Civic Engagement Organizer, Charlotte
Executive Director, North Carolina
position based in Charlotte or Mecklenburg County. All staff are currently working remotely during COVID.
Engage our current members so that they are more connected to Common Cause NC and have the tools they need to stand up for our democracy:
- Work with the team to develop, strengthen, and maintain grassroots organizing network in Charlotte, with a focus on historically underrepresented populations and communities of color;
- Develop and coordinate trainings for grassroots activists on legislative advocacy, campaign finance, elections reform, and other skills as needed;
- Schedule and deploy volunteers for election protection, disinformation, and other campaigns.
Build support for Common Cause’s work and campaigns:
- Coordinate rapid response in-person events that may include petition deliveries, rallies, stand-up news conferences, and other creative actions that earn media attention;
- Assist in developing materials (factsheets, blogs, emails, graphics) to inform and educate our members and the public.
- Build and maintain relationships with community organizations and civic leaders in Charlotte to advance campaigns including redistricting, voting rights, ethics, and money and politics
- Represent Common Cause in coalition spaces
Assist with Common Cause’s nonpartisan election work
- Work with County Boards of Elections to track monthly meetings, monitor early voting plans, and work on election resiliency efforts
- Assist with nonpartisan election protection efforts, including recruiting and managing volunteers
Build and diversify our membership:
- Recruit and develop diverse leadership of grassroots members, especially youth and people living in low-income communities;
- Stay abreast of legislative and organizational developments across constituencies. In other words; know what’s going on across the issues we care about and know which ones are most important to communities of color, low income communities, and young people;
Organize at Johnson C. Smith University:
- Build and nurture relationships with Johnson C. Smith University faculty and administration
- Recruit and manage student leaders each semester to help lead promote civic engagement and our pro-democracy work on and around campus
Experience, education, and technical proficiency:
- At least 2 years of experience in organizing, advocacy, project management, fundraising or similar fields.
- Working knowledge of statewide democracy issues, including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, ethics, and more.
- Excellent communications skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Canva, and current social media platforms.
- Familiarity with VAN, VoteBuilder and various texting platforms
- Demonstrated strong commitment to equity justice
Ideal candidate will have:
- Experience working with many kinds of people and a working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and bias.
- Experience coordinating other advocacy programs, GOTV, and/or experience working in organizing, issue advocacy, and/or political campaigns.
- The ability to craft compelling messages and explain complex ideas in accessible ways.
- Commitment to political reform and social and economic justice.
- Strong empathy, and ability and desire to work in diverse settings.
- Commitment to working as part of a team.
- Commitment to professionalism including standards for self and others.
- Demonstrated ability to strategize and plan backward.
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, including the experience in working effectively with those belonging to groups of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability, age and socioeconomic status.
- Understanding of the political landscape and policy trends in North Carolina.
- Action Network (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery.
You’ll thrive if you have/are:
- A “can do” attitude and exceptional organizational skills, with a strong capacity to manage systems, projects & people.
- Self-starter with an ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment with competing priorities – this position involves significant contact with members, key stakeholders, and volunteers
- Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
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.
$50,000 – $55,000
Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements(optional) to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include Outreach & Engagement Organizer-North Carolina in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications without a Cover Letter will not be considered. Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when required by law.
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE:
Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org and www.commoncause.org/Georgia.
Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applicants of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or marital status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated.