ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Common Cause North Carolina is seeking a Campaign Manager (NC) to be the primary project lead for one or more of Common Cause NC’s issue-based campaigns (policy, litigation) and as a key collaborator in related voter engagement efforts.
The position will work closely with Common Cause NC’s advocacy, organizing, and communications staff to implement nonpartisan issue, litigation and voter engagement campaigns that have winnable, measurable goals, give people a sense of their own power, and advance the organization’s overall organizing, policy, and advocacy goals.
The Campaign Manager will also oversee public engagement efforts to reach voters through events, actions, resource distribution, and direct contact (e.g., canvass, phone, text, and digital outreach) and will work with other staff as needed to interpret and apply research and data for use in outreach.
- Serve as the project manager for Moore v. Harper and similar issue-based or litigation-based campaigns that seek to realize specific education, mobilization, policy, or litigation outcomes and/or achieve specific voter participation goals.
- Analyze and use data, primarily from the Voter Activation Network (VAN), to plan, implement, and evaluate issue advocacy and voter engagement campaigns.
- Develop and implement organizing and advocacy tactics and both direct and grassroots lobbying strategies, in collaboration with Organizing and Advocacy teams.
- Consult with communications staff on the development and implementation of promotional, media relations, and digital outreach strategies.
- Represent the organization in collaborations and coalitions with partner organizations at the national, state, and local levels.
- Design voter contact lists using the Voter Activation Network (VAN), the organization’s internal supporter database, public voter lists, and other resources.
- Assist with tailoring and modifying messaging and contact lists depending on the purpose of the outreach and the medium used to reach voters.
- Collaborate with program staff, including organizers, communications, and advocacy staff, to determine the most effective methods, mediums, and targeting for achieving desired voter outreach and/or issue campaign outcomes.
- Draft and revise scripts used for canvassing, phone banking, and other direct voter contact delivered through the organizing program. Collaborate with communications staff to ensure alignment between direct contact and mass communications.
- Support organizing staff’s implementation of outreach tactics by providing clear guidance, answering questions, and providing technical and strategic help as needed.
- Collaborate with organizing staff on design and implementation of methods for recruiting, retaining, and developing local leadership in target regions.
- Assist advocates in implementation of voter contact outreach activities. Collaborate with the organizing leads to arrange for and oversee activities, actions, and events.
- Research and remain up to date on the latest campaign and voter contact techniques, theories, and technologies; and integrate these developments into the organization’s outreach tactics where appropriate.
- Represent the organization at public events, partner meetings, and in media appearances.
- Direct other staff, contractors and interns as needed on individual projects.
- Participate where needed in key programs, such as county board of elections monitoring, election protection, and HBCU outreach.
- Assist with trainings and other supporter skills-building activities.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of three years developing and overseeing implementation of issue-based, political and/or voter engagement campaigns.
- Experience managing campaigns, from the micro level of developing lists, scripts, and targets, and implementing specific tactics; to the macro level of campaign design and evaluating outcomes.
- Working knowledge of the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and its applications, including building, and maintaining voter contact universes.
- Comfort with voter contact technology, including predictive dialer, virtual phone banks, and other emerging mediums.
- Facility with both get-out-the-vote tactics in election cycles and voter engagement during issue campaigns outside of elections.
- Knowledge about the voting and elections process, and strong understanding of democracy reform issues like money in politics reform, redistricting reform, and voting access; or the ability and willingness to quickly come up to speed on these issues.
- Comfort speaking to the public and the media about organizational campaigns and programs.
- Capacity to develop and implement small and large organizing and advocacy campaigns that connect to an overall strategic plan, that have clear components with measurable goals, and that use flexible tactics but remain oriented to advance that strategic plan.
- Skills for using data and research for strategy, planning, and evaluation.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Passion for and commitment to participatory democracy and racial, social, and economic justice.
- Comfort working both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
- Commitment to Common Cause NC’s mission and values, including racial equity; ability and willingness to work with diverse groups, including low-income North Carolinians, people of color, and residents of varying political ideologies; and in diverse settings, including both rural and urban environments.
Candidate must have adequate transportation and flexibility for regular travel within the state.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.
SALARY RANGE: $60,000 – $70,000; plus, a generous benefits package
TO APPLY: Please submit Resume and Cover Letter to Common Cause’s Senior Director of Human Resources at email@example.com and include Campaigns Manager (NC) in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when required by law.
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE: Founded with 4,000 core members in 1970 to serve as a people’s lobby, Common Cause has grown into a nationwide network of more than 1 million members and supporters, with a presence in 30 states and Washington, D.C.
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