Hiring - AZ Democracy Collaborative Director

AZ Democracy Collaborative Director

The Arizona Democracy Collaborative (AZ/DC) seeks a Director to coordinate the Collaborative and grow democracy reform capacity in the State.  We are seeking a Director that is committed to social justice reform, has democracy reform experience at the local/state level, has an ability to work on national reform, and is a long-term strategic thinker who can balance the priorities of multiple organizations working towards shared goals.


In 2018, six local community partners came together to form AZ/DC, a new hub for long-term strategic planning around democracy reform in Arizona, with the goal of defending and strengthening Arizona’s democracy through policy change, organizing, and public education. AZ/DC membership includes All Voting is Local, Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation, Arizona Center for Empowerment, Arizona Coalition for Change, Chispa Arizona, Mi Familia Vota, and State Innovation Exchange.

At its core, the AZ/DC ensures that communities most impacted by systemic attacks on their right to vote and participation in our democracy are centered in structural reform efforts in Arizona.  The AZ/DC exists to pave the way for short and long term democracy reforms to be directed by community groups that are most intimately involved in the practice of lifting up civic engagement in marginalized communities and are therefore best equipped to confront the harmful issues ingrained in our current democratic structure. 

Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusive democracy reform efforts,working alongside impacted communities, and engaging in long term strategic planning . AZ/DC 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, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

While the position would be housed in the Arizona Advocacy Foundation, the AZ/DC Director would report and be accountable to a shared management structure that consists of staff from the AZ/DC membership.  



  • Work with AZ/DC members to develop strategy and implement programs, campaigns, or events to pursue democracy reform  
  • Lead fundraising efforts for AZ/DC that allows the organization to sustainably expand
  • Analyze and prepare democracy reform reports either at request of AZ/DC members or in coordination  
  • Work with AZ/DC members to develop and implement strategic communications plans that support the democracy reform efforts
  • Manage the AZ/DC partner organizations and facilitate the coalition’s collective work and planning in a consistent manner
  • Support incubation of  Democracy reform efforts and campaigns on the local/State level in collaboration with AZ/DC
  • Oversee and guide AZ/DC members on mid-term and long-term strategies for opportunities in democracy reform



  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working to advance policy change, with a track record of strategic planning and implementation.  Experience working with state and/or local coalitions is a priority. Experience managing or supervising preferred. Democracy policy expertise preferred. 
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.  
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, facilitation of diverse coalitions, and drafting of reports.  
  • Experience incorporating racial justice and equity concepts into projects.  
  • A self-starter that believes firmly that democracy reform is important to social justice and systematic change.  Able to multitask and pursue a high quality of work.  Exhibit strong leadership traits including reliability, consistency, attention to detail, self-motivation, self-awareness and emotional intelligence. 
  • Ability to break down and communicate complicated policy in an accessible way.



  • At AZAF, we commit to equal pay for equal work. To counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, we use a nonnegotiable starting salary system, while benchmarking our pay to highly competitive markets in the nonprofit sector. The starting salary for this position is $75,000. In addition, AZAF offers competitive benefits including healthcare reimbursement stipends, a flexible schedule, and a generous leave and holiday schedule
  • This position will be remote until the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided and it is safe to work in person. At that point, this position will be based in Arizona, with significant in-person presence in Phoenix.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to info@azadvocacy.org. Applications are due June 2, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.