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Location: California

Start Date: Immediate

Reports to: Executive Director, CA

This is a full-time role.

Essential Functions: 

The Voting Rights and Redistricting Program Manager will lead California Common Cause’s work on voting rights policy, voter protection, election administration, and redistricting. The Program Manager will use a variety of tools, including policy analysis and development, legislative and administrative advocacy, research, strategic communications, coalition organizing, and public engagement. The Program Manager will collaborate everyday with colleagues inside the organization and work in coalition constantly with partners outside the organization. The position reports to the Executive Director of California Common Cause.

California Common Cause (CCC) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization fighting for a better, healthier, and more inclusive California democracy. We work to undo historic inequities in our state and local governments and to build democratic institutions that are responsive to and reflective of the communities they are meant to serve.

Responsibilities:

  • Voting rights policy: As CCC’s lead on voting rights issues, help shape the statewide agenda on voting rights reforms, working together with partners in the advocacy space and the State Legislature. Develop and investigate bill ideas. Build and lead advocacy campaigns.
  • Election administration/implementation: Lead CCC’s implementation work on major California election reforms. Maintain relationships with elections officials and with partner organizations interested in election administration. Track and watchdog implementation work of various kinds at the California Secretary of State’s office and in key county elections offices. Serve on county and statewide advisory committees relating to voting systems, language access, and more.
  • Election protection: Design and manage Election Protection / poll monitoring programs every two years or supervise staff who design and manage these programs. Collaborate with partners and coordinate with elections officials. Make decisions on how to best use poll monitoring findings to leverage future advocacy opportunities.
  • Policy analysis and research: Lead or support policy analysis and research efforts. Occasionally complete or support the completion of reports, including on Election Protection findings.
  • Redistricting: Understand California’s experience in the recently completed state and local redistricting processes; work with partners inside and outside the organization to advance reforms that will make future redistricting cycles more equitable, more independent, and more community driven.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work/Office/Travel Requirements: The person in this role will have the choice to be fully remote, partially remote, or fully based in our LA-region office located in Alhambra, CA.

Qualifications:

  • 4-10 years of experience in policy, campaigns, coalition-management, and/or organizing.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate efforts with various stakeholders, produce written policy analysis and/or reports, and manage projects.
  • Familiarity with state election policy/law and redistricting highly preferred.
  • Commitment to the public interest and Common Cause’s mission.
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizing ability. Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Extremely high attention to detail and extremely strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, including the ability to work 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.
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with social media tools including Facebook and Twitter; proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment with competing priorities.
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
  • Flexible, self-starter, multi-tasker with the ability to thrive in an open office environment.

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, activities, or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

Salary Range: $80,000 – $92,000, plus generous benefits package.

Classification: This position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.

To Apply: Please submit Resume and Cover Letter and three references to hr@commoncause.org and include Voting and Redistricting Program Manager 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.

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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