Local Campaigner

Position Description

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an extremely bright, dedicated individual with a passion for racial and economic justice. The Local Campaigner 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.
  • Support families navigating the criminal and juvenile justice system.
  • Mobilize and turnout members for events, including hearings, conferences, etc.
  • Research and analysis criminal justice reform topics to identify and draft policy memos and proposals related to campaign objectives.
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • 2 or more years of experience doing research, writing, and analysis
  • 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

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, 5-7 page writing sample, and 3 references to We do not discriminate based on arrest or conviction history.