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Rights & Democracy is a member-led, people’s organization in Vermont and New Hampshire. Our mission is to shift the political landscape through electoral and community organizing to ensure that the values and needs of our communities guide the policies of our government. We are doing this by building a popular movement to advance human rights, dismantle economic inequality, racism, and sexism, and build a real democracy. Here are our current job openings:

Bi-State Jobs

Director of Operations and HR
The Rights & Democracy Project (RAD) and the Rights & Democracy Institute (RDI, working together as Rights & Democracy (RAD/RDI) advance human rights and strengthen our democracy through grassroots organizing, transformative policy, and supporting the development of a new generation of leaders from communities across Vermont and New Hampshire. Our mission is to shift the political landscape through electoral and community organizing to ensure that the values and needs of our communities guide the policies of our government. We are doing this by building a popular movement to advance human rights, dismantle economic inequality, racism, and sexism, and to build a real democracy.

RAD is a rapidly expanding and dynamic organization, focused on building a people’s movement to win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color. 

The Opportunity

Rights & Democracy seeks a Director of Operations and HR to support our bi-state organization. This is an incredible opportunity to step into a dynamic organization that has just transitioned to a new staff leadership team composed primarily of women and people of color. 

We aspire to an organizational culture that is relational rather than transactional, and which is based in efficient use of digital tools to facilitate information sharing among our team.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and thoughtful leader and visionary with a deep understanding of the pervasive impacts of racial capitalism, a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and the fight for freedom, justice, and dignity for all people, a movement-building sensibility that aims to build, harness, and deploy the collective power and potential of the people of Vermont. We use collaborative, informed, equitable and participatory processes to co-design our organizational structures and activities.

The successful candidate will have an ability to manage and advise on complex financial systems, legal compliance matters, and union/labor management; oversee and lead time-sensitive administrative, financial, and HR processes; and develop and implement operational solutions to address the diverse needs of a growing bi-state organization. This is a hybrid position based in either Vermont or New Hampshire with remote options available as needed.

Key Responsibilities

The primary duties of the Director of Operations and HR include managing Rights & Democracy’s financial and internal operations. 

Administrative 

  • Oversee organizational systems and the maintenance of files, both physical and electronic, concerning finance, governance, and HR, to ensure the ready availability and safeguarding of information. 
  • Serve on the Management Team with respect to union negotiations and relationships.

Financial: 

  • Ensure that necessary financial reports and filings are prepared monthly and respond to information requests from the Executive Director and Board(s) on an as-needed basis.
  • With the Executive Director, manage the annual budget process, including revisions (as necessary), and provide this information to the Boards of Directors.
  • Work with contracted accountant to ensure 990 returns are filed annually. 
  • When applicable, coordinate annual audit plans and preparations in collaboration with the Executive Director, contracted accountant, any contracted consultants, and, if it exists, the Audit Committee(s) of the respective Board(s) of Directors. 
  • Coordinate check requests, deposits, employee reimbursements, accounts receivable, invoices, and accounts payable processes, as well as prepaid debit cards used by staff.
  • Manage billing between entities in accordance with the shared expenses agreement.
  • Manage relationships with banks and financial institutions
  • Coordinate mail handling and bank deposits.
  • Prepare and file 1099s.
  • Ensure that contributions received in the mail and by direct deposit are duly recorded in the system.
  • Reconcile bank accounts and credit cards accounts monthly.
  • Manage Quickbooks; ensure vendors are paid on time and funds transfers are accurately tracked.  
  • Keep apprised of new, emerging data and finance systems that anticipate organizational needs as we grow.
  • Coordinate and reconcile cash advances for activities with staff 
  • Oversee and support logistics as needed.

Fundraising and grant tracking:

  • Provide financial data, based on best available data, to the fundraising team when requested, for grant reporting and applications. 
  • Assist the Executive Director with the organizational budget and year-end reports to funders.
  • Provide support to ensure proper tracking and ongoing reports for regular accounting of member/donor relationship management, fundraising benchmarks, and mailing lists. 
  • With the cooperation and participation of the fundraising team, facilitate grants tracking.
  • Enhance procedures, as needed, to become compliant with accounting for restricted funds and specific requirements for grant reporting.
  • Reconcile EveryAction monthly.

