Partnerships Director

  • Unite America
  • Denver, CO
  • Nov 17, 2022
Full time Communications Project Manager Public Policy Strategist Government

Job Description

Unite America seeks a full-time Partnerships Director. This team member will be responsible for overseeing a significant share of the Unite America investment portfolio; this will include liaising closely with local, state, and national grantees to identify and vet grantmaking opportunities, provide strategic support and accountability, and develop programming and resources to serve our partners’ needs. This position offers the chance to engage in a diversified strategy to win reforms at all levels of government with legislation, ballot measures, litigation, and partners who believe in putting voters first.


Unite America is a coalition of Democrats, Republicans, and independents that aims to foster a representative and functional government committed to solving the nation’s major challenges. We invest in candidates, campaigns, and organizations to advance nonpartisan electoral reforms that improve governing incentives and put voters first.

Founded in 2014, Unite America and its 25-person team has grown to be a leader in the democracy reform movement — supporting, coordinating and executing to advance policy and elect pro-reform candidates. The Unite America Fund launched in 2019 and has since mobilized tens of millions of dollars from dozens of philanthropists to reform campaigns and candidates across the country.

Over the last three years, the Unite America Fund has been the driving force behind passing and implementing Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in New York City, the largest expansion of RCV in history; defeating the most extremist member of Congress in their primary election in 2020; adopting a first of it's kind final-four voting system in Alaska to address the “primary problem;” winning an anti-gerrymandering campaign in Virginia; and electing state lawmakers across the country who have formed cross-partisan legislative caucuses already advancing groundbreaking electoral reforms. We are focused on dramatically scaling our impact in the years to come.

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. We believe in an inclusive democracy where leaders embrace problem solving over fueling divisiveness. Likewise, organizationally, we have a vision of building a team that reflects diverse identities, experiences and perspectives; a culture of working across differences toward common goals; and a workplace where everyone feels included, respected and heard. To that end, Unite America is proud to have made diversifying our team, ensuring more equitable opportunity, and fostering a culture of belonging a priority. 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.


The Partnerships Director will primarily be accountable for working with Unite America Fund grantees. The Unite America Fund is actively invested in more than 85 organizations working to reform and protect democracy at all levels of government. Our investments include seed grants to start new initiatives, growth grants to win reforms, implementation grants to defend reforms from tampering, and research grants to evaluate impact. We invest in legislative advocacy campaigns, litigation strategies, ballot initiative campaigns, shared infrastructure projects, and national partner organizations. In addition to providing support to our grantees, the role will include building strategic partnerships across our field, stakeholder engagement, and liaising with other Unite America departments to share information and solicit input, including our Advocacy and Movement, Marketing and Communications, Development, and Operations teams.

The Partnerships Director will report to the Sr. Director of Policy and Partnerships. Ideally, the team-member would be based in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area, but candidates from other geographies will be considered and remote work is a possibility. This is a full-time role with benefits.

The application deadline for this position is December 12th. Applications will not be reviewed until this date. Please contact with any questions.


  • Direct a subset of the Unite America Fund investment portfolio, including to:
    • Solicit, review, and diligence potential investment opportunities from new and prospective grantees;
    • Write and present investment recommendations with memos, in 1:1 briefings, and during cross-team meetings;
    • Provide grantees with strategic support, in-kind resources, and connections to partners and experts;
    • Develop public and donor-facing content to tell the story of our grantees progress, to be published in the form of website content, email newsletters, memos, and designed portfolios.;
    • Hold grantees accountable for results, including by setting benchmarks, conducting regular check in calls, writing grant agreements, and reviewing grant reports.
  • Create and sustain both programming and collateral that serves the needs of Unite America Fund grantees.
    • Organize in person and virtual events to allow our partners to share their work, connect with others, learn from experts, and broaden their reach.;
    • Identify best practices and lessons learned from reform campaigns across the country and ensure insights are carried forward to future campaigns;
    • Develop and maintain shared resources and catalogs of previous learnings.
  • Equip Unite America team members with the information they need to make decisions, understand our partners’ successes and challenges, and tell the story of our work.
    • Host or join stakeholder calls; conduct research and analysis; write memos; develop presentation decks; curate talking points.
  • Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders to keep them apprised of our work and moving through a ladder of engagement that leads to positive outcomes for the organization and our grantees
    • For example, former elected officials, civic leaders, election administrators, grassroots advocates
  • Represent Unite America at events and in partnerships consistent with our organization’s values — serving as a public facing ambassador for our work.
  • Build partnerships and relationships with partners from across the broadly defined democracy reform movement.
  • Contribute to the development of departmental strategies and programmatic priorities; ensure fidelity to approach and goals.
  • Liaise with other department leaders within the organization for quarterly and annual planning, to keep colleagues updated on our work, to manage capacity in cross-team collaborations, and for ideating and input on the challenges and opportunities we face.
  • Conduct special projects for the organization as new needs and opportunities arise.
    • Flex a wide variety of skill sets including: project management, cross-team collaboration, program design, partnership building, stakeholder engagement, system design and process improvement, research, execution.



You are a self-starter capable of taking a vision and priorities and proactively executing what is required alongside colleagues and partners. You are highly organized, detail-oriented, communicative, and poised. You have a demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders, especially in a fast-paced, often remote, and demanding environment. You have some experience in some combination of advocacy campaigns, grantmaking/private investing, partnership building, or nonprofit management. You excel working in a mission-driven, nonpartisan organization alongside Democrats, Republicans, and independents.


  • You possess a strong desire to fix a broken political system and passion for our cause.
  • You have 6+ years of relevant work experience (e.g. grantmaking, campaign management, partnership building, program management)
  • You have excellent project management skills, and can multitask, prioritize, and execute at a high level.
  • You have an exceptional ability to build authentic relationships with a wide range of stakeholders — including nonprofit leaders, elected officials, philanthropists.
  • You have the ability to evaluate, improve, manage, build and maintain programs and processes.
  • You are a clear, concise, and effective communicator when writing to and speaking with colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • You have experience advocating for policy change at the local, state, and/or federal level
  • You are familiar with various levers of advancing policy change (i.e. legislative campaigns, ballot measures, and/or litigation strategies)
  • You have a high standard of professionalism and personal integrity.
  • You are energized by a fast-paced, innovative environment with high expectations.
  • You are an excellent collaborator and are able to work with a diverse set of teammates.
  • You don't mind traveling for work from time to time.
  • You are aligned with our organization’s values and can demonstrate past examples of modeling them.


  • You have experience managing and evaluating an investment portfolio — in either the private sector or non-profit sector.
  • You have experience in the nonpartisan movement to put voters first.
  • You have experience managing direct reports and consultants.
  • You have a track record of building and executing programs
  • You have a track record of establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships
  • You have experience working on political campaigns, including managing vendors for services like lobbying, polling, paid media, research, communications, grassroots programming, and/or signature gathering.



  • Competitive Compensation (est. $90k-$120k)
  • 401(k) Plan (with up to a 3% employer contribution match)
  • Health Care Plan (medical, dental, and vision)
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off (vacation, sick days, and public holidays)
  • Family Leave (maternity, paternity, and adoption)
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Wellness Resources
  • Expense Reimbursements (up to $100 per month for daily transit, parking, and/or home office expenses)
  • Two days a week of remote/flex work permitted
  • Opportunity to join an inclusive, vibrant, and diverse team
  • Ability to live and work in one of the best large cities in America (Denver, CO)

The application deadline for this position is December 12th. Applications will not be reviewed until this date. Please contact with any questions.


General-Other: Project-Program Management, Program Management