The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) Seeks Advocacy Director

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. 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.

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.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For duties, core competencies, how to apply and other information, please visit the website.

No phone calls, please.