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LOCATION: California

SALARY: $90,000 – $100,000/yr + generous benefits package

The Executive Director will lead efforts in all areas of the California state organization. These include fundraising, staff and board management, and member communication. The Executive Director will work with staff to engage in organizing, diverse coalition building, research, policy analysis, communications, advocacy, litigation, and other activities that promote the Common Cause agenda at the local, state and national level, and foster a strong, sustainable organization in California.



  • Commitment to advancing the Common Cause agenda and mission, including non-partisanship.
  • Manage the operations of California Common Cause, including budgeting and fundraising.
  • Hire, manage and develop staff to ensure California Common Cause has a well-functioning team that supports each other, volunteers, members, and allies in advancing our work.
  • Work with, develop,and engage a strong state advisory board of directors to develop goals and strategies for achieving mission and organizational
  • Collaborate with Common Cause staff in DC and around the country.


  • Develop effective, winnable policy reforms at all levels of government and advocate for their passage and implementation.
  • Develop and execute lobbying strategies to advance reform and hold federal, state and local elected officials and other decision-makers accountable.
  • Produce timely, high quality policy research.
  • Develop and implement grassroots organizing strategies with Common Cause members to build support for the Common Cause agenda.
  • Build and participate in effective and diverse political and civic coalitions.
  • Work with communications team and California Common Cause to represent the organization to media, government officials, allies and others.
  • Maintain communication with members and the public statewide through social media, website updates, and periodic emailed or written communication.
  • Encourage members to participate in lobbying and other advocacy activities.


  • Raise money from foundations, major donors, members,and special events, and devise other fundraising strategies to fund Common Cause programs, including lobbying efforts.
  • Set, in partnership with the state board and state and national staff, fundraising goals for the California organization.
  • Coordinate state membership activities with current members as well as expand membership in the state by engaging new members from diverse constituencies with the organization.


  • Commitment to Common Cause’s issues and public interest advocacy.
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizing ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and build alliances among diverse communities and stakeholders,including but not limited to people of color, people of diverse political affiliations, business leaders, young people, and ally groups.
  • Strong fundraising skills and experience, with a willingness to cultivate Common Cause’s foundation, major donors, and member supporters in
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a collaborative and productive relationship with staff, board, members and volunteers, and allies in other organizations.
  • Organizational leadership experience. Demonstrated management experience; nonprofit organizations and political campaigns, preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, including the ability to work 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.
  • Familiarity with California and local political landscape, stakeholders and state legislative process.
  • Demonstrated experience working with traditional and new media.
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity through our democracy agenda.
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
  • Working knowledge of web content management systems and social media tools including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to build upon current assets to expand a strong state operation.
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing, volunteer management, database management, and financial management desirable.


Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – CA  in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please.  Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.  Legal work authorization required.

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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