Sheriffs for Trusting Communities works with our partners to build an alternative vision for justice, ending mass incarceration, stopping deportations and building political power. Sheriffs for Trusting Communities is part of a national coalition, and works in partnership with national and local organizers to:
- Educate on the role of sheriffs in the racist criminal justice system and help organizers to build a different vision of the system
- Elect sheriffs who fit that vision, while working with base-building organizers to build power
- Ensure those sheriffs successfully stop deportations, end mass incarceration and stop police violence
SFTC is hiring a National Campaigns Strategist to join our small and growing team (currently two, soon to be five staff members). This person will work with our partners to lead strategic national and statewide campaigns focused on sheriff accountability. They will provide training and support to national and local partners to engage in those campaigns. They will also support the coalition’s work of building a national movement of sheriff accountability. If you are someone who lives for a fight against a powerful opponent, who loves to connect people to each other, who weaves connections between struggles, and who can sit with uncertainty and chart a course forward towards campaign wins, then this is a great position for you.
The National Campaigns Strategist will:
- Develop winning national campaigns focused on sheriff accountability, and support our coalition’s work to engage in those campaigns;
- Advance legislative priorities, in collaboration with partners, in states and nationwide;
- Research and provide strategy guidance on national campaigns, develop campaign plans, working closely with local partners in a national context to build their capacity and leadership;
- Alongside local partners strategists, lead and provide strategy support to connect local campaigns to national efforts to pass legislation that will move towards ending mass incarceration;
- Grow the base of institutional supporters working nationally on sheriff reform;
- Keep up-to-date on the latest research on sheriff accountability, and translate that to campaign strategy;
- Network, learn from and connect with national organizations and communities who have a stake in our work, to build power to challenge sheriff’s office-related injustice;
- Lead rapid response as it relates to the coalition’s national campaign demands and goals.
Required skills, competencies, and experience:
- Experience leading policy, advocacy, or issue-based campaigns that make a meaningful impact on people’s real lives;
- Experience collaborating with frontline groups and local organizers to win victories that impact people’s lives directly;
- Strong networking skills and ability to connect the dots between organizations working at the local, state and national level to build a national organizing movement towards a cohesive policy agenda;
- Excellent strategic instinct and experience, ability to identify clear strategic interventions and rapid response opportunities, and move nimbly towards policy wins;
- Ability to digest research and data, and support people with different levels of experience, education, and skill to engage in strategy and policy work informed by that information;
- Resourceful problem solving skills and ability to lead campaign work that is strategic and effective with available resources;
- Excitement to find joy and new ways of doing things as we work towards a world that does not rely on sheriffs and police for public safety, while rooted in current struggles.
- Deeply relational and can allow for frontline leaders to shape the analysis & strategy as a team.
A strong candidate may have some of these:
- Experience campaigning at state, and local levels;
- Experience convening coalitions involving a diverse group of stakeholders;
- Experience on campaigns focused on sheriff or police budgets, policing, immigration enforcement, and/or deaths in sheriff’s custody;
- Policy writing experience, especially in the areas of police reform or ending mass incarceration;
- Experience training around issues and campaign strategy;
- Can navigate disagreement, conflict and decision-making processes with others;
- Formal experience in facilitation and training.
Salary: $85,000 to $100,000, depending on depth of experience and range of skills. People who live in higher cost of living locations will receive a slight increase in salary.
Benefits: SFTC pays 100% of the premium for an employee’s health insurance, a generous 401k match, 11 paid holidays and 16 days vacation/sick, plus generous sick and bereavement leave. PTO days increase over time with the organization. SFTC provides a stipend for office set-up and regular expenses to support a remote workplace.
Sheriffs particularly target and harm Black, Latinx, LGBTQ and indigenous communities. In all of its work, SFTC centers people who have directly felt the impact of sheriff’s offices, because we believe that their experience and vision should inform strategy and implementation. Because of this, we encourage applications from people who come from communities who have directly experienced the harms from sheriff and police.
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