Job Opportunities

Thank you for considering Common Sense as a place to work. We feel strongly about hiring smart, passionate, creative people who want to improve the media and technology landscape for kids, families, and schools. Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the hiring process.

How do I apply for a job?

All positions are posted on this website. Please click the job title to see full job description for that position. Please submit applications by sending your resume and cover letter to jobs@commonsense.org and putting the position you're applying for in the subject line.

What is the process after an application is submitted?

Applications are collected in the jobs inbox – please note we cannot respond to every application.

  1. Our HR team reviews applications to identify qualified candidates.
  2. Qualified candidates are invited to do a telephone screening.
  3. The most qualified candidates will be invited to an in-person interview. Common Sense typically conducts 2 to 3 rounds of in-person interviews in the hiring process.
  4. References will be solicited from our final candidates. (Please note that some positions will require additional background checks.)
  5. A formal written job offer will be made to our top final candidate.

Here at Common Sense we honor the diversity of our talented employees.  

Current Openings

Executive Assistant

We are seeking a top-level Executive Assistant skilled at communicating with senior executives, funders, and various other high-profile persons to support a high-level executive. Resourceful and displaying initiative, the ideal candidate is tech savvy and will possess excellent people skills, superior writing skills, the ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and the ability to multitask seamlessly.  This role will report directly to a senior executive at Common Sense.

Communications Coordinator

We are seeking a talented communications coordinator to help support and execute Common Sense's media relations campaigns across the organization's consumer, education, and research efforts. Skilled at communicating with various stakeholders, the communications coordinator is resourceful and shows initiative across all functions of the role. The ideal candidate is tech-savvy and possesses excellent people skills and superior writing skills and will have the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.  

Creative Copywriter

Common Sense is hiring a creative copywriter, responsible for transforming ideas into compelling messages for website copy, collateral, advertisements, social campaigns, and emails.  The copywriter will serve across the organization, report to our creative director, and work closely with our creative design and marketing teams to create copy that brings our content to life, including products for families, educators, our funders, and our partners. The ideal candidate is magical with turning concepts into compelling words, understands audiences, and knows how to use copy to communicate the impact of our work to end users, supporters, and partners.

Social Media Specialist

We are seeking an experienced Social Media Specialist to execute social media communications, community engagement, and acquisition strategies for Common Sense Media and Common Sense Education. The Social Media Specialist will create, curate, publish, and monitor social content on the major social channels and track performance across both the Consumer and Education pillars of our organization. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record building consumer and professional communities with organic and paid social media,  be both creative and analytical, and have a passion for helping kids, families, and schools.

Policy Associate, Common Sense Kids Action

The Common Sense Kids Action team is seeking a policy associate to contribute to the advancement of legislative efforts in California and throughout the nation. Reporting to the vice president for California policy, the policy associate will assist with the development, implementation, and communication of the organization's advocacy agenda. Resourceful and creative, the ideal candidate is tech-savvy and will possess excellent people skills, superior writing skills, the ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and the ability to multitask seamlessly. 

Vice President, Individual Giving

Common Sense is seeking a talented, experienced Vice President of Individual Giving with proven knowledge and experience in fundraising, and experience leading and inspiring teams.   The ideal candidate will be passionate about collaboratively creating and fostering a culture of philanthropy that helps achieve our revenue goals while attracting, growing and retaining our base of donor support.

Director, Education Program Management

 We are in search of an all-star Director, Education Program Management.  This role combines a strong technical and analytical background with a deep interest in what drives educators, our primary audience. S/he will work cross-functionally with engineering, content, outreach, marketing, and design to secure user adoption, increase retention and lifetime value, analyze market opportunities and trends, communicate with customers, and, ultimately, drive a set of product features and product marketing programs to increase overall customer engagement.

New York Regional Director

Common Sense Media is seeking a dynamic, results-driven person to lead its New York Office. The New York Regional Director is responsible for driving a comprehensive effort to build Common Sense Media’s presence, philanthropic base and strategic partnerships in the New York Metropolitan Area. The New York Regional Director is a frontline fundraiser who cultivates, solicits, and manages high profile relationships with local foundations, major donors, civic, business, and community partners.

 
Common Sense is hiring for a Development & Advocacy Coordinator, Common Sense Kids Actionto support the Regional Director and Vice President for Federal Policy in our Washington D.C. office.  The Advocacy & Development Coordinator will work closely with the VP Federal Policy and also with our San Francisco-based development (fundraising) team to support our growing D.C. presence.  The ideal candidate is an effective communicator with a self-starter attitude that can apply initiative and enthusiasm to all aspects of their job.  This is a great opportunity for a well-organized, tech-savvy individual with a “get it done” attitude interested in fundraising, policy, and advocacy for a mission-driven organization. 
 
 
Common Sense is looking for an stellar Managing Editor to help propel our newest initiative, Common Sense News, to the next level.  The Managing Editor will be an experienced manager of people with budgeting experience, a strong knowledge of social media and digital trends in the news business, and great public speaking chops.  The Managing Editor will also work closely with an advisory board of journalism pioneers and experts on kids’ issues, will provide the editorial vision and voice, and supervise a professional editorial staff plus a large team of independent contributors.
 
 
Common Sense News is a new reporting service developed by Common Sense to provide high-quality journalism around issues that relate to children, especially in the technology and media realm. Common Sense News is seeking a Newsletter Writer to compile, write, and edit an email digest that aggregates and comments on the technology and policy issues facing children.