Unify America

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College Partnership Manager

  • Customer & Community
  • Full-time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Remote friendly

2022-11-03 15:10:35 UTC

is seeking a College Partnership Manager 


What is Unify America?

Unify America is a nonpartisan nonprofit on a mission to replace political fighting with problem solving. We are seeking a Partnership Manager who will join our Outreach team to expand our partnerships with higher ed institutions, help us advance our mission to find solutions to our nation’s ills, and save our democracy.

Saving democracy? Seriously?

Reasonable question. We’ll get to that. Our ideal candidate has strong communication skills, attention to detail and organization, and experience working with teams and independently on their parts of a project to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The candidate must be passionate about bringing Americans together across divides. Having experience in the world of higher education will be an asset in this position. This remote position will involve occasional travel to support our projects.   

Let’s get back to the saving democracy part.

Think Americans are hopelessly divided? We are on the way to proving that the vast majority of Americans (over 90%) share many of the same goals for the country. If that sounds crazy, then let us give you an example: we demonize each other over gun control legislation, but gun control isn’t the goal, it’s a tactic. Reducing violence is the goal, and most of us want that. We don’t realize that for most political issues we’re just arguing about tactics or even less productively, political personalities.

Our long term quest is ambitious: bringing together thousands (and someday millions) of Americans to replace political fighting with problem solving.  In other words, to jettison the idea that we can solve our problems through partisan arguments and show that there is a better approach: to deliberate through many possible solutions with our fellow citizens to achieve a goal nearly everyone shares. 

To that end, we are building a model for members of a community to come together to learn about and decide how to solve a difficult problem.  This process is sometimes called a “citizen jury” or “citizen assembly” and many places have used them around the world.  Our plan is to tackle broad, difficult problems through deliberation, bringing in far more citizens than any model has done before. We will be working with jurisdictions, starting small and growing rapidly, to create an expansive, participatory model of deliberative democracy.

That’s where you come in.

Sounds great. Tell me more about the role.

Unify America is seeking a college partnership manager to supercharge our efforts to reach and engage with college professors and civic engagement leaders on campuses across America to participate in our intercollegiate event that helps college students practice respectful conversations across differences.

In this role you will build a list of college professors who teach in a variety of disciplines including but not limited to psychology, political science, anthropology, english, communications, and business. These professors will likely have some affiliation or will have shown interest in polarization issues and civil dialogue.

In addition, you will research civic engagement leaders at institutions across America. Ideally, these civic engagement centers will be affiliated with professors on their respective campuses. You’ll:

  • Independently manage your pipeline of candidates by finding new leads, doing cold outreach, and following up often. 

  • Maintain and grow established partner relationships. 

  • Set and reach partnership goals on a consistent basis, including setting and tracking KPIs. 

  • Create and identify opportunities to raise the profile of Unify America with college partners, and encourage their involvement in a range of Unify America activities.

  • Assist with our College Bowl and other academic events.

  • Plan and attend in-person and virtual events with partner organizations to engage in dialogue about civil discourse, depolarization, and drive participation to Unify programming.

Are there specific qualifications?

Yes! We’re looking for someone who:

  • has 3 - 4 years experience working in academic settings, academia, and/or colleges required.

  • has experience in sales, networking, and/or fundraising in a non-profit or academic space preferred.  

  • is a strong writer and communicator that reaches across political, religious, and racial divides.

  • is organized with strong time management skills. 

  • can take initiative and is persistent with follow through. 

  • has a commitment to “big tent” diversity and belonging.

  • welcomes and can give feedback. Our mantra is “Be Honest & Be Kind Simultaneously.”  You need to have the confidence and grace to be able to give feedback effectively and be able to take direct (but kindly worded) feedback constructively...and grow from it.

  • is capable of and willing to commit to embracing radical non-partisanship.

I’m interested. How do I apply?

Great! Follow the link to upload your resume and cover letter that includes your salary expectations. Give us three reasons why you’d be great for the job and if you like, share your political beliefs (liberal? conservative? something else entirely?). Most importantly, be yourself. (Yes, really! We are looking for people who are culture “adds,” not culture “fits.”) 

​​Anything else I should know?

Yes! Here are a few benefits you can expect:

  • Excellent 401k Matching

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Self-managed “unlimited” PTO policy

  • Health and wellness reimbursement

  • Internet and phone reimbursement

Unify America is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at all levels of the organization in all of its forms. This includes a commitment to having a team filled with people at every point on the political spectrum.

Remote restrictions

  • Must be a resident of United States