Voting & Elections Program Director– Position located in DC
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;
- 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—e.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;
- Counseling federal, state and local government policymakers and advocates regarding voting and elections 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;
- Facilitating participation in program-relevant legal proceedings, including participation in litigation and other legal proceedings;
- Taking temporary assignments on other projects when needed;
- Other work as needed.
An applicant should have all or most of the following qualifications, skills and abilities:
- JD, MPP or advanced degree (preferred) or Bachelor’s Degree and professional experience equivalent to advanced degree;
- Minimum of 1 year 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;
- 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 juggle a range of responsibilities;
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven work environment with competing priorities;
- Ability to work well with coalition partners and share our national and state work with allies;
- Remain open to receiving feedback from colleagues throughout the organization; and
- Willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
SALARY RANGE:$80,000—$95,000, plus a generous benefits package
Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include Voting & Elections Program Director in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Common Cause strongly encourages those from historically under-served, underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply.
About Common Cause:
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create an open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promotes equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empowers all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
Founded almost 50 years ago, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and 30 state organizations that are working to support our efforts across the country. More information can be found at www.commoncause.org.