Employment Opportunities - FAMM

Employment Opportunities

Employees of FAMM are deeply motivated to help fight the injustice and burden of mandatory minimum sentencing. The work is meaningful and the impact is profound. Whether you work as a paid full-time staff member or volunteer at one of our events, your contributions will help us to achieve our mission.

Employment at FAMM is based upon qualifications and competency. FAMM does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, color, sexual/gender orientation, marital status, parental status, veteran’s status, union activity, political affiliation, physical or mental disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform the job or any other basis prohibited by law.

Current Openings:

Deputy Director of Policy — State Advocacy

FAMM is a growing national, nonpartisan, nonprofit criminal justice reform organization in Washington, DC. Founded in 1991, FAMM works to reform sentencing laws and prison policies at the state and federal level by mobilizing, organizing, and engaging impacted families and formerly and currently incarcerated people to advocate criminal justice reforms. FAMM is hiring a Deputy Director of Policy – State Advocacy to work in the Washington, DC office or remotely. We seek an energetic, self-starting team player with a passion for and experience in criminal justice policy and legislative advocacy. The Deputy Director of Policy – State Advocacy will direct our legislative advocacy efforts in several state legislatures during and after the legislative session and help advance our Second Chances Agenda across the country. This is a full-time, paid position.

The ideal candidate should:

  • Have at least 2 years of experience shaping and leading strategic legislative advocacy and lobbying campaigns, preferably in the field of criminal justice reform. Experience working in a state legislature or Congress is preferred but not required.
  • Be enthusiastic and strategic about working with people of all political parties and ideologies to advance both broad and incremental prison and sentencing policy reforms.
  • Have a strong record of policy and legislative research and analysis and working with lawmakers to draft, revise, summarize, and advance legislation.
  • Have experience organizing, building, and maintaining coalitions of advocacy organizations for legislative advocacy efforts.
  • Have strong writing and editing ability.
  • Be comfortable using strategic messaging that appeals to targeted audiences at various points of the political and ideological spectrum.
  • Be comfortable communicating with incarcerated people and their family members regularly.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or law degree.
  • Have experience working with contract lobbyists and community organizers.
  • Be able to travel regularly to various states as needed and, several times each year, to Washington, DC.

BIPOC and LGBT+ applicants and applicants with a criminal record or other personal experience of the criminal justice system are welcome and encouraged to apply. The Deputy Director of Policy – State Initiatives will report to FAMM’s Vice President of Policy and work closely with FAMM’s Deputy Director of Policy – Strategic Initiatives and our community organizer.

Salary: Depends on experience. FAMM offers an excellent benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b) investment account, and ample sick leave and personal time off.

Submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@famm.org. No telephone or email inquiries, please.

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FAMM Deputy General Counsel

FAMM is excited to announce it is hiring a Deputy General Counsel to help direct the Office of the General Counsel’s work advancing the organization’s reform agenda.  The Deputy will work side-by-side with the General Counsel to –

  • Influence federal policy by engaging in the amendment cycle of the U.S. Sentencing Commission; analyzing federal legislation; and building and maintaining relationships with key government and agency officials in the judiciary, Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, and Administrative Office of the Courts;
  • Implement FAMM’s Supreme Court amicus strategy – aided by our exceptional Amicus Advisory Board;
  • Design and manage FAMM’s award-winning Clearinghouses, including our latest efforts to #Keepthemhome and the Excessive Sentencing Project;
  • Continue FAMM’s groundbreaking work to reform state compassionate release programs, providing technical assistance and policy collaboration with stakeholders and lawmakers;
  • And much more.

The ideal applicant will have a minimum of three years federal criminal justice experience, excellent oral and written communication skills, a collaborative work style, and the ability to handle a wide variety of management and substantive responsibilities.

FAMM offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. While FAMM’s office is in Washington, D.C., remote applicants will be considered.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to Mary Price, mprice@famm.org.

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Fall 2021 Law School Internships

FAMM is now accepting applications for Fall 2021 Law School Internships.  Interns will work in FAMM’s Office of the General Counsel assisting with the CARE​S Act Home Confinement Clearinghouse, our Second Look Sentencing projects, and related tasks.  Responsibilities will include tracking placed federal cases, analyzing release orders and denials, and other legal ​tasks as relevant.  This position is remote and can be tailored to a student’s availability.  We ask for a minimum of ​15 hours per week from law student interns. While this internship is uncompensated, FAMM is happy to work with applicants to secure funding from law schools or third party public interest sources.

Interested applicants should send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to FAMM Law Clerk​, Hawah Cyllah​, at hcyllah@famm.org.

Employees of FAMM are deeply motivated to fight the injustice and burden of mandatory minimum sentencing ​and create better prison conditions for incarcerated people. The work is meaningful and the impact is profound. Whether you work as a paid full-time staff member or volunteer at one of our events, your contributions will help us to achieve our mission.

Employment at FAMM is based upon qualifications and competency. FAMM does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, color, sexual/gender orientation, marital status, parental status, veteran’s status, union activity, political affiliation, physical or mental disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform the job or any other basis prohibited by law. ​Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If we are interested in considering you as a candidate, we will reach out to schedule a remote interview.

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