Employment Opportunities

Criminal Justice Project Director

Libertas Institute seeks an experienced and driven Criminal Justice Project Director who thrives in a collaborative organization and can skillfully develop and lead the organization’s efforts to reverse the tide of overly harsh and unjust criminal penalties. The director is responsible for identifying criminal justice reform priorities and working with allies to develop and manage complex multi-disciplinary, proactive campaigns to drive forward large-scale change, setting both long and short-term goals.

The Criminal Justice Project Director will conduct public engagement and outreach efforts throughout Utah to build support for criminal justice reform, including alternatives to capital punishment, evidence-based sentencing guidelines, and reducing the population of individuals detained and incarcerated in Utah.

The Criminal Justice Project Director will help to create and support a sustainable advocacy network by building on and expanding Libertas’ partnerships with elected officials, community leaders, and grassroots stakeholders. This will require cultivating relationships with individuals, families, and communities impacted by the criminal justice system; public office-holders; law enforcement officials; religious communities; and other individuals and groups invested in seeing these reforms come to fruition.


  • Design, manage, and implement all aspects of a complete issue advocacy campaign including developing and sustaining important relationships with community leaders, stakeholders, and elected officials, cultivating volunteers, creating messaging, identifying key districts, and carrying out print and digital media advertising
  • Articulate persuasive arguments for criminal justice reform
  • Develop and execute a strategic plan to enact significant sentencing reforms, with an emphasis on alternatives to the death penalty
  • Maintain supporter database and track key influencers
  • Coordinate advocacy events with paid staff and volunteers
  • Forge and maintain relationships with government officials, community stakeholders, allied organizations and academics to implement collaborative projects, and foster positive working relationships


  • Persuasive personality with self-motivation
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills including excellent strategic planning, persuasive writing, and communications skills
  • Experience in cultivating relationships, recruiting volunteers, and changing hearts and minds
  • Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, meet, and adapt to changing deadlines
  • Three years experience in political organizing or related field
  • Familiarity with Utah’s electoral and criminal justice system, and grassroots groups working to reform these systems is preferred
  • Knowledge of Utah’s legislative process is a plus

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • the ability to develop deep interpersonal relationships with public officials and to while being a willing collaborator with demonstrated success developeing and maintaining key relationships internally as well as externally with community groups and leaders;
  • professionalism, deep passion, and strong persuasive abilities;
  • the ability to build and manage a grassroots organization from the ground-up;
  • the ability to work in a solutions-oriented, fast-paced campaign environment; and
  • the ability to effectively design, manage and leverage a range of legal, policy, organizing, public education and communications strategies to advance proactive, large-scale criminal justice reform goals while balancing immediate responsive work.

Hours, Salary, Benefits:

  • Full-time position at our office in Lehi
  • Starting salary depends on experience and ability
  • Two-year minimum commitment
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Optional and matching 401(k) retirement program


To apply, send the following information to info@libertasutah.org with “Criminal Justice Project Director” in the subject.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Résumé
  3. Two minute video (minimum) introducing yourself
  4. An example of your writing (any subject is okay)
  5. Salary requirement

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