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:

Director of Federal Legislative Affairs

For more than three decades, FAMM’s mission has been to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping our communities safe. By sharing the impact of unjust sentencing and prison policies on incarcerated individuals, their families, and their communities, FAMM has helped create urgency around the issue. Learn more at www.famm.org.

FAMM is seeking an energetic Director of Federal Legislative Affairs to manage FAMM’s federal sentencing and prison reform advocacy efforts in the U.S. Congress. We are looking for someone ready to wear out the soles of their shoes educating members of Congress about the need to repeal mandatory minimums, safely reduce our prison population, and ensure the safety and wellbeing of people who live and work in our federal prisons. The prime candidate will be passionately committed to our mission, able to think strategically and act pragmatically, willing to work with anyone who can help (regardless of party or ideology), and adept at explaining complex stories, data, and facts about federal sentencing and prisons to members of Congress, the media, and the general public. Strong writing skills and ability to work with a team are musts.

Position tasks:

  • Meeting with congressional staff members of both parties, on and off of key committees, to advocate for sentencing and prison reforms in Congress;
  • Drafting and developing legislative proposals and strategies to pass them into law;
  • Responding promptly, accurately, and strategically to new legislation and media requests for information or comments;
  • Finding and developing new legislator champions, and supporting current ones;
  • Organizing briefings, symposia, sign-on letters, grassroots campaigns, and other events that educate lawmakers, the public, and the media about sentencing and prison reforms;
  • Drafting opinion editorials, press releases, letters to the editor, action campaign emails, factsheets, bill summaries, and other materials for lawmakers, the public, and the media;
  • Analyzing and presenting complex sentencing and prison legislation and data to laypeople and policy experts alike;
  • Developing formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones as advocates;
  • Working with and developing coalition partners from across the political spectrum.

Preferred qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of experience with advocacy on federal legislation, or as a Capitol Hill staffer;
  • A demonstrated passion for and knowledge of criminal justice reform – specifically, the reform of federal sentencing laws and prison policies;
  • Ability to work independently and with a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to craft messages and talking points for people of all political persuasions, and to know which messages are most effective;
  • Excellent writing skills, and ability to write for a lay audience;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Twitter, Facebook, and FiscalNote.

This position is a full-time, salaried position. Salary depends on experience. Generous benefits and vacation and sick leave will be provided.

Position requires three days in our Washington, D.C. office.

People of color, people impacted by the criminal justice system, and LGBTQ+ applicants are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Email a resume, cover letter, and short (2-3 pages) writing sample to jobs@famm.org. No telephone inquiries, please.

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Intern – Office of the General Counsel

FAMM (formerly known as Families Against Mandatory Minimums) is now accepting applications for Summer 2024 Internships.

Interns will work in FAMM’s Office of General Counsel assisting with the Federal Compassionate Release Clearinghouse and United States Sentencing Commission. Responsibilities will include determining whether clearinghouse cases should be assigned to pro bono attorneys, tracking placed federal cases, analyzing release orders and denials, conducting legal research related to the Sentencing Commission’s priorities and proposed amendments, and various other related tasks.

This position is remote and can be tailored to a student’s availability. That said, applicants for a summer position should expect to work full-time. 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 Deputy General Counsel, Shanna Rifkin, at srifkin@famm.org.

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