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FFJC Careers: National Campaign Director

The Fines & Fees Justice Center (FFJC) is a national center for advocacy, information, and collaboration on effective solutions to the unjust and harmful imposition and enforcement of fines and fees in the justice system. FFJC’s mission is to create a justice system that treats individual’s fairly, ensures public safety and is funded equitably. FFJC works with justice system stakeholders and affected communities to end abusive collection practices, eliminate fees in the justice system, and make fines proportional to the offense and the individual.

Reporting to the Co-Directors, the National Campaign Director will be principally responsible for working with and/or leading national coalitions that address fines and fees reform and for providing assistance to institutions, organizations and individuals who seek FFJC’s expertise on fines and fees reform across the country (outside of Florida and New York, where FFJC has staff). At present, FFJC participates in or is building national coalitions to: reform fines and fees in the juvenile justice system; abolish drivers’ license suspensions; and, explore the implementation of “day fines” or graduated economic sanctions. The National Campaign Director will also respond to the almost daily requests for assistance that FFJC receives from community organizations, advocates, courts, justice-system stakeholders and legislators – and to then work collaboratively with them. The National Campaign Director will be deeply involved in strategy discussions and policy formulation for all of FFJC’s national reform efforts.

This position will be based out of either New York City or Washington, D.C.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Serve as FFJC’s representative on existing national coalitions, providing leadership on strategy, tactics and policy;
  • Develop and build new national coalitions;
  • Foster alliances with traditional and new organizations and groups.
  • Work with state and local legislators and justice system stakeholders to develop and support appropriate policy, including developing strategic campaigns to support legislation.
  • Represent FFJC at conferences, meetings, and legislative hearings, making presentations and participating in panel discussions.
  • Coordinate research and policy analysis, including producing high-quality policy documents (e.g., white papers, and policy briefs).
  • Working with the Co-Directors, develop a communications and media strategy to advance national reform efforts, including but not limited to:
    • Traditional media and digital advocacy, including social media and electronic action alerts;
    • Outreach materials, including talking points, fact sheets, fliers, and information packets;
    • Serving as a media spokesperson.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Undergraduate degree. Graduate or law degree preferred.
  • At least eight years of litigation, policy analysis, issue advocacy or comparable experience in criminal justice reform. Knowledge of and experience in fines and fees reform is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about political issues.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Experience working with diverse coalitions and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and in diverse positions.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Attributes

  • Organized, diligent, proactive, and detail-oriented.
  • Passionate about criminal justice reform.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Sense of humor.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position to:

Lisa Foster – Co-Director, Fines and Fees Justice Center

LFoster@finesandfeesjusticecenter.org

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start date is flexible.

New Venture Fund Careers

Fines & Fees Justice Center is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

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