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Federal Policy Advocate

Title: Federal Policy Advocate
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Type: Exempt / “At Pleasure”

Under the supervision of the Chief Executive Officer of the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ), the Federal Policy Advocate is responsible for helping to coordinate and support national coalition activities, monitoring developments of the federal administration and tracking legislation in Congress.

Liaisons with:  Federal policymakers, federal administrators, government statisticians and members of the non-academic research community (e.g., Bureau of Justice statistics, National Center for Juvenile Justice), national juvenile justice groups/coalition members, and CFYJ state partners and allies.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

This is a one year position, with possibility of renewal dependent on grant funding. The Federal Policy Advocate will:

1.Track, analyze, and summarize federal executive orders, guidance and regulation, data, research, and federal appropriations relating to children in the juvenile and criminal justice systems; and its potential impact on states.

2.Track, analyze and summarize federal legislation, particularly around JJDPA and PREA; but also including related/allied legislation that impacts justice-involved youth (e.g. solitary confinement, valid court orders, law enforcement, special populations, etc).  

3.Build relationships in Congress and with key Administration officials to advocate for federal support on youth, including those in the adult system.

4.Write articles, fact sheets, policy recommendations, position statements, testimony, sign on letters, and appropriations summaries.

5.Support national coalition building, particularly Act-4-JJ and the National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (NJJDPC) by meeting with members, building member engagement, supporting in district briefings and direct action, and coalition mobilization in response to federal action.

6.Attend or present at allied coalition meetings about juvenile justice and youth in the criminal justice system, and appropriate federal responses or opportunities for partnership.

7.Monitor and update websites (NJJDPC, CFYJ, Act4JJ) with current data and information on federal action.

General Responsibilities for CFYJ Staff:

1. Supervise CFYJ Fellows as appropriate.

2. Represent CFYJ at national events, conferences and meetings as appropriate.

3. Prepare relevant updates for CFYJ’s blog.

4. Prepare relevant quarterly update for CEO’s report to the Board of Directors.


The ideal candidate has a graduate degree in public policy, social work, or a JD. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree plus 2-3 years experience working in federal policy on Capitol Hill are also encouraged to apply.

Core Knowledge and Skills:

Ability to be a strategic thought leader and generate strategic campaign ideas;
Ability to analyze regulatory and legislative language & draft regulatory and legislative language;
Knowledge of state and federal regulatory and legislative process;
Willingness to be a team player both within CFYJ and with allies in the juvenile justice field;
Ability to complete multiple tasks and high volume of work on deadline;
Attention to detail and strong research, writing and editing skills;
Excellent time management and organizational skills;
A proactive, creative and flexible attitude;

The Campaign for Youth Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. CFYJ conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

Application instructions: Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to the selection committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email and include, “CFYJ Federal Policy Advocate Application” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please. Position will be open until filled.