Director of Media & Democracy Program

Monday, Dec 4 2017

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Director of Media & Democracy Program will work closely with Common Cause Special Advisor to the Media & Democracy Program, the former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, as well as with the Vice President for Policy & Litigation, and other state and national office staff to develop and implement strategic campaigns that advance priority legal, policy and issue agendas.  They will develop and implement multi-year campaigns that protect independent and accessible media.  The campaigns will engage the grassroots members and supporters, issue and policy experts, legislators and coalition partners.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   

The position includes the following duties and responsibilities:
•    Strategic campaign planning and execution to achieve specific policy goals;
•    Building a stronger connection between media and democracy issues for grassroots activists, coalition partners, policymakers, and other influencers;
•    Facilitating participation in program relevant legal proceedings, including participation in litigation and administrative rulemaking proceedings;
•    Engaging and expanding coalition partners – in particular, civil rights and internet rights advocates – to develop complementary and collaborative strategies that build strong campaigns;
•    Effectively engaging, building, and utilizing the power of grassroots members on state and federal reform initiatives;
•    Working with state organizations on local campaigns and opportunities;
•    Planning and producing powerful public events and speaking opportunities to engage targeted constituencies, including activists, community leaders, academics, media, policymakers, and members of the public;
•    Promoting reform initiatives in coordination with communications and digital teams – drafting and placement of op-eds, editorial board meetings, blogs, interview opportunities on television and radio;
•    Developing original research, reports, and materials to help educate the public;
•    Writing grant proposals and reports for the Media & Democracy Program in coordination with the development team;
•    Conducting impactful educational visits with federal and state policymakers;
•    Other work as needed.   

QUALIFICATIONS:

JD, MPP or advanced degree preferred, Bachelor’s Degree and equivalent experience; minimum of 3 years’ experience with political advocacy and campaigns and demonstrated knowledge and expertise of media and democracy issues strongly preferred; expertise in emerging internet rights including big data, online privacy, and surveillance technologies; proven success in developing and executing public interest campaigns; background in lobbying, legal research, grassroots organizing, and digital advocacy tools; commitment to Common Cause issues and agenda; excellent oral, written, communication skills, public-speaking; ability to handle a range of responsibilities; must be a self-starter, acquainted with working in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment; able to work with coalition partners; willingness to travel, occasionally requires evenings and weekends.

TO APPLY:

Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & DEMOCRACY PROGRAM – WASHINGTON, DC in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

ABOUT THE MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY PROGRAM:

A healthy democracy depends on a robust, diverse, and accessible media landscape.  Our nation’s media landscape is threatened by current attacks on journalism, megamergers of access providers and media outlets, attacks on Net Neutrality, and reduced diversity of content providers.  Additionally, technology shifts have radically transformed the media landscape, providing new opportunities, but also new challenges including insufficient transparency of paid political advertising on social media platforms.  To address these numerous threats to media landscape upon which democracy depends, Common Cause’s Media & Democracy Program works to defend the free press; defend the Open Internet; promote universal access to affordable telecommunications; advance media ownership diversity; and improve transparency for paid political advertising.

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 45 years ago, Common Cause has 1,000,000 members and supporters, and chapters in 35 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 and expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

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