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The Assistant Director works in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Manager of State Outreach and Engagement in a multifaceted role. Primary functions include day-to-day operations, management and execution of all aspects of Common Cause’s development and outreach program with opportunities to engage in community organizing. Position offers significant opportunity to expand the reach and influence of the organization.


The position involves many different tasks and roles:

Grassroots/Grasstops Organizing. The Assistant Director works with Common Cause staff and partner organizations to develop and execute a strategy for civic engagement on the organization’s issues. This includes working with the Manager of State Outreach and Engagement to assist in the development of an organizing plan, attending coalition meetings, speaking to community groups, and increasing grassroots activism.

Fundraising. The Assistant Director works with the Executive Director and Common Cause development staff to ensure the long-term viability of organization. This includes keeping data organized, helping to identify and cultivate donors and prospects, making phone calls, organizing events, and, as appropriate, meeting with donors. The applicant will also design and produce an annual fundraising appeal and submit written progress reports regularly to the Common Cause Illinois Advisory Board.

Communications/Lobbying. The Assistant Director assists Common Cause staff in maintaining the website and writing action alerts, printed newsletters, solicitations and acknowledgements. With support from the Executive Director, the applicant will write press releases and advisories, as needed, and track media coverage of the organization. The Assistant Director may make occasional media appearances and lobbyist visits.

Administration/Technology. The Assistant Director is responsible for coordinating office operations and maintaining small office systems.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated 3-5 years political, advocacy, policy, or government experience.
  • Familiarity with, and skill in, online advocacy and social media campaigning.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and reform issues.
  • Familiarity with Illinois state and local politics and government.
  • Ability to build and cultivate relationships with people and organizations of various orientations and diverse backgrounds.
  • Administrative and organizational skills with the ability to set priorities and accomplish a broad range of tasks.
  • Flexible, detail-oriented and able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with multiple competing priorities.
  • Self-starter who works well with people and has a good sense of humor.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and the ability to motivate people to act.
  • Demonstrated ability for clear, concise, and persuasive writing.
  • Ability to work independently, initiate projects, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Creativity, curiosity, flexibility, and a good sense of humor essential.
  • Fundraising experience a major plus.

TO APPLY:   Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org  and include Assistant director (Illinois) in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Common Cause strongly encourages those from historically under-served, underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply.

ABOUT COMMON CAUSE:   Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create an open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promotes equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empowers all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Founded 50 years ago, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and 30 state organizations that are working to support our efforts across the country. 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 or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.


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