This position is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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. Led by two nationally-recognized experts, 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 State Director will be responsible for designing campaigns and building support for FFJC’s reform efforts in New Mexico by cultivating relationships with other organizations, particularly community-based organizations; as well as state and local legislators; justice-system stakeholders, including prosecutors, public defenders, court clerks, law enforcement and judges; the faith community; the business community; and media. The State Director will build and manage a network of law students and oversee legal and data gathering work to support campaigns. The State Director will also draft legislation to implement reform in New Mexico.
The State Director may, depending on funding, supervise one or more part or full-time organizers. The State Director may also supervise sub-grants to community organizations to ensure that those directly harmed by fines and fees have the capacity to work towards reform.
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
- Build relationships with existing criminal justice reform coalitions and organizations interested in fines and fees reform across New Mexico;
- Foster alliances with traditional and new organizations and community groups.
- Work with state and local legislators and justice system stakeholders to develop and support appropriate policy, including developing strategic campaigns to support legislation, and draft legislation to implement reforms.
- Cultivate relationships with law schools and graduate programs to document court practices, identify and interview impacted members of the community, and conduct research.
- Monitor and prepare for state and local legislative committee hearings, including preparing testimony.
- Represent FFJC at events statewide to educate and mobilize communities to support fines and fees reform including community forums or town halls, presentations, and panel discussions.
- Coordinate research and policy analysis on fines and fees in New Mexico.
- Working with the Communications Director, develop a communications and media strategy to advance state-level 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
- College degree. Law or graduate degree is a plus.
- At least four years of political campaign, issue advocacy or comparable experience, with experience in criminal justice reform or direct legal representation a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically about political issues.
- 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.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Knowledge of New Mexico’s legislative process is a plus.
- Supervisory experience a plus.
- Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
- Organized, diligent, proactive, and detail-oriented.
- Passionate about criminal justice reform.
- Flexible and adaptable.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Willingness to travel throughout New Mexico, and occasional travel to Washington DC and New York City.
- Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends.
- Sense of humor.
Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
Salary range: $85,000 – $90,000
How to Apply
Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position to:
Joanna Weiss, Co-Director, Fines and Fees Justice Center
Please submit your application by February 4, 2020.
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.