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LOCATION: This position is located in Washington, DC

The Senior Philanthropic Advisor (SPA) develops and implements donor-centric strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major donors in support of our state offices and programs; communicates with Individual Donors and Family Foundations; and oversees the management of Donor Advised Funds.

The SPA will be responsible for prospecting, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of individual donors, family foundations and donor advised funds with the capacity to make transformational annual gifts in support of our states, and will solicit and steward individual prospects for legacy gifts. This position is based in Washington, D.C. but will oversee the donor portfolios of all other Common Cause offices located across the country. Reports to the Vice President of Development.

  • The SPA monitors and reports on progress on a weekly basis, ensuring that revenue and engagement goals are met.
  • Collaborates with management team, Board of Directors, state leadership, and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Designs and executes individualized cultivation and stewardship plans for portfolio that will exceed donor engagement and revenue goals for the fiscal year.
  • Frequent travel, virtual meetings and conference calls to cultivate, solicit and steward donors at in-person meetings.
  • Supports fundraising efforts of and provides mentorship to state staff.
  • Works with a team of senior fundraising professionals, establish annual and multi-year revenue strategies and goals, to include evaluation of results and development of new approaches as needed.
  • Maintains donor records in ROI database and provide a monthly analysis of donor performance related to retention, growth, upgrades, etc.
  • Coordinates with Development, Digital and Communications staff, and, where appropriate, the Board of Director’s Development Committee on major donor communications, stewardship and recognition activities including acknowledgements, special events, and mailings of donor updates.
  • Assists with special projects and performs other related duties that contribute to the Development department and Common Cause goals as assigned to include drafting correspondence, strategic plans, proposals, invitations, and reports.


  • Proven, successful track record of hands-on experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting/upgrading, closing and stewarding major gifts. Minimum of 5 years of experience required for consideration.
  • Ambition to confidently ask for monetary and in-kind contributions.
  • Profound understanding of moves management strategy and the capability to design and execute donor-centric engagement activities.
  • Capable of using CRM databases and other technology tools.
  • Proven successes in a deadline-driven environment with shifting demands and priorities.
  • Professional and emotional intelligence to work with high-level organization leaders, staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong working knowledge of the broad philanthropic landscape, prospect research methodology, best practices and evolving trends in philanthropy.
  • Experience managing a multi-state portfolio highly preferred.


  • Ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work with Development committee, donors and other constituencies.
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity and nonpartisanship through our democracy agenda.
  • Commitment to Common Cause’s issues and public interest advocacy.
  • Exemplary verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to perform exceptionally well under pressure, while managing multiple projects with a high degree of accuracy and diplomacy.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, honesty, and reliability.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.

TRAVEL REQUIRED: Must have the flexibility to travel frequently, work evenings and weekends.

TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, cover letter with salary requirements and a donor writing sample to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include SENIOR PHILANTHROPIC ADVISOR – STATES in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring core values of American Democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.

Founded 50 years ago, Common Cause has over 1 million members and supporters, and chapters in 35 states around the country. At the national and state level, Common Cause is actively engaged in defending and advancing the core values of our democracy, which include politics not dominated by money, full access to voting and fair elections, economic opportunity for all, an ethical and accountable government, and an open and democratic media. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org.

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.



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