Coalition Building & Organizing Strategist

Full Time
The Clean Slate Initiative

About The Clean Slate Initiative
Founded in 2019, The Clean Slate Initiative (CSI) is a national bipartisan organization advancing policies to automate and expand eligibility for record clearance. One in three Americans lives with a past arrest or conviction record that limits their ability to find work, continue their education, obtain a professional license, or fully participate in family and civic life.

The Clean Slate Initiative’s vision is that everyone in America should have a fair opportunity to work, have a safe home, care for their families, and contribute to their community. We achieve this vision by uniting businesses, advocates, community members, and impacted people across the country to ensure that conviction and non-conviction records are no longer a life sentence to poverty and that  past mistakes will no longer define our futures. Since its inception, the organization has won clean slate policies in Utah, Michigan, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Delaware, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Altogether, these policies will remove barriers and increase opportunities for more than six million Americans.  Learn more about our work here.


About the Opportunity
Reporting to the Director of Campaigns, the Coalition Building & Organizing Strategist will join a team of colleagues leading and facilitating the organization’s state-based campaigns to win Clean Slate legislation. The Strategist serves as the lead in planning and implementing state campaigns to pass and implement Clean Slate legislation. You will support policy and advocacy work, coalition-building, social media, event planning, research, and state policy strategy for your assigned region. 

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Serve as the CSI lead in the planning and implementation of state campaigns, including but not limited to power analysis, legislative strategy, establishing campaign infrastructure, and ongoing management in states that CSI deems are ripe for a legislative campaign.
  • Manage relationships with state partners that facilitate accountability and the overall progress of state campaigns toward deliverables that measure success.
    • Coordination of resources that allow CSI to effectively deploy the expertise of national resources to support state campaigns.
    • Organize and facilitate meetings with state partners and other stakeholders as needed, including representing CSI in meetings, forums, events, etc.
  • Work with state partners and the CSI national team to facilitate a streamlined and simple granting process connecting funding to program deliverables and advancing key goals that demonstrate progress toward policy change.
  • Identify specific partner needs that may arise over the course of campaigns, including training, resource, materials, research, and other needs that would enhance partners’ capacity to advance successful CSI campaigns.
  • Produce materials, content, reports, and tools for a range of audiences, including state partners, national partners, and others.
  • Help coalitions build strategic campaign plans, keep the partners & coalition moving forward, and identify potential coalition members/groups. 


Who you are:

  • Experienced Strategic Campaigner. You have significant experience managing issue advocacy campaigns, have led broad coalition campaigns, and understand the intersection of policy, advocacy, and politics with experience working in States. You have excellent writing skills that can convey nuanced information successfully to a variety of audiences.
  • An Honest Communicator. You have a history of leading collaborative and strategic communications efforts as part of a broader coalition. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success. You lead with humility and respect. 
  • An Effective Collaborator. You’ve successfully worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success. You’re not afraid to ask questions.
  • Flexible. You can manage diverse team needs and aren't afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You're comfortable with shifting schedules and don't expect every day to go "as planned."
  • An Abundant Thinker. You believe that we are living in a world of abundant resources and that the right team of partners can make improbable things happen. You bring relentless curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.
  • Mission-oriented. You believe that lasting, meaningful change comes from the grassroots: from the organized efforts of people, communities, and organizations to enliven the social imagination, envision a better future, and experiment with and scale new ideas. Experience as a directly impacted person with a record or with a family member with a record is especially valued.

What you’ll need

  • Demonstrated capacity to advance campaigns, work with a wide range of organizations, and possess solid knowledge of the criminal justice policy and organizing landscape.
  • A minimum of 7+ years of experience in advocacy, organizing, and campaigns at the state or federal level, including lobbying, organizing constituents, implementation of policy, and other basic elements of passing policy.
  • A minimum of 5 years of project, coalition, or staff management experience that demonstrates the capacity to build and manage effective relationships, meet goals on time and drive the pace of a campaign team.
  • History and success of working with state and national stakeholders that may have different political leanings, capacities, and long-term goals, and in getting these various groups to work together.
  • Excellent judgment in making strategic decisions in real-time based on sound power analysis, relationships, and timelines.
  • Demonstrated commitment to economic, gender, and racial justice values and ensuring these values are manifested in CSI campaigns.


Compensation and Location 
Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% automatic contribution and a 3% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.

The Clean Slate Initiative is committed to transparent and fair compensation. The hiring range for this position is an annual salary range of $85,000-95,000 per year. The final salary within this range will be determined based on work location and relevant experience. Internally, this position will have the title of Campaign Strategist.

This is a full-time position and is considered non-exempt for overtime purposes. This is a fully remote position and we are location agnostic regarding where in the US you are based (we are particularly interested in candidates based in the Midwest), though you will need to:

  • Work mostly Eastern time zone hours to collaborate with teammates.  
  • Be close to a major airport with the Ability to travel approximately 35% with quarterly onsite planning meetings in Orlando, FL. 


The Application Process
The Clean Slate Initiative has engaged Equitable Hiring Group to support this hiring process. To apply, please complete the short form to the right. 

Individuals who apply by Thursday, November 9th, will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is; simplify it to “B.A. Economics,” for example. Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias-reduced” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school).

This evaluation process will follow practices shown to reduce bias in decision-making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced. 

  • Early November: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions
  • Mid-November: Phone interview with CSI staff
  • Late November: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment
  • Early December: Finalists will participate in a multi-team member panel
    • Candidate references will also be checked at this step
  • Mid-December: Offer extended
    • The start date for the this role is set for January 10th. 

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email [email protected].


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