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Common Cause is one of the most active, effective, and respected nonprofit organizations working for political change in America.  We are a nonpartisan citizens' lobby, dedicated to making government responsive and accountable to the people.  Since the 1970s, we have led the fight for campaign finance reforms, ethics and accountability in government, civil rights, and open government on national, state and local levels.

Today, Common Cause is working to stop further consolidation of the media, to advance campaign reforms that make people and ideas more important than money, to ensure that our voting and election systems are accurate and accessible, and to increase participation in the political process.  Common Cause strives to strengthen our democracy by empowering our nearly 400,000 members and supporters and the general public to take action on critical policy issues.

The following positions are available at Common Cause and will remain posted until they are filled.  Please follow the application instructions listed for each position.  Unfortunately, due to the volume of resumes received, we are unable to accept telephone calls in reference to the listed positions.

Common Cause offers a full range of benefits to our employees. Our health and welfare plans include medical, dental, vision, life insurance options, flexible spending accounts, an employee assistance program, and long term disability insurance. We offer a 401(k) plan to save for retirement and we have generous holiday and vacation policies.


Jobs available as of January 2014:

 

Legislative Affairs Director & Managing Director of Campaigns
Director of Voting and Elections 
Digital Director
Legal Associate
Program Intern 
Communications Intern

Research Intern 
Youth Outreach Intern 
Outreach, Communications and Research Intern, MA

Legal Intern


 

 

POSITION AVAILABLE: Legislative Affairs Director & Managing Director of Campaigns

 

LOCATION:  Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President for Strategy and Programs

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Develop and execute lobbying strategies to generate pressure on federal elected officials and other decision makers, as well as build outside pressure for change. Help coordinate day-to-day activities and help manages program staff on issue campaigns, including team assignments and follow-through.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with Senior Vice President and senior staff to develop campaign action plans and timelines, and to identify campaign challenges and opportunities.  Work with Policy, Program and Communications staff to develop policy materials, letters, testimony, media backgrounders, reports and other materials in key issue areas.  Work with senior staff and development staff to raise money from foundations, major donors, allies and partners, and Common Cause members. Recruit and manage Common Cause lobby corps. Other duties as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of public interest campaigns, including lobbying, grassroots organizing strategies, online and social media outreach and advocacy tactics; Minimum 10 years advocacy or political campaign experience; Commitment to Common Cause issues and agenda; Excellent oral, written, and communication skills, including public speaking; Ability to handle a wide range of responsibilities, high energy level; Experience in fundraising from major donors and foundations. Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. 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 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS DIRECTOR & MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CAMPAIGNS in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.  

  

 

POSITION AVAILABLE: Director of Voting and Elections

 

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Vice President, State Operations; Senior VP, Programs and Strategy

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Managing overall operations of Voting and Elections program including, budget, training and supervision of staff and interns; Build new and participate in existing diverse community and political coalitions; Communicate with the public, donors and Common Cause community through the media and other means. Produce timely and high quality policy research that sheds light on problems in our voting systems and propose concrete policy solutions.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop and implement strategies for Common Cause’s voting and election program: Coordinate an election reform working group integrating existing programs and creating information resource sharing tools to avoid duplication of efforts by national and state staff. Provide training and support for state offices. Outreach to states without existing Common Cause programs by building working relationships with local officials and election administrators. Utilize a variety of fundraising strategies to fund national and state programs. Work with coalition partners: Convene state leaders for election protection training (i.e., voter id laws, voter registration, restoring enfranchisement for former felons, voting system integrity, vote by mail, messaging and polling). Establish webinar and conference call series on specific issue items. Develop training materials for use at the state, national, and local levels. Support policy and litigation team: Testify before Congress, draft background materials, letters to the Hill, factsheets, blog posts, and action alerts around election issues.

