about us

The Fines & Fees Justice Center (FFJC) is a national advocacy, policy, information and collaboration center for effective solutions to the unjust and harmful imposition and enforcement of fines and fees in the criminal justice system. FFJC’s mission is to end abusive debt collection practices, eliminate fees in the criminal justice system, and impose fines in proportion to the crime and the individual. FFJC works with affected communities, lawyers, and justice system advocates to create a fairly financed justice system that treats individuals fairly and ensures public safety.

Position title

Research Director / Amicus Counsel

Position summary

The Research Director / Amicus Counsel will be responsible for overseeing two programs at the FFJC: Research, including our student engagement project, and our Amicus Brief practice. The Research Director / Amicus Counsel reports to the Co-Directors and will work with law, public policy, political science, sociology, and other graduates and students interested in working with FFJC for credit – either as part of a course or through independent study – or as a paid consultant. As Research Director, you will identify academic programs to collaborate with the FFJC and develop research projects for students based on the needs of the FFJC. In addition, you will develop a research agenda and oversee the work of the Racial Justice Fellow at the New York Law School and the research assistant at the FFJC, who both work part-time at the FFJC. As Amicus Counsel, you will also be responsible for FFJC’s amicus practice, working with litigation attorneys across the country filing substantial fines and fees, and pro bono attorneys who volunteer to write briefs on our behalf. The Amicus Counsel will also be responsible for following up fine and fee lawsuits across the country.


Washington, DC or New York City, preferred


Full-time / exempt

Essential responsibilities

  • Work with our State Directors and the National Campaign Director to identify the research needs of the FFJC
  • Development of student, consultant and scholarship projects as well as research projects for the FFJC’s academic staff
  • Coordinate with faculty on graduate and undergraduate programs to engage students in FFJC research projects
  • Work with students on FFJC projects; oversee their work
  • Supervise the Steele Racial Justice Fellow on research and other projects for FFJC
  • Supervision of the research assistant at the FFJC (half of the employee’s time)
  • Work with FFJC’s communications and advocacy staff to design, develop, and produce advocacy publications
  • Identify opportunities for FFJC to submit amicus briefings and work with pro bono advisors to write and submit briefings
  • Maintaining FFJC’s relationships with fine and fee litigation attorneys


  • Study of law and admission to at least one bar association
  • At least 5 years of experience in litigation, teaching or political advocacy
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent project management and research skills
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills, with the ability to communicate convincingly to audiences across the political spectrum
  • Ability to work with different communities
  • sense of humor
  • University level teaching experience is an asset
  • Experience in criminal justice reform or litigation is an asset
  • Experience writing and editing texts for advocacy publications is an asset
  • Individuals personally affected by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply


$ 95,000 to $ 115,000 with a generous vacation and vacation policy, along with health, dental, visual insurance, and transportation.

How to apply

Please send a résumé and cover letter (as an attachment) detailing your interests and qualifications for the position to: Rachele Grieco Cole at [email protected]

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The Fines & Fees Justice Center is a project of the New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501 (c) (3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public interest projects and funding programs. NVF strives to attract, develop and retain exceptional people and to create a dynamic and rewarding work environment that enables each of us to realize our potential. The working environment of NVF is safe and open to all employees and partners and respects the entire spectrum of race, skin color, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, descent, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the location and / or state in which they operate.