Digital Manager

Policy Advocate


Digital Manager

Location: Oakland, California, Bay Area, or New York City area preferred
Reports to: Digital Director
Start Date: ASAP – Position open until filled
Position type: Full time, exempt

Background

Founded in 2016, 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 sister 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 for the last six years. With a substantial California staff and a strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. Additionally, Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, a project of Tides Advocacy, is the 501 (c)4 arm of both ASJ and CSJ.

Position Summary

ASJ is hiring a full-time Digital Manager to support the organization’s national digital strategy to advance new narratives on crime, safety and justice, and engage in strategic advocacy for policy changes in states. The Digital Manager will lead the growth and mobilization of organized constituencies to amplify new voices in the public dialogue. They will provide strategic direction for the organization’s social media presence and assist in the distribution of high-impact digital content (e.g., videos, memes, infographics, etc.) online. The Digital Manager will work closely with a collaborative, high-impact team in a start-up organizational culture, reporting to the Digital Director.

ASJ seeks a creative, innovative, experienced digital professional with big ideas and a proven track record of building and empowering communities online, successfully sharing messages through a range of digital channels, engaging new supporters and deepening organizational reach online. The Digital Manager will join a fast-paced team of policy and program staff and consultants working to reform state criminal justice policy and transform the national dialogue on crime and incarceration. The Digital Manager will focus on implementing the digital strategy for the Alliance for Safety and Justice and supporting its numerous campaigns, including Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, a national network of crime victims.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support ASJ’s online community-building and digital advocacy efforts, particularly as it relates to the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ) network 
  • Support the Data & Web Manager as needed to acquire new users and attract them to our website(s)
  • Organize and amplify the voices of crime survivors in state and national criminal justice debates using digital advocacy and tools
  • Leverage “Survivors Speak” annual events to elevate the voices of crime survivors, increasing awareness of CSSJ, attracting new members and support, and driving our core narratives through digital media 
  • Utilize cross-channel promotional strategies to promote our research, reports and  earned media
  • Determine when and how to deploy the assets created by our story bank, using digital storytelling and compelling social and digital media content to reframe the narrative around crime survivors, public safety, healing, and stigma
  • Conceptualize and execute other high-impact visual and digital storytelling projects
  • Design and implement a wide range of  multimedia to grow and engage ASJ’s supporters, influence policymakers, and raise the organization’s profile
  • Liaise with and/or manage vendors and contractors on social media and digital projects
  • Develop metrics for success for digital and social efforts, including benchmarking and KPIs specifically related to narrative-shifting and elevating the voices of crime survivors in the national dialogue on crime and incarceration
  • Develop and implement a plan for state “member” outreach, including email blasts, newsletters and/or blog 
  • Support the management and maintenance of the organization’s social media accounts 
  • Update and maintain the organization’s websites, as needed

Other Duties and Responsibilities
Participation in the key organizational convenings that allow the work to be completed, such as staff meetings, staff retreats, weekly check-ins with the supervisor, team meetings, and other meetings as required by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 4 years of professional experience in online community management, communications, digital advocacy, and/or online organizing
  • Strong project management experience 
  • Prior experience managing or working closely with contractors to maintain websites or online advocacy and list-building campaigns
  • Familiarity with criminal justice issues preferred, but not required 
  • Experience working with diverse communities and a deep commitment to social and racial justice
  • Strong experience creating and leading digital campaigns (online advocacy, social media, paid media, etc.) and managing communities online
  • Ability to gather helpful insights from Facebook Insights, Google Analytics, and other analytics tools
  • Ability to frame ideas and synthesize complex policy issues to inform, entertain and persuade a range of audiences
  • Ability to translate complex ideas and policy issues into accessible and compelling digital content
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively and listen and learn from feedback
  • Ability to thrive in a busy, multi-tasking, and time-pressured environment
  • Excellent writing skills and verbal communications skills
  • Proficiency using office productivity software, including Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with CRMs and social media management and digital advocacy tools like BSD, Hootsuite, Buffer, Action Network, Salesforce, NGP, MobileCommons/Upland, Hustle, ControlShift, Dasheroo, WordPress,  etc.
  • Experience with WordPress and/or other website CMS
  • Experience with sophisticated audience segmentation and targeting, in political, non-profit, and/or corporate context
  • Graphic design and/or video editing experience, including familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Familiarity with Asana, Slack, FB Workplace and other project management and digital communication tools
  • Physical Demands

    Must be able to sit at a computer for extended periods of time. Travel will be required.

    Work Environment

    Bay Area, California, New York, Washington D.C. or remote telecommute. Downtown office environment with open seating areas and individual offices. Standard work desks and furniture, fluorescent lighting. There is an elevator in the building. Located close to a train station. Work hours, dependent on deadlines, may sometimes include an occasional night or weekend assignments.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Tides Center offers a competitive benefits package including health/vision/dental insurance, retirement 403b match benefit, and paid sick, holiday, and vacation leave.