QUALIFICATIONS:


The successful candidate must have the following skills and abilities:

Demonstrated leadership and organizing ability 
Experience running campaigns and knowledge of election administration issues
Strong fundraising skills 
Strong interpersonal skills 
Ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment with competing priorities

Other requirements: 
Working knowledge and proficiency with social media tools including Facebook and Twitter 
Skill in public speaking, desktop publishing, financial management 
Willingness to travel
Commitment to the values and issues of Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund


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

   

 

POSITION AVAILABLE: Digital Director

 

LOCATION:  Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: VP Communications
 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Working closely with the VP of Communications and the Digital Strategies Manager, the Digital Director will be responsible for driving a rapid expansion in Common Cause’s digital outreach. This includes leading the launch of a new initiative to achieve large-scale email list growth as well as plan and implement a new engagement network that leverages the broad base of public interest issues championed by Common Cause.


RESPONSIBILITIES: The Digital Director will supervise current and future staff in order to achieve this goal. Responsibilities include long-term engagement plans, campaign strategies and tactics, and multi-channel content calendars to drive thoughtful, strategic campaigns around our key issues. This position will also be responsible for creating and managing fundraising campaigns at the national level. As a result, the Digital Director will coordinate closely with the Communications, Programs, and Development departments, as well as state chapters, to align digital campaigns with organizational priorities. This includes executing campaigns across all digital channels: email, web, and social media.

The position will also be responsible for promoting emerging strategies & technologies within the organization. This includes pursuing and executing partnerships, incorporating new web features and functionality, and maintaining a core knowledge base of best practices for managing digital campaigns.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have the following skills and abilities:

* 3+ years of leadership experience running online engagement campaigns for a nonprofit organization, major political campaign, or in an agency setting.
* Exceptional communication and project management skills and demonstrated experience with online tools, tactics, and best practices.
* Background crafting and managing fundraising campaigns for large non-profit organizations.
* Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
* Excitement for new challenges and building a campaign from the ground up.
* Ability to manage junior staff (online organizers) and keep your finger on the pulse of several threads at once.
* Demonstrate an ability to write well and lead a team of writers and other content producers.
* Knowledge of CRM systems
* Experience managing budgets.
* Familiarity with website production technologies, including content management platforms.
* Expertise in identifying and securing strategic partnerships.
* Bachelor degree required; advanced degree or commensurate professional experience preferred

Advantages for candidates:
* Experience working with such online-first organizations as MoveOn.org, Ultraviolet, Aavaz, etc.
* Graphic design and/or front-end development skills
* Familiarity with Google AdWords and other online advertising & supporter-acquisition methods
* Management experience and a track record in building and motivating strong teams

 

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

 



POSITION AVAILABLE:
 Legal Associate
 

LOCATION:  Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Policy & Litigation

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Work with legal, program, communications, and state staff to identify and manage legal research, litigation and policy analysis needed to support Common Cause’s issue campaigns and strategic priorities, including campaign finance reform, voting rights, elections, redistricting, judicial ethics and other good government issues.


RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Provide legal and policy expertise: Perform legal and policy research. Produce reports, memos, legislation, model bills, fact sheets, website content and social media; assist with drafting testimony to Congressional committees; communicate with state staff, congressional offices, allies and the media on assigned projects; and share supervision of legal interns and fellows.

Contribute to issue advocacy: Develop issue expertise where necessary and engage with staff, allies, funders, elected officials and the media, as well as present at conferences and other events.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have:

Strong legal, research, writing, computer and communication skills
Ability to grasp complex policy issues
Ability to work on multiple tasks with competing priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

Other requirements:
Must have a law degree and at least two years of experience in related employment
Collaborative working style and strong interpersonal skills
Commitment to the public interest
Working knowledge of social media tools, i.e., Facebook and Twitter


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


 


 

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POSITION AVAILABLE: Program Intern

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Program Department

RESPONSIBILITIES: The field interns will organize and mobilize volunteers from all over the country to host, plan and organize documentary screenings, rallies, news conferences, town hall meetings, and other events. Working with our coalition partners and communicating with our allies will also be required. Engaging members in grassroots activism; Legislative/Policy field work and volunteer recruitment; Researching legislative and policy issues; Social media outreach; Phone banking; Special Projects as needed; Other administrative duties as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: A passion for Common Cause's issues and our fight for democracy; Excellent writing and communication skills; Willing to learn about state and federal legislation and policy issues; Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include PROGRAM INTERN in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.

