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Senior Director, Democracy

Equis Research

Equis Research

Sales & Business Development
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024


Equis is a set of organizations (including Equis Research, Equis Institute, and EquisLabs) working to create a better understanding of Latinos, innovate new approaches to reach and engage them, and invest in the leadership and infrastructure for long-term change and increased engagement.

Since 2019, we have served as a hub for Latino research and innovation, leaning into the complexities of Latino voters in the United States, ensuring they get the sophistication of treatment and level of attention that matches their critical role in the electorate. Equis is also committed to developing Latino leaders across the progressive space, serving as a convener of organizations and individuals leading Hispanic-focused programs. The scope of our work is designed to engage Latinos in multiple arenas because we believe that this moment requires a complete rethinking of how we engage Latinos.

Moonshots encompass a range of 5-10 year projects targeting key areas: Democracy, Culture, Media, and Talent. With an intentionally broad scope, our aim is to redefine Latino engagement across multiple sectors. We collaborate with partners and allies, prioritize research and learning, and develop programs to tackle the underlying challenges hindering Latino influence and participation.

The Democracy Moonshot is designed to radically transform the civic experience of Latinos in this country and raise their participation in elections and civic life to levels commensurate with their potential as the second largest voting bloc in the country.


Reporting to the Chief of Strategic Initiatives for Democracy and Talent, Equis is seeking a Senior Director who will lead the launch, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the 2024 electoral programs that seek to mobilize Latino voters at scale in key communities across the US.

Providing both day-to-day management and strategic leadership of 2024 Democracy Programming, the ideal candidate will be someone who has strong experience in strategic development and planning, team management, testing and evaluating programs, using data to inform decision making, and being able to be innovative and creative.


  • Strategic Implementation: Build upon and translate a strategic vision for 2024 electoral programs and beyond and lead the implementation and roll-out of the Equis Civic Associations program and experimental electoral pilot projects in Latino communities alongside the Chief of Strategic Initiatives for Democracy and Talent.
  • People and Vendor Management: Projected to hire and manage a team of up to 3 full-time employees, as well as oversee relationships with vendors, consultants, and partners.
  • Research, test, and evaluate data: For each of the 2024 electoral Latino turnout projects, work with consultants, partners, and vendors to create and implement a research and testing strategy that will provide data on the effectiveness of programming and will inform future programming.
  • Partner Engagement: Work closely with relevant partners within the Latino Democracy ecosphere. Build and manage partnerships with both national partners, as well as identify and co-create programming with local partners in communities who will implement programming.
  • Community presence: Travel to selected communities to interface with local partners and leaders on a monthly basis.
  • Long-term vision: Collaborate with the Chief and broader Equis leadership to develop a long-term strategic plan for electoral programming beyond 2024.
  • Budget Oversight: Manage the project budget, ensuring efficient allocation of resources, and implement systems to track outgoing expenditures in real-time.
  • Project Management: Ensure timely execution of projects and logistics, monitor progress, and communicate any roadblocks along the way.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Serve as a liaison between various departments, external partners, and stakeholders, facilitating communication and synergies across initiatives.
  • Fundraising Support: Assist in fundraising efforts, including material creation, grant reporting, and investor pitches.


  • 7+ years of electoral and campaign work, or a closely related industry, with at least 4 years of management experience.
  • Experienced working and managing budgets and compliance on C3, C4, and PACs focused initiatives and projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with evaluating voter turnout programs via voter-file matching, randomized control trials, and other evaluation methods.
  • High degree of adaptability and ability to move in a fast paced, evolving environment.
  • Inclination towards problem solving
    • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner
    • generates suggestions for improving work
  • Commitment to building independent Latinx political power that is data-driven, anti-racist, progressive, and culturally integrated.
  • Significant experience leading large projects from development to implementation. Experience working at a startup is strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Outstanding collaboration skills with diverse audience groups
  • Demonstrated history of proactive attitude and high degree of self-direction; with a history of positively collaborating with high-level principals
  • Deep experience living and working with Latino and/or immigrant communities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference for at least 5 years of experience in fields of training, civic engagement, policy, private start-up industry, or government.
  • Direct experience running randomized-control trials.
  • Understanding of the United States political ecosystem, including experience in some combination of movement politics, and advocacy.
  • Deep experience living and working with Latinx and/or immigrant communities.
  • Spanish Language Fluency


As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to work on a computer for all or part of the work day. This position requires the ability to travel which may encompass all or part of the work day. Travel may involve transportation via airplane, car travel, or trains and for extended periods of time.


Equis is a national remote office environment with team members located across all continental U.S. time zones. Candidates should be prepared to either work from home or a location of their choosing that is located within the continental United States. Equis has implemented a pro vaccination policy, subject to exemptions. Candidates must be willing to follow the established policy to prevent and limit the exposure of COVID-19.

This position requires the ability to work core hours Monday through Friday in your local time. This position will require occasional nights and weekend work and some in-person attendance for all-staff or department level events, approximately 2 per year, which require overnight travel.


This is a fully remote (USA only), full-time position, EXEMPT with monthly domestic travel and a competitive salary range of $118,000 - 148,000 /year. This salary range represents a good faith estimate of what Equis may pay for this position at the time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as budget availability and commensurate with the selected candidates’ experience. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as budget availability and commensurate with the selected candidates’ experience. As the role progresses, there is potential for salary growth and professional development opportunities commensurate with the evolution of the role. This position is currently funded through 2025.

Our generous Benefits Package includes 100% Medical, Dental, Vision at no premium for employees, Company Paid Life Insurance, Health Reimbursement Account with employer contribution, Unlimited PTO, generous paid holidays, 4% Employer Match 401(k), Annual Professional Development Stipend, Work-from-home Stipend, Paid Parental Leave, Short-term disability, Long-term disability, wellness stipend and Emergency Relief Fund. Equis observes office-wide holiday closures in accordance with the federal government alongside additional summer and winter breaks.


Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Please send your resume and cover letter via our career page. For your application to receive full consideration, please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in working at Equis and how your background and/or experience demonstrate your commitment to Equis’s core goal of enhancing the well-being and power of the Latino community. In the submission of an application, your consent is provided to share your resume with partnering organizations.


Equis believes in an open and inclusive work environment that encourages respect and is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment. We embrace our differences as we prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, genetics, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, or military status in any of our operations. We prioritize not just equality, but equity in our practices and policies. Given who our employees are and the community we serve, we pay special attention to equity in the arenas of racial justice, gender justice, educational access, citizenship status, and language justice.


Equis is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, predisposing genetic characteristic, domestic violence victim status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Equis is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the recruitment process, please email ptc @equislabs.us.