Senior Campaigns Specialist

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The Fairness Project
Washington, DC
Published 24 days ago

Somewhere along the way, you realized you're a progressive changemaker.

Who knows when it happened. Maybe when you first volunteered for an election. Maybe when you organized friends into your first coalition. Maybe when you became a student leader. Maybe you’ve just always loved that feeling of pushing, pushing, pushing yourself ... and then winning.

If that’s you, and you have a few years of progressive campaigning or organizing under your belt, pay attention to this job. The Fairness Project could be a perfect for you, if:

  • You want to learn a ton, FAST. Our strategy -- running ballot initiatives for economic justice -- isn’t familiar to everyone. But if you are innately curious and absorb new ideas quickly, this job will hugely expand your horizons and open up a lot of doors.
  • You aren’t afraid of unfamiliar tasks. You’re a generalist who can take whatever strange and new tasks are thrown at you. In fact, you love trying something new each day. No two days will be the same.
  • You get the big picture strategy, and also sweat the details. You double-check your work. Sometimes you even double-check other people’s work. You know it’s important to get the details right, especially when crucial victories are on the line.
  • People are your people. You like to work in coalitions, meet new organizers, coordinate across departments, explore new communities, and be social. You’ll be honored to represent us, and we’ll be confident that you can read a room.
  • You love to WIN. Issues of economic and racial justice matter to you, in your bones, and you want to make a measurable impact on the lives of millions of Americans. (If this isn’t you, please, don’t apply.)
  • You don’t want to find a new gig every cycle. TFP is always on -- running campaigns while building the next set of them. You won’t need to move to a new state, look for a new job the second Wednesday in November, or go work for a firm.

If this sounds like a role you could embrace and an organization you'd feel proud to call home, read the details below, or just jump in and apply.

About The Fairness Project

While Congress and state legislatures across the country remain paralyzed by partisan disagreement, ballot initiatives provide a path forward for improving millions of lives. The Fairness Project (TFP) incubates, funds, and provides strategic and technical assistance to state and municipal ballot initiative campaigns and drives a national narrative to elevate economic fairness issues. Through ballot initiatives, TFP offers voters the opportunity to do what politicians cannot or will not: take direct action to enact sound economic policy and change their own lives.

This summer, TFP worked with state-based groups on ballot measures to deliver big Medicaid expansion wins in Oklahoma and Missouri. In the 2018 election cycle, TFP helped raise the minimum wage in Missouri, Arkansas, and Massachusetts; provided paid sick leave in San Antonio and Michigan; and expanded Medicaid in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah.

In 2017, TFP was a crucial player in the nation’s first successful ballot campaign to expand Medicaid in Maine. And in 2016, TFP partnered with grassroots organizations in six states on ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, two of which also guaranteed paid sick and safe leave.

To date, the organization has won 18 of its 19 campaigns, changed more than 15 million lives, delivered health care for 830,000 people, and put more than $15.6 billion in working families’ pockets.

About the Position

The Senior Campaigns Specialist will play a central role on our campaigns team, working directly with TFP’s Campaigns Director, Directors of Policy and Partnerships, and other internal team members to ensure all of our campaigns win on Election Day. From the moment a ballot initiative is thought up, to the day it becomes law and starts to impact people’s lives, you’ll be an integral part of the team.

Your work will happen across four major phases:


  • Collaborate on a wide range of projects, including coalition building, grasstops organizing, quantitative and qualitative research, legal research, and more
  • Draft campaign timelines and budgets
  • Prepare materials for and help run critical meetings with partners
  • Monitor progression of projects and track deliverables and deadlines

Qualification & Filing

  • Execute the campaign filing & set-up processes (filing campaign committees, opening bank accounts, digital tools, online contributions, etc.)
  • Work hand-in-hand with the Campaigns Director to oversee signature collection

“Yes” Campaign

  • Draft and execute campaign plans and budgets
  • Run thorough and inclusive RFPs and vendor selection processes
  • Manage coalition relationships and advise coalition partners
  • Represent TFP on campaign and coalition calls


  • Help plan and execute advocacy campaigns to ensure the policies that are passed at the ballot box are implemented properly


This position requires reliance on a wide range of skill sets, which could be honed from a wide variety of backgrounds. We think the most qualified candidates will have a mix of experience in some of the following roles, but if you think your experience qualifies you based on the desired skill sets listed below, please apply:

  • 2-3 cycles of campaign experience in any of the following campaign roles:
  • Campaign manager (or deputy campaign manager)
  • Political director
  • Field director (or deputy/regional field director)
  • Ballot measure experience is a plus, but not required
  • AND/OR 4-5 years of experience in any of the following fields:
  • Coalition management
  • Legislative/issue advocacy
  • Constituent/customer services
  • High-level staffing of CEOs, politicians, or other principals

Skills and Experience

  • Cultivating and managing relationships, either in a coalition or campaign setting
  • Building campaign budgets and tracking campaign spending
  • Drafting and/or interpreting campaign research, and fluency in the research methods required to write thorough memos about the ballot process and political environment of a state or city. In other words, you know where to look for applicable election laws, campaign finance/compliance requirements, election results, etc.
  • Using progressive voter targeting tools such as VAN/TargetSmart
  • Familiarity with voter modeling and how it is used to inform campaign spending
  • Fluency in Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc, and a willingness to learn more
  • Eagle eyes -- attention to detail, specifically relating to budgeting, campaign timelines, campaign finance & compliance issues
  • Managing complex projects with both internal and external deliverables
  • Creating presentation-ready materials for external meetings


Salary is $70,000-85,000, negotiable within that range. TFP offers fully paid health, dental, and vision and a generous paid time off program.

The Fairness Project is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values are reflected in our campaign work that fights racial, gender, sexual, and economic inequality. Internally, we seek to build and empower a diverse staff and leadership team. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The Fairness Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Somewhere along the way, you realized you're a progressive changemaker.

Who knows when it happened. Maybe when you first volunteered for an election. Maybe when you organized friends into your first coalition. Maybe when you became a student…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 1, 2021


$70,000 - $85,000


TFP offers fully paid health, dental, and vision and a generous paid time off program.

TFP offers fully paid health, dental, and vision and a generous paid time off program.


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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