Human Resources

  • Lead HR functions for the organization, such as onboarding new staff, creating human resource systems and trainings as needed, and making sure personnel records are completed, updated as needed, and securely filed.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal and state employment laws.  
  • Consult with other management team members on personnel matters, including the administration of corrective action and discipline.  
  • Serve as primary lead on responding to any HR complaints or concerns.
  • Facilitate tracking of employee leave requests.
  • Manage employee benefits.
  • Refine timekeeping processes to accommodate the relationship between the C3 and C4 entities and improve reporting for grants.
  • Process staff timesheets and administer payroll on a bi-weekly basis, including expense and mileage reimbursements.
  • Provide information and recommendations to the Executive Director regarding employee wages and benefits.

Other

  • Facilitate necessary registrations with controlling agencies, of both RAD and RDI, as necessary.
  • Ensure that necessary and customary insurance coverage is in force for both RAD and RDI and their respective Boards of Directors.
  • Support organizing staff with procuring Certificates of Insurance for events when required.
  • Enhance, or design, processes as needed to improve the quality and compliance of financial data available. Such processes include, but are not limited to, procurement and reimbursement policies and processes.
  • Work with the Board(s) of Directors on the topic of Financial Controls Policies to ensure that policies are up-to-date and appropriate.
  • Consult with the Executive Director and others about compliance issues, especially as related to finances. 

Compensation & Benefits

This is a senior level FLSA-exempt full-time salaried position that reports to the RAD Executive Director and is part of the Management Team. 

The salary range is $70-80K annually which takes into account years of relevant experience and other considerations. RAD has a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental benefits, retirement benefits, and generous time-off policies.

Application Process

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Kiah Morris at kiah@radvt.org. Open until filled; application review will begin immediately.

RAD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. RAD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As a part of our commitment to equity, RAD will ensure that persons with disabilities disclosed or undisclosed are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed or desired to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Kiah Morris, Executive Director at kiah@radvt.org.

Vermont Jobs

VT Organizing Intern

Do you want to join us in building a strong, people powered movement in Vermont?

Do you want to learn how to organize and make a difference in your community?

Rights & Democracy (RAD) is a member-led, people’s organization in Vermont and New Hampshire. Our mission is to shift the political landscape through electoral and community organizing to ensure that the values and needs of our communities guide the policies of our government. We are doing this by building a popular movement to advance human rights, dismantle economic inequality, racism, and sexism, and to build a real democracy.

RAD is seeking interns for Summer and Fall 2023.

To apply: email cover letter and resume to alison@radvt.org. Please indicate in your cover letter which semester you are interested in interning with RAD.

Internship Description

RAD interns are the front lines of our field work, and in some cases, they are the primary people speaking to community members about how they feel about our political and economic system and its connection to the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the support they receive in emergencies. Organizing Interns will report to Campaign Organizers.

We are currently seeking interns for our campaigns on education justice, housing justice, and ending the overdose crisis. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have a particular interest in working on any of these campaigns.

As a RAD Organizing Intern, you will learn to:

  • Conduct community outreach, including phone banking and supporting online virtual events across multiple issue campaigns.
  • Communicate with working class Vermonters about key challenges in their communities (e.g., housing, education, wages, and environmental issues).
  • Connect with people in our movement and work with them to share their stories and perspectives to advance our policy agenda.
  • Maintain a positive and healthy rapport during all public interactions.
  • Accurately track and enter data in RAD’s supporter database.

Qualifications:

  • Experience: Though not required, previous canvassing, public outreach or political/campaign experience is a plus, and will be given special consideration.
  • Skills: Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work quickly and cooperatively under pressure and meet deadlines. Proficiency with basic computer and smartphone applications, including Google Suite. 
  • Qualities: Strong work ethic; self-starter; desire to learn about progressive politics and social issues; a desire to improve your skills and a willingness to reflect on your own experiences and your stake in this work; ability to learn how to efficiently enter data into an online database; ability to maintain a professional, positive, and healthy rapport during all public interaction.

Training and Support

RAD Interns will work closely with relevant Campaign Organizer(s) and other staff members to learn how to canvass across multiple issues, and to gain more skills in effective outreach and communication. Training will include political education pertinent to the progressive political movement including environmental justice, the economy, and democratic engagement.

Rights & Democracy is an open and affirming organization, committed to personal transformation and social change. RAD Interns are expected to maintain positive, inclusive, and open-minded attitudes, and to communicate about any support they may need in their work plan.

RAD’s commitment to inclusive hiring and employment

RAD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As a part of our commitment to equity, RAD will ensure that persons with disabilities disclosed or undisclosed are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed or desired to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Kirthana Vallesi at kirthana@radvt.org.