 

 

 

POSITION AVAILABLE: Communications Intern

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO:VP, Communications

RESPONSIBILITIES: Common Cause is seeking a Communications Intern with excellent research, writing, and analytical skills who can work independently and with Common Cause staff. Interns will research money in politics, ethics in government, redistricting, and filibuster reform issues. They will need to stay up-to-date on issues moving through Congress and help to link Common Cause issues to current events. Interns will also work on state and local issues when needed. Interns will obtain experience writing press releases, memos, and blog posts. They will attend congressional hearings and other events related to Common Cause issues.

QUALIFICATIONS:: The successful candidate should have excellent writing and research skills; knowledge of and interest in national politics; strong consideration will be given to students who have written for print or online publications. Other highly desired skills include experience with content management systems, HTML, Wordpress; digital photography, video, and editing; graphic design and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include COMMUNICATIONS INTERN in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.


 

 

POSITION AVAILABLE: Research Intern

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Vice President for Policy and Litigation

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for research and writing on assigned topics around democracy reform issues, including money & politics, elections, corporate influence and transparency, as well as writing for Common Cause’s blog and website. Will also attend some DC legal hearings and briefs.

QUALIFICATIONS: A passion for Common Cause's issues and our fight for democracy; Above average writing skills; some Research experience; Ability to summarize and report on research quickly and efficiently.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include RESEARCH INTERN in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.

 

 

 

POSITION AVAILABLE: Youth Outreach Intern

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Youth Outreach Coordinator

RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with national staff in an effort to mobilize and engage student activists from local colleges and universities; Support national campaigns and projects to address issues in the following areas: corporate accountability, money and politics, government accountability, campaign finance and election reform. Help advance the outreach program by spreading the word about youth related events and issue campaigns; contribute to outreach strategies on college campuses in the DC area; work with state offices to advance their college or youth outreach programs.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have strong oral and written communication skills; Advocacy and research experience is a plus; Working knowledge of social media tools - i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include YOUTH OUTREACH INTERN in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

POSITION AVAILABLE: Outreach, Communications and Research Intern

LOCATION: Boston, MA

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Work closely with staff on research, organizing, outreach, and communications. Through their daily experience, interns will observe the inner workings of state policymaking and grassroots advocacy.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Research- Gather data and develop fact sheets for public interest campaigns, lobbying and grassroots advocacy. Fact-check outgoing materials including press releases, editorials, website content, blogs, letters to the editor, elected officials, and more. Assist with writing reports as needed. Organizing & Outreach- Implement the organizing strategies and tactics for programs and campaigns. Identify and reach out to like-minded community organizations and groups to build coalitions and networks of support. Research and schedule speaking opportunities for Common Cause staff. Identify, recruit, and manage volunteers to staff phone banks, community events, rallies and other campaign activities. Communications- Update and maintain the website. Regularly post content to Facebook and Twitter. Contribute to CommonBlog and other state based political blogs (i.e. BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, etc.) Identify and develop new online opportunities for organizing, fundraising and informing followers and members.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent written and oral communication skills; Working knowledge of social media tools - i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.; Familiarity with state and national politics.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible. Minorities are encouraged to app

 

 

 

POSITION AVAILABLE: Legal Intern

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Vice President for Policy & Litigation

RESPONSIBILITIES: Common Cause seeks legal interns in the Washington, DC office for Summer 2014. The positions are unpaid; if you are sponsored by an outside organization, or are seeking academic credit, we would be delighted to work with your sponsor should they seek additional information on your duties and performance. Candidates may apply for full-time and part-time legal internships.

Common Cause seeks legal interns in the Washington, DC office for Summer 2014. The positions are unpaid; if you are sponsored by an outside organization, or are seeking academic credit, we would be delighted to work with your sponsor should they seek additional information on your duties and performance. Candidates may apply for full-time and part-time legal internships.

QUALIFICATIONS:: Currently enrolled in law school; Strong attention to detail; Ability to draft succinct and comprehensive legal memoranda on campaign finance law and election law; Knowledge of legislative process and political awareness; General knowledge of constitutional, campaign finance, and election law a plus; Strong writing and research skills. Working knowledge of social media tools including Facebook and Twitter.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include LEGAL INTERN in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.