Field Director - Criminal Justice Reform

Job Type

Full Time




United States



The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate, teaching tolerance, and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. With offices throughout the Southeastern United States, the SPLC employs litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education to advance criminal justice reform; protect the rights of children, immigrants and LGBT individuals; and combat policies and practices that punish people for being poor.

The Field Director will coordinate public engagement and outreach efforts throughout Alabama to build support for criminal justice reform—specifically, (1) reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems so they operate fairly and equitably; (2) ensuring the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and (3) reducing the population of individuals detained and incarcerated in Alabama. The Field Director will establish a sustainable advocacy network by building on and expanding SPLC’s partnerships with community leaders and grassroots stakeholders. This will require cultivating relationships with individuals, families and communities impacted by the criminal justice system; state and local legislators; executive agency personnel; the faith community; and other individuals and groups invested in reducing mass incarceration in Alabama. The Field Director will be responsible for developing and empowering leaders in local communities to advocate individually and collectively for reform.

The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Alabama, and/or the needs of the organization.


Under the supervision of the Senior Supervising Attorney, the Field Director will:

  • Develop and implement strategies to strengthen and expand existing coalitions and policy campaigns dedicated to criminal justice reform, including both adult sentencing reform and juvenile justice reform across the state of Alabama;
  • Draft and implement a comprehensive, data-driven field work plan and standardize best practices for data input and management;
  • Foster alliances with traditional and new allied organizations and community groups;
  • Organize and lead lobbying trainings for constituents;
  • Recruit, train, assist and manage an active volunteer base to participate in local events and support education and advocacy activities;
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director, Senior Supervising Attorney, Policy Counsel and the Communications Department to develop communication strategies around campaigns, including but not limited to:
  • Digital advocacy, including social media and electronic action alerts;
  • Outreach materials, including talking points, fact sheets, fliers, brochures and information packets;
  • Identifying and recruiting potential witnesses for public hearings and/or press conferences;
  • Serving as spokesperson upon request;
  • Organize both small and large-scale public events statewide to educate and mobilize communities to support criminal justice reform. Events may include community forums or town halls, presentations, trainings, panel discussions, tabling events and rallies;
  • Represent SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, the legislature, county commissions, state and municipal agencies, and the press;
  • Monitoring and preparing for legislative committee hearings, including preparing and organizing testimony;
  • Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.

Qualifications (Education and Related Work Experience): 

  • At least five years of experience developing and coordinating successful political or legislative campaigns;
  • Knowledge of grassroots organizing strategies and techniques, including online organizing;
  • Experience working in diverse coalitions and recruiting, training, supervising and motivating volunteers;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity;
  • Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;
  • Prior justice system involvement preferred but not required.

Knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Excellent group facilitation, coalition building, and leadership skills;
  • Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
  • Strong analytic and communication skills, both written and oral, showing attention to detail and capacity to communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and maintain a sense of humor in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment;
  • Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meeting frequent deadlines;
  • Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player; and,
  • Spanish language ability a plus.

Other Special Considerations: 

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of a person in this position.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and an example of a campaign plan you have worked on and/or advocacy materials that you have drafted. Please include a short statement describing the overall goals of the campaign, your role, and the outcome of the campaign.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity 

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and an example of a campaign plan you have worked on and/or advocacy materials that you have drafted. Please include a short statement describing the overall goals of the campaign, your role, and the outcome of the campaign.