Job Title: Chief Operating Officer

Reports To: Katie Fahey, Executive Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter highlighting any nonprofit, work with academic institutions, and/or senior level management experience to

Deliberations.US is an exciting new opportunity built from a collaboration between The People and Equal Citizens.

What is Deliberations.US?

Deliberations.US is a collaborative project between The People and Equal Citizens. We want to make civic deliberation a pillar of American political life. To do so, we created Deliberations.US, a project aimed at bringing Americans together from across the country and the political spectrum for conversations on our nation’s most pressing political issues. On a video chat platform designed for small group discussions, participants meet and talk with their fellow Americans; review the facts and the best arguments from all sides; share their experiences, concerns, and values; and develop informed opinions — all in pursuit of common ground on common sense reform. To learn more, visit Deliberations.US.

About The People:

The People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, focused on bringing Americans together to find common ground around nonpartisan policy reforms. We believe in the American people’s ability to drive change for accountability and responsiveness in our politics. The People embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of color, ethnic minorities, women, and individuals from the LBGTQ community to apply.

About Equal Citizens:

Equal Citizens is a national nonprofit founded by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig to promote political equality. We fight gerrymandering, big money in politics, and voter suppression by promoting thoughtful policy solutions, such as campaign finance and systemic electoral reform. We also run unconventional, novel, and high-impact campaigns designed to offer new strategies to improve our democracy. These campaigns include major litigation at the state and federal level and projects like Deliberations.US.

About the Role:

The principal task of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be to work in collaboration with the Executive Director to craft and execute a strategy to expand citizen deliberations on a mass scale. This will include hiring and managing a remote team that can work together to deliver the plan along with vendors, pro bono partners, and volunteers. The 2022 primary focus will be on engaging students and voters in high schools, and universities nationwide. A key goal is to gain significant momentum for high quality deliberations and expand beyond educational settings.

The COO will run the day-to-day operations of Deliberations.US, including budgeting; communication with project stakeholders, funders, and partners; promotion via newsletters, websites, and social media; and virtual event planning. Due to our national scope and our target audience’s availability, this position does require somewhat flexible work hours with the occasional events and meetings taking place on weekends and into evening hours.

We will operate as a completely remote team, so the COO must be a driven self-starter, able to work successfully with minimal virtual oversight. The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills, and familiarity with G-Suite and Trello is a plus. This expansion phase of the Deliberations.US project also means the COO must be flexible in adjusting and developing new policies and procedures based on best practices and the needs of the team, as well as the ability to travel occasionally for meetings and events (provided it is safe to do so). The People is a nonpartisan organization, and as such is looking for candidates who are able to work directly and respectfully with people from all points of the political spectrum without bias. Benefits include paid vacation, health insurance, and a 401K program.


  • Help ED develop a scaling plan for expanding Deliberations.US with student participants (national scope, multiple issue topics over time).
  • Create a robust approach to marketing to and recruiting participants from within educational institutions.
  • Help specify necessary team, vendors, and other resources required for successful implementation.
  • Hire staff and provide daily direct oversight of the project to ensure high quality implementation.
  • Create effective measurement tools to gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of our programming.
  • Forge strategic partnerships and relationships with educational institutions, related nonprofits, project vendors, public officials, and other related stakeholders.


The ideal candidate is a self-starter with experience in large scale project management, a strong sense of accountability, and the ability to work independently with limited instruction. They are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and should be comfortable collaborating with voters, experts, and officials from both political parties.

Oral Communication Skills Professionalism Strategic Thinking
Written Communication Skills Diplomacy Time Management
Facilitation Attention to Detail Team Management
Computer Literacy Project Management Organizational Ability



  • Bachelor degree or higher in related fields.
  • Prior work with academic institutions/organizations preferred and should be discussed in the cover letter.
  • Prior work on policy reform efforts, political campaigns, or other work with public officials is highly desirable and should be discussed in the cover letter.
  • Prior experience with social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, deliberative democracy, and civic engagement is desirable.
  • Prior coursework or research in political science, data science, analyzing survey data, and policy is useful.

Physical Demands:

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Schedule:

This is a full-time (40 hrs/week) salaried position with a flexible schedule (working hours are based in the eastern time zone). Due to the nature of the position, occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Google Gmail, Docs, Slides, and Sheets; Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Word, and Powerpoint. Other systems: knowledge of NeonCRM, Salesforce or other similar customer relationship management software is desirable.


This job will potentially require travel as needed to participate in team planning meetings or to meet with potential partners.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter highlighting any related experience to


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