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LOCATION: This position is located in Washington, DC

SALARY RANGE: $50,000 – $60,000


Summary

To recruit, organize, and train a national network of grassroots and community leaders to help Common Cause accomplish its goals of building a democracy that represents everyone. Lead and support national, state and local campaigns by organizing grassroots campaign activities, mobilizations, and other advocacy to help us win and protect democracy reforms.

Essential Functions

Build grassroots capacity: Strengthen a network of Common Cause leaders and members prioritizing community leaders and activists from backgrounds that reflect the communities they’re working in. Build teams to support advocacy with tactics like distributed events and house parties, phone banking, peer to peer texting, spokespeople, sign on letters, educational events, and pressure tactics.

Lead grassroots campaign activities: Help support or lead short-term state and local organizing campaigns on democracy reforms like ending voter suppression, creating public financing programs, ending gerrymandering, and restoring voting rights. Engage, educate, and motivate a diverse network on democracy-related issues and advocacy. Train leaders and teams in basic organizing skills and engage them in setting realistic yet challenging goals.

Create strong campaigns: Work with state leaders and coalition partners to create strong campaigns with clear and communicated goals, strategies and tactics for activist engagement. Prioritize expanding coalition to advocates and leaders representing impacted people and communities.

Rapid response: Quickly coordinate in-person events at the speed of the news cycle that may include petition deliveries, stand-up news conferences and other creative actions that earn media attention. Identify, recruit, and train Common Cause volunteers to quickly lead rapid response activities.

Lead the democracy reform movement: Stay abreast of legislative and organizational developments, building and maintaining knowledge of key Congressional and state targets. Engage leaders in how democracy issues — voting rights, ethical and accountable government, money in politics — intersect with progressive issues.

Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding access to our democracy.
  • Great interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Strong problem solving, analytical and strategic planning skills.
  • Self-starter, constantly aware of opportunities for engagement.
  • Ready to innovate and try new strategies and tactics.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Work environment

Location: Washington, DC National Office (remote location possible for an exceptional candidate). Frequent overnight travel, evening and weekend work.

Travel required

Overnight travel up to 20%.

  • Required education and experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of two years’ organizing experience, or equivalent demonstrated campaign leadership.
  • Experience working with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, political identity, and socioeconomic lines.

Preferred education and experience

Experience using CRMs and advocacy tools like ActionNetwork, Voter File, Hustle, Mobile Commons, and/or New/Mode.

Required Skills/Abilities

You can create and implement a winning campaign plan. You can lead an engaging training on a Zoom webinar, or jump in front of a crowd of activists. You are ready to innovate, and have strong listening skills to hear and support the community. You have familiarity with political advocacy and the legislative process, and can communicate about it with clarity and passion. You have the ability to write compelling emails that move activists to take bold action.

Additional Skill/Abilities

  • Bilingual speaking and writing skills in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Digital skills in Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Zoom webinars, Canva and Slack preferred.

Work authorization/security clearance requirements

Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Other duties

Please note this job description 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, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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.

TO APPLY:

Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements (optional) to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include in the subject line National Campaigner; 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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