Head of Program

Unite America
Sector

Law and Policy Reform, Politics & Civic Engagement, Philanthropy

Function

Management / Leadership: Program Management, Management / Leadership: General Management/Administration

Focus Areas

Electoral Reform/Voting Rights

Location

CO - Denver metropolitan area
Flexible

Work Environment
Hybrid - some work must be performed in our office(s) in location

Travel Requirements
Occasional

Please see "Additional Details" section for more information about location, travel, and workplace expectations.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $210k-$240k.

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Unite America is a philanthropic venture fund that invests in nonpartisan election reform to foster a more representative and functional government capable of solving America's most pressing challenges.

About the Organization

Relaunched in 2019, Unite America and its 30+ person team has grown to be a leader in the election reform movement. Over the past five years, we have mobilized $70+ million dollars from a cross-partisan community of philanthropists to achieve dozens of policy victories across the country.

We aim to accomplish our goals in three ways:

  • We Put Voters First: Unite America invests in party-neutral changes to the way we vote that puts voters first and produces more accountability, better representation and better results.
  • We are focused on solving the Primary Problem: Specifically, we are focused on solving how partisan primaries disenfranchise voters and disincentivize our leaders from solving problems.
  • We are building the premier cross-partisan community of philanthropists: Our team sources, diligences, and recommends investment opportunities, and adds significant value to our partners through hands-on support and shared infrastructure

Recent victories where we played a leading or a major supporting role to win: a major anti-gerrymandering campaign in Virginia; a first-of-its-kind top-four nonpartisan primary system in Alaska, and a ballot initiative in Nevada to implement Alaska-style reforms in that state. We are poised to dramatically scale our impact in the years to come. For more information, check out our victories.

At Unite America, we are working to build a more representative and functional government that puts voters first and reflects the diversity of our country, and an inclusive democracy in which leaders embrace problem-solving over fueling divisiveness. Likewise, we have a vision of building an organization that reflects diverse identities, ideologies, experiences, and perspectives; a culture of working across differences toward common goals; and a workplace where everyone feels included, respected, and heard. Our organizational values reinforce this commitment as we work to model the leadership we seek, solve problems together, and take care of one another, to name a few.

Organization Website

https://www.uniteamerica.org/

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About the Position

What You'll Do

Reporting to the Executive Director, and serving as a member of the executive team, the Head of Program (HOP) will manage our largest function and leverage our pooled fund, state/national partnerships, and program team to drive state level policy victories - while, ensuring that our programmatic initiatives align seamlessly with the organization's priorities and contribute significantly to advancing our mission.

The ideal candidate for this position is a strategic thinker with a proven track record of managing multifaceted advocacy-related programs and delivering results. They should bring a wealth of experience in executive leadership, program management, movement building, and strategic investment/resource allocation, coupled with a deep commitment to Unite America's mission and cross-partisan approach. The successful candidate will be adept at driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and translating strategic vision into impactful outcomes.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Strategy & Executive Leadership:
  • Provide strategic leadership and vision ensuring alignment with the organization's overall goals and mission
  • Further develop and refine the organization's overall strategy for how we leverage our resources to win policy change
  • Partner with the Investor Relations team to tell the story of our impact and optimize donor engagement
  • Represent Unite America at meetings, public forums, and convenings to build and maintain strategic alliances and foster deep relationships with potential donors within the local, state, and national landscape
Overall Program Management:
  • Lead the Program functional area, which is focused on making the right bets in our investment portfolio, maximizing the chance of success of state campaigns, and improving long-term conditions for victory through movement-building
  • Oversee a $50m+ grantmaking portfolio across 50+ grantees; making investment recommendations by overseeing the sourcing of opportunities and diligence on potential investments
  • Establish and monitor key performance indicators to measure and assess the success and impact of portfolio investments
  • Work collaboratively with the finance team to develop and manage program budgets, ensuring fiscal responsibility and accountability
Manage Core Workflows:
  • Campaigns: Develop and execute effective strategies for state legislative and ballot campaigns, providing real-time guidance, support, and connections to partners
  • External Affairs: Engage with candidates, elected officials, and coalition partners in service of state campaigns
  • Partnerships: Drive strategic alignment among national reform partner organizations to advance policy objectives
  • Policy: Build the evidence-base for election reform through original and commissioned research, and providing real-time policy support to state campaigns
Team Leadership:
  • Lead and inspire a high-performing team of 14+, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability
  • Manage two direct reports who oversee our Campaigns & External Affairs and our Policy & Partnerships teams, respectively
  • Provide guidance and support to team members, promoting professional development and growth

Required Skills and Experience

  • 15+ years of experience, with at least 5+ years in a senior management role
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing a national advocacy program that include state campaigns, movement building, and strategic resource allocation
  • Proven ability to align programmatic efforts with organizational priorities and mission
  • Strong alignment and commitment to Unite America's mission, vision, culture, and values
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter with strong critical thinking skills and proven ability to effectively manage the details, recognize trends, analyze data, and make strategic programmatic recommendations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of systems change strategies
  • Strong relationship builder and networker with ability to quickly build rapport and establish trust and respect among colleagues, our grantees, partners, and other stakeholders
  • Track record of developing, managing, and driving multi-faceted projects and initiatives
  • Exceptional leadership qualities with the ability to inspire and lead a high-performing team
  • Solutions oriented with proven track record of identifying gaps and recommending improvements
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to represent Unite America in many environments

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Unite America believes that there is strength in diversity and strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and from across the political and ideological spectrum to apply.

Benefits

Health Care Plan (medical, dental, and vision)

Unlimited Paid Time Off (vacation, sick days, public holidays, and team-wide wellness days)

Family Leave (maternity, paternity, and adoption)

401(k) Plan (with up to a 3% employer contribution match)

Paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff

Training & Professional Development

Wellness Resources

Opportunity to join an inclusive, vibrant, and diverse team

Additional Details

Location

This position is ideally based at our headquarters in Denver, CO, and we offer a stipend for new hires willing to relocate. For exceptional candidates, we are open to candidates based outside the Denver metropolitan area.

Work Environment

We are a hybrid workplace, with staff working on site three days a week. Remote employees (those located outside the Denver area) may be expected to travel 1–2 times per month for stakeholder meetings and team retreats.

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Sector

Law and Policy Reform, Politics & Civic Engagement, Philanthropy

Function

Management / Leadership: Program Management, Management / Leadership: General Management/Administration

Focus Areas

Electoral Reform/Voting Rights

Location

CO - Denver metropolitan area
Flexible

Work Environment
Hybrid - some work must be performed in our office(s) in location

Travel Requirements
Occasional

Please see "Additional Details" section for more information about location, travel, and workplace expectations.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $210k-$240k.

Apply for this Role

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose.  We’re partnering with the team at Unite America to build a diverse team. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

On-Ramps is committed to the inclusion of all qualified individuals in the hiring process, including but not limited to those with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application or interview process, please contact info@on-ramps.com.