Position Title: Campaign Manager
Reports to: Managing Director of CSI
Status: Full-time, Exempt
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 Campaign Manager who is committed to criminal justice reform. The position entails working with the Managing Director, Advisory Board, Steering Committee and State partners to implement Clean Slate Initiative’s mission and strategic plan to pass state legislation that would expunge the criminal records of millions of formerly incarcerated people.
This primary functions of CSI Campaign Manager are to set up, manage and ensure accountable execution of state legislative campaigns to pass clean state reforms in partnership with state organizations that are resourced by CSI to execute those efforts and with support from national partners and allies that provide specific expertise. A self-starter, a creative problem-solver and someone who is energized by making a path and not simply following one is the ideal candidate for this position.
Responsibilities and Tasks
- Serve as lead in planning and implementation of state campaigns including power analysis, legislative strategy, establishing campaign infrastructure and on-going management in states that CSI deems are ripe for legislative campaign.
- Manage relationships with state partners that facilitate accountability and the overall progress of state campaigns toward deliverables that measure success.
- Coordination of federal and state resources that allow CSI to effectively deploy the expertise of Steering Committee partners and other national resources to support state campaigns.
- Organizing and facilitating meetings with our state partners and other stakeholders as needed.
- Work with state partners and with the CSI national team to facilitate a streamlined and simple granting process that connecting funding to program deliverables and advancing key goals that demonstrate progress toward policy change.
- Identify specific partner needs that may arise over the course of campaigns, including training, resource, materials, research and other needs that would enhance partners’ capacity to advance successful CSI campaigns.
- Produce 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 state partners and CSI’s Managing Director, national team, Steering Committee, and consultants.
- Represent CSI in meetings, forums, events, etc.
- Attend, co-plan, manage state partners meetings and retreats.
- Maintain files, documents, and shared communications systems for tracking data and generating regular reports to CSI.
- Fulfill other duties as requested by the Managing Director.
Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability
- Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent workforce experience.
- Demonstrated capacity to advance campaigns, work with a wide range of organizations, and solid knowledge of the criminal justice policy and organizing landscape.
- A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in advocacy, organizing and campaigns at the state or federal level including lobbying, organizing constituents, implementation of policy, and other basic features of passing policy.
- A minimum of 5 years project, coalition, or staff management experience that demonstrates capacity to build and manage effective relationships, meet goals on time, and drive the pace of a campaign team.
- 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.
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 Clean Slate Initiative’s Managing Director. Directly impacted people and formerly incarcerated individuals who meet the criteria above are encouraged to apply.
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.