Senior State Campaigns Manager

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a high-caliber strategic policy organization that has been at the forefront of major federal and state advocacy efforts to combat poverty, inequality, and racial inequities for decades, seeks a Senior State Campaigns Manager.

The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis it spawned have laid bare and exacerbated the structural inequities and policy inadequacies that have long held back low-income families and communities of color. In the next few months and years, state and federal policymakers will face particularly consequential decisions over how to respond to the pandemic’s disastrous impacts on state revenues and address disparities rooted in racism and other forms of oppression, as well as in the country’s related extreme concentrations of power and wealth. State-level advocates will be at the forefront of these debates and will play a vital role in promoting a proactive vision for a just, antiracist economic recovery and beating back austerity narratives and misguided policy solutions.

In this high-stakes environment, CBPP is expanding its state campaigns team to meet the moment and lead the work of our state advocacy partners, the backbone of which is the State Priorities Partnership network of 42 state policy organizations, as well as anti-hunger, legal services, and children’s advocacy organizations around the country.

The Senior State Campaigns Manager will expand our strategic campaign supports on economic security issues, with a particular focus on state-based strategies to expand cash and other basic assistance to help people struggling to make ends meet; organize against austerity approaches to state budget shortfalls; and help advance a longer-term vision for an antiracist, equitable recovery. This could be the right position for you if you have a track record of state-based advocacy and/or issue campaigns work, a passion for building power at the state level to advance bold policy change, strong knowledge of the issue campaign toolbox, and a coaching mindset to support others to lead.

The Senior State Campaigns Manager will report to the Director of State Strategies and Engagement within the State Fiscal Division and join a dynamic state campaigns team of nine full-time campaigners, digital, narrative, and civic engagement experts as well as a team of campaign consultants.


  • Coach priority state partners on soup-to-nuts campaign strategy, including facilitating campaign planning sessions, advising on rapid-response approaches and best civic engagement practices, and synthesizing learnings from winning strategies in the states;
  • Support and deploy a variety of campaign tactics including message guidance, voter contact, and field activities designed to advance priority legislative campaigns or ballot initiatives;
  • Provide guidance and hands-on technical assistance to state partners and allies on engagement strategies to shape economic security policy debates;
  • Develop creative strategies to help state network organizations and coalitions deepen and expand their partnerships, with a particular focus on allyship with Black- and brown-led grassroots organizations;
  • Develop metrics and tools to track our progress;
  • Effectively keep colleagues up to date on key state developments and synthesize trends, opportunities, and challenges; and
  • Contribute to a culture of learning internally and with our network of state partners by seeking out opportunities to share best practices across states through peer-to-peer training opportunities.


  • At least six years of relevant experience
  • Experience designing and executing campaign strategy and tactics
  • Familiarity building partnerships with diverse constituencies and working in coalition
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Excellent communications skills, including strong interpersonal skills and an ability to translate and synthesize complex issues into easy-to-understand communications
  • Demonstrated skill in applying a racial equity lens to all facets of advocacy work and internal institutional practices
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle a variety of tasks and deadlines while remaining focused on the most important work to get done
  • A passion for state-based advocacy and antiracist policies that reduce poverty and expand opportunity
  • Willingness to travel when it is safe to do so

The following qualifications are a plus:

  • Issue advocacy experience at the state or federal level and/or campaign management experience
  • Experience executing voter engagement strategies, including phonebanking, peer-to-peer texting, and paid digital advertising
  • Track record of coaching and training others
  • One or more of the following skillsets in particular:

    • Experience with grassroots organizing;
    • Experience with legislative and administrative advocacy;
    • Fluency in one or multiple economic security issues (TANF, food assistance, Earned Income Tax Credits, paid sick leave, state budget advocacy, etc.); and
    • Understanding of public opinion research and message development strategies.

Location is flexible while we remain teleworking and must be available during EST business hours. Open to long-term remote work with monthly travel to our home office in D.C.

This position reports to the Director of State Strategies & Engagement.
Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt.
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.

Compensation: Salary and title commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including three health insurance options, dental and vision care, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.   

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center. 

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.