Impact Manager – Women & Democracy Initiative

Website Leadership Now Project

IMPACT MANAGER – Women & Democracy Initiative and Other Strategic Projects

THE OPPORTUNITY: Leadership Now seeks a full-time Impact Manager with an MBA, MPA, other advanced degree or equivalent work experience (3+ years in relevant fields). The role involves driving the growth of our organization, focusing on mobilizing women business leaders nationally and strengthening state-level leadership and political power.

Activities include:

  • Strategy Development
  • Project Management: organizing and driving agendas of members, academic experts, business leaders, partners organizations and candidates/elected officials
  • Financial/impact analysis of strategic investments that further Leadership Now’s mission
  • Supervision of associates conducting market research, data analysis, and related tasks

This role will be a hybrid remote. There is an option to work in person if based in New York or DC. In either case, expect to travel up to 10% – 15% within the U.S.

WHO WE ARE: Leadership Now Project is an organization of business and thought leaders committed to protecting and renewing American democracy. Founded in 2017 by a group of Harvard Business School alumni, today the Leadership Now Project has members across more than 30 states, with local chapters in seven, representing a variety of industries and perspectives. Leadership Now collaborates with faculty at 15+ colleges and universities. In 2024, we are focused on: Ensuring business leaders are informed, proactive and ready to respond to democracy threats, particularly related to the 2024 election; Protecting elections and advancing strategic reforms in priority states; and Supporting highly qualified, moderate candidates in critical races.


  • Passionate about democracy, our principles, and share our belief that business has a role in protecting our democracy.
  • You are excited to work in a growth environment, where priorities can change at any moment and proactivity, flexibility, teamwork, and a growth mindset are critical.
  • You are a systems thinker.  You think about issues beyond the singular instance, and seek to understand the root cause, and develop robust, resilient solutions.
  • You are open to feedback, eager to grow and you bring your best to everything you do, and want to help others get there, too.
  • You care more about the team than the individual.  You believe you succeed when others succeed.   You seek out opportunities to build relationships and contribute across the team.


Women and Democracy Initiative

A substantial portion (over 50%) of your time will be focused on our Women & Democracy Initiative. The project focuses on using our unique network of business and thought leaders to build women’s political power and influence nationally and at the state level.

  • Manage overall project, developing objectives, milestones and timelines to keep project on track
  • Work with members of project leadership team convening internal meetings, setting and managing to agendas
  • Collaborate with partners– both at state and national level
  • Work to build women & democracy initiative’s networks
  • Develop programming/playbooks to engage women business leaders in the network to better understand needs and gaps in building power and influence
  • Network with women members and non-members to engage them in building political power for women
  • Work to build women & democracy initiative thought leadership
  • Partner with project leadership team to conduct research and assistance in the preparation of evidence-based presentations and articles/op-eds
  • Strategy and execution planning for state-level strategic initiatives
  • Outline and manage analysis for state-level need and opportunity maps
  • Attend state-level meetings with Leadership Now members
  • Create case studies throughout the process of successful efforts

Other strategic projects

  • Manage overall projects, developing objectives, milestones and timelines to keep projects on track
  • Conduct market analysis to identify opportunities to make strategic investments that advance the goals of Leadership Now
  • Other strategic / operational tasks as needed


  • MBA, MPA, other advanced degree or equivalent work experience (3+ years in relevant fields)
  • Experience in people management
  • Passion for democracy and political system improvement
  • Proven high-quality skills in PowerPoint/Google Slides, Excel/Google Sheets
  • Excellent research, memo writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with project management tools (Airtable, Trello)

The Leadership Now Project believes that diversity is an asset. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people we can find. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

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