The Executive Director will lead efforts in all areas of the state organization. These areas include fundraising, grassroots organizing, diverse coalition building, research, policy analysis, communications, advocacy, litigation, and any other activities that promote the Common Cause agenda at the state and national level.
- 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 and appointed officials and other decision-makers accountable.
- Oversee Colorado Common Cause’s Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection program.
- Produce timely, high quality policy research.
- Develop and implement grassroots organizing strategies with Common Cause members to build support for the Common Cause agenda.
- Engage members in lobbying and other advocacy activities.
- Build and participate in effective and diverse political and civic coalitions.
- Serve as Colorado Common Cause’s spokesperson in responding to inquiries from media, government officials, and others.
- Maintain communication with members and the public statewide through social media, website updates, and periodic emailed or written communication.
- Advance the Common Cause agenda and mission, including nonpartisanship.
- Center racial equity in our democracy agenda.
- Manage the operations of Colorado Common Cause, including budgeting, fundraising, and supervising staff, consultants, volunteers and interns.
- Engage the state advisory board in policy, program, and fundraising and recruit new members.
- Collaborate with staff in Washington DC, the region, and in other states.
- Raise money from foundations, major donors, members, and special events, and devise other fundraising strategies to fund Common Cause programs, including lobbying efforts.
- Work with national staff on fundraising goals for the Colorado 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.
- Organizational leadership experience. Five or more years management experience, including nonprofit organizations and political campaigns, preferred
- Demonstrated experience leading public interest advocacy campaigns centered in racial equity and a commitment to advancing racial equity through our democracy agenda.
- Strong fundraising skills and experience, with a willingness to learn more about and cultivate Common Cause’s network of major donors in Colorado.
- Excellent communications skills (written & verbal), including the ability to take complex topics and make them accessible to different audiences.
- Demonstrated experience in working with the media including developing a communications strategy and serving as a spokesperson
- 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.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff, volunteers, and interns.
- Experience working with and managing coalitions.
- Experience working with governing and/or advisory boards.
- Familiarity with Colorado’s political landscape and the state legislative process.
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite, and social media tools including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
You’ll thrive if you have:
- The ability to think flexibly, creatively, and innovatively about the future of Colorado’s democracy and the changes that can improve it.
- Experience drafting and analyzing legislation, preferably in Colorado, and strong skills with policy development and advocacy.
- 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 members of faith communities.
- An entrepreneurial attitude and the ability to grow and develop your team.
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.
$78,000-$88,000; plus a generous benefits package
Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Colorado in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. 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.
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 including Colorado. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org and for CCC at http://www.commoncause.org/Colorado/.