Working at Democracy North Carolina means you are part of a small but highly productive team focused on achieving short-term results that bring about long-term change.

We are headquartered in Durham, where most of our staff lives, but we also have staff organizers who live and work in cities across the state.

Democracy North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer that goes well beyond the requirements of the law to maintain a talented and diverse staff.

NOW HIRING: Organizing Director

Democracy North Carolina is seeking a new Organizing Director. Our current Organizing Director, Adam Sotak, is transitioning to a new position within the organization. Click here for the full job announcement.

The Organizing Director recruits, trains and supervises our organizing staff and is the primary staff person responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of nonpartisan organizing, base building and voter engagement strategies for Democracy North Carolina. This is a full-time position based in Democracy NC’s Durham office. We are looking for someone with significant on-the-ground organizing experience who understands the work of 501c3 nonprofits and is ready for a director level role in a growing, multi-racial, multi-generational organization.

The ideal applicant will have strong supervision experience and at least 7 years of organizing experience, including developing, implementing and evaluating base building, grassroots leadership development and voter engagement strategies. We are looking for someone who believes and excels in coalition and movement building and is ready to lead a growing team of 5 full-time organizers who are spread out across North Carolina. We seek someone who also:

  • Excels at strategy and planning
  • Is self-starter and good relationship builder with a talent for supervising, training, mentoring and coaching organizers
  • Communicates effectively, works well in a fast-paced environment, stays cool under pressure and can handle long or irregular work hours.
  • Has a strong command of organizing tools and technologies (Voter Activation Network, CRM systems).

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary range is competitive and benefits are excellent. Exact salary is commensurate with experience.

Click here for more information about the position and instructions for applying. This position is open until filled.

NOW HIRING: Eastern North Carolina Organizer

Democracy NC’s current Eastern NC Organizer, Jake Gellar-Goad, is transitioning to a new position within the organization. We are seeking a new, full-time Eastern NC Organizer to help fulfill our mission. Click here for the full job announcement. This position is open until filled

The Eastern NC organizer leads local civic coalitions in a region generally ranging from Nash-Wilson-Greene-Pitt-Craven counties and northward. The organizing position will be based in this region. The job requires extensive travel within Eastern North Carolina, as well as travel to our central office in Durham at least once per month.

We are looking for someone who: excels at cultivating and coordinating volunteer efforts, including recruiting, training and working with new activists and leaders; has experience mobilizing grassroots voter registration, get-out-the-vote, and other voter actions; has the ability to coordinate coalition-building efforts with local chapters of statewide organizations, such as the NAACP, conservation groups, League of Women Voters, and religious organizations; and has the ability to hire, train and supervise a team of young organizers from late May through July each year, as part of the organization’s Democracy Summer program.

Our ideal candidate has, among other qualities: superior people skills; ability to understand and connect to peoples’ motivations, ability to build strong relationships; superior written communication and public speaking skills and willingness to proactively seek out speaking engagement opportunities; ability to travel and work evening and weekend hours; ability to build relationships and facilitate meetings involving diverse constituencies and strong personalities; strong command of Microsoft Office programs and ease in adapting to new technology, such as constituent relationship management (CRM) software; and commitment to Democracy NC’s mission and values, including understanding of and commitment to diversity and racial equity.

For more details on the position and information on how to apply, click here. This position is open until filled.

Democracy Summer 2014

Every summer Democracy North Carolina hires outstanding college undergraduates to participate in a full-time organizing apprenticeship. Students accepted to this 9-week program learn the basics of community organizing for social change, including the connections between money in politics and social justice issues like the environment, racial equity, healthcare, voting rights and more.

Students in the program work full-time (40 + hours per week) from late May to late July and earn a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. This is a full-time job, so students who have to do summer classes or have other, part-time work cannot realistically complete the program.

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Democracy North Carolina occasionally engages area students in semester-long projects or other internships. As a nonpartisan, non-profit organization, we qualify for inclusion on most college community service lists. We can help you explore the possibility of earning community service or class credits for interning with us. For more information on opportunities that may be available to you, please contact us.