Careers

The Ella Baker Center is currently hiring for these positions:

See below for the job descriptions and how to apply. 

Digital Communications Manager

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an experienced individual to develop our digital communications strategies. The Digital Communications Manager will be charged with developing digital strategies, managing list growth, and providing media relations support.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Communications Director to develop and craft organizational messaging and communications strategy
  • Advance the Ella Baker Center brand and help ensure that branding and messaging are consistent in our digital strategy for all of our programs
  • Manage the development, design, distribution, and maintenance of Ella Baker Center collateral, including newsletters, brochures, event invitations, and promotional items
  • Oversee management of website and online strategy, including maintenance of an email calendar and development of list growth strategies
  • Develop and implement social media plans and strategies; write and edit social media content
  • Produce content for the Ella Baker Center's campaigns and storytelling needs, including writing and editing content for Ella's Voice
  • Work with Communications Director and programmatic staff to support media strategies for campaigns, programs, and our legislative agenda
  • Provide support as needed on pitching reporters, writers, and producers at local, statewide, and national papers, magazines, TV and radio shows, and online outlets; pitch Ella Baker Center staff to TV and radio shows

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 or more years experience in digital communications, preferably related to racial and economic justice issues
  • Excellent written communication skills, including editing
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and other digital tools, and an interest in using these tools to drive action and engagement
  • Experience developing media strategies and pitching reporters
  • Basic proficiency with HTML
  • Proven commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to racial, economic, and gender justice
  • Team player attitude
  • Experience conducting digital communications-related trainings
  • Adept at managing competing priorities and deadlines
  • Comfortable and skilled at communicating with very diverse audiences
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, web browsers, and database development
  • Willingness to travel as necessary

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 the general public.

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. We are committed to investing in the leadership of people of color and formerly incarcerated people. Please feel free to mention that you have been in prison or jail, it will be considered as an asset to the organization.

To Apply:

Email as attachments (preferably in PDF format) your resume, a cover letter, 3 writing samples and 3 professional references to ca2b@app.catchthebest.com.

Dirctor of Finance and Operations

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) seeks a bright and dedicated person to help lead in the organization into its third decade. Reporting to the Executive Director, and serving as a key member of the management team, the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) will play an important role in maintaining the organization's administrative efficiency and financial health. The DFO will be responsible for refining and implementing policies and practices in the areas of finance, operations, and human resources. 

This is an outstanding growth opportunity for a mid-level finance professional with operational experience and a proven track record of creative problem-solving. The successful applicant will possess at least 5 years of professional experience in finance, operations, human resources, and/or administration, taking on increasing levels of responsibility over time. Strong applicants may include someone who has been working in the finance department of a larger organization and is ready to step into a management role, or someone who has been running the finance department at a smaller organization and wants to scale up to a larger, growing organization.

About Ella Baker Center

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. Building on 20 years of success, we have recently turned our focus to one goal: ending mass incarceration in the United States.

The organization is on a growth trajectory, with staff having grown 500% over the last two years. We are in a strong financial position, with strong institutional support and growing support from individuals. We have recently entered into an agreement to purchase a building and will soon be launching a capital campaign to complete the purchase. 

In addition, our program is strong and growing, with the organization sponsoring four bills in Sacramento, building on our success in Alameda County and working with partners across the country to build a movement to end mass incarceration.

Key Responsibilities

This position is part of the management team and ensures the smooth functioning of the organization from an internal perspective. This position not only makes sure the organization is compliant with rules and regulations, but works to improve the operational efficiency of the organization as a whole.

Finance

  • Prepare annual budget. Track income and spending against the budget throughout the year.
  • Track and report on the organization’s throughout the year
  • Prepare financial reports for foundations as necessary
  • Process payroll twice per month
  • Ensure the organization follows its fiscal policies, including keeping and improving the segregation of duties.
  • Review bank statements for accuracy
  • Coordinate and be point person for the annual audit
  • Ensure that all tax forms and other required documents are filled accurately and on time.
  • Maintain accurate Accounts Receivable records
  • Prepare financial reports for quarterly board meetings
  • Help the board understand the organization’s finances and help to plan for the future
  • Ensure that restricted funds are managed appropriately
  • Lead long range financial planning

Operations

  • Supervise the technology support person
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage for the organization
  • Negotiate leases and ensure the organization has appropriate office space
  • Manage access to the phone system
  • Help the organization use technology to support program and development work

Human Resources

  • Assist with retreat planning as necessary
  • Onboard new employees
  • Ensure compliance with HR laws and internal policies
  • Administer employee benefits, including 401K plan, health and dental benefits and commuter benefits.

Supervision

This position will be supervised by the Executive Director and will supervise the Bookkeeper and will work with the Director of Development to supervise the Development and Operations Associate.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably with some coursework in business or nonprofit management.
  • 5 years in positions of increasing responsibility
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in helping organizations grow
  • Excellent computer skills, especially working with spreadsheets. Prior experience with accounting software is required. Experience with Quickbooks is preferred.
  • Commitment to social and racial justice preferred.

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 staff, vendors and other members of the public

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. We are committed to investing in the leadership of people of color and formerly incarcerated people. Please feel free to mention that you have been in prison or jail, it will be considered as an asset to the organization.

To Apply

Send an email with your résumé, cover letter and 3 references (as PDFs) to 51ca+80a0@app.catchthebest.com. We look forward to hearing from you!