We currently have openings for two positions:

Development Manager

Organizational Background

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, CA, working to advance racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income people and people of color.  In our 18 year history, we have worked on issues including jump starting the green jobs movement, promoting civic engagement, violence prevention through youth leadership, and transforming juvenile justice systems in California.  We are currently working to end mass incarceration in the United States through justice reinvestment—moving resources away from failed criminal justice policies and into creating opportunities, also known as “books not bars, jobs not jails.”

Position Description

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking a bright, dedicated professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills to work with the Executive Director to meet the organizations fundraising goals.


Foundation and Corporate Giving

  • Write, review, and edit grant proposals and letters of intent for corporations and foundations following funding guidelines, parameters and procedures.
  • Maintain a calendar of foundation deadlines for application and reporting.
  • Research potential funding sources through a variety of printed and electronic sources to match funding focus with Ella Baker Center projects and campaigns. Build and maintain strong relationships between Executive Director and foundation representatives.
  • Prepare reports on foundation funding, including both past and prospective funding.
  • Manage grant agreements and monitor compliance with grant agreements
  • Maintain records and database related to foundation giving

Individual Giving

  • Provide support for annual event
  • Provide support for peer-to-peer fundraising campaign
  • Process individual donations and provide appropriate receipts and thank you letters.
  • Maintain donor records in partnership with the Finance and Operations department.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • 1 or more years experience writing successful grant proposals
  • Knowledge and experience of fundraising and development functions.
  • Ability to prioritize projects, meet deadlines, manage several projects simultaneously and work well under pressure.
  • Computer literacy and experience with fundraising databases preferred
  • Knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice reentry issues, challenges, and best practices, particularly around economic gaps and needs preferred
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups including internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form.
  • Understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals/grants.
  • Ability to work independently as well as participate on a team.
  • Disciplined self-starter who can set and achieve goals.

Essential Job Requirements

  • Needs to be able to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Needs to be able to operate a computer for most of the working hours.
  • Needs to be able to operate office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and printer.
  • This position needs to be able to use a telephone and communicate with foundation officers.

Everyone Welcome

Ella Baker Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with arrest or conviction records, women and LGBT people are strongly encouraged to apply

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is from $55,000 - $65,000, depending on experience. Ella Baker Center offers a full benefits package, including health and dental coverage and a retirement plan.

To Apply

Email a resume, cover letter, 3 writing samples (preferably grant proposals or similar), and 3 references to

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights advances racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income people and people of color. We seeking an extremely bright dedicated individual with a passion for racial and economic justice.  The Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for managing outreach and supporting organizing efforts of several Ella Baker Center campaigns.  

Outreach Coordinator

Position Description

Ella Baker Center is seeking a motivated outreach coordinator to advance two key initiatives: our Truth and Reinvestment campaign and our Prop 47 Implementation Campaign. This will be a six-month, project-focused position.

Our Truth and Reinvestment campaign is designed to build the capacity of communities who are affected by state and law enforcement violence to respond quickly and in a coordinated way through the creation of a mobile app, an online support network, toolkits, and a registry of local and national resources. In partnership with California ACLU affiliates, Ella Baker Center has recently launched a Mobile Justice CA smartphone app.  The Outreach Coordinator will focus their work on promoting the app in 9 priority counties all across the state, including Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Joaquin.  The position will also include the following duties

  • Coordinate and develop relationships with people impacted by state violence and incarceration, allied grassroots and faith-based organizations in 9 target counties.
  • Outreach to tech savvy individuals and collectives to support the web-based platform.
  • Develop and track the Justice Teams throughout the state of California.
  • Coordinate the Fall Mobile Justice App Caravan.
  • Develop a co-branded curriculum and workshop with the ACLU of Southern California

The goal of our campaign to advance equitable implementation of Prop 47 is to use Alameda County savings from reduced jail and probation terms to support housing, employment and other alternatives to incarceration.

  • Help develop and execute a local organizing strategy to build a base of family members impacted by the justice system, including the creation of outreach materials.
  • Coordinate outreach events specifically targeted at directly impacted people to learn about the law, it’s benefits and how to join our membership.
  • Coordinate and cultivate tools to keep members engaged and connected and identify and develop family leaders.
  • Support families navigating the criminal and juvenile justice system.
  • Mobilize and turnout members for events, including hearings, conferences, etc.
  • Act as a representative for the Ella Baker Center in coalitions and memberships and attend either attend or delegate attendance at relevant conferences, meetings, and trainings.
  • Act as a liaison for Ella Baker Center to various allies and organizations, such as labor, faith, other criminal justice related non-profits, and other youth/family organizations as necessary.
  • Represent Ella Baker Center publicly as a spokesperson as necessary.
  • Work with volunteers and interns to assist in outreach and organizing goals.
  • Build relationships with local organizations, community leaders, allies, and unlikely allies in order to build support for Ella Baker Center’s vision.
  • Assist in administrative duties as necessary
  • Participate in requisite Ella Baker Center activities (i.e. staff meetings, trainings, fundraising, administrative responsibilities, events) as necessary.


  • Proven commitment to social and racial justice
  • 2 or more years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
  • 1 or more years experience leading criminal justice campaigns
  • 1 or more years experience in event and/or conference planning
  • Demonstrated success in growing and developing an organized base of members, constituents, or community members
  • Knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice reentry issues, challenges, and best practices, particularly around economic gaps and needs
  • Knowledge of Alameda County’s political and economic landscape
  • Understanding of and ability to navigate juvenile and criminal justice systems
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with likely and unlikely allies, including policymakers, stakeholders, and community members
  • Team player attitude
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including Internet navigation, word processing, excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Flexibility to work on weekends and evenings as necessary
  • Willingness to travel as necessary
  • Bi-lingual Spanish and English is a PLUS
  • Driver License

Essential Job Functions

  • Needs to be able to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Needs to be able to attend all day meetings, conferences and public hearings
  • Needs to be able to operate a computer for extended periods.
  • Needs to be able to operate office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and printer.
  • Needs to be able to communicate with the general public.

Organizational Commitment

Ella Baker Center is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color and formerly incarcerated people. Formerly incarcerated people, people who have family inside prison, women, queer and trans people are encouraged to apply. Ella Baker Center does not discourage or discriminate against convicted people. There will not be a background check or fingerprinting of applicants, and you will not be asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime on the application or interview. Please feel free to mention that you have been in prison or jail, it will be considered as an asset in this job.


This position will be based in our Downtown Oakland office at 1970 Broadway Suite 1125.  The office is served by the 19th street BART, and multiple bus lines.  The office is wheelchair accessible.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for the 6 month term will be $19,000 - $24,000 (or $38,000 - $48,000 annually). This position is eligible to participate in Ella Baker Center’s full benefits package, including health, dental and retirement.

Additional Details

This is a temporary 6-month position with the possibility of extending. This position will work closely with Patrisse Cullors, the Director of our Truth and Reinvestment Campaign and Emily Harris, our State Field Director.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, 5-7 page writing sample, and 3 references to Feel free to contact Emily with any questions 510-285-8231.

Applications are due by June 19th, 2015.