Statewide Policy and Campaign Manager

Oakland, California
This position is exempt full-time with excellent benefits. Compensation is dependent upon experience
Dec 04, 2018
Jan 03, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
50 - 75%
Experience Level

Statewide Policy and Campaign Manager

Dynamic Opportunity to join the movement!

The mission of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) (“Courage”)

CURYJ unlocks the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars.

Position Summary: CURYJ has established itself as a bridge builder between grassroots community members affected by issues to  policy makers, elected officials, and systems leaders and other decision-makers. CURYJ has been a part of leading research, drafting reports, co-sponsoring legislation and leading statewide coalitions. We are ready to take our change work to the next level by staffing our movement building work.

This position will work to coordinate a county-by-county strategy demanding a moratorium on sentencing youth as adults and closing youth prisons. This position will work with youth leaders, staff, coalition members and stake holders to identify priorities, goals, strategy and ensure implementation of policy wins.


Policy Advocacy Strategy

  • Lead CURYJ’s “Repeal Prop 21 and our End the Sentencing of Youth as Adults” Campaign.
  • Coordinate and communicate with sister organizations locally and statewide.
  • In collaboration with Communications Manager ensure with have communications strategy  i.e. write press release, op-eds, blogs, and social media.
  • Participate in campaign lead rallies, meetings and events
  • Calendar and represent CURYJ at coalition meetings, tabling events,
  • Responsible for keeping a calendar of meetings and actions and keep all staff and youth leaders informed  
  • Develop and lead comprehensive campaigns that include coalition building, youth engagement and leadership, community, electoral, and spiritually and culturally rooted organizing, media, policy development, and politics.
  • Develop policy proposals that reflect the needs of the community and organizational partners, drawing upon community and policy experts and resources as necessary.
  • Work with Homies 4 Justice Coordinator to engage youth in campaign work
  • Identify opportunities to engage our base, and staff in the campaign and keep staff up-to-date and educated about what is happening in the campaign.

Coalition Building and Leadership Development  

  • Work with allies to develop coordinated organizing strategies that create opportunities for communities to build power and develop leadership through the campaign.
  • Create avenues to deepen solidarity with our community partners in the different counties and statewide.  
  • Identify, train, and support youth and young adult leaders who can take on greater leadership in the campaign.
  • Supervise community organizers, conduct regular weekly check-ins, review work plans and create a leadership development plan to support his/her growth.

Organizational leadership  

  • Partner with the Executive Director and Associate Director to identify priorities for legislative calendar
  • Participate in funder briefings and build relationships with CURYJ supporters and allies.
  • Participate in annual staff and board retreat
  • Teach what you know and encourage other to do the same

Organizational Development and Administration

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, internal trainings, and strategic and annual planning and evaluation conversations
  • Support “all hands on deck” requests, including mobilization support, phone banking, and other activities.
  • Complete quarterly report on progress and challenges



  • 5-plus years significant campaign leadership, organizing, base building, and coalition building experience is equivalent to a d degree.
  • Masters or Law degree and directly applicable experience with a community organization, base building organization, or equivalent.
  • Experience in supervising and training a team including organizers, researchers, and communicators.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and stay accountable to individual and teamwork plans and goals.
  • Commitment to social and racial justice movements.
  • Ability to balance irregular schedules with evening, weekend, and holiday work, with periods of rest and reflection.
  • Valid drivers license and ability to travel to Sacramento and throughout the state.


  • Policy advocacy and community organizing experience, particularly on juvenile and criminal justice reform, is highly desirable.
  • Excellent writing skills, energetic, innovative and motivating
  • Political understanding of Oakland and East Bay cities.
  • Experience working with low-income communities of color and formally incarcerated people.

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