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Do you want to work at the intersection of politics, citizen activism, and fundraising? Are you interested in a rapidly expanding organization that is changing the way people think and talk about democracy? We seek an experienced development professional to help us expand our political and organizational footprint. The ideal candidate will have a background in fundraising as well as politics, democracy reform, or both. He or she will be responsible for grants administration, grant writing, tracking and reporting activities for the organization.


  • The core responsibilities include prospect research and identification, proposal and report writing and submission, and monitoring and tracking progress toward goals of grants within portfolio.
  • Work with Development, Finance, and Management Teams to manage administration of current grants, including tracking deadlines, collecting information from program staff and the finance department.
  • Writing and submitting timely proposals, reports, updates and stewardship reports, and letters of inquiry.
  • Support management, program, state staff, and/or Board members working with current foundation donors and/or foundation prospects.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with staff members across the organization, in order to ensure an ongoing and thorough understanding of Common Cause’s programs, goals, and strategic direction.


  • The ideal candidate will possess the following abilities:
  •  Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  •  A minimum of three years of foundation fundraising experience, but preference for 5 years or more with demonstrated track record of success in securing five- and six-figure grants.
  • Proven track record as a grants administrator and grant writer. Experience managing a portfolio of 20 or more active grants preferred.
  • Experience with both 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations and ability to identify deliverables and craft proposals that meet legal requirements for each type of organization.
  • Ability to work with program staff to service existing 501(c)3 work to include in proposals as well to help them understand 501(c)3 activities required for grants.
  • Experience with program and budget development and monitoring.
  • Superb communications skills – especially writing.
  • Eager to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented, and goal-driven environment.
  • Outgoing and positive attitude.
  • A strong commitment to the Common Cause mission, especially our nonpartisan approach to helping citizens participate in democracy and hold power accountable.
  • Develop thorough understanding of Common Cause’s mission and strategic goals, working with key staff to translate that knowledge into fundable proposals.
  • Ability to clearly communicate Common Cause positions on policy matters.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as member of a team.
  • Familiarity with CRM software such as ROI Solutions or the web-interface versions of Raiser’s Edge or DonorPerfect preferred. Ability to maintain detailed records of culitivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Strong project management, team leadership, and time-management skills, proven ability to plan, meet deadlines, and efficiently manage multiple projects and priorities under tight time constraints.
  • Highly organized, able to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines.


Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to the Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include GRANTS MANAGER in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible. Applications without a Cover Letter will not be considered. Common Cause strongly encourages those from historically under-served, underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply.


Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create an open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promotes equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empowers all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Founded almost 50 years ago, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and 30 state organizations that are working to support our efforts across the country. More information can be found at www.commoncause.org.

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.


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