Civic Engagement Director    





Founded in 2001, CAUSE's mission is to build grassroots power to advance social, economic and environmental justice for the people of the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy.



CAUSE is currently seeking an Civic Engagement Director who will work closely with the Civic Engagement Coordinator to develop our voter outreach strategy and volunteer recruitment plan for year round voter engagement. At least twice each year, supervise, manage and train a paid Civic Engagement team who will be making calls and going door to door to educate voters on different issues. The Director will also be the lead in our participation in statewide voter engagement coalitions including California Calls and CEJA, In addition the Director will be responding for leading programs with our sister 501C(4) organization CAUSE Action Fund including its Justice Leadership Institute that recruits and trains people interested in running for local office. This position is a full time position. The Position reports to the Organizing Director and will largely work out of CAUSE’s Oxnard office.


The Civic Engagement Director responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Hire, train and supervise a paid team of phone and door to door canvassers twice a year

  • Attend regular statewide California Calls and field team meetings representing CAUSE

  • Participate in weekly city-based team meetings as appropriate

  • Represent the organization in regional and/or statewide voting tables

  • Participating in some grassroots fundraising, grant writing and reporting

  • Lead the work with our sister 501c4 organization CAUSE Action Fund  

  • Lead in beginning a Central Coast Civic Engagement Table

  • Voter Engagement through hiring and supervising paid team

  • Support fundraising for civic engagement work

  • Training staff and compliance on c3/c4 election and campaign finance laws

  • Working with financial admin on campaign finance reporting

  • PDI management of voter data


Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred but not requiredBachelor’s Degree or equivalent required

  • 1+ years of  experience working to engage voters

  • Experience with and desire to work with diverse cultures and the ability to engage people from a variety of backgrounds

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Able to set own work priorities, manage responsibilities and time

  • Flexibility and willingness to sometimes work long hours and weekends, and be able to travel throughout region, state and nation.

  • Be able to develop trainings and materials.

  • Be able to read spreadsheets to track numerical goals and identify where further training is needed.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills. 

  • Be able to clearly articulate our organizing and campaign goals to voters in an inspiring way.

  • Be able to listen for cues from voters - what moves them, what do they care about, etc. and direct the conversation toward them taking local action.

  • Be able to connect with various audiences and build connections/relationships.

  • Must be able to record voter responses, notes, schedules on our voter outreach platforms.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Valid drivers’ license and dependable access to a car to drive for work required.



This is a full-time exempt position.  This position will include evening and weekend work when voter outreach is most effective.  



Starting pay for this full time position is $74,880. Compensation includes paid holidays, vacation, sick time and comprehensive health benefits including medical and dental, as well as an annual retirement contribution, monthly stipend for use of cellphone and travel. There is a strong possibility this position will become a permanent full time position beginning in 2023.



The position will remain open until filled.  Please e-mail your resume with a cover letter to Cameron Yee at [email protected] Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.