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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.”
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an extremely bright, dedicated individual with a passion for racial and economic justice. The Local Organizer will be responsible for cultivating and leading our local organizing efforts in Alameda County. Responsibilities will include:
- 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 and cultivate tools to keep members engaged and connected and identify and develop family leaders.
- Coordinate a replicable Family Justice Hub in Alameda County to help families navigate the criminal and juvenile justice system using peer support and community organizing strategies to impact individual cases and broader policies. This justice hub is based on the work of the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children, and our own work at Books Not Bars.
- Mobilize and turnout members for events, including hearings, conferences, etc.
- Establish and cultivate relationships with the local business community, including representatives from workforce development, local businesses, the chamber of commerce, and others, to build support for justice reinvestment.
- Act as a representative for the Ella Baker Center in coalitions and memberships and attend 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.
- Attend relevant hearings and meetings and provide testimony and statements 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 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.
- Proven commitment to social and racial justice
- 3 or more years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
- 2 or more years experience working in and leading coalitions
- 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 economic development policies and practices as it pertains to addressing the needs of formerly incarcerated individuals
- 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, 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
Individuals of color, LGBT, 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.