Executive Director, Common Cause Michigan

Tuesday, Nov 29 2016

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Common Cause is a leader in the movement to reinvent government as an instrument of the common good.   A strong Executive Director will help reinvent a democracy in Michigan capable of winning critical changes that Michiganders want and need.  This position presents a unique opportunity to use one’s creative organizing and advocacy skills to help build a better democracy in Michigan and across the country, to ride the wave of popular desire for significant political reforms, and to work through collaborative strategies with Michigan’s strong public interest advocacy community for such reforms.  These include restoring faith in government’s ability to address people’s needs; and, renewing the ability of the people to hold power accountable, by addressing basic principles of democracy; reducing the impact of money in politics through “clean elections” and public financing reforms; strengthening ethics, transparency and lobby reforms so that every public official serves the public interest, and not special interests; especially for the poor, the powerless and the voiceless.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop and implement grassroots organizing strategies to build support for the Common Cause agenda.  Develop and execute campaign and lobbying strategies that generates pressure on federal, state, and local elected officials and other decision-makers. Work to build and participate in effective and diverse political coalitions, including the Midwest Democracy Network and similar allies. Communicate with the public and Common Cause members across the state, both through the media and other means.  Coordinate state membership activities and expand Common Cause membership in the state by attracting new and diverse constituencies to the organization.  Develop a strong fundraising program that raises money, using a variety of fundraising strategies, to fund Common Cause efforts. Develop and oversee the state budget. Produce timely and high quality policy research. Develop a strong working state advisory board. Manage the operations of the Common Cause state organization, including recruitment, training and supervision of other staff, volunteers and interns.  Work with staff in Washington, DC, the region, and in other states, and serve as liaison to the national office.

QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated leadership and organizing ability; excellent written and oral communications skills; strong fundraising skills; familiarity with the state legislature and legislative process; strong interpersonal skills; commitment to the public interest; ability to work independently in a deadline driven environment with competing priorities; willingness to travel; skill in public speaking, desktop publishing, volunteer management, database management and financial management desirable. Working knowledge of social media tools; i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - MICHIGAN in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 


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