About Communities United for Police Reform Action (or CPR Action)

Founded in 2015, Communities United for Police Reform Action (CPR Action) works to strengthen public policy to end police violence and advance community safety solutions that decrease reliance on policing. Through public education, voter engagement and public policy advocacy, CPR Action builds power among communities most directly impacted by discriminatory and abusive policing and seeks lasting systemic change. CPR Action’s sibling 501(c)3 organization is Communities United for Police Reform (CPR).

CPR Action and CPR are considered to be the central lead organizations on police accountability and safety issues in New York. In the 2021 NYC primary cycle for the mayoral race, CPR Action organized the only non-partisan citywide forum of mayoral candidates on the subject of safety and police accountability. CPR Action has advanced policy and organizing victories, including the addition of police accountability on the 2019 NYC general election ballot, launching #CopWatchThePolls during the 2020 elections to document police misconduct at or near NYC polling sites, and shaping and introducing the state legislative agenda in 2015 that resulted in the repeal of New York state’s notorious police secrecy law and passage of other bills to expose and reduce police violence in 2020.

At a time of intense backlash, CPR Action is poised to make critical interventions in New York’s political landscape, leveraging its leading voice alongside a committed supporter base and network for community safety solutions and reducing police violence.

Position Overview

CPR Action’s Program & Operations Manager is the first full-time staff position for CPR Action and will be responsible for coordinating the organization’s civic engagement and electoral organizing, policy advocacy campaigns/initiatives, partnerships, and strategic communications. The role will also require managing and developing operational infrastructure, including a staff team; building and sustaining healthy relationships with movement organizations, and anticipating organizational needs in an ever-changing environment. This is a full-time position based in New York City. The position will report to CPR Action’s Interim Executive Director.

Core Responsibilities

Program Coordination and Implementation

    • Civic Engagement and Electoral Organizing
        • Design short- and long-term civic engagement and electoral plans, incollaboration with CPR Action organizational partners, that align withorganizational mission and vision;
        • Organize activities and develop tools to educate the public about NYS/NYC political landscape and impact on CPR Action priorities;
        • Coordinate an endorsement process at the federal, state and/or local levels that involves viability assessments of races and candidates, candidate interviews and questionnaires, and engagement of key stakeholders in the endorsement process;
        • Support the coordination of large organizational events, with a focus on civic engagement.
    • Public Education and Policy Advocacy
        • Engage in advocacy efforts that support progressive policies around our coreissue areas, and identify intervention opportunities that will advance ourorganizational goals and priorities;
        • Engage in direct and indirect lobbying of elected officials around CPRAction’s policy priorities, including organizing lobby days, town halls, press conferences, and direct action;

Strategic Communications

    • Drive overall communications strategy, including identifying and coordinating responses to developing press opportunities, and overseeing social media and digital infrastructure
    • Cultivate spokespeople for media and lift up the voices of directly impacted communities in public communications

Organizational Partnerships

    • Work with organizational partners to identify opportunities for mobilization and campaign initiatives, and to continually provide assessment of state of play, challenges and opportunities;
    • Coordinate with key stakeholders on shared goals and priorities;
    • Represent CPR Action at coalition meetings & events.

Compliance and Risk Management

    • Work with legal counsel, support the building and implementation of policies, systems and practices that help ensure compliance with a variety of intersecting laws.
    • Manage systems and processes related to risk management and legal compliance, such as insurance and government reporting.

Finance, Administration, and Human Resources

    • Ensure regular and accurate fiscal reporting to the Board and oversee fiscal systems, policies and practices;
    • Ensure adequate office and operational infrastructure, systems, policies and practices to advance CPR Action priorities.
    • Oversee the administration of human resources programs and policies

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong interpersonal, communications, writing, and problem-solving skills, and be willing to grow along with the organization. You must have a passion for community safety solutions and ending police violence, along with a deep commitment to progressive social change, organizing and relationship-building. You must also have the ability to work nights and weekends, especially during election cycles.

The ideal candidate will have:

    • At least 5-7 years of related advocacy, organizing experience, civic engagementand/or electoral work.
    • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience with human resources, operations, and/ororganizational management.
    • Knowledge of the NYC political, media, and social movement landscape, players, and dynamics.
    • Demonstrated history of building trust and relationships with community members,organizational partners, and elected officials.
    • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously in a high-pressure environment requiring rapid adjustment to changing priorities, strategies and deadlines.
    • Experience and ease with communications work, including earned and social media.
    • Exceptional written, editing, and verbal communication skills and proven ability toeffectively communicate with diverse audiences.
    • Highly organized, efficient, and systematic, with strong time and project management skills.
    • Proficient in the use of various office systems including G-Suite, data entry, and reporting. Experience with CRMs and database management, especially voter databases, a plus.
    • Proficiency in Spanish or other languages spoken in New York’s immigrant communities, a plus.


Compensation: $75,000 – $85,000 depending on experience and qualifications including overtime and bonuses. Communities United for Police Reform Action (CPR Action) provides 100% coverage for health insurance and other benefits.

How to Apply: Submit your résumé and cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications to Applications will be reviewed as received.

Communities United for Police Reform Action (CPR Action) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or disability.

Please be advised that we can only respond to those we intend to interview.