Director of Organizing and Community Building

Washington, DC
Families Against Mandatory Minimums - a dynamic and growing criminal justice reform organization with more than two decades of experience advocating for fairer sentencing laws – is hiring a Director of Organizing and Community Building to join the leadership team of a new state campaign launching in 2018. This is a role focused on shaping and managing the beginning of an organizing campaign with a heavy emphasis on coalition building and public engagement. The Director will manage all of the campaign’s efforts in the field. This will involve working with campaign leadership to develop and execute an engagement program that sets clear goals, establishes systems of accountability, and tracks progress-to- goal toward a range of objectives.

The Director will also be responsible for designing a training curriculum for staff and volunteers. The position will require poise and comfort dealing with the FAMM leadership team, leaders from local  partner organizations, and organizers in states. 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 creative about bringing the stories, data, and facts about federal sentencing and prisons to state legislators, Congress, the media, and the general public.


    • Work with senior team to create a cohesive strategy for public engagement
    • Provide strategic direction and oversight of all field operations and set priorities
    • Overseeing the day-to- day activities of state organizing program
    • Create and adapt outreach materials, trainings, and tools
    • Hiring, managing, and coaching field organizers
    • Developing and leading trainings for staff, volunteers, as well as external trainings for local constituency groups
    • Building partnerships with allied groups, other political organizations
    • Working with the Communications and Policy teams to identify opportunities for online to offline organizing


    • 5+ year experience developing and running a large-scale organizing program
    • Demonstrated skills in coalition building, political strategy, and campaign management
    • Experience implementing a field plan and training program
    • Ability to work well with senior staff across departments
    • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills
    • Excellent management, strategic thinking, and planning
    • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environmentInterest in criminal justice issues i.e. Harsh sentencing, mandatory minimums, etc.
FAMM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and individualized sentencing and prison policies that are just and cost-effective, protect public safety, and strengthen families.

This position is a full-time, salaried position. Compensation depends on the applicant’s experience and qualifications. Generous benefits and vacation and sick leave will be provided. FAMM is an equal opportunity employer.