California Networks Manager

Sep 16, 2020
Oct 16, 2020
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
High School
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Location: Sacramento, Los Angeles, or Bay Area, CA preferred 

Reports to: CSJ Executive Director

Start Date: ASAP – position open until filled     

Position type: Full time, exempt


Founded in 2012, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a statewide advocacy organization that aims to reduce incarceration and advance more effective approaches to public safety in California. We work to expand the use of alternatives to incarceration, including community corrections, drug treatment, mental health treatment, community service, workforce development, healing programs for victims of crime and other evidence-based practices.  We do this through a combination of sophisticated insider/outsider advocacy strategies, including communications, coalition-building, research, policy, sub-grants and capacity-building, and crime survivor constituency building.  Central to our work is the recognition that survivors deserve a justice system that prioritizes healing, prevention and recovery – and too often these are unmet.

CSJ’s sister organization, Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), also a project of Tides Center, has been leading national advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration with new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country for the last three 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 over 65 staff.

Position Summary

The CA Networks Manager will work with strategic advisors from diverse backgrounds to build our work in California by coordinating campaigns and coalitions both state-wide and local. This position will help to drive critical work forward around policy, programs, and to promote key shared safety initiatives that replace wasteful prison spending with new safety solutions. The CA Networks Manager will report directly to the CSJ Executive Director, and will partner closely with the CA Government Affairs Director, Associate Director, and other key staff from both Research and Communications Departments as well as contractors. The successful candidate has significant campaign experience in a fast-paced environment, including experience leading and project managing campaigns.

Primary Responsibilities 

The CA Networks Manager will be responsible for spending 100% of their time managing partnerships, supporting other advocacy and business organizations, in addition to statewide formations and events related to partners, advocacy and campaign goals.

  • Organize statewide formations including Shared Safety, Progress Not Prisons, Time Done, and other campaigns, state-wide advocacy events and initiatives that support coalition building
  • Manage and develop all aspects of the statewide Shared Safety Coalition, including coordination with consultants, staff, constituents, advocacy efforts and communications strategies
  • Facilitate partnerships with key stakeholders; develop and manage campaigns to help educate new constituencies and partners about justice reform, new safety solutions and advocacy opportunities
  • Support statewide partnerships and coalitions to help advance CSJ’s legislative agenda, including community outreach and events, CSJ Advocacy Days, and assisting in building a consistent constituent presence in Sacramento
  • Support the alignment of CSJ’s two flagship programs, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Time Done; ensure consistency in organizing models, processes, training, voter registration and base-building strategies
  • Provide support to advance the CSJ’s ballot campaigns, including coordination of all steering committees and partnership networks

Skills & Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a visionary, exceptional collaborator, and mission-driven. Their work will be driven by strategic thinking, integrity, and purpose. They will have an unwavering passion for and commitment to social justice and civil rights. Specific skills and experience include:

  • Spanish language proficiency preferred; bilingual English and and Spanish speaker
  • 3-5 years of political campaign and coalition building experience to include, but not limited to: ballot campaigns, electoral campaigns, and advocacy campaigns
  • 3-5 years of professional work experience in a campaign environment within the field of criminal justice, public safety, public policy, or any other social justice issue areas
  • 3-5 years in community organizing and project management
  • Proficient in project management software and techniques
  • Experience running effective meetings, setting agendas, and seeing action items through to implementation
  • Experience working in a nonprofit and/or campaign setting
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience managing high-level partnerships and relationships with allied organizations in a way that demonstrates sophistication, respect and capacity to identify and execute a mutually shared vision and goals
  • Experience providing support, training, and assistance to diverse constituencies such as faith-based groups, crime survivors, service providers, labor associations, business leaders and others in advancing a coherent advocacy and issue educating agenda
  • Demonstrated commitment to training and building the capacity of crime survivor groups to win campaigns and sustain those reforms
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial – enjoys creating and implementing new endeavors
  • Experience working effectively in a fast-paced environment when staff are not in the same location; flexible and able to work cooperatively under pressure


Physical Demands

Must be able to sit at a computer or stand for extended periods of time, dexterity to operate a keyboard, ability to speak clearly and use a telephone. Frequent state-based travel is required.


Work Environment

Sacramento, Los Angeles, or Bay Area, CA preferred. This position is permitted to remote telecommute and/or may work in a downtown office environment with open seating areas and individual offices. The office includes standard work desks, furniture, and fluorescent lighting. There is an elevator in the building.  Work hours, dependent on deadlines, may include night or weekend assignments.


Compensation and Benefits:

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

To Apply

Applications should be sent to with a reference to the job title, “CA Networks Manager” in the subject line. Please send:

A cover letter indicating your match to the stated job requirements

  • Your resume
  • Sample campaign project plan
  • 3-4 professional references, including at least 1-2 reference from a campaign setting

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 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 accommodations 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.

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