Administrative Assistant, Common Sense Kids Action Status message

San Francisco, California, United States Full-time

Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curricula and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

Common Sense is seeking an administrative assistant to support the Common Sense Kids Action team. Reporting to the senior manager for policy and advocacy, the person in this role will provide robust administrative support in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment. The ideal candidate is resourceful and has the ability to work both collaboratively and independently while being able to multitask.

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

TYPE: Full-time (40 hours per week)


REPORTS TO: Senior manager, policy and advocacy


Administrative Support

Provide clerical and administrative coordination support to the VP of California policy, the VP of communications, and the San Francisco-based Kids Action team

  • Maintain and organize calendars for the VP, CA policy, the CA Kids Campaign team and VP, communications
  • Make, and adjust, travel arrangements for the VP, CA policy, the CA Kids Campaign team, and VP, communications
  • Organize and schedule appointments
  • Coordinate logistics, preparation, and collateral materials for onsite and offsite meetings/conference calls
  • Submit and reconcile expense reports
  • Take detailed meeting notes and triage important, relevant updates for appropriate team members
  • Write and distribute email, correspondence memos, letters, faxes, and forms
  • Maintain contact lists

Event Support

Provide direct event-planning support for policy-oriented events and activities

  • Develop and manage event task lists and timelines
  • Coordinate with venues, caterers, and other vendors
  • Manage event registration and correspondence with attendees
  • Invite and coordinate speakers
  • Manage day-of staff and volunteer assignments and coordinate production schedule


Other ad hoc duties as assigned

  • Provide general onsite support to visitors
  • Perform project research
  • Assist with human resources procedures


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of one year in an administrative support role; equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience with the Google Suite (Calendar, Gmail, Docs, etc.)
  • Exceptionally strong organizational skills in managing a large number of details within multiple projects under firm schedules and deadlines


  • You are energetic, enthusiastic, disciplined, hardworking, and a total team player.
  • You are organized and able to work on multiple projects with overlapping deadlines.
  • You are deeply inspired by the Common Sense mission.
  • You have a great sense of humor -- even when meeting tough deadlines.


  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals
  • Competitive health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k)
  • An organization that offers work/life balance
  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids and families!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.