upload your resume and cover letter as a single PDF. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Please contact [email protected] if you require accommodations at any point in the application process.

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