Position Title: Strategic Partnerships & Conservative Coalition Manager

Location: Remote

Reports to: Managing Director of CSI

Status: Full-time, Exempt


Position Summary

The Clean Slate Initiative (CSI) believes that a criminal record should not be a life sentence of poverty. CSI is a new bipartisan campaign that seeks to pass state policy changes that will automatically clear criminal records for people who were formerly incarcerated. CSI runs state campaigns that clear records and open up opportunity so that formerly incarcerated people can finally get a second chance.

The Clean Slate Initiative project is looking for a Strategic Partnerships & Outreach Manager who is committed to criminal justice reform and skilled at developing support for CSI across the political spectrum. The position entails working with the Managing Director, Steering Committee and State partners to increase support for Clean Slate Initiative’s mission and state policy campaigns by leveraging key relationships that build momentum, diffuse opposition and demonstrate broad and bi-partisan support for automatic records’ expungement.

The Strategic Partnerships & Outreach Manager will work closely with the Campaign Manager, Steering Committee and state partners to identify opportunities to work with bi-partisan allies and to engage stakeholders beyond the traditional advocacy community like faith leaders, business, law enforcement, and others as part of demonstrating consensus for the policy change we want. The person in this role will be guided by the overall strategy, goals and priorities of the state campaigns and will also work with the Managing Director to identify national opportunities to engage new allies and stakeholders that bring greater ideological, geographic, political and demographic diversity to CSI’s efforts.

The ideal candidate for this role will have experience navigating complex relationships, bringing together stakeholders with little in common, working across the aisle to advance goals and building consensus for shared values and goals.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Contribute support and insight in assessing stakeholders, landscaping state context and helping the Campaign Manager and state partner develop state strategies for campaigns that include robust outreach to a diverse set of new stakeholders, including conservatives, Evangelicals, Chambers of Commerce, corporate partners and others outside the typical advocacy community.
  • Develop a strategy with the Managing Director and Campaign managers to build or leverage relationships with appropriate stakeholders to advance CSI’s goals in states and nationally.
  • Increase the profile of CSI’s campaign and mission with key stakeholders and organizations that are a part of the bi-partisan community.
  • Identify opportunities for CSI to connect with new stakeholders that may bring different perspectives to the campaign and demonstrate bi-partisan support for our mission.
  • Organizing and facilitating meetings with our state partners and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Represent CSI at meetings, events, forums, etc.
  • Produce appropriate materials, content, reports and tools for a range of audiences including state partners, national partners, and CSI national staff and donors as needed.


  • Serve as the primary point of contact between CSI stakeholders and allied and/or aligned groups who may not or may not become part of CSI but agree with our mission and bring value to our campaigns.
  • Work closely with Managing Director, Steering Committee and others to cultivate additional strategic partnerships that bring value to our campaigns and advance our strategy.
  • Work with CSI team and stakeholders to plan activities, events and tactics that engage new stakeholders who may be new to CSI.
  • Fulfill other duties as requested by the Managing Director.

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent workforce experience.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with a wide range of organizations, including left-leaning, right-leaning and middle of the road groups and leaders, faith groups, business, corporate stakeholders and others.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in advocacy, organizing, campaigns at the state or federal level including lobbying, organizing constituents, implementation of policy, and other basic features of passing policy.
  • Track record of building and managing effective relationships, meet goals on time, and collaborate with campaign teams to advance a shared strategy.
  • History and success working with state and national stakeholders that may have different political leanings (Republican, Democrat), capacities and long-term goals and in getting these groups to work together.
  • Excellent judgement in making strategic decisions in real time based on sound power analysis, relationships and timelines.
  • Excellent verbal and written, presentation, public speaking and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to economic, gender and racial justice values and ensuring these values are manifest in CSI campaigns.
  • Strong capacity to prioritize tasks and activities based on strategy and an analysis of how to best advance goals.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of colleagues and allies and also to work independently, without day to day supervision.
  • Ability to work extended and sometimes irregular campaign hours as well as to travel to work with partners on location as needed.
  • Expertise and knowledge of the criminal justice landscape and existing relationships with criminal justice organizations across the political spectrum.
  • All employees of NVF are required to complete timesheets and track lobbying.

How to Apply

  • Please send a resume and cover letter to: careers@cleanslateinitiative.org to the attention of the Managing Director, Sheena Meade. Directly impacted people and formerly incarcerated individuals who meet the criteria above are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Statement

  • Clean Slate Initiative is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.