DC: Advocacy Director, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

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The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is currently seeking applications for an attorney with policy reform experience and passion for juvenile justice for a senior level advocacy position available immediately. The Advocacy Director is a brand new position within the CFSY.

The full job description and instructions on how to apply can be found below or online at http://bknation.orgfairsentencingofyouth.org/about/job-opportunities/#AD

Job Title: Advocacy Director

Location: Washington, D.C., travel required
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled
Organization: The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY)

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) is a national coalition and clearinghouse that coordinates, develops, and supports efforts to implement just alternatives to the extreme sentencing of America’s youth, with a focus on abolishing life-without-parole sentences for all youth. Our vision is to create a society that respects the dignity and human rights of all children through a justice system that operates with consideration of a child’s age, provides youth with opportunities to return to the community, and bars the imposition of life-without-parole sentences for people under age 18. The CFSY collaborates with advocates across the United States and in Washington, D.C. that use public education, advocacy, and litigation as strategies to pursue this goal, and endeavors to lead efforts from behind, supporting strategies developed by partners working on the state level. The CFSY has a team of seven staff people that work closely in a friendly, collaborative work environment.

The Advocacy Director is a new position at the CFSY. The successful candidate will be an innovative self-starter with a passion for juvenile justice reform and the ideas and experience required to advance the CFSY’s mission. The Advocacy Director will work in close partnership with advocates and other partners on the ground, utilizing and learning from their expertise while also sharing new strategies to enhance their efforts. The Advocacy Director will serve as the senior policy staff person at the CFSY, overseeing the development and implementation of organizational advocacy strategies, involving legislation, litigation, organizing, and public education, and working in close partnership with the Director & National Coordinator to determine advocacy priorities and guide big-picture strategies for the organization. This person will supervise at least one other staff person doing policy work. In collaborating with other advocates in the field involved in efforts to end juvenile life-without-parole (JLWOP) sentences and other related campaigns, the Advocacy Director will have a short-term focus on leveraging the Miller v. Alabama Supreme Court decision issued last year.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

• In collaboration with coalition partners, develop and shape implementation of policy reform strategies at the state and federal levels, particularly as they relate to compliance with Miller
• Develop and implement strategies for sharing best advocacy practices among our various partners
• Analyze opportunities to advance a broad policy reform agenda, through public education, advocacy, organizing, and litigation, that leverages recent and related Supreme Court decisions
• In partnership with other CFSY staff, determine what states should be focus for state-based advocacy and capacity-building efforts
• In partnership with the CFSY’s Director & National Coordinator, determine overarching advocacy priorities
• Draft and review legislation
• Oversee development of and occasionally conduct original research and draft advocacy materials, including policy briefs and testimony, and partner with communications staff on the development and implementation of public education activities to support advocacy strategies
• Travel to key states to provide advocacy support as needed
• Partner with other leaders in the juvenile justice reform field to advance a robust reform agenda
• Represent the CFSY at coalition meetings, conferences, and events as needed
• Supervise CFSY policy team

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience in policy reform, political campaigns, or as legislative staff to a policymaker. A strong interest in juvenile justice reform is required. Demonstrated ability to advance a policy reform agenda using a multi-pronged approach, including advocacy, public education, organizing and litigation is strongly preferred. A law degree from an accredited law school is required. Interest and knack for managing staff required; experience preferred.

• Strategic – able to think through and work on issues critically and strategically.
• Self-motivated – able to take the initiative to start new tasks and work diligently without much supervision.
• Natural manager – able to multi-task amongst competing priorities, whether programmatic or organizational in nature. Excels under pressure. Meets short deadlines. Values the work product, day-to-day experience, and professional development of staff members managed.
• Excellent communicator – good oral and written communication skills. Honest and straightforward with questions and ideas.
• Committed to working as a team – friendly and courteous, willing to work closely with CFSY staff and as part of the larger community working to end JLWOP. Leads with humility.
• Sense of humor.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package, including health, vision, and dental. Disability and life insurance. Financial planning services available through Mylestone Plans.

HOW TO APPLY: Email in a single attachment: a letter of interest, resume, names and contact info of at least three references, and a brief, unedited writing sample to info@fairsentencingofyouth.org. PDF format preferred. Use “Advocacy Director” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

No phone calls, please.

*** The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.