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Seasonal Project Manager, Criminal Justice (6-9 Months)



Los Angeles, CA, USA · Oakland, CA, USA · Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2023

FWD.us is a bipartisan political organization that believes America’s families, communities, and economy thrive when more individuals are able to achieve their full potential. For too long, our broken immigration and criminal justice systems have locked too many people out of the American dream. Founded by leaders in the technology and business communities, we seek to grow and galvanize political support to break through partisan gridlock and achieve meaningful reforms. Together, we can move America forward.

The Seasonal Project Manager, Criminal Justice role will be a part of the Digital Department, whose mission is to build and engage the audiences needed to effect change. The Project Manager will report to the Director of Project Management, Criminal Justice.


  • 5-7 years of project management or account management experience preferred.
  • Experience in managing projects in a campaign or agency setting. Good understanding of print, digital, video production and storytelling work.
  • Experience managing projects using Asana or similar software. A great communicator (verbal and written) with a strong attention to detail. Has experience presenting to executive staff and can present plans, status and other project related information to internal teams.
  • Experience in leading, collaborating, managing and working with teams to deliver on projects.
  • Ability to identify potential issues and work with teams to solve them.
  • Ability to proactively develop contingency plans and get projects on track.
  • Campaign/Advocacy/Non-profit experience is preferred; immigration and/or criminal justice reform experience a plus.
  • Proficient in Google Docs suite and experience with project management tools, such as Asana, is a plus.
  • Experience with policy and political environments is a plus. Active interest in the nature of the work is critical.


  • Project planning + management: Create and manage project tasks for a campaign from request through to final delivery. Develop clear and thorough project plans, detailing internal tasks, team reviews and approvals. Set up and manage necessary touch points such as stand-ups, status check-ins, reviews, etc. Understand review and approval processes and ensure the plan accommodates necessary review cycles. Works with Digital Strategists to complete campaign templates inclusive of goals and post-project evaluation, and maintains regular communication with Digital Strategist on project status, needs, and blockers to keep products on track.
  • Resource management: Manage internal cross-functional teams to ensure they have the time, information, and materials needed to complete their work with leads and management to ensure capacity constraints are being addressed. Ensure team members are collaborating across functions.
  • Risk identification: Identify risk and potential issues before they become a problem and work with teams and management to mitigate risk.
  • Drive review process: Ensure that all products created for a specific campaign receive review from appropriate parties and that feedback is addressed.
  • Process improvement: Follow established processes and ensure stakeholders and teams are also following processes. Identify where processes can be improved and work with team, management, and/or interdepartmentally to implement changes as needed.
  • Flag scope creep: Flag when work is heading out of initial scope and work to find solutions.
  • Project hub + key communicator: Keep stakeholders across the organization up-to-date on project plan, timing, potential risks, etc.

Compensation Range: Compensation to commensurate with experience. General range is $77K-$90K.

COVID-19 Considerations:

FWD values the health and safety of our staff, their families, and our community. In support of these values, all FWD staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted. If selected for this job, incoming hires are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.

Equal Opportunity Employment/Diversity:

We are an organization committed to making the world a better place for all people. Diversity is a source of our strength, and allows us to make better decisions, be more impactful, and excel at our jobs day to day. We see our internal commitment to diversity as reflective of how we view the world and the changes we want to see become reality.

This organization is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. The company strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees and applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, promotion, training, discipline and termination.

The organization understands that too often what are viewed as the traditional credentials are subjective criteria that exclude historically marginalized communities and act as barriers to hiring and recruiting the best candidates.

As part of FWD’s best hiring practices, we do not have educational requirements for any of our jobs. Many of our jobs do require specific interpersonal, skill-based, technical, policy or other requirements and applicants for those jobs will be evaluated based on their level of expertise, to include lived experience and work experience - which could have taken place at an educational institution or elsewhere.

FWD.us believes in fair chances and employment opportunities that benefit everyone. Ensuring that people who have had contact with the criminal justice system--including incarceration for serious offenses and substantial periods of time--have the opportunities upon their release to fully succeed and contribute to this country is central to our work and is a value to which we are absolutely committed to uphold in how we operate and who we hire. We do not conduct criminal background checks on applicants, unless required by state or federal law for specific roles.

The company makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to allow such persons to perform the essential functions of their jobs, to the extent required by law. Employees or applicants who would like to request a reasonable accommodation should contact Management. The company will also, where appropriate, provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices.

Applicants directly impacted by the criminal justice or immigration systems, including formerly incarcerated individuals, are strongly encouraged to apply.