CSA Associate

Posted by

Council for a Strong America

Published 16 days ago

March 1, 2021
$45,000 - $55,000

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 



Supports the implementation of Council for a Strong America’s federal and state policy agenda by organizing grasstops community leaders to pursue opportunities to increase funding for evidence-based programs that help kids succeed (IE early childhood education and care,, juvenile justice reform, children’s healthcare, after school programs, etc.) Develops and maintains relationships with our organization’s members (including police chiefs, sheriffs, and prosecutors) through recruitment, engagement, and member education. A strong candidate will be particularly passionate about finding the most effective and meaningful ways to engage law enforcement leaders to advocate for our shared policy objectives related to setting kids up for success. 

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Manage an assigned state portfolio with federal and state policy targets
  2. Lead member activations to achieve federal and state policy goals (to include drafting state policy sign-on letters, and state policy-maker meeting talking points, asking members to sign on to letters of support, working with members to publish OpEds or LTEs, working with members to host press conferences, asking members to participate in policymaker meetings or other direct forms of communication with policymakers)
  3. Apply data and metrics to promote deeper and wider member engagement. The candidate should have experience or interest in managing member relationships with a CRM (Council for a Strong America uses Salesforce primarily)
  4. Use data to create segmented lists in order to account for various levels of commitment to the organization and to build our pipeline of champion members
  5. Participate in decision-making regarding key policymaker targets and advocacy strategies to achieve policy goals
  6. Policy research
  7. Developing state-specific strategies for member recruitment and engagement in assigned state portfolio (to include the planning of state conferences and swing-throughs)
  8. Developing materials for state and national conferences, development team requests, development meetings, meetings with allies
  9. Aid in the creation of national membership recruitment strategies (including preparing and delivering presentations for member recruitment and education, and executing hosted events)
  10. Build and maintain relationships with state allies
  11. Coordinate activities with other teams and assist in the maintenance of team systems


  1. Strong commitment to our mission and strategic vision
  2. At least two years of experience working in a related field (such as communications industry, policy-oriented setting, education sector, public interest sector)
  3. Extremely detail-oriented and well organized
  4. Self-starter and ability to juggle multiple projects at once, and respond rapidly and flexibly to changing priorities, while meeting deadlines
  5. Demonstrated ability to be an effective and persuasive communicator, both orally and in writing
  6. Able to present sometimes complex information in a coherent, persuasive manner; in a variety of forums
  7. Proficient with Google Drive/Word/Excel/PowerPoint 
  8. Ability to perform research on legislative and regulatory issues and make recommendations on possible course of action
  9. Passion for issues affecting disadvantaged kids


  1. Substantive expertise in a number of issue areas related to childhood and adolescent advocacy
  2. Experience working with law enforcement and/or grasstops leaders and/or with a non-profit

Supervisory Responsibility

The associate has no direct staff supervisory responsibilities but may be tasked with managing an intern.

Work Environment

This job operates in a clerical, office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

*Note: Our office staff is currently teleworking due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and will continue to do so at least through July 2021. Therefore, the ability to successfully work in a remote environment is essential. When the office reopens, this will be a full-time, in-office position.

Physical Demands

This is a largely sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some flexibility in hours is allowed, but the employee must be available during the “core” work hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and must work 40 hours each week to maintain full time status.


Travel will be required from time to time based on opportunities; about 1 - 2 trips every other month for 2 - 3 days.

Salary Range


Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent number of years of experience

Preferred Education and Experience

High School Diploma Required

College Degree (or equivalent in experience) Required or equivalent experience

Proficient in Excel

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

None required for this position.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Council for a Strong America is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is seeking a diverse slate of candidates for formal consideration

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 



Supports the implementation of Council for a Strong America’s federal and state policy agenda by organizing grasstops community leaders to pursue opportunities to increase…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • High School Diploma Required
  • Entry level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC

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