September 20, 2018


Phoenix, Arizona


Smart Justice

Smart Justice Campaign Manager (Exempt)

The ACLU of Arizona—a leader in the fight against mass incarceration, voter suppression, discrimination in public education, and threats to LGBTQ equality and immigrants’ rights—is seeking a full-time Smart Justice Campaign Manager to plan and oversee our aggressive multi-year advocacy campaign to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50% while combating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

The ideal candidate is an experienced manager of staff who is also an expert at moving projects from start to finish through team brainstorming, detailed planning, and successful completion. The Smart Justice Campaign Manager is our chief “idea executor,” who will coordinate plans from across the organization (including their own!) so that we are all rowing in the same direction on our common criminal justice reform goals. This requires the ability to prioritize, convene meetings, develop and execute a work and meeting schedule, monitor progress toward goals, track details, and supervise assigned campaign staff and volunteers.

Personal experience with incarceration or other experience with the criminal justice system is preferred.

This position, reporting to the Political Director, will be based in Phoenix and will run through September 2020 with the potential for extension.

What the Smart Justice Campaign Manager Does:

Develop a detailed campaign plan

  • Gather input on criminal justice reform strategies and tactics from ACLU organizing, legal, policy, and communications staff and external policy experts, coalition partners, and individuals who are most directly impacted by our work.

  • Work with staff to develop clearly defined communications, policy, digital, and organizing goals and metrics for our work to reform the criminal justice system.

  • Combine strategic input, modern campaign and advocacy tactics, and the goals and outcomes developed by the team into one time-bound criminal justice reform campaign plan.

Oversee the Campaign for Smart Justice

  • Oversee the day-to-day execution of the campaign, track progress to goal, make necessary strategic decisions and adjustments informed by experience and data.

  • Lead regular step-back meetings to solicit feedback on how the campaign is going and ensure that lessons learned along the way make our campaign better in the short term and in the future.

  • Manage the campaign budget.

Manage campaign staff

  • Directly supervise, train, coach, and develop work plans for Smart Justice Organizers and the Smart Justice Strategic Partnership Coordinator as they recruit, train, and develop organizational partners, volunteers and community activists who work to reform the criminal justice system.

  • Collaborate closely with policy, legal, communications, and administrative staff to ensure coordinated work, shared goals and clear expectations.

  • Oversee and delegate the Smart Justice work of staff and outside consultants ensuring their work product meets campaign needs and deadlines.

  • Through your day-to-day work and expert recommendations, you will create organizing metrics and help staff across the organization to regularly track relevant data and to meet and exceed daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

Communicate and work with others outside of our office.

  • Work with all ACLU of AZ staff to build and elevate leadership within communities most impacted by our broken criminal justice system. Facilitate the leadership development of individuals most directly impacted by our work as they help shape campaign goals, strategies, and tactics. 

  • Work with national Smart Justice staff to develop plans and to develop your team’s skills.  Collaborate with other Smart Justice campaign managers from around the country to share best practices, learn from each other, and improve our campaigns.

  • Coordinate with coalition and community partners to develop opportunities for collaboration.

  • Serve as a campaign spokesperson when appropriate.

  • Provide regular, comprehensive updates on campaign progress to various stakeholders, including funders.  


To be successful in this job, you will excel in four areas:

  1. Campaign management skills: You have experience with community, issue, and/or electoral campaigns. You have developed plans and you have experience escalating strategically. You can combine many different tactics and tools (grassroots pressure, digital organizing, and strategic communications) into one powerful effort. You love completing to-do lists and helping teammates get things done efficiently and effectively. You love data, spreadsheets, and charts, are detail oriented, and know how to solve problems to make progress toward goals. You know how to use VAN and are comfortable helping others learn it. You have a successful track record managing projects on a timeline, delegating responsibilities, supervising staff with a wide range of backgrounds, and managing a budget.

  2. Interpersonal and people management skills: You can build trust and goodwill with staff, partners, and impacted communities and demonstrate deep respect for different ways of achieving a common goal. You’ll need to engage effectively with our talented team members to generate and improve ideas and to garner buy-in to your decisions about content-related matters. At times, you’ll have to hold people accountable who you don’t supervise. You know how to build a collaborative atmosphere and motivate colleagues up, down, and across the organization, which means that you have experience as a manager.

  3. A strong lens of equity, justice and community accountability: You have a strong grounding in the process of placing those who are most marginalized and most impacted in the center of the work. And you have a real commitment to those values, including understanding the importance of stepping back, exercising solidarity with those who are marginalized and oppressed and sharing power to help advance the ACLU’s work.

  4. Vision and can-do attitude: You support the ACLU’s mission and values and have a strong vision for cutting-edge advocacy at the ACLU of Arizona. You can see the power of our possibilities and have the drive, willingness, humility, and good humor to build something new. Knowledge of the criminal justice system (lived or professional) is a plus, but not a requirement. The position will require an ability to work some evenings, weekends, and irregular hours. In-state travel will be required periodically. Valid driver’s license required (but owning a vehicle is not necessary).


The ACLU-AZ offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience, and competitive with public interest legal salaries.  Benefits include three weeks paid vacation; 100%-employer paid medical and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); and twelve paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


To apply, send a letter of application (cover letter) and resume to: Lizabeth Thomson-Gorman, Office Manager, “Campaign Manager Position,” P.O. Box 17148, Phoenix, AZ 85011 or email to: Please list “Campaign Manager” in the subject line. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this listing. The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website,


For the past nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote, we take up the toughest civil liberties issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly in the courts, legislatures, and through community engagement to ensure that all individuals’ rights are protected. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of lawyers, public policy experts, lobbyists, community organizers, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.  

The ACLU of Arizona comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona are statewide organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees. The ACLU of Arizona has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU-AZ.” 










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