Job Announcement: National Campaign Director

Open until filled | Reviewing applications on October 21st

Critical Resistance (CR), a national grassroots organization working to end the prison industrial complex (PIC), seeks a full-time National Campaign Director to increase CR’s organizational impact and profile by working with CR members and allies to develop and implement campaigns and projects designed to eliminate the PIC.  This position will be based in our National Office in Oakland, CA, and regular travel will be required to our chapter cities and other locations.


Position Description:

The Campaign Director will work with our membership to support and strengthen the political and material impact of our chapter-based campaigns, projects, and coalitions. Work will include campaign planning, research, outreach, coalitional organizing, development of reports and materials, member organizing training, and national political leadership.


Roles and Responsibilities:

Campaign Support and Direction

  • Lead and support CR chapters in developing, planning and carrying out effective campaign plans that advance the end goal of abolishing the prison industrial complex

  • Conduct campaign and target research

  • Facilitate CR member participation and leadership in campaigns and projects

  • Review, write, and update CR campaign materials

  • Develop literature, reports, organizing tools to support campaigns and projects

Coalitional and Membership Engagement

  • Represent CR in local, statewide, and (limited) national coalition work.

  • Conduct campaign development trainings and strategy sessions with CR members and allies.

  • Participate in organizational programming as needed such as: fundraising, attending rallies or protests; participating in planning for CR conferences and convenings; working with CR chapters on local organizing.

  • Help chapters evaluate the progress and outcomes of campaigns and projects.

  • Visit chapters regularly (in geographic region) to assist with networking and campaign resources in their area.

  • Serve as a staff liaison to chapters.

  • Support volunteers and interns

  • Work with Membership Coordinator and Chapter Organizers to support outreach to coalitional partners

National Political Leadership

  • Monitor the political landscape, abolitionist efforts, and events/shifts in the prison industrial complex to recommend points of organizational engagement

  • Work with Membership Coordinator to implement Abolitionist Training School program

  • Represent and promote CR at meetings, conferences, and other public settings

Organizational Co-Directorship

  • Support overall organizational direction, strategic development and planning, and major operational oversight alongside other Co-Directors and in consultation with membership

  • Participate in national and local member working groups and decision-making

  • Provide organizational administrative and operational support (shared among staff)




  • Understanding of and political commitment to prison industrial complex abolition

  • Experience developing, coordinating, and carrying out successful campaigns—preferably in a member- or volunteer-led organization and/or an organization with strong commitments to volunteer leadership development and coalitional organizing

  • Experience in organizational leadership and co-supervision or staff support

  • Accountable to working in a membership led organization with consensus-based decision making

  • Skill in facilitating and supporting leadership development

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Experience in training and group facilitation

  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities well, set priorities, and follow work plans

  • Willingness and ability to seek out relevant work and allies for building partnerships and coalitions

  • Accountable and responsive

  • Basic computer skills (word processing, database, and some financial software a plus)

  • Based in Oakland with willingness to travel approximately 8 times per year

Additional Skills and Experiences

  • Experience supporting and supervising interns and volunteers

  • Spanish language skills a plus

  • Strong public speaking skills

Candidate Recruitment:

  • Formerly imprisoned people are highly encouraged to apply. We also encourage people of color, women, queer and trans/gender-nonconforming people to apply.

  • We welcome people from all educational backgrounds to apply.

Salary range is approx $52,000 – $62,000 per year, plus good benefits and generous vacation. Salary is commensurate with other CR staff. We offer medical, dental, and vision benefits.



Please email a cover letter and resume to: with your last name and position title in the subject line, or mail a hard copy to:

Critical Resistance Hiring Committee

1904 Franklin St., Suite 504

Oakland, CA, 94612

In the cover letter, please share any experiences, skills, and talents that you believe equip you to do this job. Though not required, we also welcome you sending us any supporting materials with your application (for example, a work plan, a project timeline, a facilitation plan, or any other relevant materials).

Send any questions regarding the position to or call 510-444-0484.

Deadline to Apply: July 22, 2019 | Position starts: Early September, 2019