Location: Eastern, Southern, or Midwest regions; remote telecommute
Division: Organizing & Partnerships
Reports to: Chief of Organizing & National Director, CSSJ
Start Date: ASAP – position open until filled
Position type: Full-time; exempt
Founded in 2016, the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a multi-state organization that aims to win new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country. At a time of immense opportunity, ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state criminal justice reform through policy advocacy, coalition building, research, education and strategic communications. ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors to advance policies that help communities most harmed by crime and violence. ASJ’s partner organization, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), also a project of Tides Center, has been leading state advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration in California with new safety priorities since its inception in 2012. With a substantial California staff and a strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. Additionally, the 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 70 staff.
The Organizing and Partnerships (O&P) division of the Alliance for Safety and Justice seeks a Senior Manager to play a critical role in division oversight and the collaborative ownership of strategic benchmarks during an exciting time of growth. Serving as a trusted partner to the Chief of Organizing & National Director, CSSJ, the Senior Manager will support team management and supervision, strengthen division-wide structures, and facilitate org-wide collaboration with the State Capacity, Advocacy, Communications and Operations divisions, as well as collaboration with key external stakeholders to drive strategic goals forward. This is a position focused on managing people toward outcomes under the direction of the Chief of Organizing & National Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ), which includes tracking deliverables towards benchmarks to ensure priority goals are met.
The right candidate is a senior level advocacy professional who knows how to drive toward key deliverables despite a rapidly shifting campaign environment. The successful candidate will have experience in the policy and advocacy space, and strong project, team management and leadership development experience. This position will work with the Chief of Organizing & National Director, CSSJ on a daily basis to ensure high quality execution and follow up on meeting division needs. The Senior Manager will also work closely with the Program Manager and O&P department leads in order to keep department work on track, and to effectively serve as a direct liaison between the O&P division and other divisions.
Divisional Leadership & Staff Management (60%)
- Provide daily management and support to the Organizing & Partnerships Division, TimeDone and CSSJ staff, and members
- Directly supervise O&P staff members across the Program Management, Events & Community, Digital Engagement and Membership Coordination capacities
- Provide strong oversight of division-wide processes that promote team development and synergy, such as team meetings, information sharing systems, and project management processes
- Support the Chief of Organizing & National Director, CSSJ in tracking priority work and deliverables across all states in partnership with the Program Manager; analyze progress towards program and state benchmarks; identify corresponding action items and key communications needed
- Provide strong leadership, vision and coaching for O&P division staff by making recommendations for professional development opportunities
- Work closely with the Chief of Organizing to identify and implement structures for optimal team performance and collaboration, including weekly team meetings, systems, and division-wide communication
- Ensure deliverables are met by working closely with in-state staff; work closely with the Chief of Organizing to ensure the O&P team is driving goals in alignment with in-state plans, grant deliverables and development needs
Planning, Prioritization & Execution of Benchmarks (25%)
- In coordination with the Program Manager, support division-wide planning and ensure division benchmarks are developed, tracked and met
- Impactfully coordinate internal staff and external stakeholders to ensure programmatic goals are met for ASJ’s foundational programs, TimeDone and CSSJ in partnership with key program staff
- Support with the oversight of a calendar of all O&P division related meetings, events, deliverables, priorities and activities, ensuring that the staff who are lead on various categories are adding items directly and executing on associated responsibilities
- Assist in adding accomplishments and updates to the monthly all-staff meeting agendas and weekly bulletin for the division; lead facilitation as identified
- Ensure relevant staff are apprised of Organizing & Partnerships division, CSSJ and TimeDone requests, issues and needs as they arise
- Ensure that key information is shared throughout the division and that information and updates are shared with identified staff across departments
Strategy Development (15%)
- In coordination with the Chief of Organizing and Executive staff, support the development of innovative division-wide strategies to ensure effective connection to legislative and power building methodologies
- Engage with division heads to ensure alignment of in-state plans with organizational priorities
Experience & Qualifications
- A minimum 5-8 years experience in a program or organizing leadership capacity for a public policy, advocacy, or mission driven non-profit work environment
- Experience supervising and managing people to ensure staff can achieve high impact deliverables in a rapid pace, campaign-oriented environment; strong team and people management experience
- Experience working as a trusted advisor in the oversight of day to day program management, experience creating and implementing new initiatives and systems for communications and accountability; experience with productivity software i.e. Asana, Slack, etc preferred
- Experience working within a nationally or multi- state growing institution or start-up and managing staff across states
- Experience building processes and systems and implementing innovative solutions that promote an effective team; solutions and goal oriented
- Strong organization and project management skills; diligent approach to planning, process and follow through; ability to work independently and collaboratively, listen and learn from feedback, make decisions in accordance with established policies, and see projects through to completion
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with solid public speaking skills
- Experience working with diverse staff and in communities directly impacted by crime violence and over-incarceration strongly preferred
- Passion for criminal justice reform, experience and/or training in working with crime survivors
- Sense of humor is a plus!
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
- Work is normally performed in an interior office setting which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unusual element.
- Occasional travel will be required
- Requires use of a desktop, laptop, or video display terminal
- Requires routine physical movements with limited physical exertion
- Ability to communicate, receive and understand information through oral and written communication and proofread and check documents for accuracy
- Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders and/or the public; reading correspondence, instructions and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or reports and filling in forms
Compensation and Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Tides Center offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, retirement, and annual leave.
Applications should be sent to our recruitment partner, Emily Schelle at Careers in Nonprofits at [email protected], and should include:
- A cover letter that explains your interest in the position and working with ASJ and experience alignment;
- Your resume;
- 3-4 professional references
Position open until filled. The Alliance 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 because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. 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.
Last Updated: 7/12/21