Executive Director, Maryland Common Cause

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Executive Director will lead efforts in all areas of the Maryland 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 Maryland.



• Commitment to advancing the Common Cause agenda and mission, including nonpartisanship.

• Manage the operations of Maryland Common Cause, including supervising and developing state staff, budgeting, and fundraising. 

• Work with, develop, and engage a strong state advisory board of directors to develop goals and strategies for achieving mission and organizational goals.

• Collaborate with staff in Washington, DC; the region; and in other states.


• Develop effective, winnable policy reforms at all levels of government and advocate for their passage and implementation. 

• 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. 

• Develop and implement grassroots organizing strategies with Common Cause members to build support for the Common Cause agenda. 

• Work to build and participate in effective and diverse political and civic coalitions. 

• Serve as Maryland Common Cause’s spokesperson and communicate with the public and members across the state, through the media, social media, and other channels.



• Raise money from foundations, major donors, members, and special events, and devise other fundraising strategies to fund Common Cause programs, including lobbying efforts.  

• Set, in partnership with the board and national staff, fundraising goals for the Maryland organization.

• 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. 


• Demonstrated leadership and organizing ability. 

• Excellent written and verbal communications skills. 

• Entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to build upon current assets to expand a strong state operation. 

• Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with a volunteer board, and with staff, including national staff and peers in other Common Cause state organizations.

• Organizational leadership experience. Five or more years management experience, including nonprofit organizations, preferred. 

• 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.

• Familiarity with Maryland’s political landscape and the state legislative process. 

• Demonstrated experience working with the traditional and new media. 

• Commitment to advancing racial equity through our democracy agenda.

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and build alliances among diverse communities and stakeholders, including but not limited to people of color, people of diverse political affiliations, business leaders, young people, and members of the faith community. 

• Strong fundraising skills and experience, with a willingness to learn more about and cultivate Common Cause’s network of major donors in Maryland. 

• Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter detailing your interest in working for Maryland Common Cause to Director of Human Resources at hr (at) commoncause.org and include EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - MARYLAND in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Resumes will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled; priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 26th

ABOUT US: 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 48 years ago, Common Cause has 1.1 million members and supporters, and chapters in 30 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 and expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.