Program and Research Associate

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Job title: Program and Research Associate
Location: Washington, DC
Classification: Regular, full-time, non-exempt
Organization: Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY)
Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled
Position Available: Immediately

Overview of the position:

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is growing! Founded in 2009, the CFSY has continued to expand its reach and impact over the past decade, including to create opportunities for formerly incarcerated youth to thrive as adults and lead in their communities.

The Program and Research Associate is a new position with a diverse portfolio, including managing the CFSY’s correspondence with incarcerated people, planning events and retreats, tracking data, thanking donors, and supervising interns.

The Program and Research Associate reports to the Managing Director and works in close collaboration with the Movement Building, Development, Strategic Partnerships, and Legal & Policy departments.


Primary Responsibilities:

Program Management & Support 

  • Manage correspondence with people currently in prison;
  • Lead and support planning, promotion, and implementation for events and retreats designed for directly impacted people, corporation partners, policymakers, and donors. Efforts include soup-to-nuts event design and logistics, program content creation, and liaising with event planning consultants and staff; 
  • Collaborate with ICAN Leadership Development and Support Coordinator to provide research, communication, and programming support for the CFSY’s national networks for formerly life-sentenced children (ICAN) and family members (NFN). Key tasks include: 
    • providing administrative support for recruiting new members; 
    • creating and distributing materials and information; 
    • assisting in the creation and administration of surveys and databases to collect various information; 
    • ongoing data tracking and management; 
    • scheduling and/or leading calls; and
    • leading end-of-year, holiday, and other special occasions correspondence;
  • Support CFSY’s professional development and connection programs for directly impacted people, including material development and distribution; data tracking; and communication with external and internal stakeholders; and
  • Help create and publicize marketing materials, invitations, event details, website updates and social media posts in close partnership with Communications department.

Research & Administrative Support

  • Track key policy and regulation data, such as state and federal bills and other legislative and lobbying activities, sentencing and resentencing hearings outcomes, new releases from prison, and U.S. Supreme Court cert petitions in close partnership with the Legal and Policy department;
  • Support CFSY development efforts by creating and distributing donor acknowledgement letters, thank you gifts, and other recognition materials; conducting research on prospective and current donors; and tracking and sharing giving data;
  • Conduct, compile and share background research and information gathering for a variety of donor, policymaker, and strategic partner meetings and engagements;
  • Schedule internal meetings with staff across departments, and meetings with external partners as needed;
  • Recruit, hire, onboard and supervise interns and volunteers; and
  • Fulfill other tasks and responsibilities as needed to support a growing organization.


The ideal candidate will have experience managing relationships, planning events, conducting research, and working with databases, whether in a volunteer, extracurricular, or professional capacity. Must be able to engage and work with a diverse group of external stakeholders, have demonstrated organizational and computer literacy (Outlook, Google Apps, video conferencing) as well as excellent writing abilities and attention to detail. Strong interest in criminal justice issues, particularly progressive reform to harsh juvenile sentencing practices in the United States, racial discrimination in juvenile justice, and/or human rights in the United States, is required.

Beliefs and Traits:

  • Passionate about ending the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole and other extreme penalties;
  • 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;
  • Belief in the inherent good, dignity and humanity of all people regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, class, education level, zip code and more; and belief that every one of us is more than the worst things we’ve done or experienced;
  • Self-motivated and able to direct and implement own responsibilities; takes initiatives within guidelines of department structure, workplan and responsibilities;
  • An orientation towards planning ahead, collaborating and organizing with others to implement plans and achieve outcomes;
  • Flexible and willing and able to adapt to the evolving nature of CFSY’s work and programming;
  • An orientation toward superior customer service;
  • Personable, and has a sense of humor; and
  • Prioritizes self-care.


Location and Travel:

CFSY’s headquarters are in Washington, DC, with many staff working remotely throughout the country. This position is based in Washington, DC. This person will likely travel periodically throughout the year, for instance to a self-care convening or the CFSY’s national convening. All business related travel will be paid for by CFSY in accordance with our travel policy.

Physical Environment and Equipment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The work is performed primarily in an office setting, with moderate background noise and requiring the ability to sit and/or stand at a workstation for extended periods of time;
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: communicate effectively, and operate a computer and telephone;
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision requirements due to computer work and letters;
  • Ability to effectively use a telephone, including mobile phone; computer (with Microsoft and Google applications); keyboard; and video conferencing.


Compensation, Benefits, and Culture:

The hourly wage for this position is $21.63, for an effective annual salary of $45,000. The CFSY also offers a  generous benefits package, including: four weeks of paid vacation (yearly) and accrued sick time; 100% employer‐paid premiums for an individual health insurance plan, life and disability insurance; an Employee Assistance Program; the option for an 8-week sabbatical after five consecutive years of employment; and a 403(b) retirement plan. This position is full‐time and non-exempt.

The CFSY believes in and actively practices meaningful connection to individuals directly impacted by extreme prison sentences. Through our ICAN and NFN networks, we work in deep partnership with people currently in prison, those who have been released, and their family and social networks. Together we work to change hearts, minds, and laws, and secure the resources needed to thrive. All staff at the CFSY, regardless of role and position, engage in this connection and are regularly proximite to those directly impacted by the work we do.


How To Apply:

Email in a single attachment: a letter of interest, resume, names and contact information for at least three references, and an original, unedited writing sample no longer than two (2) pages  to in PDF format. Use “Program and Research Associate” as the subject of your email and please format your PDF attachment “LAST NAME_Program and Research Associate.” 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.

The CFSY is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; for more information please see our Racial Justice Belief Statement. 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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