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This position will require direct community organizing and policy work (redistricting and campaign finance reform in particular) in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. It will also require some strategic guidance and mentorship to geographically dispersed staff.


  • Organize, recruit members, forge alliances, and educate the public and elected officials on Common Cause issues
  • Work with ED and other staff to design, plan, fund, and implement strategies that further the expansion of California Common Cause

Experience, education and are/technical proficiency:

  • 5+ years of experience in politics, nonprofits, or government
  • Demonstrated leadership experience developing and implementing a strategic vision
  • Flexibility in working style, marked by an ability to work closely with a range of personalities with the ability to resolve conflicts directly and professionally.
  • Robust experience of effectively leading a performance- and outcome-based program and staff
  • Exceptional writing skills and experience crafting messages for members, donors, and foundations.
  • Strong technology skills with experience using MS Office and a membership database (CRM) such as VAN, Action Network, Nation Builder, or similar platform;
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with social media tools including Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Ideally you’ll have:

  • Commitment to and passion for Common Cause’s mission and vision
  • Familiarity with Common Cause issues, especially redistricting and campaign finance reform.
  • Community background in underrepresented communities and fluency in a second language used widely in California (e.g. Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, etc.)–strongly preferred.
  • Capacity to adapt rapidly to changing priorities, objectives, and situations and still meet deadlines
  • Experience working with geographically dispersed staff preferred
  • Knowledge of political process, including understanding the connection between grassroots campaigns and the legislative process;
  • Commitment to racial equity and racial justice.
  • Willingness and ability to engage in regular regional travel with personal transportation and able to work some evenings and weekends. Miles driven will be reimbursed at the federal mileage rate.

You’ll strive if you are/have:

  • Strong work ethic, integrity, initiative, follow-through, and good judgment
  • Experience as a trainer

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.


$70,000 – $90,000, plus generous benefits package

Please submit Resume and Cover Letter (applications without a Cover Letter will not be to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include – Director of Programs and Strategy – CA in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.

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.

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