ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: In partnership with the Executive Director, coordinate and manage Common Cause Connecticut’s (CCCT) election protection, voting and civic engagement activities in the state.
- Volunteer recruitment: Utilize grassroots and digital engagement strategies to recruit volunteer poll monitors across the state. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person volunteer recruitment may be reduced to no-contact organizing, including but not limited to, phone banking, text banking, tele-town halls, virtual events, and social media organizing.
- Training material development: Cooperatively with CCCT and Common Cause national team, develop training presentations and accompanying materials.
- Disseminate information about the voting processes (requesting absentee ballots, accessing polling locations, voting early, etc.)
- Conduct virtual poll monitor trainings and assist in preparing CCCT Election Protection volunteers for Election Day.
- Organize and assign poll monitors to locations during early voting and on Election Day.
- Identify issues at polling locations. The EP Organizer will assist as needed to address issues as they arise to ensure no Connecticut voter is deprived of their right to vote.
- Election Administration Outreach: Under the direction of the Executive Director, engage with election administrators about election plans (i.e., send letter to all 169-city clerk’s/registrars to inform and provide details of EP program), ensure they are aware of CCCT’s EP program, and work with these entities to resolve voting issues.
- Work with CCCT Executive Director throughout the project, including attending weekly CCCT meetings
- Analysis: Assist in identifying and analyzing issues encountered in the 2022 mid-term election cycle and draft a report by December 15, 2022, to include recommendations for either legislative or local reforms to address these issues and prevent future occurrence.
- 2-4 years’ work experience.
- Ability to set priorities and accomplish a broad range of tasks.
- Flexible, detail-oriented, and able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with multiple competing priorities.
- Self-starter who works well with people.
- Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and the ability to motivate people to act.
- Ability to work independently, initiate projects, and work with minimal supervision.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Strength working in groups and individually.
- Experience working with many kinds of people and a working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and bias.
- Must be willing to travel occasionally, including some nights and weekends.
- Working knowledge of Social Media tools, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Experience with political advocacy, political organizing, and/or CT politics.
- Experience with volunteer management.
- This Position Is temporary through 12/15/2022.
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.
SALARY RANGE: $55,000 – $60,000; plus, a generous benefits package
TO APPLY: Please submit Resume and Cover Letter to Common Cause’s Senior Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include Election Protection Organizer (CT) in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when required by law.
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE: Founded with 4,000 core members in 1970 to serve as a people’s lobby, Common Cause has grown into a nationwide network of more than 1 million members and supporters, with a presence in 30 states and Washington, D.C.
We know the ultimate power in a democracy is the people. To be truly of, by, and for the people, government must reflect everyone it serves. We’re all better off when people from all walks of life participate in self-governance. Every American wants and deserves a voice in shaping the future for our families and communities. We believe democracy is how a free society resolves its differences. And to do that well, we must all agree the process is fair, produces equitable outcomes, and reflects our communities, our values, and our priorities. Nobody wins all the time, but if the process is fair, at least we can trust it.
We side with only the people. Working together, we are building a democracy that works for all of us. Every aspect of our elections and representative self-government must be fair, open, accessible, and set-up so we all have faith in the integrity of election outcomes and the people we elect to serve us.
We are solutions oriented. Our network of democracy experts, working at the state and local level across the country, are winning pragmatic, common sense solutions and building a national movement that will make sure our generation secures and strengthens democracy for the next. We work to ensure that every vote counts, that every eligible voter has an equal say, that our elections represent the will of the people, and that our government is of, by, and for the people.
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.