Project Manager, Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy

Democracy Collaborative
Washington, DC

Location: Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C.

Desired Start Date: Early 2020 


About the Position:

This position is an exempt, collective bargaining position, within TDC’s Engaged Practice division and reports to the Manager of Advisory Services. The person in this position will work closely with the Vice President of Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy (RE&DE), integrating concepts of RE&DE into Advisory’s work.

The Project Manager will join the dynamic and highly collaborative Advisory Services team, which engages with groups across the country to build place-based community wealth and more democratic and inclusive local economies. The person that fills this role can expect to lead and facilitate a number of projects that are specifically focused on the intersection of racial equity, community wealth building, and the democratic economy.

The Project Manager will manage a portfolio of work with organizations across the country that are working to build wealth in their communities and to facilitate place-based conversations and projects. This involves shepherding a variety of projects from launch to completion, while managing and completing project timelines, budgets and deliverables along the way.  


About Advisory Services:

Advisory Services serves as TDC’s in-house consulting and facilitation team and works with groups of diverse stakeholders across the country to catalyze, incubate, and accelerate local place-based programs that build community wealth. Our typical clients are city governments, foundations, and non-profit organizations that are seeking to launch or strengthen place-based collaboratives that build more democratic and inclusive local economies.

At times, the Advisory Services team also takes on internal projects at TDC that involve incubating and launching new programs or supporting the growth of existing programs. The Project Manager may play a role in leading or supporting such internal projects.


About TDC’s Racial Equity Work:

In 2019 TDC began to do work explicitly at the intersection of racial equity and the democratic economy.  As a consequence of this work, and the enthusiastic response from the field we are working to launch The Center for Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy in 2020. The Center will serve as a  “point of convergence” where grasstops and grassroots leaders from various sectors and networks can engage in dialog, research, experimentation, resource development, and systems change work to advance the movement that is rising in the areas of racial equity and the democratic economy.  


About The Democracy Collaborative:

Founded in 2000, The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) is a research and development lab for the democratic economy. We work across the spectrum from theory to action, identifying and focusing on key points of leverage and scalable impact, building actionable models and pathways that can unlock a new sense of hope and possibility.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The Project Manager will have the following general duties and responsibilities, as well as other duties that may arise based on the demands of specific projects and project deliverables:

  • Design, facilitate and lead engaging and dynamic in-person and virtual meetings and workshops
  • Facilitate collaboration between diverse sets of stakeholders
  • Work with the Manager of Advisory Services to track project deliverables and activities along with associated costs and timeframes for purposes of accountability to internal and external stakeholders, including funders and clients 
  • Work with the Vice-President of Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy to advance TDC’s work at the intersection of community wealth building and racial equity
  • Write and contribute to reports, shorter research briefs and blogs, presentation materials, and other communications
  • Plan and manage both large and small high profile meetings and convenings, including budgeting, creating agendas, handling logistics, directing content, and managing key external relationships
  • Perform research for advisory and other projects, such as interviews and focus groups
  • Represent our work and build meaningful long-term relationships with a wide variety of external stakeholders, including government, C-suite business and institution leaders, nonprofit and social service agencies, banks and credit unions, philanthropies, and neighborhood or community organizing groups
  •  Ability to travel 5 - 6 times per year in support of project related events




Our ideal candidate will also have the following qualifications: 

  • Experience with developing and implementing effective cross-sector collaborations 
  • Experience leading and facilitating conversations centered on inclusion and racial equity, particularly through the lens of anti-black racism
  • Design-thinking mindset
  • Comfort working through key aspects of a program or product design process in a fast-paced workshop environment, balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, imagining and implementing a common way forward
  • Eagerness and enthusiasm for over-communication and collaborative problem-solving
  • Highly organized with an attention to detail, especially with regards to dates, time and schedules
  • Experience with event planning and logistics coordination
  • Comfortable with engaging multiple stakeholders at different levels and tailoring messaging to specific audiences
  • A passion for influencing the influencers and bringing people together 
  • Ability to meaningfully and quickly build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including the habit of active listening
  • Mature interpersonal skills and strong executive presence
  •  Business planning, business and industry research, financial literacy, and basic marketing knowledge
  • Demonstrated ability to work on high-functioning teams and move seamlessly between leading and following, including respectful collaboration and communication with lateral teammates as well as leadership
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility. 
  • A commitment to and passion for racial, social, and environmental justice. 
  • Must be interested in, familiar with, and enthusiastic for transformative community economic development and the work of The Democracy Collaborative


Education/Experience Requirements

A graduate degree or 7+ years of relevant post-college work experience (e.g., community development, social enterprise/business development, planning and development) is required. Master of Business Administration or related degree preferred but not required. A strong commitment to social and economic justice and racial equity is required.


To Apply

All application materials must be submitted as one PDF document, rather than as multiple attachments.

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 a relevant short writing sample to Please include “Advisory Services” in the subject line.



The Democracy Collaborative’s salary range for a Project Manager starts at $69,000. 

Job includes a generous benefits package including health care, three weeks of paid vacation per year, and an employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.

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 and inclusive 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.

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