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Deliberative Democracy Consortium Seeking New Executive Director

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) – Sandy sits on their Executive Committee – is beginning a search for a new Executive Director. This is a one-year full-time position (July 2006 – July 2007), and the new Director will spend much of their time grantwriting in order to ensure that the Consortium – and the position – exists and thrives after the year is up. Applicants need not live in the Washington DC area, but are expected to spend at least one week a month in DC. You can learn more about the Consortium at www.deliberative-democracy.net . Click below for the job description and application instructions.

Job Description: Executive Director, The Deliberative Democracy Consortium

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) is a network of more than 20
research and practitioner organizations working to renew democracy through
citizen participation and deliberation. The mission of the Consortium is to
bring together practitioners and researchers to support and foster the
nascent, broad-based movement to promote and institutionalize deliberative
democracy at all levels of governance in the United States and around the

The Consortium is committed to the following goals:

* Demonstrate national public deliberations on critical policy issues
using multiple methods to support participation
* Integrate online and face-to-face approaches
* Identify and begin to develop the elements of a national infrastructure for democratic deliberation that is connected to local capacity
* Integrate research and practice in the field
* Reduce barriers to inclusion for any reason

The Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium will have
substantial knowledge of the field of Deliberative Democracy from a practice
as well as a research perspective. He or she will demonstrate exceptional,
proactive leadership and management skills, in particular as these skills
relate to leading an all volunteer organization. Working with the membership, the Executive Director will increase the visibility of the Consortium, and creatively expand its role in the field.

The Executive Director will have significant experience in raising funds as
well as existing relationships with funders in the field.

The Consortium operates via an Executive Committee and four task groups:
Research and Practice, Online Deliberative Democracy, Link to Government,
and Organization and Strategic Planning. The Executive Director reports to
the Chair of the Executive Committee and works closely with each task group,
initiating and helping to manage implementation of their work plans.

Salary commensurate with experience.

For more information, contact:

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

Chair, Deliberative-Democracy Consortium

Founder & President, AmericaSpeaks

(202) 775-3939 x 105


Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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