Role: Outreach and Engagement Organizer (Charlotte, NC)
Location: Western Piedmont Region (Charlotte Area) of North Carolina; in-state travel required
Start Date: Immediate
Reports to: Organizing Manager
Details: This is a part-time and temporary role: 20 hours/week, through December 2024
Essential functions: We are looking for a part-time Outreach and Engagement Organizer who will be responsible for outreach to new and current members in the Charlotte, NC area and surrounding areas. This is an exciting, public-facing opportunity for a creative and engaging organizer to work closely with our community to help build our member base, connect members to Common Cause North Carolina, and ensure they have the tools they need to stand up for our democracy.
Build Community engagement:
- Lead non-partisan voter education and engagement, and election advocacy and protection activities
- Recruit and train up to 50 volunteers to serve as non-partisan volunteer poll monitors, assisting voters and reporting problems at polling places
- Represent Common Cause North Carolina in civic education and outreach activities (for example: identify target voters for direct voter outreach activities; creating phone lists for phone and text banks) in the Western Piedmont region with a focus on Charlotte, North Carolina
- Plan and attend Common Cause North Carolina member events and meetings, including local supporter calls
- Build and nurture strong relationships with community partners in Charlotte and the surrounding Western Piedmont region
- Promote regional activities through traditional and social media
- Engage members, supporters, and other key stakeholders via digital organizing tactics (for example: Voter Access Network (VAN), Relay, Relational Voter Program)
- Work with student fellow to organize Johnson C. Smith (JCSU) students, faculty, and staff, and other local schools around pro-democracy events and actions
- Build and nurture relationships with JCSU faculty and administration
- Help recruit Common Cause student interns and Democracy Fellows
Build support for Common Cause’s work and campaigns:
- Coordinate rapid response in-person events that may include petition deliveries, rallies, stand-up news conferences, and other creative actions that earn media attention
- Provide input on and edits of voter education resources (for example: factsheets, blogs, emails, graphics, etc.) to inform and educate our members and the public
- Coordinate grassroots actions with coalition partners to advance campaigns, including redistricting transparency, anti-disinformation, voting rights, ethics, and money and politics
Build and diversify our membership:
- Represent Common Cause North Carolina at coalition events, convenings and other spaces.
- Support our work to grow and diversify our membership base through recruitment and leadership development of grassroots members, especially young people, people in rural areas, and people living in low-income communities
- Stay abreast of legislative and organizational developments on our issues we care about, especially those impacting communities of color, low-income communities, and young people
You will thrive in this role if you have:
- A strong commitment to Common Cause’s mission and to advancing racial equity through our democracy agenda
- A commitment to equity, both in the goals of our work and in how we work with staff and other stakeholders
- Ability to quickly build relationships and credibility with multiple stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
- A track record of working collaboratively with others
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills
- Critical thinking skills, and a resourceful approach to problem-solving
- Strong organization skills, and an ability to manage your time independently
- Ability to manage multiple short and long-term projects simultaneously, and comfort with juggling multiple and shifting priorities
- Openness to feedback and awareness of your own strengths and areas for growth
- Ability to incorporate data and research into organizing resources including presentations, phone scripts, and other organizing materials
The following experience is required:
- At least 1 year of experience in organizing, advocacy, project management, fundraising or similar fields.
- Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Canva; and experience using social media platforms to engage others
- Ability to travel outside of the Charlotte area 3-4 times per month
- Candidates may not currently be in elected office or running for office
We have a preference for candidates who also demonstrate the following:
- Understanding of statewide democracy issues, including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, ethics, and more
- Capacity to implement small organizing and advocacy campaigns that connect to an overall strategic plan, that have clear components with measurable goals, and that use flexible tactics but remain oriented to advance that strategic plan
- Familiarity with VAN, Vote Builder, and various texting platforms
Compensation: $33,600/year; $1400/pay period (based off an annualized full-time salary of $63,000/year)
Classification: This position is classified as temporary and therefore not included in the union-represented collective bargaining unit.
To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to email@example.com and include in Outreach and Engagement Organizer (Charlotte, NC) in the subject line. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
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.
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.