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The Ella Baker Center is hiring for a Director of Organizing and Policy Manager:

Director of Organizing

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 20 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 and mass criminalization in the United States through Truth and Reinvestment—moving resources away from failed criminal justice policies and into creating opportunities, also known as “books not bars, jobs not jails, healthcare not handcuffs.”

Position Description

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an extremely bright, dedicated individual with a passion for racial, economic, and gender justice. The Director of Organizing will be responsible for helping to lead the Center’s organizing strategies in engaging EBC members, partners, allies, and unlikely allies to move campaigns and policies.  The center’s membership model has an “anyone, anywhere” approach to engagement because we believe in both the necessity in building a broad, diverse movement to effectuate change and the importance of centering the experiences and leadership of those most impacted by the justice system. The ideal candidate is a strategic and mature thinker that understands the need for short term and long terms goals and victories, practices solutions-oriented approaches to dealing with conflicts, is a strong team player, and checks their ego at the door. Responsibilities will include:

●      Develop and execute organizing strategies to build a base of people impacted by the justice system to join the Ella Baker Center’s membership and move local, state, and national campaigns.
●      Develop organizing strategies in furtherance of developing existing and new partnerships and coalitions both locally and nationally.
●      Lead the development and execution of reinvestment campaigns that involve policy advocacy, organizing, and media strategy.
●      Support the strategic development of “Ella’s Squad,” a national trans local network of grassroots/member based organizations in moving reinvestment policies locally.
●      Manage and supervise a team of staff to outreach, recruit, and mobilize  members to support the Ella Baker Center’s campaigns, turn out for events, hearings, etc.
●      Develop tools, outreach materials, and orientation materials to enhance membership engagement, develop their political acumen, and develop the leadership of the base.
●      Act as a representative for the Ella Baker Center in coalitions and memberships and attend relevant conferences, meetings, and trainings as an attendant, presenter, etc.
●      Act as a liaison for Ella Baker Center to various allies and organizations, such as labor, faith, criminal/youth justice related non-profits, and other youth/family/formerly incarcerated organizations as needed.
●      Represent Ella Baker Center publicly as a spokesperson as necessary.
●      Attend relevant hearings and meetings and provide testimony and statements as necessary.
●      Coordinate volunteers and interns to assist in outreach and organizing goals.
●      Build relationships with other organizations, community leaders, allies, and unlikely allies in order to build support for Ella Baker Center’s vision and programmatic goals.
●      Assist in strategic organizational planning as necessary
●      Assist in administrative duties as necessary
●      Participate in requisite Ella Baker Center activities (i.e. staff meetings, trainings, fundraising, administrative responsibilities, events) as necessary.

Qualifications

●      Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice
●      8-10+ years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
●      6+ years experience working in and leading coalitions
●      6+ years experience developing and leading progressive campaigns centered on organizing and policy advocacy, and that include communications/media advocacy
●      6+ years developing campaigns from start to finish
●      6+ years of supervisory experience
●      4+ years experience in event and/or conference planning
●      Demonstrated success in growing and developing an organized base of members, constituents, or community members
●      Demonstrated success in winning campaigns that impact low income people and people of color
●      Knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice systems and best practices
●      Familiarity of the criminal justice landscape in California.
●      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 writing skills
●      Excellent internal and external communication skills
●      Excellent time management skills
●      Excellent computer skills, including Internet navigation, Google docs, word processing, PowerPoint, etc.
●      Experience utilizing SalesForce is a PLUS
●      Flexibility to work on weekends and evenings as necessary
●      Willingness to travel as necessary
●      Bi-lingual Spanish and English is a PLUS
●      Driver License

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a 3-5 page writing sample to 2af7@app.catchthebest.com.

Individuals of color, LGBTQ identified individuals, individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Policy 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 20 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 and mass criminalization in the United States through Truth and Reinvestment—moving resources away from failed criminal justice policies and into creating opportunities, also known as “books not bars, jobs not jails, healthcare not handcuffs.”

Position Description

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an extremely bright, dedicated individual with a passion for racial, economic, and gender justice. The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for leading the Center’s policy agenda, including providing critical legislative and budget analysis, drafting policy proposals, and advancing policy campaigns. The ideal candidate is a strategic and mature thinker that understands the need for short term and long terms goals and victories, practices solutions-oriented approaches to dealing with conflicts, is a strong team player, and checks their ego at the door. Responsibilities will include:

  • Provide research and critical analysis on criminal and juvenile justice issues for the purposes of identifying policy priorities and positions, developing policy proposals, and advancing Truth and Reinvestment campaigns locally, statewide, and nationally.
  • Ensure the consistency and accuracy of EBC’s policy analysis in both internal and external written and oral communications
  • Draft legislative and budget proposals, memos, white papers, fact sheets, etc. to support various policy campaigns.
  • Draft legislative language and budget trail bill language as needed.
  • Monitor and analyze relevant legislation, laws, regulations, and case law.
  • Manage and supervise a team of staff and contractors to advance policy objectives
  • Act as a liaison for Ella Baker Center to various allies and organizations, such as labor, faith, non-profits, and other youth/family/formerly incarcerated advocacy organizations as needed.
  • Represent Ella Baker Center publicly as a spokesperson as necessary.
  • Attend relevant hearings and meetings and provide testimony and statements as necessary.
  • Build relationships with other organizations, community leaders, allies, and unlikely allies in order to build support for Ella Baker Center’s vision and programmatic goals.
  • Assist in strategic organizational planning as necessary
  • Assist in administrative duties as necessary
  • Participate in requisite Ella Baker Center activities (i.e. staff meetings, trainings, fundraising, administrative responsibilities, events) as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice
  • 6+ years experience in policy advocacy, including but not limited to research and analysis, drafting legislative or budget proposals and/or language, etc.
  • 4+ years experience coordinating and working with external partners on time bound projects or initiatives
  • 4+ years experience leading progressive campaigns centered on organizing and policy advocacy, and that include communications//media advocacy
  • 3+ years of supervisory experience
  • 1+ years experience in event and/or conference planning
  • Demonstrated success in
  • Knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice systems and best practices
  • Familiarity of the criminal justice landscape in California and nationally
  • Familiarity with local and state budget processes
  • Familiarity with the state legislative process
  • Ability to write persuasively for different audiences
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with likely and unlikely allies, including policymakers, stakeholders, and community members
  • Team player attitude
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent internal and external communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including Internet navigation, Google docs, word processing, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Experience utilizing SalesForce is a PLUS
  • Lobbying experience is a PLUS
  • Flexibility to work on weekends and evenings as necessary
  • Willingness to travel as necessary
  • Bi-lingual Spanish and English is a PLUS
  • Driver License

Please submit a resume, cover letter, 3-5 page writing sample, and 3 references to 80cd@app.catchthebest.com

Individuals of color, LGBTQ identified individuals, individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.