Grassroots Strategist

Austin, TX

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Job Description

Prison Fellowship's Advocacy Team is seeking a Grassroots Strategist in the Austin, Dallas or Houston area of Texas to help us build and mobilize a grassroots network in assigned target states, including Texas. Recruit and engage high-impact Justice Advocates with project assignments that advance state campaign goals. 

  • As directed by the Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator, build and mobilize a grassroots network in target states to include Texas and additional states in southern or mid-west region based on annual agenda (role also includes some assistance with mobilizing grassroots support for federal agenda in target states). From the grassroots base, recruit and engage high-impact Justice Advocate volunteers with project assignments that advance state campaign goals, including petition drives, storytelling, personal lobbying, etc. Plan and execute grassroots events, training, and lobby days. 
  • Regularly participate in coalition meetings and calls in assigned campaign states. Build strategic relationships with partner organizations, faith-based groups, and churches. Assist the advocacy team in identifying potential grasstops contacts, spokespersons, and champion legislators from target states. Attend conferences and other events to promote Prison Fellowship and advocacy opportunities. Distribute Outrageous Justice curriculum, promote Second Chance Month activities, and assist in securing Justice Declaration signatories. 
  • Assist in developing grassroots engagement content for target states including one-pagers for grassroots, website content, and event materials for the purpose of recruiting new supporters, and engaging the current network to serve the identified campaigns. 
  • Track and develop a working knowledge of criminal justice issues, the political climate, and elected officials in assigned target states. Participate in regular strategy sessions with the Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator and policy staff to share intelligence and adapt grassroots activities to maximize influence.  Coordinate with the different divisions of Prison Fellowship to leverage ministry assets to support advocacy initiatives, particularly church engagement and field staff within assigned target states. Maintain outreach contacts in organized database and utilize tracking systems to evaluate progress in network growth and grassroots engagement. Other projects as assigned.


To learn more about our Advocacy Team, visit us online: 

Prison Fellowship® was founded in 1976 by Charles Colson, a former aide to President Nixon who served a seven-month sentence for a Watergate-related crime. Today, Prison Fellowship is the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. Established on the belief that all people are created in God’s image and that no life is beyond His reach, Prison Fellowship takes a restorative approach to all those affected by crime and incarceration.

Skills & Requirements

Minimum of two years in grassroots organizing; experience with mobilizing the faith community and working in Texas politics or public policy required. Experience in coalition building, interacting with the legislative process, building relationships with pastors and churches, and demonstrated ability to advance issues through grassroots advocacy. Experience working on political campaigns a plus.

Bachelor’s degree.

Grassroots organizing, faith community, public policy, politics and campaigns, legislative process, criminal justice, juvenile justice, issue advocacy, coalition building, and marketing.

Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), proficiency in social network platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). Use of online advocacy engagement platforms a plus.

Familiarity with new media and ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.

Keen sense of discernment and strong interpersonal skills. Ability to motivate, coach, and redirect others. Adaptable and creative. Sound judgement. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Politically savvy.

Up to 70% travel - valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record.

Satisfactory background check (PF does not discriminate against individuals with a prior criminal history).


If you feel God is leading you to join our team, visit us online and apply today!