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Campaign Director: Drug Policy, Harm Reduction & Criminal Justice

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People's Action l People's Action Institute | Washington, DC
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People's Action l People's Action Institute


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Published 16 days ago

July 3, 2020
$75,000 - $85,000

About PAI

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 reflects people over 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, DC and Chicago, IL and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, and more. Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations across 28 states, improve lives by running local- and state-level issue and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and collectively come together to change national policy and politics.

 

People’s Action/ Institute has a track record of leadership in coordinating field mobilization and advocacy in advancing an array of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Qur member organization 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 to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 


For more information on PAI, please visit https://peoplesaction.org/.


About the Campaign Work

People’s Action/ Institute and our member groups are currently working to advance public health narratives and solutions at the local, state, and federal levels to respond to the current overdose crisis, push back against further criminalization, and expose the profiteers. We are focused on uniting urban, rural, and suburban communities; black, brown, and white constituencies; active drug users, people in recovery, and those that have lost loved ones. We recognize that we need everyone to win, but we must ground our work in the history of the racist drug war and its disparate impact on black and brown communities. We understand how a focus on criminalization over public health has led not only to mass incarceration, but has also led to our entire society not being equipped to effectively deal with the more growing overdose crisis of the moment. We are committed to shifting drug policy and elevating harm reduction as key interventions.

People’s Action/ Institute member groups are engaged in a variety of local and state-based campaigns and experiments. We are currently wrapping up national messaging/ polling work that we are excited to apply to our field and campaign work. 

 

The Opportunity

This is the dream job of someone who wants to manage and drive forward our work and advance it at the state and national levels on drug policy, harm reduction and criminal justice. 


Overview of the Position

The primary function of the Campaign Director: Drug Policy, Harm Reduction & Criminal Justice is to work with the cohort to: (1) manage & develop the cohort, (2) support base building efforts of local groups, with particular experiments in online to offline organizing via Facebook, (3) support local & state campaigns, (4) develop national alignment and move on opportunities to engage in national campaign work, including pharma accountability work, and (5) engage with candidates and elected officials to advance appropriate issue interventions.

What you will do:

  • Support the development of an organizing base for this issue. Support local and state groups newer to building bases around this issue with both recruitment/ outreach strategies and strategies to hold the interconnected constituencies in their organizations. Work with groups and our national infrastructure to experiment with digital online to offline organizing models that utilize Facebook and other social media outlets to do recruitment and relationship building with the target constituency.
  • Drive our national engagement on the overdose crisis. Own the project of advancing People’s Action’s contribution to Overdose Crisis work nationally, including harm reduction, drug policy work, and pharmaceutical corporation accountability. Create strong national partnerships that build our power to advance our strategy as well as provide support for state groups. Explore how our work on the overdose crisis might lead to broader work on drug policy and criminal justice.
  • Support the creation of razor-sharp state campaigns. Use your deep campaign, power analysis, and issue-cutting skills to help affiliate member group staff create and execute razor sharp campaign strategies at the local and state levels around the overdose crisis and the interconnected crises. There should be clarity in the organization and across the network about who our targets are, who are partners are and how we’re going to win. This is about building a culture of campaigning that electrifies and focuses people. [Note! People’s Action Institute has provided resources to 8 different state organizations for their work.]
  • Create flashpoint moments for public and direct action to elevate issues. Work with member groups to amplify state campaign moments and take advantage and/ or craft national campaign moments to elevate our issues, perspectives, and agenda in the broader arena. 
  • Utilize the building of independent political power. Together with our network and allies, we are building toward bold progressive governing power in cities and states. This focus should be baked into all of our programmatic work. As a Campaign Director you should be thinking about how independent political power is advanced through the issue work as well as how the political work advances the issue work.
  • Build and develop strong coalitions and partnerships. Serve as our point person in national coalitions around drug policy, harm reduction and the overdose crisis and in developing partnerships that can benefit the work at the state and national level, including other organizing networks, advocacy groups, think tanks, and others.
  • Coordinate the work internally. Work with other organizational department directors (such as the Movement Politics, Power Building, Communications and Finance Directors) to ensure smooth and seamless implementation of the campaign work and the maximization of our capacities towards winning.
  • Capture and communicate our unique story. Diligently work to get our narrative, messaging, and story out to the press along with our communications team to help shift public consciousness while also ensuring our groups get credit for their contribution to this effort. 
  • Other Duties as Assigned

 The ideal Campaign Director should have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to work with diverse people and organizations
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience working with community, labor and/ or electoral organizations.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in coalition building and facilitating diverse groups, with a strong track record of building and managing teams/ collaborations.
  • Experience running statewide or national level campaigns with multiple partners.
  • Understanding, experience, and familiarity with state and national political landscapes and legislative processes.
  • Experience balancing long-term power building with rapid response action needs.
  • Previous experience organizing around overdose/ drug policy/ harm reduction/ criminal justice/ mass incarceration issues is ideal, but not required.
  • Familiarity with online/ digital organizing tools is a plus; eagerness to learn them a necessity.
  • Experience writing and managing grants and other donor relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Effective at multitasking with a wide range of skills. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 2-3 times per month when traveling is again safe and appropriate.

Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-time/Temporary (1 year & 6 months appointment) /Exempt, and benefits eligible

Salary Range: $75,000-85,000

Location: Can be based in our Chicago, IL or Washington, D.C. office, or remote locations may be considered.  

Reports to: Campaigns Director

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account, 401(k) plan, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 9 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 or employment.

Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

Close date: July 3, 2020

No phone calls please

About PAI

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 reflects people…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary

Benefits

Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account, 401(k) plan, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 9 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 or employment.

Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account, 401(k) plan, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 9 paid holidays…

Location

Washington, DC

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