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Location: Remote, within Hawaii

Start Date: Immediate

Reports to: Director of State Operations

This is a full-time role.

Essential Functions: The Executive Director, Hawaii, will lead efforts in all areas of the Hawaii state organization. These include fundraising, grassroots organizing, diverse coalition building, research, policy analysis, communications, advocacy, litigation, and any other activities that promote the Common Cause agenda at the state and national level, and foster a strong, sustainable organization in Hawaii.

Common Cause Hawaii’s (CCHI) current and upcoming efforts aim to modernize elections; reform the campaign finance system with improved disclosure and publicly funded elections; protect public participation; ethics reform; and much more.


Program Strategy and Leadership

  • Develop effective, winnable policy reforms at all levels of government and advocate for their passage and implementation in alignment with the Common Cause agenda and mission, including nonpartisanship.
  • Center racial equity in our democracy agenda.
  • Develop and execute lobbying strategies to advance reform and hold federal, state, and local elected and appointed officials and other decision-makers accountable.
  • Produce timely, high quality policy research.
  • Develop and implement grassroots organizing strategies with Common Cause members to build support for the Common Cause agenda.
  • Engage members in lobbying and other advocacy activities.
  • Build and participate in effective and diverse political and civic coalitions.
  • Serve as Colorado Common Hawaii’s spokesperson in responding to inquiries from media, government officials, and others.
  • Maintain communication with members and the public statewide through social media, website updates, and periodic emailed or written communication.
  • Develop Common Cause brand as expert on issues of democracy, ethics, transparency, government accountability, campaign finance reform, voting laws, and more in Hawaii.


  • Manage the operations of Common Cause Hawaii, including budgeting, fundraising, and supervising and developing volunteers and interns (and staff, if funding allows).
  • Work with, develop, and engage a strong state advisory board of directors to develop goals and strategies for achieving mission and organizational goals.
  • Collaborate with staff in Washington, DC, the region, and in other states


  • Raise money from foundations, major donors, members, and special events, and devise other fundraising strategies to fund Common Cause programs, including lobbying efforts.
  • Write grant proposals and reports to foundations to fund Common Cause programs, including lobbying efforts.
  • Set, in partnership with the board and national staff, fundraising goals for the Hawaii organization.
  • Coordinate state membership activities with current members as well as expand membership in the state by engaging new members from diverse constituencies with the organization.


  • Demonstrated experience leading public interest advocacy campaigns centered in racial equity and a commitment to advancing racial equity through our democracy agenda
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and organizing ability.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to build upon current assets to expand a strong state operation.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with a volunteer board, staff/volunteers/interns, and peers in other organizations.
  • Organizational leadership experience: 5 or more years management experience, including nonprofit organizations and political campaigns, preferred.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with Hawaii’s cultural norms, political landscape, and the state legislative process.
  • Demonstrated experience working with traditional and new media.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with and building alliances among diverse communities and stakeholders, including but not limited to people of color, people of diverse political affiliations, business leaders, young people, and members of the faith community.
  • Strong fundraising skills and experience, with a willingness to learn more about and cultivate Common Cause’s network of major donors in Hawaii.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite, and social media tools including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends.

Salary Range: $84,000 – $94,000, plus generous benefits package.

Classification: This position is classified as supervisory and as such is not included in the union represented bargaining unit.

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to  hr@commoncause.org and include Executive Director (HI) 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 accommodation will be provided when required by law.

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.

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 1.5 million members (about the population of New Hampshire) and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country.

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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