Criminal Justice Position for Recent Grads - Washington, D.C.

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) works to end the practice of sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole (JLWOP) in the United States. The Campaign works with advocates across the United States and in Washington, D.C. that use public education, advocacy, and litigation as strategies to pursue this goal. We work with active state campaigns and are advised by a committee of experts in the field.

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The CFSY Program Assistant is based in the National Campaign’s Washington, DC office and provides critical programmatic and administrative support to the staff. The CFSY offers a full benefits package and competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

• Program support tasks such as targeted JLWOP research, creating spreadsheets from collected data, and preparing, formatting, editing and distributing documents such as reports, charts, advocacy documents, and posting web content.
• Perform a range of administrative tasks including, organizing all logistics for travel and meetings, assisting with reimbursements, processing and responding to mail, taking minutes at meetings and maintaining CFSY contact lists and databases.
• Respond to inquiries about CFSY, serve as a resource to outside organizations and conduct outreach to potential supporters and allies.
• Assist the Director and Operations & Development Manager with resource development efforts through drafting, editing and formatting grant proposals and reports, managing contact lists of individual donors, and liaising with some funder contacts.
• Manage online database of contacts and distribution lists.
• Assist Communications Director with new media tasks, including the development and implementation of an online outreach plan, tracking of blog and online news and posting news and other information to the website.
• Recruit, manage and coordinate the work of the CFSY intern.
• Other substantive tasks may be assigned based on demonstrated abilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate must have office/administration experience, demonstrated organizational and computer skills, as well as excellent writing abilities and competence in using the tools of electronic and social media. Strong interest in criminal justice issues, particularly reform to harsh juvenile sentencing practices in the United States, racial discrimination in juvenile justice, and / or human rights in the United States and a bachelor’s degree are required. Ability to work during weekends on occasion is preferred. Work and/or internship experience in juvenile justice is highly desirable.

• Organized – maintains system for organizing work materials. Able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously.
• Flexible Time Management – able to prioritize with minimal supervision and take on unexpected tasks as they arise. Independent and creative- able to take on projects
• Enthusiastic about learning – able to take guidance on assigned tasks, eager to gain new skills and being challenged, and interested in regular feedback on completed work.
• Excellent communicator – good oral and written communication skills. Honest and straightforward with questions and ideas.
• Self Motivated – able to take the initiative to start new tasks and work diligently without a lot of supervision.
• Commitment to working as a team – friendly and courteous, willing to work closely with CFSY staff and as part of the larger community working to end JLWOP.
Northeast (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA)
Public Interest
District of Columbia
United States

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