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Location: Remote (Washington, DC preferred)

Start Date: Immediate

Reports to: President

This is a full-time role.

 Essential Functions:

Common Cause is seeking a Vice President, Development who will lead the organization’s fundraising strategy and bolster our mission to defend voting rights, to end partisan gerrymandering, to restore ethics and accountability to all levels of government, and to pursue many other critical democracy reforms.

The VP, Development will inspire current and prospective supporters to realize their philanthropic potential with Common Cause (501c4)  and Common Cause Education Fund (501c3), manage and lead a high-performing team with humility and conviction, grow our individual giving and foundation giving programs, align Common Cause’s national organization and state offices on business process and operational standards of excellence, and coordinate across realms of responsibility and lines of difference to inspire the organization to optimize all giving opportunities.


Design and Lead the Fundraising Strategy for Common Cause and Common Cause Education Fund:

  • Develop and implement a strategic and comprehensive multi-year fundraising plan with overarching, measurable goals, positioning Common Cause to achieve and exceed annual revenue goals.
  • Set and achieve annual revenue goals in close collaboration with the CEO and Senior Management Team, National Development team, State Executive Directors, as well as the National Governing Board; monitor and report on progress against goals and analyze trends to adjust throughout the year.
  • Motivate, inspire, and coach in developing and executing national and regional development strategies.
  • Develop and implement major gifts solicitation, donor retention, foundation, and donor growth strategies.
  • Create strong systems for managing relationships with prospects, current supporters (including individuals and foundations), ensuring customized communication and cultivation.

Ensure Effective Development Team and Operations

  • Translate development strategy into work plans, so teams and individuals understand and deliver on development goals.
  • Develop and manage annual departmental budget, closely monitoring and reporting to the CEO and CFO on outcomes for revenue goals.
  • Ensure effective development operations by building and/or refining appropriate systems, tools, and processes to support the team’s work.
  • Ensure accurate updating of donor records in CRM.

Steward and Support Major Gifts

  • Expand and diversify Common Cause’s funding base.
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a personal portfolio of supporters.
  • Travel as needed to represent the organization at donor meetings, selected conferences, and networking events.
  • Develop and manage a formal stewardship program for donors.


  • 10+ years of experience in nonprofit development, outlining and executing comprehensive, integrated strategies.
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of Common Cause.
  • Experience managing complex development teams and operations.
  • Demonstrated experience building a culture of philanthropy throughout an organization, with the ability to inspire and coach local and regional staff to meet development goals.
  • Proven track record of creating and executing innovative fundraising strategies.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically about revenue diversification and develop and implement plans in support of revenue growth.
  • Exceptional listening, trust-building, and interpersonal skills with ability to influence, engage, and build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Proactive attitude, future-focused thinking, and ability to lead and execute in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to build and improve systems and tools for development operations, including databases, reporting, and donor research tools.
  • BA/BS or advanced degree, preferably in related field.
  • Excited about working in a dynamic, creative, and fast-paced environment that promotes personal and professional growth.

 Salary Range: $170,000 – $200,000, plus generous benefits package.

Classification: This position is classified as management 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 Vice President of Development 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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