CA Partnerships Manager

CA Partnerships Manager Job Description

Location: Sacramento, Los Angeles, or Bay Area, CA preferred

Reports to: CSJ Executive Director

Start Date: ASAP – position open until filled

Position type: Full time, exempt



Founded in 2012, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a statewide advocacy organization that aims to reduce incarceration and advance more effective approaches to public safety in California. We work to expand the use of alternatives to incarceration, including community corrections, drug treatment, mental health treatment, community service, workforce development, healing programs for victims of crime and other evidence-based practices.  We do this through a combination of sophisticated insider/outsider advocacy strategies, including communications, coalition-building, research, policy, sub-grants and capacity-building, and crime survivor constituency building.  Central to our work is the recognition that survivors deserve a justice system that prioritizes healing, prevention and recovery – and too often these are unmet.

CSJ’s sister organization, Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), also a project of Tides Center, has been leading national advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration with new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country for the last three years. With a substantial California staff and a strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. Additionally, Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, a project of Tides Advocacy, is the 501 (c)4 arm of both ASJ and CSJ. Combined, ASJ and CSJ operate with over 65 staff.

Position Summary

The CA Partnerships Manager will coordinate public education campaigns and a wide range of diverse coalitions both statewide and local. This position is a key role in helping to ensure partnerships are managed effectively and those partnerships help to drive critical work forward around policy, programs, and to promote key shared safety initiatives that replace wasteful prison spending with new safety solutions. The Partnerships Manager will report directly to the CSJ Executive Director, and will partner closely with the CA Government Affairs Director, Associate Director, and other key staff from both Research and Communications Departments as well as contractors. The successful candidate will have significant campaign and coalition experience in a fast-paced environment, including experience leading and project managing campaigns.

Primary Responsibilities

The Partnerships Manager will be responsible for spending 100% of their time managing partnerships, working in coalition with other advocacy and business organizations, in addition to supporting statewide formations and events related to partners, advocacy and campaign goals.


●      Organize and manage different coalitions including, but not limited to, our burgeoning Shared Safety coalition and other public education campaigns, state-wide advocacy events and initiatives that support coalition building, including coordination with consultants, staff, constituents, and communications strategies

●      Facilitate partnerships with key stakeholders; develop and manage campaigns to help educate new constituencies and partners about justice reform, new safety solutions and advocacy opportunities

●      Support statewide partnerships and coalitions to help advance CSJ’s legislative agenda, including community outreach and events, CSJ Advocacy Days, and assisting in building a consistent constituent presence in Sacramento

●      Align CSJ’s two flagship programs, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Time Done to support consistency work in organizing models, processes, trainings, voter registration and base-building strategies

●      Help advance c4 ballot campaigns, including coordination of all steering committees and partnership networks on an as needed basis


Skills & Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a visionary, exceptional collaborator, and mission-driven. Their work will be driven by strategic thinking, integrity, and purpose. They will have an unwavering passion for and commitment to social justice and civil rights. Specific skills and experience include:

  • Bilingual English and Spanish speaker; spanish language proficiency preferred
  • 3-5 years of political campaign experience and coalition building experience to include: ballot campaigns, electoral campaigns, and advocacy campaigns preferably in the field of criminal justice reform
  • 3-5 years in community organizing and project management with progressive proficiency in software and techniques
  • Experience running effective meetings, setting agendas, and seeing action items through to implementation
  • Experience working in a nonprofit and/or campaign setting
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience managing high-level partnerships and relationships with allied organizations in a way that demonstrates sophistication, respect and capacity to identify and execute a mutually shared vision and goals
  • Experience providing support, training, and assistance to diverse constituencies such as faith-based groups, crime survivors, service providers, labor associations, business leaders and others in advancing a coherent advocacy and issue education agenda
  • Demonstrated commitment to training and building the capacity of crime survivor groups to win campaigns and sustain those reforms
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial – enjoys creating and implementing new endeavors
  • Experience working effectively in a fast-paced environment when staff are not in the same location; flexible and able to work cooperatively under pressure

Physical Demands

Must be able to sit at a computer or stand for extended periods of time, dexterity to operate a keyboard, ability to speak clearly and use a telephone. Frequent state-based travel is required.


Work Environment

Sacramento, Los Angeles, or Bay Area, CA preferred. This position is permitted to remote telecommute and/or may work in a downtown office environment with open seating areas and individual offices. The office includes standard work desks, furniture, and fluorescent lighting. There is an elevator in the building.  Work hours, dependent on deadlines, may include night or weekend assignments.


Compensation and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Tides Center offers a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement, and annual leave.


To Apply

Applications should be sent to our Recruitment Partner, Careers in Nonprofits here. Applications must include a cover letter indicating your match to the stated job requirements, your resume, and 3-4 professional references, including at least 1-2 references from a campaign setting.

Californians for Safety and Justice, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against loop because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.