Executive Director - Hawaii

Jan 25 2023
Common Cause |Honolulu|Full Time, $84,000 - $94,000 / year
Job Description

We are looking for an entrepreneurial leader to lead Common Cause Hawaii, to promote the Common Cause agenda at the state and national level; fostera strong, sustainable organization; and build coalitions with the local community and work towards new successes. 


This role will sustain the incredible momentum of the Common Cause Hawaii team, which has played a pivotal role in several key accomplishments, including:

  • Promoting fair, honest, and modern election, with bills for ranked choice voting; a requirement for instructions for language translation services to be added to all ballot packages; and maintaining Election Day as a state holiday)
  • Strengthening public participation in local government, including the requirement for board packets for board packets to be available to the public prior to meetings, and the ability for the public to testify after every agenda item at board meetings
  • Curbing the influence of money in politics, including limiting how much candidates can donate from their committees, as well as what legislators may accept as gifts 


Program Strategy and Leadership 

  • Develop effective, winnable policy reforms at all levels of government and advocate for their passage and implementation in alignment with the Common Cause agenda and mission, including nonpartisanship. 
  • Center racial equity in our democracy agenda. 
  • Develop and execute lobbying strategies to advance reform and hold federal, state, and local elected and appointed 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. 
  • Engage members in lobbying and other advocacy activities. 
  • Build and participate in effective and diverse political and civic coalitions. 
  • Serve as Colorado Common Hawaii’s spokesperson in responding to inquiries from media, government officials, and others. 
  • Maintain communication with members and the public statewide through social media, website updates, and periodic emailed or written communication. 
  • Develop Common Cause brand as expert on issues of democracy, ethics, transparency, government accountability, campaign finance reform, voting laws, and more in Hawaii. 


  • Manage the operations of Common Cause Hawaii, including budgeting, fundraising, and supervising and developing volunteers and interns (and staff, if funding allows). 
  • 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 


  • Raise money from foundations, major donors, members, and special events, and devise other fundraising strategies to fund Common Cause programs, including lobbying efforts. 
  • Write grant proposals and reports to foundations to fund Common Cause programs, including lobbying efforts. 
  • Set, in partnership with the board and national staff, fundraising goals for the Hawaii organization. 
  • Coordinate state membership activities with current members as well as expand membership in the state by engaging new members from diverse constituencies with the organization. 




  • Commitment to Common Cause’s missionand to advancing racial equity through our democracy agenda  
  • Deep familiarity with Hawaii’s local context: deeply familiar with Hawaii’s political landscape, culture, community, and the state legislative process. 
  • Experience building alliances among diverse communities and stakeholders   
  • Experience leading public interest advocacy campaigns, particularly those centered in racial equity 
  • Organizational leadership experience:  
  • 5 or more years leadership experience, preferably with nonprofit organizations or political campaigns  
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with a volunteer board, volunteers, interns, and coalition partners 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage staff 
  • Fundraising experience, with a willingness to learn about and cultivate Common Cause’s network of major donors in Hawaii. 
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. 



  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and communication tools such as Canva, Action Network, VoteBuilder, social media, etc.  


Salary Range: $84,000 – $94,000, plus generous benefits package. 


To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to  [email protected] and include Executive Director (HI) in the subject line.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodation will be provided when required by law. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. 


About Common Cause: Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process. 

Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.5 million members (about the population of New Hampshire) and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country. 

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, or marital status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated.