While Congress and state legislatures across the country remain paralyzed by partisan disagreement, ballot initiatives provide a path forward for improving the lives of millions of Americans. The Fairness Project (TFP) incubates, funds, and provides strategic and technical assistance to state- and city-based ballot initiative campaigns and drives a national narrative to elevate issues of economic fairness. Through ballot initiatives, TFP offers voters the opportunity to do what politicians cannot or will not: take direct action to enact sound economic policy and change their own lives.

In its first four years, TFP has won 16 out of its 17 ballot campaigns and changed the lives of over 15 million people.

In the 2018 election cycle, TFP worked with state-based groups on ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in Missouri and Arkansas; provide paid sick leave in Michigan; and expand Medicaid in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah. And they’ve already helped deliver victories in Massachusetts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and in San Antonio where the city council passed earned paid sick time – both in response to ballot initiatives.

In 2017, TFP was a key player in the nation’s first successful ballot campaign to expand Medicaid in Maine, bringing health care to more than 70,000 people.

And in 2016, a historically polarizing election year, TFP partnered with grassroots organizations in six states on ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, two of which also guaranteed paid sick and safe leave. The organization’s local partnerships with campaigns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Washington state, and Washington D.C. ultimately led to higher pay for eight million working Americans and paid sick days for nearly two million. To date, this has put over $9 billion dollars in working families’ pockets.

For more information about The Fairness Project, please visit: https://thefairnessproject.org


Reporting to TFP’s Executive Director, the Campaigns Director will lead the organization’s work on a portfolio of 3-5 statewide ballot initiatives that TFP funds and supports. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced campaign operative who wants to have an immediate impact on people’s lives, advance racial, gender, and economic justice through state-based ballot initiative campaigns, and wants a little more job and location security.

Key responsibilities of this position will include:

Vision-Setting & Leadership

– Develop, manage, and own the overall strategy for TFP’s work across the campaign cycle from exploration to incubation to implementation

– Serve as a thought partner to campaign managers and provide strategic advice, while working within the complexity of a coalition environment

– Build and manage a team of consultants and vendors (research, data modeling, digital, and communications) that provide in-kind services as part of TFP partnerships with the campaigns

– Guide the go/no go decision process around potential new campaigns

Stakeholder Management

– Build and lead a coalition of grassroots and grass-tops organizations

– Serve as TFP’s point-person for coalition partners, vendors, campaign managers, funders, and prospective funders

– Work collaboratively across TFP’s team and network of consultants to coordinate support for our campaigns

– Lead weekly calls to report on and answer questions about the progress of TFP’s campaigns

Campaign Execution

– Work with in-state partners, vendors, and TFP senior staff to advise 3-5 campaigns on all elements of:

– Staffing (campaign manager, general consultant, field director, etc.)

– Budgets

– Data modeling and public opinion polling

– Persuasion/ GOTV messaging

– Earned/ paid media

– Track the ongoing progress of campaigns to keep trains on track and provide clarity on which stakeholders are driving which tasks

– Support the signature collection process by working with paid vendors and grassroots volunteers

– For some campaigns, during the incubation phase, plan and execute the campaigns operational needs, including: selecting and working with in-state compliance firms, establishing campaign bank accounts, campaign finance disclosures, etc.

– Negotiate committee structures and governance models for in-state coalitions

– Work with the Executive Director on funding scenarios and track campaign budgets against fundraising targets


– A deep commitment to economic fairness and enthusiasm for TFP’s mission

– Track record of quickly building and maintaining relationships – both one-on-one and within coalition environments

– Strong organizational skills; ability to prioritize multiple projects at once and own the details

– Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal

– A minimum of 8 years of experience managing or working at the high levels of political or advocacy campaigns

– Comfort and confidence with high degrees of ambiguity

– Strong time-management skills and ability to work efficiently and effectively in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment

– An understanding that long hours and weekends are occasionally required to meet deadlines

– A collaborative, passionate, “all hands on deck” approach

– Ability to travel to states on a regular basis

– Experience with ballot initiative campaigns preferred but not required


Washington, DC strongly preferred; remote candidates considered on a case-by-case basis as long as they can accommodate regular travel to DC.


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience. TFP offers fully paid health, dental, and vision and a generous paid time off program.


To apply, please submit an organization- and role-specific cover letter and resume through Workable: https://tfp.workable.com/jobs/1081943 Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

The Fairness Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages eligible candidates from all backgrounds to apply.