Associate Director, New York Common Cause

Friday, Mar 23 2018

Primarily responsible for the policy and research work of our dynamic advocacy covering a diverse range of issues—including money in politics; redistricting reform; voting rights; election administration; government ethics and conflicts of interest; and campaign finance.  Attend coalition meetings and participate in conference calls; help to drive the agenda and policy messages of Common Cause New York at the city, state and national level; develop and deliver testimony before various government bodies; represent the organization in the press; and supervise interns. 


Policy Research and Analysis: 

  • Develop policy positions and possible legislation.
  • Assist in developing and executing lobbying strategies directed to federal, state, and local elected officials and other decision-makers.
  • Produce timely and high-quality research. 

Advocacy and Outreach:

  • Assist in maintaining communications with members through newsletters, emails, social media, and website. 
  • Represent Common Cause to coalition partners and the greater community.  Coordinate our activities in the various coalitions in which we participate or lead.

Fundraising and Development: 

  • Assist the Executive Director with writing major donor cultivation letters and appeals. 
  • Assist the Executive Director with planning, organizing, and implementing the Annual Awards Dinner. 
  • Serve as the point person for grant funded projects and assist in drafting grant proposals as well as reporting back to funders to ensure the timely completion of projects.
  • Assist with administrative tasks, including bill paying, supply ordering, etc.


  • Demonstrated 3-5 years political, advocacy, policy, or government experience.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and reform issues.
  • Familiarity with New York state and local politics and government.
  • Ability to build and cultivate relationships with people and organizations of various orientations and diverse backgrounds. 
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Administrative and organizational skills with the ability to set priorities and accomplish a broad range of tasks.
  • Flexible, detail-oriented and able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with multiple competing priorities.
  • Self-starter who works well with people and has a good sense of humor.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and the ability to motivate people to act.
  • Results-oriented, dependable, and proactive.
  • Demonstrated ability for clear, concise, and persuasive writing.
  • Ability to work independently, initiate projects, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Familiarity with, and skill in, online advocacy and social media campaigning.
  • Creativity, curiosity, flexibility, and a good sense of humor essential.
  • Fundraising experience a major plus.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at and include – Associate Director-NY -  in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible, as we will conduct rolling interviews with a target hiring date of April 9 or sooner.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring core values of American Democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.

Founded 48 years ago, Common Cause has 1.1 million members and supporters, and chapters in 30 states around the country. At the national and state level, Common Cause is actively engaged in defending and advancing the core values of our democracy, which include politics not dominated by money, full access to voting and fair elections, economic opportunity for all, an ethical and accountable government, and an open and democratic media. More information can be found at:

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

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