Rights & Democracy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are committed to equity and inclusion. Core to our work is an understanding of the multiple and intersecting ways in which society is constructed to disadvantage and marginalize people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, indigenous peoples, women, low-income people, people with disabilities, previously incarcerated people, and others. We believe that underrepresented and marginalized communities must be centered in the work that we do and we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or from these communities.

Rights & Democracy does not discriminate against or tolerate harassment of any employee because of race, color, gender identity, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, any other basis prohibited by law, or protected activity under the anti-discrimination statutes.

VT Policy & Legislative Intern

Are you interested in the legislative process in Vermont?  Do you want to help research, write, and track policy? Do you want to be part of campaigns to pass progressive legislation?

Rights & Democracy (RAD) is a member-led, people’s organization in Vermont and New Hampshire. Our mission is to shift the political landscape through electoral and community organizing to ensure that the values and needs of our communities guide the policies of our government. We are doing this by building a popular movement to advance human rights, dismantle economic inequality, racism, and sexism, and to build a real democracy.

Rights and Democracy is accepting applications for Policy & Legislative Interns for summer and fall semesters in 2023. We anticipate hosting 2 students a semester for this work.

To apply: email cover letter and resume to dan@radvt.org. Please indicate in your cover letter which semester you are interested in interning with RAD.

Internship Description

RAD interns are the front lines of our legislative work, and a vital part to the successful passage of progressive policies in Vermont.  Interns are able to interact with other organizational advocates, RAD members, and legislators as we research, write, track, and pass legislation. This position will report to the Vermont Movement Politics Director.

Our legislative priorities for 2023 include policies related to housing justice, economic justice, food justice, energy, education justice, government reform, and ending the overdose crisis. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have particular interest in any of these areas.

You will learn to:

  • Understand the Vermont Legislative process from policy drafting to passage.
  • Research progressive policies in the areas of climate, education justice, economic justice, housing, and food justice.
  • Connect with people in our movement and work with them to share their stories and perspectives to advance our policy agenda.
  • Articulate a clear analysis on the importance of collective action.
  • Accurately track and enter data in our supporter database.
  • Participate in the legislative advocacy process, including developing relationships with legislators and testifying to legislative committees.

Qualifications:

  • Experience: Though not required, previous experience with the Vermont state legislature or with policy research is a plus.
  • Skills: Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Research ability.  Ability to work quickly and cooperatively under pressure and meet deadlines. Proficiency with basic computer and smartphone applications, including Google Suite. 
  • Qualities: Strong work ethic; self-starter; desire to learn about progressive politics and social issues; a desire to improve your skills and a willingness to reflect on your own experiences and your stake in this work; ability to learn how to efficiently enter data into an online database; ability to maintain a professional, positive, and healthy rapport during all public interactions.

Training and Support

RAD Policy & Legislative Interns will work closely with the Movement Politics Director and other staff members.  Training will include political education pertinent to the progressive political movement including environmental justice, the economy, and democratic engagement.

Rights & Democracy is an open and affirming organization, committed to personal transformation and social change. RAD Interns are expected to maintain positive, inclusive, and open-minded attitudes, and to communicate about any support they may need in their work plan.

RAD’s commitment to inclusive hiring and employment

RAD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As a part of our commitment to equity, RAD will ensure that persons with disabilities disclosed or undisclosed are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed or desired to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Kirthana Vallesi at kirthana@radvt.org.

Rights & Democracy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are committed to equity and inclusion. Core to our work is an understanding of the multiple and intersecting ways in which society is constructed to disadvantage and marginalize people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, indigenous peoples, women, low-income people, people with disabilities, previously incarcerated people, and others. We believe that underrepresented and marginalized communities must be centered in the work that we do and we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or from these communities.

Rights & Democracy does not discriminate against or tolerate harassment of any employee because of race, color, gender identity, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, any other basis prohibited by law, or protected activity under the anti-discrimination statutes.

New Hampshire Jobs

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RAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are committed to equity and inclusion. Core to our work is an understanding of the multiple and intersecting ways in which society is constructed to disadvantage and marginalize people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, indigenous peoples, women, low-income people, people with disabilities, previously incarcerated people, and others. We believe that underrepresented and marginalized communities must be centered in the work that we do and we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or from these communities.

Rights & Democracy does not discriminate against or tolerate harassment of any employee because of race, color, gender identity, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, any other basis prohibited by law, or protected activity under the anti-discrimination statutes.

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