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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The Executive Director will lead efforts in all areas of the Hawaii state organization. These 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, and foster a strong, sustainable organization in Hawaii.
CCHI’s current and upcoming efforts aim to modernize elections with vote-by-mail, automatic voter registration, and ranked choice voting; reform the campaign finance system with improved disclosure and publicly funded elections; protect public participation by stopping “gut-and-replace” tactics at the state legislature; and much more.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management

  • Commitment to advancing the Common Cause agenda and mission, including nonpartisanship.
  • Manage the operations of Common Cause Hawaii, including budgeting, fundraising, and supervising and developing volunteers and interns (and staff, if funding allows) .
  • Work with, develop, and engage a strong state advisory board of directors to develop goals and strategies for achieving mission and organizational goals.
  • Collaborate with staff in Washington DC, the region, and in other states.

Program

  • 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.
  • Serve as Common Cause Hawaii’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.
  • Encourage members to participate in lobbying and other advocacy activities.

Development

  • 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 board and national staff, fundraising goals for the Hawaii 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Commitment to Common Cause’s issues and public interest advocacy.
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizing ability.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to build upon current assets to expand a strong state operation.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with a volunteer board, staff/volunteers/interns, and peers in other organizations.
  • Organizational leadership experience. 5 or more years management experience, including 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 Hawaii’s cultural norms, political landscape and the state legislative process.
  • Demonstrated experience working with traditional and new media.
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity through our democracy agenda.
  • 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 the faith community.
  • Strong fundraising skills and experience, with a willingness to learn more about and cultivate Common Cause’s network of major donors in Hawaii.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing, volunteer management, database management, and financial management desirable.

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.

TO APPLY:

Please submit Resume, Cover Letter, and Salary Requirements to Common Cause’s Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include Executive Director – Hawaii in the subject line or fax to (202) 355-7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Common Cause strongly encourages those from historically under-served, underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply.

SALARY RANGE:

$55,000—$65,000, plus a generous benefits package

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 including Hawaii.

CCHI pursues a bold democracy agenda through the efforts of one paid staff person (Executive Director), an active state board, volunteers/interns, and members and supporters statewide. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org and for CCHI at www.commoncause.org/hawaii/.

 

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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