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The Money in Politics Program Manager will lead/anchor local coalitions working toward money-in-politics reform, and will make the case – to partners, the public, and decision-makers – that building an inclusive and equitable democracy requires creating campaign finance systems that lift up the voices of communities of color and low-income communities. The Money in Politics Program Manager’s work will include learning/using campaign finance policy and law, doing policy development and advocacy, educating and motivating local partners that have rarely worked on campaign finance issues, working with diverse stakeholders, and building/managing complex coalition environments. They will also contribute to California Common Cause’s work on other critical democracy reform issues, like voting rights and redistricting.

A main focus of the position’s work will be bringing public financing reform the City of Oakland, CA, meaning that the position must be located in Oakland for 2022. The position can be located anywhere in California after that. The position will be fully remote.

This position will report to Executive Director Jonathan Mehta Stein.


Executes key programs & strategies aimed at advancing a more inclusive, equitable, representative, open, and accountable democracy.

This includes:

  • Campaigns – Shape and execute multi-year campaigns to move policy through city councils or via ballot initiatives.
  • Coalition Building – Build and engage coalitions around priority campaigns. Represent the organization in coalition spaces. Manage coalition dynamics.
  • Research & Policy – Conduct policy research, work with experts and stakeholders to do policy development. Do advocacy to local and state decision-makers.
  • Grassroots Engagement – Bring community members to the cause and engage them in organization’s money-in-politics efforts, both online and in person. Channel Common Cause membership and broader public engagement to have effective impact.
  • Member Engagement – Build awareness of and support for California Common Cause and engage our members in priority campaigns.


  • At least four years of experience in community organizing, political campaigns, and/or issue advocacy.
  • Familiarity with and deep interest in campaign finance law and policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to do policy analysis and create policy-oriented written work product, e.g. memos, briefs, factsheets, etc.
  • Relevant advanced degrees (e.g. JD, MPP) preferred but not required.
  • Ability to build and cultivate relationships with people and organizations of various orientations and diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to guide and lead coalitions, including leading group meetings.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and the ability to motivate people to act.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Capable of juggling and remaining on track with multiple priorities and projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and guide projects in a remote environment.
  • Positive attitude and passion for changing the world for the better.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends and travel to community meetings around the Bay Area (travel costs compensated).

SALARY RANGE: $72,000 – $82,000 annually, plus a generous and competitive benefits package.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include “Money in Politics Program Manager, California Common Cause” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


EQUITY AND INCLUSION:  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. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believe strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce, and strongly encourage those from historically under-served, underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply. 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.

About us: Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and the 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.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, activities or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice. Must be authorized to work in the United States. 

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