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LOCATION: Remote, D.C. preferred

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: As the Director of Talent Acquisition on the People, Equity, and Inclusion (PEI) team, you will build our organizational strategy to attract, hire and onboard talent. The person in this role will work closely with the PEI team, department leaders and hiring managers to ensure every role is filled and that our talent acquisition strategy supports our commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.

This role might appeal to you if you are excited at the opportunity to design systems and processes from scratch, are comfortable navigating ambiguity and are motivated by the role talent acquisition plays in achieving equity and inclusion. The person in this role will join a new team and has the unique opportunity to be Common Cause’s first Director of Talent Acquisition.


  • Set the vision and goals for our organizational talent acquisition strategy, from candidate outreach through onboarding.
  • Manage an Associate, Talent Acquisition (collaboratively set goals, coach and develop them towards these goals and support their career progression and retention at Common Cause).
  • Build the organization’s recruitment and selection processes, with a particular focus on efficiency, data collection and innovation.
  • Create high-quality, user-friendly selection materials (e.g., interview guides, rubrics, performance task exemplars, etc.).
  • Partner with hiring managers to support their ability to lead high-quality, equitable and consistent selection processes. This includes designing and leading hiring manager training.
  • Manage partnerships and contracts with external search firms and our strategy for engaging external support, where necessary.
  • Monitor and report on key talent acquisition metrics, building investment and trust among organizational leadership and hiring managers.
  • Annually, in partnership with the VP of People, Equity and Inclusion, identify discrete, strategic projects to own from design to execution (for example, this year we might revamp our onboarding program and next year, we might invest in re-defining our employee value proposition given a new organizational strategic plan).
  • Reflect, refine the approach, and communicate progress (celebrations, successes, challenges) to the team, key stakeholders, and the organization on an ongoing basis.
  • Contribute to the PEI team’s overall vision and team culture and collaborate with teammates to ensure cohesion and alignment across the team’s efforts.


  • 10+ years’ work experience; at least 7 years’ experience in the talent acquisition required.
  • Extensive experience in designing hiring processes and tools that center equity (e.g. candidate profiles, interview guides, interview rubrics).
  • Demonstrated understanding of current trends in talent acquisition and knowledge of the non-profit labor market; experience in the democracy space preferred but not required.
  • Knowledgeable about applicant tracking systems and other hiring management platforms (we will need to research, select, and adopt an ATS).
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders to build credibility, lead and manage change.
  • Experience in people management preferred but not required.


  • Deep commitment to equity and inclusion and an understanding of how people strategy can drive improvements in these areas; holds self and others on team accountable for centering equity; examines the impact of his/her identities, biases, assumptions, and behaviors on his/her power and privilege; can recognize and respond to systemic biases and inequities.
  • Strategic thinking: an ability to see both the bigger picture and how the details come together to create that bigger picture; able to consider and make sense of multiple data sources and pieces of information; can diagnose root causes of pain points.
  • Driven and self-motivated: able to lead a project independently, balancing potentially competing demands and managing time and workload effectively.
  • Organizational savvy and relationship-building: able to discern and navigate organizational dynamics to ensure the success of complex and people-driven projects.
  • Feedback-oriented: comfortable giving and receiving feedback both on work products and work approach/process; a mindset of continuous improvement.

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: $100,000 – $125,000; plus, a generous benefits package

TO APPLY: Please submit Resume to Common Cause’s Senior Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include Director, Talent Acquisition 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.

We know the ultimate power in a democracy is the people. To be truly of, by, and for the people, government must reflect everyone it serves. We’re all better off when people from all walks of life participate in self-governance. Every American wants and deserves a voice in shaping the future for our families and communities. We believe democracy is how a free society resolves its differences. And to do that well, we must all agree the process is fair, produces equitable outcomes, and reflects our communities, our values, and our priorities. Nobody wins all the time, but if the process is fair, at least we can trust it.

We side with only the people. Working together, we are building a democracy that works for all of us. Every aspect of our elections and representative self-government must be fair, open, accessible, and set-up so we all have faith in the integrity of election outcomes and the people we elect to serve us.

We are solutions oriented. Our network of democracy experts, working at the state and local level across the country, are winning pragmatic, common sense solutions and building a national movement that will make sure our generation secures and strengthens democracy for the next. We work to ensure that every vote counts, that every eligible voter has an equal say, that our elections represent the will of the people, and that our government is of, by, and for the people.

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes 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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