Common Cause Education Fund 805 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20005 www.commoncause.org
DEPARTMENT: STATE OPERATIONS
POSITION AVAILABLE: Youth Organizer – Position located in Illinois; Contract, Term
REPORTS TO: Lead Organizer
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Common Cause Illinois is seeking an accomplished, strategic, and collaborative organizer to contract with our office and assist in our efforts to build a stronger, more diverse base throughout the state that will build on our victories and ensure that we are furthering the cause of justice by holding power accountable.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Collaborate with the Lead Organizer and other staff to develop, strengthen, and maintain a grassroots organizing network across the state. Recruit and develop diverse leadership of grassroots members, especially youth and people living in low-income communities and communities of color. Support Common Cause Illinois’ action teams and campus chapters. Identify new high schools, trade schools, community colleges, and universities where Common Cause chapters could be started, and work with students and administrators to grow capacity on campus. Build coalition support, organize members, and educate the public and elected officials on democracy issues, including voting rights and money in politics. Quickly coordinate in-person events at the speed of the news cycle that may include petition deliveries, stand-up news conferences, and other creative actions that earn media attention. Stay abreast of legislative and organizational developments throughout the state, building and maintaining relationships with key elected officials. Develop and write public outreach materials including factsheets, action alerts, presentations, and online updates. Assist with fundraising for our organizing campaigns in coordination with the Director of Development and Strategic Growth. This position is based in Chicago but will require travel throughout the state.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree preferred. We will, however, consider experience in lieu of a degree. Understanding of the role community organizing and power has in moving democracy issues. Commitment to political reform and social and economic justice. Strong empathy, ability, and desire to work in diverse settings. Ability to multi-task and to work effectively in a fast-paced environment. Willingness to work flexible hours—including occasional weeknights and weekends. Ability to travel overnight in Illinois. Commitment to working as part of a team. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, G Suite, and current social media platforms required. Luminate (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery is a plus. Fluent in multiple languages a plus
TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include YOUTH ORGANIZER - ILLINOIS in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This is an entry-level contract position for one year that will start September 1.
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE: 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 700,000 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. 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.
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.