Reports to: Organizing Director, CSSJ
Start Date: ASAP – position open until filled
Position type: Full time, exempt
Founded in 2016, Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) is a multi-state organization that aims to win new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country. ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state criminal justice reform through policy advocacy, coalition building, research, education, and strategic communications. ASJ also represents diverse victims of crime to advance policies that provide more safety and help, and people with old records to advance policies that provide more redemption and freedom. Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), which operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort, has been leading state advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration in California with new safety priorities. Additionally, Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, a project of Tides Advocacy, is the 501 (c)4 arm of ASJ.
ASJ is seeking a Texas (TX) CSSJ Statewide Manager to manage TX’s membership engagement activities for our Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice membership program, focused on organizing survivors of crime. The TX CSSJ Statewide Manager will be the leading “face” of CSSJ in the state, managing offline member recruitment and maintenance, developing relationships with members, and ensuring members, partners, and allies are aware of our bills. As a key member of ASJ’s TX team at a moment of tremendous need and opportunity, you will be responsible for working with crime survivors and organizations to develop their inherent power, connecting communities together, and leveraging that collective power for change using a team organizing leadership model.
The TX CSSJ Statewide Manager will be responsible for identifying, coaching, and training individuals and building engaged chapters committed to taking local, district, and state action in support of public safety reforms; developing the leadership skills of members; and initiating and leading campaigns to advocate for shared safety for all.
This position will work side by side with State Advocacy staff to engage state partners and develop relationships with elected officials at the local and state level, represent ASJ and mobilize people at the capitol, and build our CSSJ chapter and member base in TX. The work of the TX CSSJ Statewide Manager will require someone who is knowledgeable in advocacy work, civic engagement, organizing, and who understands how to advance change in a trauma-informed way. Through your dedication and passionate approach to the role, you get the opportunity to work with colleagues who not only care deeply about safety and justice, but who are bold, strategic, and take responsibility for achieving substantial progress toward our mission every year.
Build, Activate, Engage, and Develop Leaders and Members to Grow Chapters (40%)
- Build, manage, and maintain a membership base of volunteer leaders and members, organized into highly engaged, active, and independent chapters.
- Conduct face-to-face meetings with crime survivors and organizations on a weekly basis to recruit new members, assess for leadership potential, and recruit volunteer leaders to take on roles within chapters and state advocacy.
- Develop, manage, and coordinate quality external chapter meetings and events with members and partner organizations that meaningfully contribute to team building and the development of chapter members, and build educational awareness on policies impacting survivors.
- Coordinate recruit, and facilitate monthly training for survivors and organizations using the curriculum developed by Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice.
- Support the leadership and advocacy skills of chapter coordinators and survivor leaders by providing ongoing coaching and development to ensure members are taking regular action and that members are presented with opportunities to remain engaged for multiple campaigns.
- Work with chapter coordinators and chapter leaders to set goals around team growth, action, and engagement, coaching them to successfully meet those goals.
- Manage and lead all phone banking and text banking campaigns in the state and recruit coordinators and members as needed.
Policy Advocacy & Constituency Influence (40%)
- Collaborate with State Directors and the State Advocacy Division to develop and implement a policy agenda that reflects our membership and legislative strategy, including shared oversight of policy retreats.
- Work with the State Advocacy division to garner support for bills (letters and otherwise), and map out a plan for critical legislative visits for our members (in-district/in the capitol).
- Garner support for CSSJ across the state and manage relationships with key stakeholders and allies in the state, including traditional and non-traditional victims’ advocacy groups, legislators, stakeholders representing labor, education, victim services, grassroots organizations, and others.
- Ensure leaders and members are educated and empowered to take action on local and statewide campaigns and can speak confidently about them to community members and decision-makers.
TX CSSJ Communications (20%)
- Serve as lead for CSSJ internally by proactively communicating internally across divisions and departments and externally to build a presence with media, legislators, and all stakeholders.
- Manage email, social media, and text messaging communications to all statewide members.
- Work with Digital and other key staff to support the execution of the digital plan for CSSJ and secure supporters.
- Partner with Communications staff to identify authors for op-eds, spokespeople, and respond to requests around CSSJ related media.
- Manage all contracts and subgrants related to CSSJ work in the state.
- Ensure all project management tools are utilized and updated on a consistent basis.
Experience & Qualifications
- 5+ years of experience working in advocacy, campaigns, or project management
- Strong statewide organizing experience; demonstrated track record building, organizing and retaining membership around a social justice issue
- Experience working with diverse stakeholders, including elected officials and community leaders
- Prior experience interacting with the criminal justice system is preferred
- Experience working with diverse communities and a deep commitment to social and racial justice
- Excellent relationship management skills are absolutely essential for this position; strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence required
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively, listen and learn from feedback, make decisions in accordance with established policies and see projects through to completion
- Comfortable with Mac laptops, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; Google Drive experience and project management software (Asana, Slack) a plus
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
- 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 Alliance for Safety and Justice offers a competitive benefits package including health/vision/dental insurance, retirement 403b match benefit and paid sick, holiday and vacation leave.
Applications should be submitted via the posting link on ASJ’s jobs page. Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest in ASJ, the role, and your related experience, your resume, and 3-4 professional references.
The Alliance for Safety and Justice 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. Employment with Alliance for Safety and Justice is at-will. This means that employees are not guaranteed employment for a set time and that they or ASJ may end employment at any time, with or without notice, and with or without cause. No manager, supervisor, or employee of Alliance for Safety and Justice has the authority to enter into any agreement modifying the at-will nature of employment.