The Voting & Elections Program Director will manage overall operations of the Voting & Elections Program, working with state and national staff to develop and implement strategic campaigns that advance priority legal, policy and issue agendas on topics including modernization of voter registration and voting models, restoration of voting rights for formerly-incarcerated individuals, voting system integrity, curbing voter suppression and boosting voter participation.
The Voting & Elections Program Director will develop and implement multi-year campaigns, including building and maintaining strong coalition partnerships and fundraising to support the program to ensure that every eligible individual has the freedom to vote and that their votes are accurately counted, so that all eligible individuals have an equal voice and vote in determining the future for our families, communities, and country.
The position includes the following duties and responsibilities:
- Managing overall operations of Voting & Elections Program;
- Managing participation in program-relevant litigation and other legal proceedings, including collaboration with Common Cause National Governing Board Litigation Committee, fellow Common Cause staff attorneys and outside counsel;
- Supporting, developing and implementing strategic campaigns to achieve specific policy goals—in collaboration with and in support of Common Cause state and national staff;
- Collaborating with the Common Cause communications and digital teams to promote reform initiatives and publicize litigation—g., drafting and placement of op-eds, editorial board meetings, blogs, interview opportunities on television and radio;
- Playing a leadership role in diverse national voting rights coalitions, engaging and expanding coalition partners to develop complementary and collaborative strategies that build strong campaigns—including, but not limited to, Common Cause’s participation in the national Election Protection program;
- Writing grant proposals/reports, drafting individual donor fundraising materials, and meeting with foundation funders and major donors in coordination with the president and the Common Cause development team;
- Conducting legal research and drafting legal documents (e.g., complaints, briefs) to be filed in litigation and other legal proceedings;
- Counseling federal, state and local government policymakers and advocates regarding voting and elections litigation efforts and policy reforms, as well as drafting and/or reviewing legislation on such reforms;
- Testifying before federal, state and local government legislative bodies and other policymakers to advance Common Cause reform agenda;
- Developing and implementing a budget for the Voting & Elections Program in coordination with the Vice President for Policy & Litigation and Common Cause finance team;
- Conducting original research and producing timely, high quality reports and other materials to help educate policymakers and the public, shining light on problems in our voting systems and proposing concrete policy solutions;
- Effectively engaging, utilizing and building the power of Common Cause grassroots members on state and federal voting and elections reform initiatives in collaboration with the Common Cause digital and organizing teams;
- Taking temporary assignments on other projects when needed;
- Other work as needed.
Experience, education and technical proficiency:
- Juris Doctor degree and bar admission in one or more states;
- Minimum of 3 years experience in the field of elections and voting rights;
- Demonstrated knowledge and expertise regarding election administration issues, voting rights and election law and policy;
- Excellent oral, written, public-speaking and other communication skills tailored to a variety of audiences—e.g., policymakers, media/journalists, funders, academic, general public;
- Litigation experience and skills;
Ideally you’ll have:
- Strong legal research and writing skills;
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency and ability to work effectively building alliances among those with diverse backgrounds and characteristics, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability, age and socioeconomic status;
- Fundraising experience and skills;
- Background in lobbying, legal research, grassroots organizing, and digital advocacy tools;
- Commitment to the values and issues of Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund—including contributing positively to an equitable and diverse workplace;
- Ability to work well with coalition partners and share our national and state work with allies;
- Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
You’ll thrive if you are/have:
- Ability to juggle a range of responsibilities;
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven work environment with competing priorities;
- Ability to remain open to receiving feedback from colleagues throughout the organization;
EQUITY & INCLUSION:
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.
$90,000—$105,000, plus a generous benefits package
Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Common Cause’s Director of Human Resources at email@example.com and include VOTING & ELECTIONS PROGRAM DIRECTOR—WASHINGTON, DC in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE:
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 chapters in 30 states around the country. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org.