Engagement and Fundraising Specialist

Wednesday, Dec 7 2016

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Do you want to work at the intersection of politics, citizen activism, and fundraising? Are you interested in a rapidly expanding organization that is changing the way people think and talk about democracy?

We seek an experienced development professional to help us expand our political and organizational footprint. The ideal candidate will have a background in fundraising as well as politics, democracy reform, or both. He or she will be responsible for working with the development team to create and execute a plan to drive annual operating and issue campaign fundraising.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Engagement and Fundraising Specialist is responsible for creating and executing a plan that includes but is not limited to securing new sources of funding from major donors, generating strategies, timelines, and clear goals for moving current donors through the development engagement cycle, and supporting national fundraising events as well as regional events such as state galas and symposia. He or she will:

  • Be part of a dynamic team committed to reshaping the political landscape in America.
  • Be a key liaison to a network of donors, advising them on giving strategy and tying donations to advocacy on the most politically important issues in American politics. Some of those issues are campaign finance reform, voting rights, and the defense of an open internet.
  • Be charged with securing new funding sources from nonpartisan, political and philanthropic communities.
  • Be part of a national development team charged with raising the requisite 501(c) 3 and 501(c) 4 financial goals on an annual basis.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with the development staff, the President, national program staff, state-based staff, and National Governing Board to create a development strategy that maps out national objectives and sets plans to meet or exceed long term fundraising goals;
  • Working closely with development staff to manage significant donor relationships
  • Meeting and communicating regularly with Common Cause members in the DC area;
  • Occasional travel to target states to meet with prospective and existing donors;
  • Increasing the financial support of current donors to Common Cause;
  • Mapping out the social networks of our supporters to better understand Common Cause’s base of support and identify areas of growth;
  • Planning and implementing high impact donor and prospect events in target areas;
  • Coordinating with other development staff, communications and digital departments on donor stewardship and recognition activities including acknowledgements, special events, mailings of donor updates and report and delivery of donor benefits.
  • Working cross-functionally to involve donors in building the organization’s political strength.
  • Working with development staff, state leadership, and the President to increase donor participation in Common Cause’s planned giving program.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will possess the following abilities:

  • Proven track record as an individual major-gifts fundraiser (for gifts of $1,000+);
  • A minimum of 5-6 years working in progressively responsible positions for a non-profit, advocacy or political organization or campaign;
  • Superb communications skills – verbal and written;
  • Engaging and eager to work with leaders and staff, able to build and cultivate relationships with a broad range of activists, leaders, and community contacts;
  • Comfortable working with top-level business, philanthropic, and civic leaders;
  • Highly organized, able to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines;
  • Eager to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented, and goal-driven environment;
  • Outgoing and positive attitude;
  • Experience managing fundraising events;
  • A strong commitment to Common Cause mission, especially our nonpartisan approach to helping citizens participate in democracy and hold power accountable.
  • Ability to clearly communicate Common Cause positions on policy matters.
  • Exceptionally talented career changers with clearly transferable skills will be considered.

FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT

TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include Engagement and Fundraising Specialist– 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. 


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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