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LOCATION: This position is located in Detroit, Michigan

SALARY RANGE: $55,000- $60,000 (temporary FT position through Dec 2020, with possibility of extension

The Program Director will lead Common Cause’s work on key program priorities in Michigan, with a focus on election protection and redistricting reform. Working in coordination with local partners, the program director will represent Common Cause in local election protection coalitions, work directly with election officials and the media to resolve problems that could keep eligible voters from participating, and be responsible for recruiting, training, assigning and supervising Common Cause members and other volunteers to participate in voter protection activities. S/he will also lead Common Cause’s work on redistricting.


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

This includes:

  • Coalition Building – Build & engage coalitions around priority campaigns. Provides staff support for coalition work. Represents the organization in coalition spaces.
  • Election Official Outreach—Work directly with election administrators to implement Michigan’s voting rights laws and make sure voters can participate.
  • Grassroots Engagement – Drives online & offline organizing in support of our redistricting efforts; channels membership and broader public engagement to have effective impact.
  • Research & Policy – Conducts research and/or manages volunteer research. Works with experts & stakeholders to help identify options for reforms.
  • Media—Use earned and social media to promote Common Cause agenda.
  • Volunteer Management—Works with national and local allies to recruit volunteers to serve as non-partisan volunteer poll monitors, assisting voters and reporting problems at polling places.
  • Member Engagement—Build support for Common Cause Michigan and engage our members in priority campaigns.


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.


Flexibility to work nights and weekends, with some travel within Michigan required.


  • At least 5 years experience in community organizing and/or political campaigns.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Capable of juggling multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability for clear, concise and persuasive writing.
  • Ability to work independently, initiate projects and work with minimal supervision.
  • Experience coordinating volunteers.
  • Familiarity with, and skill in, online advocacy and social media campaigning.
  • Flexibility, creativity, curiosity and a good sense of humor.
  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends and travel in Michigan.

Please note this job descriptions 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 anytime with or without notice.


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, cover letter and salary requirements (optional) to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include Program Director- Detriot in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP.

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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