Managing Director

Managing Director

Clean Slate Initiative

Flexible, US   |   December 17, 2019

About Clean Slate Initiative

The Clean Slate Initiative is a multi-year effort to advance “clean slate” policies that automatically expunge or seal criminal records and expand eligibility for relief across the country. This effort is being championed by a growing number of state groups and leaders, in partnership with national supporters. The Initiative has three founding anchor organizations: Crime and Justice Institute, Center for American Progress, and Code for America. Additional partners will join the initiative, with a vision for creating a bi-partisan network of knowledge and support.

About one in three American adults has a criminal record, ranging from non-conviction arrests to serious felony convictions. These records substantially limit opportunities in people’s lives—as well as those of their children—for years, decades, and generations. This issue also disproportionately harms people and communities of color.

Clearing criminal records produces substantial and measurable economic and social benefits. Yet the process is extremely cumbersome and expensive – such that it actively discourages individuals from clearing their records. The Clean Slate Initiative aims to correct the problem.

Over the next two years, state-based organizations will lead Clean Slate legislative campaigns in up to 20 states. The Clean Slate Initiative will centrally support these efforts to successfully pass legislation and guide implementation of all policies that are passed.

The Managing Director is a new role developed to lead the Clean Slate Initiative in this ambitious work. The ideal candidate will be a creative and highly effective leader with the experience and presence to ensure credibility with national and state partners, funders, and policy makers. The ideal candidate will be a servant-leader, able and willing to support states in this ambitious work.

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The Managing Director Opportunity

The Managing Director will work collaboratively to develop and implement strategies for investing Clean Slate Initiative’s technical, political, policy, and communications support, and campaign funds in order to win state legislative campaigns across the country.

The MD will collaborate with and coordinate the anchor organizations in the technical assistance that, collectively the Clean Slate Initiative provides to states. The MD will also manage central campaign staff, who will provide direct support to state campaigns.

The Managing Director will report to a Board made up of major funders and national advisors/issue area experts that oversees Clean Slate Initiative.

This is a full-time position with a flexible location with an easily accessible airport.

The Managing Director will ensure effective and efficient day-to-day operations and growth of the Clean Slate Initiative. This new position is designed to support and oversee a growing initiative and operational budget.

The Managing Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Strategic Vision

  • Serve as a collaborative leader in partnership with the Steering Committee and expert staff members working on Clean Slate Initiative, providing vision as well as highly effective execution.
  • Provide leadership on matters of governance and operations while Clean Slate Initiative is being established and growing
  • Lead the continued development of Clean Slate Initiative’s strategy as it wins and loses campaigns.
  • Work with partner organizations and funders to determine the future of Clean Slate Initiative beyond the current two-year roadmap.
  • Set Clean Slate Initiative up to successfully deliver on the longer-term vision.
  • Build strategic alliances and partnerships with a broad array of stakeholders to overcome challenges and advance shared goals.
  • Anticipate, manage and mitigate campaign risks.

Implementation Leadership

  • Ensure that partners are collaborative, communicative, and acting in the best interest of the Initiative’s goals.
  • Drive tactical implementation of the Initiative’s strategy, both in terms of winning campaigns and in implementation of the Clean Slate policy.
  • Facilitate processes with Initiative partners to reach timely decisions, maintain impeccable organization and ensure that discussion is open, honest and solution-oriented.
  • Deliver communications and create communications structures such that the myriad of stakeholders feel informed and are able to be champions for Clean Slate Initiative and the work.
  • Identify and hire consultants to fill gaps and augment the expertise of Clean Slate Initiative’s partners.
  • Facilitate anchor organizations in developing shared work-plans and hold organizations accountable for their deliverables.
  • Provide staffing and ensure buy-in from the Board and each board member organization.
  • Approach the problem set from a non-partisan or bi-partisan perspective in order to fully leverage political opportunities in each state.

State Campaign Operations

  • Lift up and support state-level advocates and organizations working to pass Clean Slate policies.
  • Manage 2-3 staff who will serve as the main points of contact for all state work.
  • Build relationships with state community based and advocacy organizations such that campaigns are collaborative and appropriate to local context.
  • Manage grant agreements with local organizations and put in place necessary support structures so that they can be successful.

Management and Operations

  • Recruit, manage and mentor high performing staff who are experts in their fields.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for contracted campaign firm in year one, and beyond as needed.
  • Manage relationships and ensure compliance with funding requirements and fiscal sponsor stipulations.
  • Ensure staff compliance with state and federal lobbying laws.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will bring a passion for criminal justice reform and legislative action as well as the strong financial, operational, and communications experience required to improve and expand Clean Slate Initiative’s advocacy. The Managing Director will be a highly collaborative leader with the ability to lead multiple stakeholders toward a common vision. They will be deeply motivated by the opportunity to positively impact the lives of 70-100M Americans with criminal records and the communities they live in.

While no single candidate will have all of these professional and personal qualities, skills and characteristics, the ideal candidate will have the following:

Leadership and Management Skills

  • Experience executing ambitious legislative campaigns in multiple states and an understanding of state legislative cycles, campaign strategy and how to work effectively with elected officials and criminal justice stakeholders to successfully develop and pass clean slate reforms.
  • Highly inclusive approach to leadership, with the ability to collaborate, facilitate, and coordinate with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Experience leading through influence and working across a diversity of organizational priorities and styles.
  • Understanding of grants management and demonstrated experience partnering with philanthropic institutions over a multi-year period.
  • Strong communications, interpersonal, and relationship building skills, with the ability to lead by building consensus and orienting stakeholders towards a common goal.

Operational and Financial Skills

  • Proven success in creating organizational infrastructure from scratch with creativity and scrappiness around setting up systems.
  • Financial management including budget development, review, tracking and reporting of restricted funds; strong ability to develop budgets and support others in doing the same.
  • Track record of hiring great people and inspiring and mentoring them to deliver ambitious results.
  • Experience in grants diligence and awards.
  • Experience managing a Board, preferably a highly engaged, working Board.

Personal Attributes

  • Personal experience in the criminal justice system and/or a deep commitment to criminal justice reform built on empathy for the people most impacted.
  • High emotional intelligence, with the ability to understand others’ motivators and communication and work styles.
  • A natural collaborator with a strong leaning towards building relationships.
  • Grounded leader who listens well, is comfortable not having all the answers, able to make and communicate difficult decisions.
  • Able to resolve conflict and move past disagreements toward a common vision.
  • A belief in working across silos and divides, including partisan lines.
  • A sense of urgency, hunger to win and a roll-up your sleeves approach.
  • Comfortable being in the background, a true servant leader committed to elevating others.
  • A deep-seated belief that the ambitious changes that Clean Slate Initiative envisions are not only possible but are absolutely necessary.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.

Clean Slate Initiative has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan and Turner Delano here.

Clean Slate Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

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