Grassroots Leadership is hiring for a CJ Campaign Coordinator!

Grassroots Leadership seeks a Criminal Justice (CJ) Campaign Coordinator for our Criminal Justice Program. The CJ Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for supporting CJ Field and Participatory Defense (PD) Organizers, and collaboratively develop 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 CJ Field and PD Organizers, work closely with the Immigration Campaign Coordinator, Policy and Research Liaison, TAJ membership, and other Grassroots Leadership program staff, as needed to support the leadership and needs of communities most impacted by the criminal justice system in Texas. This position reports directly to the Austin Organizing Manager.

About Texas Advocates for Justice

Texas Advocates for Justice is a community organizing and base-building program of Grassroots Leadership that unites, centers, and supports individuals and families who are directly impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization in central 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 legal system and build safe and healthy communities.

Roles and responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Organizing manager, strategically develop and implement criminal justice policy, practice, and narrative campaigns to challenge criminalization and mass incarceration in Travis and neighboring counties with leadership from the members of TAJ.
  • Train, support and supervise the CJ field organizer and PD organizer in community organizing role; including but not limited to: base building, campaign strategies, political calculations, membership meetings and facilitation, political education, and individual casework and collaboration.
  • Designs work plans for CJ field organizer and PD organizer.
  • Develop and Strengthen relationships with collaborators; stays up to date with, and in community with, organizers and campaigns in different parts of Texas.
  • Work in collaboration with the Immigration Campaigns Coordinator, Policy & Research team, along with the Communications team in ensuring value aligned implementation of organizational strategy. 
  • Provide regular updates on CJ organizing developments and monthly expense reports
  • Create and oversee team budget and expenses
  • Commitment to collaborative decision making and contributing to a healthy staff culture

Experience and qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the criminal legal 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.
  • Familiarity with immigration system is a plus.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice and/or immigration systems and a commitment to ending the disproportionate impact of mass incarceration and criminalization on communities of color

Strong applicants also have:

  • Experience leading a team 
  • Lead a successful campaign 

More about the job: 

This salaried position will be located in our Austin 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 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. 

Grassroots Leadership is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color and formerly incarcerated people. People of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who have family in prisons or have been impacted by the immigration enforcement system, 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. Please feel free to mention your experience with the criminal justice or immigration system as those experiences will be considered as an asset in this job.

How to apply:

Please send a letter of introduction, resume/vitae, and three employment-related references to with “CJ Campaign Coordinator” in the subject line. Please briefly tell us why this position is of interest to you. Questions about the position should be directed to the same email address.