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We’re Hiring: Senior Advocacy & Campaigns Strategist

Position:

Senior Advocacy & Campaigns Strategist

Location

Remote within the Continental U.S. Candidate must also be able to work Monday-Friday 12- 4 pm Eastern Time. (These are the hours when all FFJC staff must be available; other working hours within the day are flexible according to your time zone.)

Status: 

Full-Time; Exempt

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. 

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.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the National Advocacy and Campaigns Director, the Senior Advocacy & Campaigns Strategist (“Strategist”) is a project manager and collaborator who will work with the National Advocacy and Campaigns Team to build and manage the day-to-day operations, relationships with partners, and engagement with state advocates and coalitions to advance fines and fees advocacy efforts across the United States. 

The Strategist will also work with the National Advocacy & Campaigns team to identify state and local partners, provide strategic and technical assistance to stakeholder groups on fines and fees campaigns, and support legislative advocacy to advance fines and fees reforms. 

The Strategist will be able to exercise good judgment and good faith, understanding and anticipating the impact of their actions and statements on teammates and stakeholders. The Strategist will also be able to work toward and achieve ambitious goals, and to learn from and contribute to the work of colleagues across the organization.  

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Maintain and continue to advance the mission of the national Free to Drive and End Justice Fees campaigns, and work on emerging fines and fees issues.
  • In consultation with the National Advocacy & Campaigns Director, and with state-level advocacy groups, develop strategies to launch and execute fines and fees campaigns.
  • Organize and build bipartisan coalitions in states and nationally to advocate for fine and fee reform, effectively building strong relationships with partners across lines of race, power, and other identities.
  • Provide ongoing strategic and technical assistance to state and local advocates and community-based organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders on fines and fees related issues.
  • Engage multiple stakeholders, working collaboratively to build trust and followership across the organization.
  • Represent FFJC at conferences, meetings, and legislative hearings, make presentations, testify, and participate in panel discussions, as needed.
  • Track, analyze, and prioritize legislation that impacts national campaigns, demonstrating excellent project management skills to develop, implement, and adapt plans to meet ambitious goals.
  • Owns and drives a body of work from ideation to implementation, ensuring high-quality outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 8 years of professional experience, including at least 3 years in advocacy at the local, state, or federal level, specifically in the criminal legal system. Criminal justice, economic justice, or racial justice advocacy and/or campaign experience preferred.
  • Experience with direct legislative advocacy, including drafting, analyzing, and commenting on legislation.
  • Proven ability to manage a high volume of work efficiently, juggle competing demands, ask questions and seek support where needed, and prioritize without sacrificing quality.
  • Experience building and working in coalitions.
  • Experience developing advocacy materials including model bills and talking points.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrating an ability to build trusting relationships internally and externally.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a growing non-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated resilience and ownership in driving tasks to completion.

Attributes:

  • Organized, diligent, proactive, and attentive to detail.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to exercise good judgment in complex situations.
  • Passion for criminal legal system reform.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally and work occasional nights and weekends.

Compensation:

FFJC’s compensation philosophy is comprised of a 5-band salary structure. The Senior Advocacy and Campaigns Strategist is a band 2 position.  The starting salary for the position is between $85,000-92,500 based on the qualifications of the candidate at the time of hire. The full salary range assigned for the position is $85,000 – $110,000 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. 
  • After 6 consecutive years of employment at FFJC, employees receive an 8-week paid sabbatical. 

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter as attachments to jobs@finesandfeesjusticecenter.org.

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

The job posting closes on July 8, 2024, with an anticipated start date shortly after Labor Day. If you have questions about this timeline, please let us know when you submit your application and we will be as responsive as possible.

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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