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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Use your public policy, grassroots, and digital organizing skills to fight for voting rights, fair maps, and representative government in Minnesota. Common Cause MN (CCMN) is seeking a passionate, strategic, self-reliant, and collaborative manager to expand our efforts to build a more inclusive democracy throughout the state. The Policy and Civic Engagement Manager will be instrumental in moving priority campaigns by educating, training, and mobilizing CCMN members and partners and will also analyze and contribute to policy development in the state. CCMN office is in St. Paul, but position location is flexible in Minnesota.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Build support for Common Cause’s work and campaigns through grassroots organizing and coalition engagement:

  • Engage, build, and support Common Cause Minnesota membership to support Common Cause program and reform agendas.
  • Represent Common Cause in coalition spaces.
  • Work with the team to develop, strengthen, and maintain grassroots organizing network across MN, with a focus on historically underrepresented regions and communities of color.
  • Develop and coordinate training opportunities for our members and grassroots activists on legislative advocacy, campaign finance, elections reform, and other skills as needed.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers and interns.
  • Work with Common Cause staff and partners to coordinate rapid response in-person events and virtual events that may include petition deliveries, rallies, stand-up news conferences, and other creative actions that earn media attention.
  • Assist in developing materials (factsheets, blogs, emails, graphics, etc.) to inform and educate our members and the public.

Conduct selected policy work:

  • Conduct research and produce written materials on elections, redistricting, and other CCMN priorities.
  • Stay abreast of legislative and organizational developments across constituencies impacted. In other words, know what’s going on across the issues we care about and know which ones are most important to communities of color, disabled Minnesotans, low-income communities, and young people.
  • Other Duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience, education, and technical proficiency:

  • At least 3 years of experience in organizing, advocacy, project management, fundraising or similar fields.
  • Working knowledge of statewide democracy issues, including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, ethics, and more.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Canva, and current social media platforms.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to equity justice.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent In language other than English, specifically Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Oromo, Karen, American Sign Language.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, including experience in working 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.
  • Understanding of the political landscape and policy trends in Minnesota.
  • Action Network (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery.
  • Familiarity with VAN, Vote Builder, and various texting platforms.

You’ll thrive if you have/are:

  • A “can do” attitude and exceptional organizational skills, with a strong capacity to manage systems, projects, and people.
  • Self-starter with an ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment with competing priorities – this position involves significant contact with members, key stakeholders, and volunteers.
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working with many kinds of people and a working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and bias.
  • Language skills in other language other than English.
  • Experience coordinating other advocacy programs, GOTV, and/or experience working in organizing, issue advocacy, and/or political campaigns.
  • The ability to craft compelling messages and explain complex ideas in accessible ways.
  • Commitment to political reform and social and economic justice.
  • Strong empathy, and ability and desire to work in diverse settings.
  • Commitment to working as part of a team.
  • Commitment to professionalism, including standards for self and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize and plan backward.

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: $52,000 – $62,000; plus, a generous benefits package

TO APPLY: Please submit Resume and Cover Letter to Common Cause’s Senior Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include Policy and Civic Engagement Manager (MN) 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.

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