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Assistant Director

Common Cause
Job Title: Assistant Director
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October 31st, 2018
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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 45 years ago, Common Cause has 1,000,000 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.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the mission and the Executive Director, in organizing and recruiting volunteers to support different grassroot initiatives, as well as coordinating office operation. This position will also have the primary responsibility of maintain the online presence of the Massachusetts state office

Reports To

Executive Director, Massachusetts 


  • Organizing.  The Assistant Director takes the lead on organizing, motivating, recruiting, and communicating with members and volunteers both on digital platforms and off-line.  This involves helping to develop an organizing plan with the Executive Director, national staff, and the Grassroots Committee. Possible tactics include recruiting volunteers, setting up local meetings, speaking to community groups, developing leadership in the community, organizing ballot initiatives, and increasing grassroots activism.
  • Website/E-Activism/Writing.  The Assistant Director has primary responsibility for the website and social media.  With help from the Executive Director, writes action alerts to members, web-site copy, letters to the editor, fact sheets and handouts, and news alerts and releases.
  • Supervising/Research.  Supervises and recruits office volunteers and interns.  Maintains intern and volunteer morale, answers questions, and sets tasks cooperatively with Executive Director.  Conducts research as needed.
  • Administration/Technology.  The Assistant Director coordinates all office operations along with volunteers, making sure there are adequate supplies, negotiating with vendors, arranging for printing, and other tasks as necessary to ensure a smoothly functioning small office.  Along with volunteers and national office, helps to improve and maintain databases.
  • Media/Lobbying. Keeps track of media coverage of the organization and disseminates.  Write press releases and advisories as needed, although the Executive Director bears primary responsibility for this task. May make occasional media appearances and lobbyist visits.
  • Fundraising.  Participates and assists in organizational fundraising activities, especially keeping data organized, helping to identify prospects, making phone calls, organizing events, and if appropriate meeting with donors.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with two years relevant experience in a political campaign, government, or non-profit.
  • 2 years’ experience in similar position in a non-profit/political campaign
  • Experience with online advocacy and social media campaigning.
  • Ability to build and cultivate relationships with people and organizations of various orientations and diverse backgrounds. 
  • Demonstrated ability for clear, concise, and persuasive writing.
  • Flexible, detail-oriented and able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with multiple competing priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and the ability to motivate people to act.
  • Results-oriented, dependable, and proactive.
  • Ability to work independently, initiate projects, and work with minimal supervision.

How to Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include Assistant Director – Massachusetts in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Common Cause strongly encourages those from historically under-served, underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply. Legal work authorization required. Resumes submitted without Cover Letter will not be reviewed.

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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