    How to Apply

    Applications should be sent to Beth Kitzinger (beth@chaloner.com), Recruiter at Chaloner, with a reference to the job title, “Digital Manager,” in the subject line. Please send a cover letter indicating your match to the stated job requirements; your resume; and an example of digital campaign content you’ve developed in the past (social media content, email action, etc.).

    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 accommodation 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.


Policy Advocate

Location: Sacramento, CA preferred
Reports to: CA Government Affairs Director
Start Date: ASAP – Position open until filled
Position type: Full time

Background

Founded in 2016, 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 sister 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 for the last six years. With a substantial California staff and a strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. Additionally, 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 65+ staff.

Position Summary

Reporting to the CA Government Affairs Director, the Policy Advocate will be part of a team ofv15-20 staff. The Policy Advocate is a policy advocacy position whose core responsibility is to advance the organization’s advocacy agenda, a central component of the organization’s mission
and strategies. The Policy Advocate will be responsible for maintaining relationships with policymakers, staff, and government officials, supporting the Policy Team in carrying out the policy work of the organization, supporting our crime survivors’ network, supporting our second chances advocacy, and facilitating coalitions with allied organizations, as needed. The Policy Advocate will work collaboratively with the Safe and Just team on a daily basis. The position is based in Sacramento with periodic travel, as needed, to the Bay Area and throughout California.

Primary Responsibilities

The Policy Advocate will play a critical role in the development and execution of the organization’s annual advocacy, legislative priorities and policy agenda, including, but not limited to: research, writing, public speaking, events coordination, relationship-building and ensuring prompt and thorough completion of all policy-related tasks and coordinated efforts.

Policy Development and Advocacy (65%)

  • Independently represent Californians for Safety and Justice in the state Capitol and influence policymakers and policy advocates across the state of California.
  • Shepherd legislation on criminal justice reform, support for crime survivors and smart justice investments through the California legislature. 
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the policy landscape in Sacramento and key counties.
  • Advance the organization’s Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ) and Second Chances policy agenda. Train crime survivors in grassroots policy advocacy, and partner with the network to help crime survivors have a voice in the legislative process. Ensure that CSSJ is visible in the State Capitol and participating in policymakers’ understanding of crime survivor issues.
  • Conduct ongoing research and analysis of criminal justice policies, data, law, and policy reform proposals, including local and state criminal justice data, local and state public safety budgets, local and state legislation, state ballot measures, and budgetary and administrative reforms moving forward at the state and local level.
  • Write letters of support and opposition for pending legislation, secure witnesses, and attend and provide expert testimony at legislative committee hearings in the Capitol.

Relationship and Coalition Building and Maintenance (30%)

  • Build and maintain professional relationships with the offices of state legislators, local criminal justice and elected leaders in key counties, state corrections agencies, the California Governor, and others by attending events and meetings.
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with key criminal justice non-profit organizations and advocacy organizations by partnering on policy issues, and attending events and meetings.

Other duties as needed to achieve the success of the organization (5%)

Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree required. While a law degree, or a Masters in Public Policy is preferred, we consider applications that demonstrate equivalent subject matter expertise based on other educational or experiential background or achievement.
  2. Prior professional experience interacting with California’s criminal justice system preferred.
  3. Experienced policy writer; knowledgeable of California’s criminal justice reform policies.
  4. Existing relationships with legislators, legislative staff, analysts, policy experts, and/or grassroots advocates is preferred.
  5. Demonstrable professional policy experience, preferably in a government position or a campaign or social justice advocacy setting.
  6. A goal-oriented and results-driven leader with a demonstrated history and commitment to social and racial justice.
  7. Well-organized, a self-starter, flexible, creative, able to work under pressure, and be able to work quickly and cooperatively on several efforts at one time.
  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  9. Capacity to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment, with a strong commitment to communication and collaboration with other staff and allied organizations.

    Work Environment

    Bay Area, California, New York, Washington D.C. or remote telecommute. Downtown office environment with open seating areas and individual offices. Standard work desks and furniture, fluorescent lighting. There is an elevator in the building. Located close to a train station. Work hours, dependent on deadlines, may sometimes include an occasional night or weekend assignments.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Tides Center offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, generous paid time off, retirement, FSA, and annual leave.

    How to Apply

Applications should be sent to jobs@safeandjust.org with a reference to the job title, “Policy Advocate” in the subject line of the email. A complete application that will receive consideration must attach each of the following to the email as separate attachments:

  1. A cover letter, no longer than one page in length, that explains your interest in the position and how you match the stated requirements for this position;
  2. Your resume;
  3. The name, email, phone number and mailing address of 3-4 professional references who have both supervised you and worked closely with you.

Californians 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 who were formerly incarcerated are encouraged to apply.

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, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation 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.