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Executive Director

EMPLOYER: Common Cause Education Fund, 805 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 800                                            Washington, DC 20005

DEPARTMENTState Operations

POSITION AVAILABLE: Executive Director – Position Located in Pennsylvania

REPORTS TO: Vice President, State Operations

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The Executive Director will lead efforts in all areas of the Pennsylvania state organization. These include fundraising, grassroots organizing, coalition building, research, policy analysis, communications, advocacy, litigation, and any other activities that promote the Common Cause agenda at the state and national level and foster a strong, sustainable organization in Pennsylvania.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Develop and implement grassroots organizing strategies to build support for the Common Cause agenda.  Raise money from foundations, major donors, members, special events and devise other fundraising strategies to fund Common Cause programs, including lobbying efforts. Work to build and participate in effective and diverse political and civic coalitions. Develop and execute lobbying strategies to advance reform and hold federal, state and local elected officials and other decision-makers accountable. Produce timely, high quality policy research.

Communicate with the public and members across the state, through the media, social media, direct mail, and other channels. Coordinate state membership activities with current members as well as expand membership in the state by engaging new members from diverse constituencies to the organization. Develop effective, winnable Pennsylvania policy reforms at all levels of government and advocate for their passage and implementation. Work with and engage a strong state advisory board.  Manage the operations of the Common Cause state organization, including fiscal integrity in budgeting and fundraising. Recruit, train and supervise state staff, volunteers and interns. Work with staff in Washington, DC, the region, and in other states, and serve as liaison to the national office.

QUALIFICATIONS: Entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to build upon current assets to establish a strong state operation. Strong fundraising skills and experience, with a willingness to learn more about and cultivate Common Cause’s network of major donors in Pennsylvania. Familiarity with Pennsylvania’s political landscape and the state legislative process. Strong experience in non-profit advocacy and organizing work. Demonstrated leadership and organizing ability. Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Demonstrated experience working with the traditional and new media. Organizational management experience, including nonprofit organizations. 5 or more years’ management experience preferred.

Experience and passion for the Common Cause agenda and mission. Demonstrated ability to work independently in a deadline driven environment with competing priorities. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse communities and to build alliance among diverse stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff, including national staff and peers in other Common Cause state organizations. Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation. Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends. Working knowledge of social media tools including Facebook and Twitter; Able to adhere and protect Common Cause’s nonpartisan values.                                 

TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at and include EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - PENNSYLVANIA in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

ABOUT COMMON CAUSECommon 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 800,000 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:

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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