Campaign & Organizing Manager, Common Cause New York

Tuesday, Mar 27 2018

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Campaign & Organizing Manager will be responsible for managing the Let NY Vote Coalition and its voting rights campaigns, for educating and engaging Common Cause New York members, coalition partners, and other activists about the reform issues and projects on which we work, including the impact of special interest influence and campaign dollars on policy at the city and state level, and effective, transparent, and equitable government.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Campaign Manager for Let NY Vote, a statewide coalition of grassroots groups, unions, and organizations working together to modernize NY's voting laws.  Establish new and existing relationships with partner organizations representing diverse constituencies. Maintain relationships with partner organizations by facilitating weekly check-in calls or meetings to ensure campaign targets are being met. Work well within and deftly navigate dense Coalition dynamics.
  • Primary staff responsibility for activating Common Cause New York’s 70,000+ grassroots members in local, state, and federal advocacy efforts, recruiting, training and building volunteer teams to increase advocacy and activism among supporters and staff.
  • Develop and implement organizing strategies to build support for the Common Cause agenda. Likely tactics include petition and letter-writing drives, coalition-building, news conferences, email, social networking and on-line campaigns, as well as grassroots lobbying.
  • Communicate with volunteer leaders on a regular base.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and other staff to write, edit, and send digital communications (email, social, media, text and web) that mobilize constituents throughout New York State to participate in our campaigns.
  • Develop and write public outreach materials including fact sheets, action alerts, presentations, and online updates.
  • Perform administrative tasks such as record and track metrics, coordinate community event and volunteer calendars, database maintenance, lobbying reports, participate in conference calls, report progress on metrics and goals.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 3-4 years experience in community organizing, advocacy, and/or political campaigns.
  • Experience coordinating volunteers.
  • A demonstrated passion for social justice and reform issues.
  • Track record of success in building coalitions in pursuit of a shared agenda to achieve concrete results. 
  • Ability to build and cultivate relationships with people and organizations of various orientations and diverse backgrounds. 
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and the ability to motivate people to act.
  • Capable of juggling multiple priorities simultaneously and to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of state legislative and government processes, reform issues helpful.
  • Dedication and flexibility to work nights and weekends and travel in NY state if necessary.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and current social media platforms required. Action Network (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery a plus.
  • Familiarity or experience working with VAN a plus.


Spanish language skills desired, but not necessary.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include – Campaign & Organizing Manager-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.
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE:
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: www.commoncause.org.

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 or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.


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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