Policy Director Opening at Campaign for Youth Justice

Occasionally I fantasize about what I might do if I didn’t teach law students.  Of course I adore my job, but there are so many other great things to do out there.  To work for the Campaign for Youth Justice is one of them.  Led by the incomparable Liz Ryan, CFYJ  is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

From their website:

The Campaign works in partnership with state-based campaigns in a number of states. We serve as a clearinghouse of information on youth prosecuted as adults and make our tools and resources available to those interested in learning and taking action on an issue that personally affects them.

We strongly believe that any movement must involve those who are most impacted by the laws and policies. Thus, we seek to empower those affected by encouraging them to use their voices and experiences to effect meaningful change.

Here is the job description:


Responsibilities include:

§  Managing policy development;

§  Conducting policy analysis;

§  Providing technical assistance to the Campaign’s state allies;

§  Writing articles, fact sheets, policy papers, testimony and policy briefs;

§  Responding to research & policy requests from CFYJ state partners and allies;

§  Tracking, analyzing and summarizing data, research and state legislation about children in the adult criminal justice system;

Education:  J.D. required.

Experience:  Required: 3+ years experience on state regulatory or legislative issues on juvenile or criminal justice; a demonstrated interest in juvenile justice issues and dedicated to CFYJ mission.

Core Knowledge and Skills:

§  Ability to be a thought leader and generate strategic campaign ideas;

§  Ability to analyze regulatory and legislative language & draft regulatory and legislative language;

§  Knowledge of state regulatory and legislative process;

§  Willingness to be a team player both within CFYJ and with allies in the juvenile justice field;

§  Ability to complete multiple tasks and high volume of work on deadline;

§  Attention to detail and strong writing and editing skills;

§  Excellent time management and organizational skills;

§  A proactive, creative and flexible attitude;

Application instructions: Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to the selection committee at infocfyj@cfyj.org  No phone calls please.

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