Position: Program Manager, Healthy Democracy

What We’re Looking For: A mission-driven professional to lead Healthy Democracy’s programs activities and build our program partnerships. We’re looking for someone who is self-motivated, and thrives in managing teams to reach long-term objectives. We’re looking for a colleague that leads by example, and has the experience to bring out the best in people.

If you’re passionate about political reform and civic engagement, this position is a unique opportunity to advance your values while making a lasting and positive impact on democracy.

Who We Are: Healthy Democracy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Portland Oregon. Our mission is to elevate the voice of citizens in our democracy in order to give voters information they can trust.  Our signature program, the Citizens Initiative Review (CIR), brings representative groups of citizens together to fairly and thoroughly evaluate high-profile ballot initiatives for the benefit of all voters. It’s a new and highly effective approach to democratic reform.

Healthy Democracy is nationally recognized for our achievement in institutionalizing the Citizens’ Initiative Review as part of elections in Oregon, and we’re now expanding this successful program to additional states. The CIR is a significant innovation in the fields of deliberative democracy and civic engagement, recently recognized as International Project of the Year by the International Association for Public Participation. In 2014, we began expanding the role of the Citizens’ Initiative Review by piloting the program in Colorado and Arizona. With national and state-based support from foundations and civic leaders, in 2015 we are growing the organization to further expand the CIR program into new states in 2016 and beyond.

Job Description:The Program Manager will work with partners in multiple states to build coalitions and expand the use of the Citizens’ Initiative Review. Each CIR brings together 20 citizens from around the state for a four-day public review of a ballot measure, requiring strong team building and project management skills.

The Program Manager will run CIR events and conduct trainings, and provide support to partner organizations in other states as they run their own CIRs. In this role, the Program Manager will provide program delivery and consultation services to key partners and clients and serve as a key spokesperson for the organization.

Key responsibilities of this position include:


Program Management:


  • Manage program delivery staff, consultants and partners.
  • Provide management and consultation services to CIR clients and replication partners.
  • Develop and manage program-specific work plans, budgets and contracts.
  • Monitor project partner compliance to ensure integrity of CIR replication efforts.
  • Participate in CIR process refinements and evaluations; maintain corresponding trainings and program materials.


Program Development:

  • Develop and maintain partnerships for expanding the CIR at the state and local level.
  • Recruit partners, sponsors and participants for CIR programs.
  • Conduct project-specific research and analysis.
  • Support new project outreach and networking activities.
  • Manage relationships with external evaluators of HD programs and respond to information requests.


Organizational Representation:

  • Participate in the organization’s communication and outreach related activities including public speaking, media interviews, networking, and community outreach events.
  • Coordinate with fellow staff and board members on community outreach events.
  • Assist with fundraising.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:Team members have the autonomy to set their schedules, generous PTO and holidays, and a team culture that’s focused on growth and health. We trust and expect our team to own our work. Work of this kind is not for everyone. If you’ve read this and are fired up by joining a team at the cutting edge of reform, and excited to travel and build partnerships, we want to hear from you.


We are looking for someone with program management experience and a desire to improve our democratic process to join a small team of dedicated professionals based in Portland, Oregon. Ideal candidates will possess at least 3-5 years of successful project management experience (nonprofit or campaign experience a plus), and possess strong communications skills.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and 3 – 5 years relevant work experience.   Candidates should possess excellent project and event management skills, be able to work with a diversity of stakeholders, demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, and have a high degree of entrepreneurial drive. Travel will be also required.

Exceptional candidates will also possess a strong knowledge of civic engagement, facilitation, and conflict resolution strategies, will have demonstrated a track-record for political and social advocacy.

Compensation: Starting salary is expected to be between $52,000-$60,000 DOE. Full-time exempt. Generous PTO, paid holidays, and health coverage benefit.

Location: Portland, Oregon

Closing Date: 3/31/2015. Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so early applications are encouraged.

To Apply: Email applications only. Do not call. Send electronic copies of: 1) cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for this position, 2) resume, 3) writing sample, 4) and contact information for three references to: jobs@healthydemocracy.org.

Note: Applicants will be emailed to verify that their application has been received. Please do not call to check on your application status. The Search Committee will respond to applicants of interest directly.