Emerging Voices Fellow

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
Jul 28, 2014
The Emerging Voices Fellow will give voice to strong progressive values within Demos’ core areas of work: expanding the freedom to vote, addressing the role of money in politics, rebuilding pathways to the middle class, limiting corporate and financial sector power, and advancing racial equity. This fellowship is dedicated to developing junior writers and thinkers, in order to help them enter important public debates with a dynamic progressive voice. As part of Demos’ Emerging Voices Initiative, the aim of the fellowship is to diversify the pipeline of public intellectuals and policy journalists in American political debates. As such, the fellowship provides one year of financial support, intellectual mentorship, media training, and deep integration with a professional communications platform, which includes the Demos blog, PolicyShop, as well as our print, social and broadcast media activity. The Fellow will report to Rich Benjamin, Director of the Fellows Program. Candidates should be first and foremost strong writers—with backgrounds in investigative journalism, criticism, feature writing, policy analysis, blogging or other commentary. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a strong grasp of the pace of political and policy debate and be capable of engaging at the appropriate speed. Candidates with demonstrable interest affecting change in under-represented communities, and with diverse social backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: - Researching and writing commentary for media outlets on regular basis, and representing Demos in the media. - Contributing regularly to Demos’ PolicyShop blog (2-4 posts a week). - Participating in the organization’s programmatic work, alongside Demos staff. - Conceiving and forging own research and commentary agenda, with advice and consultation among Demos staff. - Contributing to organization’s public events. The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities: - Excellent written and verbal communications skills, demonstrating a strong ability to research, analyze, and persuade the public on complex ideas. - Disciplined self-starter. Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities while meeting deadlines. But must also have ability to generate ideas and to deliver work inspired by own initiative. - Strong commitment to advancing Demos’ mission and to excellence in research and communication as an emerging public intellectual. - Some publication credits (essays, blog posts, reviews, or other formats), ideally which advance a compelling progressive narrative of our democracy and/or economy. We are more interested in these qualities than in any particular amount of experience. However, strong leadership ability, public speaking skills, facility with multi-disciplinary thinking, capacity for multi-issue research, and progressive volunteerism experience are highly advantageous. While not required, an interest and track record addressing Latino social-political issues in the contemporary United States is an added value. This includes Latino civic involvement, Latinos and the economy (wages, education, housing, wealth), Latino politics, and Latino civil rights (voting rights policy, immigration, etc). Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The position is full-time and based in in New York City. Bilingualism in Spanish is a plus, but not a requirement. Salary and Benefits: The salary for this fellowship is $50,000. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 20 vacation days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan. How to Apply: Upload a cover letter, résumé, a 2-3 page statement of your research and writing plans for the fellowship year, and a writing sample by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please. Candidates should be available to start in Fall 2014, date negotiable. Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.