The Organizing Director will be responsible for educating and engaging Common Cause New York members, coalition partners and other activists on our reform issues and projects, including the urgent need for voting reform in New York State, the impact of special interest influence and campaign dollars on policy at the city and state level and working for effective, transparent and equitable government.
Lead Common Cause New York organizing agenda:
- Develop and execute organizing strategies to build support for the Common Cause agenda. Tactics include petition and letter-writing drives, coalition-building, press conferences, email, social networking and on-line campaigns, as well as grassroots lobbying.
- Activate the Common Cause/New York’s 60,000+ grassroots members in local, state, and federal advocacy efforts, recruiting, training and building volunteer teams to increase advocacy and activism among supporters and staff. Design and implement campaigns to support Let NY Vote and Fair Elections campaign efforts. Communicate with volunteer leaders on a regular basis.
- Manage student interns and volunteers in support of mobilization efforts.
Create communications collateral in support of campaigns and digital organizing efforts:
- Collaborate with Executive Director and other staff to write, edit and send digital communications (email, social, media, text, and web) that mobilize constituents throughout New York State to participate in our campaigns.
- Develop and write public outreach materials including fact sheets, action alerts, presentations, and online updates.
- Responsible for online organizing and digital communications, including website updates, working in collaboration with the national digital team and coalition design team.
- Perform administrative tasks such as record and track metrics, coordinate community event and volunteer calendars, database maintenance, lobbying reports, participate in conference calls, report on metrics and goals.
A large part of this job will entail structuring and implementing campaign plans to not only engage the current membership of Common Cause/NY and the coalitions it helps lead, but that also expand and diversify membership.
Experience, education and technical proficiency:
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
- At least 3-4 years experience in community organizing, advocacy and/or political campaigns.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and current social media platforms required.
Ideally you have:
- Familiarity with, and skill in, online advocacy, social media campaigning and distributive organizing.
- Ability to build and cultivate relationships with people and organizations of various orientations and backgrounds.
- Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and the ability to motivate people to act.
- Juggled multiple priorities simultaneously and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
You’ll thrive if you are/have…
- A demonstrated passion for social justice and reform issues.
- Strong organizational skills and pay meticulous attention to detail.
- Results-oriented, dependable, and proactive.
- Demonstrated ability for clear, concise and persuasive writing.
- Ability to work independently, initiate projects and work with minimal supervision.
- Creativity, healthy curiosity for learning new things, flexibility
Nice to have, but not essential:
- Knowledge of state legislative and government processes, reform issues helpful.
- Familiarity or experience working with VAN a plus.
- Spanish language skills desired, but not necessary.
- Action Network (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery a plus.
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.
Please submit Resume and Cover Letter (applications without a Cover Letter will not be considered) to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include – Organizing Director-NY – in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible. Common Cause strongly encourages those from historically under-served, underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply.
$55,000 – $65,000, plus generous benefits package
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 New York. more information can be found at: www.commoncause.org and for CCNY at www.commoncause.org/new-york/.