Grassroots Leadership is hiring for a CJ Campaign Coordinator!

Grassroots Leadership seeks a CJ Campaign Coordinator for the Texas Advocates for Justice (TAJ) program in Austin, Texas. This position reports directly to the Austin Organizing Manager.

The CJ Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for supporting and increasing TAJ membership, and collaboratively developing campaigns involving policy, legislation, and political strategies in order to secure member-driven victories. The CJ Campaign Coordinator will report directly to the Organizing Manager, supervise and mentor Field Organizer, work closely with other Lead Organizers in Texas cities, Grassroots Leadership criminal justice program staff, Immigration Organizers and TAJ membership to support the leadership and needs of communities most impacted by the social justice system in Texas.

About Texas Advocates for Justice

Texas Advocates for Justice is a community organizing and base-building program of Grassroots Leadership that unites individuals and families who are directly impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization in Texas. We believe no true, long-lasting change in the way our society deals with incarceration will be altered unless that change effort is led by those whose lives and communities have been directly impacted. We use our personal stories and direct experience with incarceration to build power and lead campaigns to transform the criminal justice system and build safe and healthy communities.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Provide support to existing TAJ members and increase TAJ membership through regular communication
  • Coach and mentor members on campaigns
  • Supervise field organizers  
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to field organizers 
  • Approve FO outreach plans, logistics, flyers and events
  • Provide leadership development opportunities to the FO
  • Provide support to FO with logistics for monthly meetings, events, and facilitation
  • Conduct one-on-one’s with new members 
  • Train FO on how to do one-on-ones
  • Engagement with state and local officials
  • Collaborate with other community organizations doing social justice work
  • Collaboratively and strategically develop and implement local campaigns to challenge criminalization and mass incarceration with recommendations from the base
  • Deliver political education and community organizing training to engage new members
  • Maintain TAJ external and internal communications including regular updates, emails, social media, etc.
  • Regularly report updates and activities to the Organizing Manager and other TAJ chapter organizers
  • Monthly expense reports
  • Team budgets
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Organizing Manager

Experience and qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the social justice system and commitment to ending the disproportionate impact of mass incarceration and criminalization on communities of color.
  • Experience in community organizing, base-building efforts, and demonstrated commitment to leadership development amongst impacted communities.
  • Familiarity with Texas legislative and local government processes.
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation, and spokesperson communication skills.
  • Team player; ability to work effectively with diverse grassroots constituencies, coalition partners, and policy-makers.
  • Strong ability to manage partner relationships and conflict.
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations in a politically challenging environment, think strategically, and take initiative.
  • Ability to work in close proximity to others
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Extremely well-organized

More about the job: 

This salaried position will be located in our Austin/ Houston office. Some travel within the city and occasional travel outside of the city or state may be required. Salary for this position will be $50,000.00 a year with full benefits. Full-time staff members are automatically enrolled in comprehensive health care plans, have flexible work schedules, and are able to take part in various employee benefits. 

It is the policy of Grassroots Leadership not to discriminate in the employment of staff, or in the selection of volunteers, on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, financial status or HIV status. Grassroots Leadership works affirmatively to build a staff and board that includes people of many different races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, ages and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated and family members of those who are and have been in prison or immigrant detention.

Grassroots Leadership is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color and formerly incarcerated people. People of color, immigrant community members, formerly incarcerated people, people who have family in prisons or detention centers, women, queer, and trans people are encouraged to apply. We do not discourage or discriminate against people with convictions, and you will not be asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime on the application or interview.

How to apply:

Please send a letter of introduction, resume/vitae, and three employment-related references to hr@grassrootsleadership.org with “CJ Campaign Coordinator Position” in the subject line. Questions about the position should be directed to the same email address.