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Job Opening: Policy Analyst

Texas Fair Defense Project is seeking a bright and passionate Policy Analyst to help advance our ambitious policy goals. The Policy Analyst will join us as a full-time employee and will report to the Managing Attorney of Policy and Advocacy.

The ideal candidate will have strong research, writing and communication skills, a deep commitment to social and racial justice, and a passion for cultivating and maintaining relationships with policymakers, community partners, and supporters. 

About Texas Fair Defense Project

Texas Fair Defense Project is a small but growing nonprofit legal organization whose mission is to fight to end the criminalization of poverty.  Our office environment is collaborative, mission-focused and fast-paced. We work closely with clients, advocates, policymakers and allies to provide direct services to clients and push for greater systemic change through policy advocacy, education and impact litigation. We will be expanding our programs and staffing in the coming months, growing from a staff of eight to twelve in early 2021.

Job Responsibilities 

Though our office is closed right now, this position is based in Austin. Work location and times are flexible until our office reopens based on available information from the CDC and local health officials.

The Policy Analyst will be responsible for the following:

  • - Pushing for true reforms that will shrink the criminal legal system and decriminalize poverty;
  • - Reaching out to former TFDP clients and other system-impacted individuals and empowering them to advocate for change;
  • - Helping to build coalitions with advocacy groups, membership organizations, and other stakeholders; and
  • - Conducting rigorous policy research and drafting memoranda, factsheets, reports, and other advocacy materials.


We are seeking candidates who are creative, attentive, organized, and enthusiastic about doing the work to advance TFDP’s mission to end the criminalization of poverty in Texas. 

You should have:

  • - Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • - Strong research and analysis skills, including experience researching and synthesizing information from a range of sources;
  • - Experience working alongside systems-impacted individuals;
  • - Knowledge of and passion for racial and social justice issues, including at the intersection of the criminal legal system;
  • - Digital proficiency in Google Drive, Zoom, and Microsoft Office; and  
  • - The ability to manage and juggle various tasks and deadlines and the flexibility to handle the demands of the 2021 legislative session.

Salary is commensurate with experience and will be between $50,000 and $65,000,  plus benefits. People of color, people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system, and people from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three professional references to Peer and colleague references are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until December 1, 2020. The interview process will include two rounds of interviews including a mock assignment. 

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