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We’re Hiring: New Mexico Policy Advocate

Position:

New Mexico Policy Advocate

Status:

Full-Time Exempt

Location:

Remote within the state of New Mexico and must be able to work Monday-Friday 12-4 pm Eastern Time. (These are the hours during which all staff must be available; the other working hours within the day are flexible according to one’s time zone and the needs of one’s team.)

About us:

Nearly every interaction a person has with the justice system, regardless of guilt or innocence, comes with a bill. But for those without the means to immediately pay up or fight back, one missed payment opens the door to dire, lifelong consequences. 

The Fines and Fees Justice Center (FFJC) was founded to end the immoral practice of governments’ using fines and fees to profit off the most vulnerable. We empower state and local efforts to end fees in the justice system and ensure that fines are fair and equitably imposed. Over the last six years, FFJC has achieved over 20 legislative victories and directly aided even more, authored two dozen original research and policy reports, and partnered with more than 300 organizations to advance the national fines and fees reform movement.

Summary: 

The New Mexico based policy advocate will support the New Mexico State Director’s (State Director) advocacy efforts both at the state and local levels.  Under the direction of the New Mexico State Director, the policy advocate will be responsible for research, writing, and project management to advance campaigns for fines and fees reform in New Mexico. The policy advocate will identify, collect, and analyze data on the imposition and collection of fines and fees to understand the impacts on local and state governments, and on individuals.  They will work with the State Director to organize campaign events, develop talking points and advocacy materials, build relationships with other organizations, government entities, and community members, and advocate for state and local reform.  In coordination with FFJC’s New Mexico Advisory Board on Fines and Fees, the policy advocate will play a leading role in working with people impacted by the criminal legal system to identify harmful policies and potential solutions.  

The position requires travel throughout New Mexico to meet with stakeholders, participate in legislative meetings, and conduct community campaigns and educational events. It also requires some national travel to organization-wide convenings. 

Responsibilities:

Reporting to the NM State Director, the NM Policy Advocate will:

  • Manage, develop and conduct NM specific research and analysis of data, to support campaign efforts; 
  • Monitor, track and report relevant legislative activity at the state and local level;
  • Organize and conduct community education events;
  • Organize, mobilize, and support local community leaders and directly impacted people in advocating for fines and fees reform;
  • Coordinate, grow, and develop FFJC’s NM Advisory Board on Fines and Fees;
  • Represent FFJC at outside stakeholder meetings, and lead coalition meetings on fines and fees; 
  • Support the NM State Director in advocating at the local and state level for fines and fees reform; 
  • Work in partnership with broader FFJC staff and external partners on legislative, regulatory, and communications campaign strategy.

Qualifications:

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications list below, the strong candidates  will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences: 

  • Undergraduate degree and at least one year of experience in data analysis, research, communications, or advocacy (focus on criminal legal reform, economic justice or racial justice preferred) OR high school diploma with at least five years’ relevant experience;
  • Excellent investigative and research skills; 
  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to write persuasively for a variety of different audiences;
  • Ability to effectively plan and coordinate advocacy efforts under pressure; 
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • Ability to work with diverse communities across race, socioeconomic status, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, education levels etc.;
  • Collegial and humble with a sense of humor;
  • Commitment to develop as a leader in response to feedback and mentoring.

Nice to Have:

  • Experience drafting and editing copy for advocacy publications;
  • Spanish language ability; 
  • Knowledge of New Mexico politics, courts and/or budget data;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about criminal legal reform;
  • Background in the criminal legal system, investigative journalism, community organizing, or policy.

FFJC encourages and welcomes those with personal experience of the impacts of the criminal legal system  to apply for this role.

Compensation: 

FFJC’s compensation philosophy consists of a 5-band salary structure.  The New Mexico Policy Advocate is a band 1 position. The starting salary for the position is between $70,000 and $75,000 based on the qualifications of the candidate at the time of hire. The full salary range assigned for the position is $70,000-$85,000 and has been determined based on a variety of factors including market competitiveness and the full package of benefits FFJC offers. FFJC offers excellent benefits including:

  • 401(k) option with up to 6% employer contribution.
  • Extremely generous employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their families.
  • Pre-tax transportation, dependent care, and flexible spending account benefits.
  • Substantial paid time off, including all federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, 4 floating holidays, 120 hours of vacation time, 96 hours of sick leave, and 24 hours of volunteer leave annually. FFJC also closes its office during the week of July 4th for all employees.
  • Employees are eligible for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave after 1 year of employment.
  • Employees who work 6 consecutive years at FFJC receive an 8-week paid sabbatical in their sixth year.

How to Apply: 

Please submit a resume and cover letter (as attachments) explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position to HR at jobs@finesandfeesjusticecenter.org. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

More information about the Fines & Fees Justice Center can be found at: finesandfeesjusticecenter.org 

The Fines & Fees Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and will consider applicants without  regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status,  citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law. 

FFJC is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, FFJC will  ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations.

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