- Senior Partnerships Manager, Silicon Valley , USA

Senior Partnerships Manager, Silicon Valley

Do you want to help leverage technology
to strengthen democracy around the world?

The Opportunity
With the increased use of technology by governments and citizens around the globe, democracies face new challenges and pressures. If you are passionate about technology and identifying ways for civil society, governments, and political parties to use it effectively to support democratic institutions and practices, this is an exciting opportunity for you to have an impact.

NDI and Democratic Innovation
NDI has been supporting democratic innovators since its founding in 1983. Through its democracy and technology program, NDI has worked with civic and political groups around the world to provide them with tools and knowledge to harness technology for their work. NDI’s partners in this effort range from Silicon Valley’s largest technology companies to individual civic innovators and reform-minded political leaders in more than 50 countries. NDI also supports work with legislatures, executive offices, local governments to pilot and test innovative approaches to adapt to new technology and evolving citizen expectations.

The Role
NDI is looking for an experienced partnerships leader to drive its Silicon Valley outreach activities. Your job will be to source, manage, and leverage partnerships to support the work of NDI partners in more than 50 countries around the world. You will run existing programs and conceive of new initiatives to address digital disinformation, support fair elections, further political leadership development, strengthen political parties, and increase women’s political participation globally. Your goal will be to ensure these issues are part of critical discussions in Silicon Valley and the global tech community.

You will provide global leadership across the organization on partnerships with tech companies, start-ups, foundations and academic institutions in the Bay Area for country-specific, regional and global programs, as well as supervise management of programming and budgets related to Silicon Valley based programming.

In consultation with the director of governance and the senior manager for technology and innovation, provides overall institutional guidance for NDI’s work relating to civic tech and democratic innovation, including strategic advice and guidance and on the following issues: the uses of civic tech to improve governance and public trust in governance, issues of information integrity and combating disinformation, democratic innovation, and efforts to counter violent extremism and hate speech online.
Manages NDI’s current portfolio of Silicon Valley-based programs, including NDI’s support for the Code for All Network and the development of an e-learning course with NYU’s GovLab on democratic innovation. Provides secondary support for NDI’s work open government, including the use of civic tech and data analytics; also provides secondary support for work on information integrity, computational propaganda and political bots.
Provides leadership on issues of program development, partnership and resource mobilization with Silicon Valley based partners. In coordination with NDI’s development team, supports efforts related to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy with Bay Area partners.

Provide strategic vision, leadership and planning for NDI’s work to build and strengthen strategic partnerships in Silicon Valley
Promote knowledge sharing and collaborative tools to facilitate sharing of ideas and work among internal and external stakeholders on issues of technology and democracy, in particular work on civic tech, political data, online political discourse and information integrity.
Work with NDI regional teams to conceptualize, design and implement NDI's programs that may involve Silicon Valley based partnerships, in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts and external experts and advisors.
Increase program expertise across the Institute on tech and democracy through consultations. by implementing a capacity building strategy.
Offer advice, training and guidance to NDI staff to promote a deeper understanding of opportunities for programmatic partnerships with partners in Silicon Valley.
Cultivate institutional relationships with international partners working on civic tech, democratic innovation, information integrity and countering online extremism.
Represent NDI at conferences and meetings with partners in the Bay Area.
Mentor junior and mid-level staff at NDI to develop an understanding of the entry points for work on civic tech, as well as funding and other program opportunities.
Embrace team communication, information, and documentation systems; observe organizational policies and established internal team guidelines and procedures.

Work independently with initiative and as a member of a team to manage high volume workflow, may structure work of staff members.
Use judgment and analytical thinking to analyze issues systematically, gathering broad and balanced input, drawing sound conclusions and translating conclusions into timely decisions and actions.
Multitask and work within a matrix and changing business environment; resolve differences by determining needs and forging solutions that benefit all parties; promoting collaboration and facilitating teamwork across organizational teams.
Ability to provide technical and political advice on issues related to civic tech, democratic innovation, to partners and politicians in various cultural environments.
Ability to adapt approaches and solutions to evolving world of beneficiaries with creative approaches.
Ability to motivate and convey skills to others as a trainer, advisor or consultant.
Strategic planning skills. Must be able to evaluate institutional needs and opportunities and to direct team resources accordingly.
Verbal and written communication skills for areas that may include formal writing, related social media channels, and presentations for a variety of audiences.
Ability to analyze political situations, to think innovatively and introduce new concepts, and to adapt rapidly in fluid situations.
Ability to utilize and select the best application of a range of technologies, including hardware, software, mobile, and cloud systems.
Established relationships and leadership role within the democracy and development community.
Demonstrated knowledge on relevant trends affecting the intersection between tech and democracy.

Routine interaction with NDI senior staff, partners and funders; resolve problem situations with tact.
Coordinate work assignments with colleagues and group leaders, and organize work efficiently.
Frequent interaction using cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff and stakeholders.
Interaction with non-US government politicians and officials, non-governmental leaders and computer vendors in politically charged environments.


Ability to travel domestically 5-10% and internationally 15-20%.

Bachelor's degree in political science or related subject; or computer science or related subject, graduate degree preferred. A technical degree with political science or international graduate studies is preferred.
Eight (8) years of experience in international political development work; or a combination with relevant political or community organizing, elections or campaigns, organizational development, and/or legislative affairs.
Demonstrated proposal writing, program budgeting and donor report writing experience.
Experience working with US donors; experience with international organizations, bilateral donors and foundations a plus.
Experience with both program management of one or more projects including design and metrics for monitoring results; and project management including resources, procedures, and deliverables with multi-disciplinary team members.
Experience working in resource constrained environments.
Multiple language skills preferred.


Applicants must possess work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all, NDI bases its employment decisions on merit, qualifications and abilities. NDI is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Job posted on 11th August 2017
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