Assistant Director

POSTED Mar 08 2017

Common Cause Massachusetts
Boston, MA
Full Time

Organizational Information.  Common Cause Massachusetts is a state chapter of Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to citizen participation in democracy and honest, accountable government. An independent, member-supported organization, Common Cause has more than 800,000 members and supporters nationwide and 20,000 in Massachusetts.


Job Description.  The Assistant Director of Common Cause Massachusetts reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for implementing the goals and priorities of the organization.  The position involves many different task and roles:


  • Organizing.  The Assistant Director takes the lead on organizing, motivating, recruiting, and communicating with members and volunteers.  This involves helping to develop an organizing plan with the Executive Director and Grassroots Committee, 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 maintaining the website.  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.


General/Skills required:  A qualified applicant must have superior organizational skills and be able to handle a number of tasks simultaneously.  As the primary contact for members, interns, and volunteers, an applicant must be affable, people oriented, and have excellent communication and motivational skills.  Ability to write clearly and persuasively and technology skills are required as are two years experience in a position with similar requirements in a non-profit or political campaign. The job also requires a two-year commitment.


Salary: 33-36K, full benefits, excellent intangibles.              Send resume/cover letter: