Deadline for application
12 pm (noon) April 10, 2023

No New Jail Cuyahoga Co. is seeking up to three talented and dedicated Campaign Organizers to build our campaign by driving a countywide campaign to fight against the building of a new jail.

The ideal candidate is an experienced community organizer or campaigner, coalition-builder, and strategist who deeply believes in the importance of building community leadership, capacity, and people power. The Campaign Organizers will drive a volunteer staff team and be responsible for mapping out and executing a comprehensive strategic campaign plan. They will be accountable for this in collaboration with steering, membership, and allies. They must be able to organize and effectively communicate at all levels – with grassroots community people and established community leaders and policy experts.

The Campaign Organizers will report directly to the leadership of Black Lives Matter Cleveland. They will also work closely with existing community leaders, community organizers, and core partners in building the campaign. This job is part-time.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Plan and execute a sophisticated and winning campaign strategy by working with a campaign committee, staff, and allies of the No New Jail Cuyahoga Co. coalition
  • Recruit, turn out and develop community leaders as part of a campaign committee
  • Organize in-person and online meetings, town halls, direct actions, and other events to move the campaign forward.
  • Coordinate campaign messaging, earned media work, mass communications, and digital organizing with No New Jail Cuyahoga Co. Coalition
  • Regularly communicate the campaign’s progress to our members, staff, and partners.
  • Work with the existing database to track members, participation, and progress toward achieving success.
  • Develop and manage relationships with partner organizations.
  • Work with partners to advance the campaign. This may include joint strategy meetings, joint actions or other events, relationship building, etc.
  • Manage and develop relationships with local administrators, reporters, and other key stakeholders and decision-makers.
  • Enhance our reputation and brand, and promote our values.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Plan and organize outreach activities for brand awareness, such as campaigns, public events, community meetings, etc.
  • Coordinate and develop campaign activities.
  • Plan and schedule field education events in target communities.
  • Supervise and guide campaign committees.
  • Initiate orientation and training programs for volunteers.
  • Identify volunteers and select leaders for running campaigns.
  • Devise and execute innovative volunteer engagement strategies through social networks.
  • Establish vital networking with the media for public education.
  • Address campaign issues and concerns promptly.
  • Initiate media outreach communications.
  • Engage actively in networking with public officials for public outreach communications.
  • Prepare publications, press releases, and alerts.
  • Participate in committee meetings and conferences.
  • Monitor campaign activities closely in collaboration with Managers to ensure campaign goals.
  • Facilitate the development of campaign materials such as displays, fliers, notices, brochures, etc.
  • Other duties, as required.

Competencies and Qualifications

  • Excellent community organizing skills, strategizing, and execution of organizing campaigns
  • Passion and commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a demonstrated focus on research, policy analysis, outreach, and targeted communications
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Relentless drive, tenacity, and a willingness to do what it takes to advance our mission and values
  • Excellent time management, project management, and delegation skills
  • Ability to work effectively with strong personalities, peers, public officials, and allies
  • Experience in grassroots organizing, labor, or political organization
  • Computer competency – Word, Internet, and strong email-skills required; Experience in working with database systems a plus
  • Understands and can demonstrate and teach the mechanics of grassroots organizing
  • Experience developing and implementing issue campaigns
  • Proven ability to work with emotional intelligence, receive feedback, work through conflict with integrity, and operate within principles of solidarity when working in partnership with groups representing constituencies impacted by oppression.
  • Ability to establish credibility and respect with partners, and an understanding of how to build and maintain strong, long-term relationships
  • Understanding of the prison-industrial complex, state violence, carceral systems, systemic racism, and the criminal legal system
  • Understanding of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County government, elected officials, agencies, and history
  • Ability to self-initiate action and ability to ask questions if help is needed
  • Ability to be punctual and present for events and stay through completion and tear down of events
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Must be able to attend city and county meetings in person and online
  • Must read and respond to correspondence (emails, texts, voicemails) quickly and professionally

This is a part-time job, with expectations that part-time is equal to 10-20 of work per week.


Please email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to