Democracy Works's main office is in the bustling Brooklyn, NY neighborhood of DUMBO—with stunning views and great neighbors. But with a remote-friendly approach, we work all over the US of A.
We aim to find the best potential employees who share our organizational values, so in addition to adapting our application process, we are also remote work-friendly. This allows us to find and employ the best possible candidates and guarantees we don’t miss out on someone great simply because of location.
To make sure our remote staff doesn’t feel isolated, we foster a culture that promotes inclusivity and is sensitive to the realities of working beyond Brooklyn.
We <3 democracy
We do this work because we care about every voter—and every potential voter.
Democracy Workers share a passion for making voting simple and seamless. We place the needs of all voters at the center of our work.
We celebrate our teammates as whole people
Democracy Workers are humans, and we strive to treat one another as such. We’re excited to spend much of our time together improving our democracy, especially during election season, but we also cherish returning to our many personal passions and commitments. As we develop organizational policies and practices, we aim to support the full livelihoods of all Democracy Workers.
We strive for continuous growth
We set ambitious goals as individuals and as a team, but we aren’t prescriptive about how we achieve them. We stay flexible, measuring our progress and changing tactics as we learn how we can be most effective. We see professional growth as a vital part of organizational growth, and we do whatever we can to support the individual development of our teammates.
We work to foster diversity & inclusion
We strive to be inclusive within our organization and the systems we build. We welcome new voters into our democracy just as thoughtfully as we welcome new team members into Democracy Works. Our commitment to inclusion pushes us to hire and retain a diverse staff representative of the Americans we’re serving; externally, it allows us to better serve all voters.
We trust one another with hard topics
We communicate with sincerity and optimism. Even when it’s difficult, we remain open and candid, always gathering a range of perspectives and setting clear expectations for one another. We seek opportunities to give and receive constructive feedback that propels us forward, both individually and as a team.
We cultivate ownership and leaderfulness
At Democracy Works, we thrive when empowered to do great work—and we know that true empowerment requires support from our peers. We encourage our teammates to develop and run with new ideas that will help us serve voters more effectively, and we’re there to help them succeed. We trust one another as leaders and stewards of our mission.
We do our best work together
Democracy Workers ask for help often and also offer it enthusiastically. We take time to listen to the needs of our teammates and cultivate transparency across teams because effective communication is vital to our work. We collaborate to tackle the many challenges facing our democracy in the only way we can—with empathy, humility, and a sense of humor.
DIVERSITY + INCLUSION
Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do, and we aspire to have a team that represents those we serve.
We believe it's crucial to invest in a hiring process that includes underrepresented groups, including Latinx, Black, AAPI, and Indigenous candidates.
We have institutionalized practices to drive us toward this goal. Our first applicant exercise for most positions is an anonymized skill evaluation, which lets us get to know candidates by their work and reduce our implicit biases. We also work with institutions that serve and are staffed by underrepresented groups, which ensures we are building a stronger and more diverse applicant pool. And our staff reviews the latest research to inform new hiring processes across our organization.