Director of Strategic Partnerships

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Job title: Director of Strategic Partnerships

Location: Washington, D.C./flexible
Organization: Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY)

Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled


About the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth:

The United States treats children who come into conflict with the law in intensely cruel and inhuman ways, disregarding their youth status and differences from adults. This is evidenced most starkly by the fact that the US is the only country that sentences children to die in prison by imposing life-without-parole sentences, which fly in the face of the emotional, behavioral, and developmental characteristics of youth respected wisely by other policies. Focusing on reforming this harsh practice in turn serves to catalyze other reforms to a system that is overly punitive across the board, especially when it comes to children.

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, leads the movement to end the most extreme sentences for children, advances alternative responses to harm children cause, and creates opportunities for formerly incarcerated youth to thrive as adults and lead in their communities. We seek to ban extreme sentences for children under 18 and ensure policies are implemented meaningfully and equitably; create opportunities for formerly incarcerated youth to thrive and for community restoration; and build a broad-based movement for reform led by directly impacted individuals.

Overview of the position:

Because of recent reforms, hundreds of individuals initially sentenced as children to life in prison without the possibility of parole are now reentering society. All of these individuals have been incarcerated since they were teens, and most served several decades in prison, with no prospect of release. The CFSY recognizes the unique role of businesses to hire, train, and offer other resources to these individuals to ensure they are given a meaningful chance to rebuild their lives. Therefore, we will launch a program led by the Director of Strategic Partnerships to build relationships between the CFSY, people sentenced to life in prison as children, and leaders in the private sector so that, together, we can build a path for these individuals to thrive.

By brokering relationships with local and national business to provide job training, employment, mentoring, etc., to people sentenced as children to life without parole, this program will create opportunities for those returning home from prison to obtain new sources of economic, social, and emotional support. It will offer opportunities to those in the business/private sector to learn firsthand about the challenges faced by those returning from prison, learn from them new strategies for addressing these challenges, and develop authentic relationships that will undoubtedly break down stereotypes and barriers among participants.

With strong leadership skills and experience forging lasting partnerships, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will build and implement this new CFSY initiative. He/she will convene business/private sector partners in the program and offer individualized, ongoing support to them as well. The scope of this program will be national, but with a particular focus on the Philadelphia region where we have the largest concentration of people sentenced to life as children who are free. We anticipate a moderate-to-frequent travel schedule, depending on work location.



  • Identifies and brokers relationships with no fewer than 15 local and national businesses and organizations that can provide job training, employment, and mentorship to people sentenced to life without parole as children, as well as investing time and resources in this class of returning citizens.
  • Works with the CFSY staff, members of our Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN), and other directly impacted individuals to understand the specific needs of former juvenile lifers.
  • Identifies and develops new partnerships with no fewer than 10 businesses that can provide services and opportunities necessary to the daily lives of former juvenile lifers, such as discounted transportation, housing, and access to credit.
  • Convenes corporate/private sector partners to share strategies, offer them support, and address any concerns.
  • Remains abreast of the shifting political and legal landscape of juvenile life without parole nationally and in local communities as well as the changing needs of those recently released.
  • Identifies opportunities for those sentenced to life as children to speak publicly at forums & key meetings of business leaders and other influential partners.
  • Serves as an articulate and passionate spokesperson for the CFSY’s work and the immense value brought to the community by people sentenced to life in prison as children.
  • Engages key partners with knowledge of the corporate sector to offer advice, potentially in the form of an advisory committee.
  • Develops specific and measurable goals for the first year of this new initiative.
  • Creates the infrastructure necessary for the maintenance and growth of the program.
  • Develops and implements program evaluation strategies.
  • Acts as a partner in the broader work of the CFSY and ICAN, participates in staff meeting and organizational planning, and offers support and engagement on various programs and projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Candidate qualifications:

  • Experience building, implementing, and sustaining successful programs or initiatives with various stakeholders working toward shared goals.
  • Professional experience working with or on behalf of corporate social impact programs that led to meaningful change strongly preferred.
  • Passionate about ending the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole and other extreme penalties strongly preferred.
  • Belief that our society has failed the children impacted by life without parole and other extreme sentences and that we all have a responsibility to create avenues for their restoration and that of our entire community.
  • Experienced in program development and evaluation.
  • Creative, visionary, strategic, and innovative.
  • Experience in fundraising or resource development preferred.
  • Possesses a demonstrated ability to effectively engage new strategic partners to advance a specific agenda.
  • Personable, with the ability to develop relationships with people of varied backgrounds and experiences.
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong writing and speaking skills.
  • Prioritizes self-care and has a sense of humor.



The Campaign offers a competitive salary for this position, as well as a generous benefits package, including vacation, sabbatical, employer-paid premiums for a platinum individual health insurance plan, including vision and dental, life and disability insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

To apply:

Email in a single attachment: a letter of interest, resume, names of and contact information for at least three references, and a brief, original, unedited writing sample to PDF format preferred. Use “Director of Strategic Partnerships” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications will be received on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

People of color, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with personal experience in the juvenile or criminal justice systems are strongly encouraged to apply.

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