Senior Strategist, Campaigns- Leveraging Federal Funds at the State & Local Levels

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About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that puts people before profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.  


With offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, IL and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for a People’s Green New Deal, Medicare for All, A Homes Guarantee, an End to the Drug War, and more. Our member organizations, 40 organizations across 30 states, improve lives by running state and local level issues and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and taking collective action to change national policy and politics.


Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state, and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers, and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

We take our members to the front doors and boardrooms of the worst actors in American life; from racist politicians to bank CEOs. 

We work to defeat the “business as usual” politics endemic to all parts of our political system. We elevate people-power over-concentrated wealth, replace milquetoast talking points with bold solutions to radically transform and democratize our economy and government, putting the fight for racial justice at the center of the public conversation. 

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The Opportunity

We are looking for a seasoned campaigner with a strong track record and a rootedness in and respect for community organizing as a vehicle to build power and win, and intrigue around co-governance where such collaborations are possible. 


The Senior Campaign Strategist will wear many hats, including strategic campaign planner, lobbyist around federal guidelines, coalition builder with an array of partners, liaison to technical assistance providers, and more.

Overview of the Position

The primary function of the Senior Strategist is to lead our Build Back Better - from Rescue to Recovery - engagement work with member groups across the country as federal funds flow to states & localities. In doing so, the Senior Strategist will work with member groups doing a combination of Equitable Implementation, Participatory Engagement, Co-governance, and Campaigning. Some are working on American Rescue Plan (ARP) programs, some on fighting for where loose funds get dedicated, and some on thinking about positioning for massive influxes of physical and human infrastructure funds.

What you will do:

  • Engage with member organizations in the network and beyond to inspire capitalizing on the moment. Manage our cohort of groups already undertaking this work, engage with groups not yet in the mix to see about how this work might intersect with their priorities, and welcome in other grassroots organizations looking to inform, influence, and win victories for people with resources coming down. Work will also entail 1:1 sessions with key staff and leaders of member groups.
  • Support the creation of razor-sharp local & state campaigns around federal funds. Use deep campaign, power analysis, issue-cutting skills - in line with the values and strategies of the organization - to help member groups execute razor sharp campaign strategies to leverage the federal funds coming their way for existing or new campaigns. 
  • Coordinate with technical assistance providers to get needs met. Work with an array of technical assistance providers - budgetary, policy, planning, etc. - to get the technical needs of our member groups met and ensure that TA providers are meeting the needs of field groups engaged in this work.
  • Advance our federal engagement around related rules & regulations & guidelines. Ensure that what is experienced in the states and localities bubbles up to those in the White House and/ or specific departments so that they can fine-tune programming, guidelines, and regulations to facilitate maximum impact. Coordinate closely with the Director of Federal Affairs on this.
  • Collaborate with the People's Action issue campaign and DC staff. Seek out opportunities to advance wins at the local and state level that, in turn, bolster the federal issue agenda and work. Coordinate with the issue campaign staff where local & state campaigns align with federal issue priorities.

Other job responsibilities include:

  • Reporting, financial management, and additional fundraising for this area of work; and
  • Attend and support organizational conferences, events, and meetings as needed and requested.
  • Other Duties as Assigned

The ideal Senior Strategist should have the following experience and qualifications:



  • A minimum of seven years of experience working with and running issue-based campaigns for community, labor and/ or electoral organizations at the local and/ or state level.
  • Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Understanding of and commitment to social change through building the capacity and power of low-income people and people of color to change their communities and to participate directly in changing public policies. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to community organizing.
  • Ability to support relationship building with relevant policy partners (government, policy shops, technical assistance providers, academic institutions, etc.).
  • Creative, effective at solving complex problems, and strategic thinker.
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple tasks & responsibilities.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability and willingness to travel periodically (when travel hiatus is lifted).
  • Willingness to put in the hours to get the job done, including some nights and weekends.

  • Ability to work with diverse people and organizations

Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-time, Regular, Non-/Exempt, benefits-eligible

Salary Range: Level 3 - 80,000-$95,000

Location: Based in our Chicago, IL or Washington, D.C. office. Remote locations may be considered.  

Reports to: Campaigns Director

Direct Reports: N/A

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical, on the first day of employment, and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 11 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment. 

Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

People’s Action/Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; womxn, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Close date: October 31, 2021

No phone calls, please.

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 3, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    October 31, 2021


USD 80,000 - USD 95,000


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1130 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA

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