Campaign Manager, Criminal Justice Reform

  • Reports to: Vice President, Criminal Justice Reform
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Criminal Justice Reform
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The Campaign Manager for Criminal Justice Reform will have significant responsibilities in developing and executing strategic campaigns for criminal justice reform efforts. The position requires strong research, analytical, and writing skills. It also requires an advanced understanding of criminal justice reform issues, as well as an ability to work effectively with a wide range of external stakeholders across the ideological and political spectrum. The Campaign Manager will coordinate with other policy teams at American Progress, including the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s War Room, Government Affairs, and Generation Progress—the organization’s youth and young adult advocacy arm.


  • Create and implement strategic advocacy plans for the Criminal Justice Reform team’s overall work and specific campaigns and products.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and networks with national and local criminal justice reform leaders, including community groups, government officials, researchers, and advocacy partners.
  • Conduct research and produce drafts for a wide range of written products, including research briefs, op-eds, fact sheets, and policy columns.
  • Assist in the development of policy and advocacy ideas and work with state partners to drive their deployment in the states.
  • Plan and coordinate events, conferences, and briefings.
  • Represent the Criminal Justice Reform team at meetings of coalition partners.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Advanced degree in social science, economics, or public policy is preferred.
  • At least four years of professional experience running, managing, or otherwise taking a leadership role in strategic advocacy campaigns, preferably on criminal justice issues. Consideration will also be given to work on related issues such as civil rights, racial justice, and anti-poverty campaigns.
  • Knowledge of policy and politics around criminal justice reform and public safety issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people involved in or affected by the criminal justice system.
  • Strong analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • Experience operating in high-stakes environments that require producing high-quality and accurate products under tight deadlines.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals is required.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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