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Salary: $55,000 plus benefits.

Location: The Fellowship will begin by remote means if Common Cause is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Media & Democracy Program Fellow is a year-long position that will work closely with the Media & Democracy Program Director, Special Advisor, and Common Cause staff to build strategic campaigns around educating and engaging the public and policymakers on critical reforms needed to advance an open and accessible media ecosystem. The Media & Democracy Program Fellow will assist in research and writing projects that advance key policy issues. Key policy areas include promoting universal and affordable broadband access, defending an open internet, advancing diverse media ownership, and holding social media platforms accountable.

Essential Duties:
• Developing original research, reports, blogs, op-eds, website content, one-pagers, social media and digital campaigns, blogs, and other advocacy materials to help educate and mobilize the public on media reform issues;
• Conducting policy research related to media ownership, broadband access, an open internet, and platform accountability;
• Assisting in drafting advocacy documents and otherwise facilitating participation in public policy proceedings, including FCC rulemakings, media merger reviews, and adjudications;
• Helping plan and execute campaigns in coalition with other organizations;
• Other work as needed.

Qualifications:
• A bachelors degree required; advanced degree preferred;
• Substantive knowledge of some communications, media, and technology policy issues;
• Strong research skills and ability to grasp complex policy issues;
• Ability to work on multiple tasks with competing priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
• Ability to work effectively with and build alliances among diverse communities and stakeholders;
• Collaborative working style and strong interpersonal skills;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desired Attributes:
• A demonstrated passion for technology policy, committed to advancing policies that make our communications systems more open, accessible, and accountable
• 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;
• Commitment to advancing racial equity through Common Cause’s issues agenda.
TO APPLY: Send a resume, cover letter stating your interest in Common Cause, and writing sample (max. 5 pages), with the subject line “Media & Democracy Program Fellow” to hr[at]commoncause.org.

ABOUT US:
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. more information can be found at: www.commoncause.org.

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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