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Campaign Strategist

Organizational Overview  

The Sentencing Project promotes effective and humane responses to crime that minimize incarceration and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial/ethnic, economic, and gender justice.The Sentencing Project engages in cutting-edge research on  sentencing and related issues and anchors advocacy campaigns that challenge extreme sentencing and racial disparities in the criminal legal system.  Information about The Sentencing Project is available at  

Job Description and Responsibilities  

The Sentencing Project is hiring two Campaign Strategists who will report to the Director of Advocacy. 

  • The Strategist for the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment will develop and  implement a program to support state and local advocates working to challenge the nation’s life sentencing laws.  Campaign priorities include ending life without parole and other extreme sentencing policies, capping maximum penalties at 20 years, promoting “second look” provisions, and fostering a culture shift that rejects excessive punishments in favor of restorative approaches to public safety. The Strategist will anchor a national conversation to advance sentencing reforms that minimize extreme sentences through state legislation and local resentencing strategies.
  • The State Campaigns Strategist will support state and local advocates advancing sentencing reforms and challenging collateral consequences. Issues to be addressed include mandatory minimums, voting rights, drug policy, reentry and racial/ethnic disparities in the criminal legal system. 

Support for state reform efforts will be tailored to the needs  and opportunities in selected states, but Strategists’ activities likely involve providing research assistance, developing  communications strategies, aiding in coalition-building, and advising on legislative campaigns.  The Campaign Strategists will be part of the advocacy team working at both the federal and state  level. The positions will involve travel to selected states post pandemic. 


  • Create and expand  networks of groups working to challenge mass incarceration, extreme punishments, collateral consequences for a criminal conviction, and racial disparity in the criminal legal system. 
  • Work with groups at both the national and local level and identify new constituencies to include in the movement, as well as groups that were previously unconnected to the larger reform movement.  Focus on engaging and supporting people directly impacted by mass incarceration.
  • Provide strategic and technical assistance to advocates in state campaigns and connect campaigners to share strategies.
  • Develop strategies and tools for dealing with shared challenges and opportunities for the movement and disseminate these to the field.
  • Identify research and training needs for the field and coordinate response to these needs, including identifying appropriate trainers and training opportunities.
  • Provide strategic technical assistance to state campaign advocates on a range of issues, like coalition management, communication/media, policy, research and data, connecting campaigns to the broader campaign network and to experts in the field.   
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
  • Speak at meetings and conferences, and maintain visible leadership in the field.


  • At least five years of experience shaping and leading issue campaigns to challenge mass incarceration and advance racial justice.
  • Demonstrated success in campaign work, including coalition growth; policy and/or legislative victories; demonstrated awareness-raising; and campaign expansion.
  • Extensive knowledge of a range of topics related to criminal justice, racial justice, prison conditions, movement building, policy making, and political power building.
  • Ability to take initiative and work both independently and collaboratively.


The position offers a salary of $80,000 to reflect years of experience and a commitment to support movement leadership. The Sentencing Project offers employee benefits that include generous paid time off, health insurance, and parental leave. The position is full-time.


Candidates who are qualified by experience, skill, and personal motivation are invited to apply. Please send a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references to the Hiring Manager at The Sentencing Project is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The Sentencing Project values diversity and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, LGBT persons, people with disabilities, and those directly impacted by the justice system are encouraged to apply for all positions.

Development Associate

Organizational Overview

The Sentencing Project, established in 1986, works for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.  The Sentencing Project engages in research on sentencing and related issues, advocates for criminal justice policy and practice reform, and conducts broad-scale public education through media, online and other communications.  Information about The Sentencing Project is available at 

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Sentencing Project is seeking an experienced full-time Development Associate to provide general support to individual and institutional fundraising program, to include, but not limited to, helping develop fundraising materials and strategies, and overall responsibility for maintaining and updating the organization’s Salsa CRM database of donors, stakeholders, and media contacts.  The Development Associate will report to TSP Communications Manager.  

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the accuracy of all database records
  • Track all online and mail-in donations  
  • Draft and distribute donor acknowledgment letters
  • Create  constituent, financial and analytical reports to be presented at staff and board meetings
  • Generate constituent lists for newsletters, solicitation letters and invitations
  • Maintain list of funders, funder prospects, and VIPs
  • Conduct research on existing and potential donors and funders
  • Reconcile gift transactions and ensure consistency with QuickBooks accounting system
  • Work with direct mail and mail house vendors 
  • Work with communications team to develop digital fundraising strategies and manage vendor relationships
  • Work with communications team to draft and disseminate fundraising materials
  • Respond to phone/web/email inquiries such as information requests and contributions 
  • Provide support to Executive Director, Director of Operations and Finance, and Development Consultant for overall fundraising activities
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of fundraising events and meetings 

Experience and Qualifications 

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Minimum three years relevant experience
  • Writing, editing and proofreading experience
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in person
  • Demonstrated experience updating and maintaining a contact database management system for fundraising and generating and analyzing financial reports  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word and Excel, and extensive experience with mail merge functions 
  • Exceptional attention to detail, excellent phone manner, and good customer service skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Salsa CRM database a plus
  • Experience with digital and direct mail fundraising strategies a plus
  • Commitment to advancing a more just and humane society


The Sentencing Project offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and duties.  Current benefits package includes four weeks paid vacation; accrued sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance; contribution to 403(b) retirement plan and transportation benefits.

Paid Holidays

  • New Year’s Day • Memorial Day • Indigenous People’s Day
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday • Juneteenth • Thanksgiving Day and following Friday
  • Inauguration Day • Independence Day • Christmas Day
  • President’s Day • Labor Day • December 26-December 31
  • Election Day

How to Apply

Candidates who are qualified by experience, skill, and personal motivation are invited to apply. Please send a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references to Hiring Manager at  The Sentencing Project is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to cultural diversity and recruits without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, or prior convictions.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 


We are not accepting applications at this time.