Careers

The Ella Baker Center is hiring for a Local OrganizerLead Organizer, and Executive Director for Restore Oakland

Local Organizer 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 Organizer will be responsible for cultivating and leading our local organizing efforts in Alameda County.

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 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."

Responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and execute a local organizing strategy to recruit and develop EBC's membership. EBC's membership is a pathway to advocacy for anyone, anywhere to join in advancing our goals.
  • Develop and execute specific strategies to recruit, engage, and develop the leadership of directly impacted individuals to join our membership and advance our campaigns. We define "directly impacted" as anyone that is formerly or currently incarcerated and their family members.
  • Engage in targeted community outreach to support the launch of Restore Oakland in 2018.
  • Coordinate and cultivate tools to keep members engaged and connected and identify and develop family leaders.
  • 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 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.

Qualifications

  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice
  • Minimum of 3 or more years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
  • Minimum of 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 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 highly desirable
  • Driver License

Individuals of color, LGBTQ, 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.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to 0b41@app.catchthebest.com.

Lead Organizer 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 Lead Organizer will be responsible for helping to lead the Center’s organizing efforts in engaging impacted individuals to move campaigns and policies.  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.

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.”

Responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and execute organizing strategies to build a base of individuals impacted by the justice system to join the Ella Baker Center’s membership and move local, state, and national campaigns.
  • Develop tools, outreach materials, and orientation materials to keep members engaged, develop their political acumen, and develop the leadership of the base.
  • 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 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.
  • Work with 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
  • 6+ years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
  • 3+ years experience working in and leading coalitions
  • 3+ years experience leading progressive campaigns centered on organizing and policy advocacy, and that include communications//media advocacy
  • 3+ years developing campaigns from start to finish
  • 3+ years of supervisory experience
  • 2+ 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.
  • 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 b5ba@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.  

Restore Oakland Executive Director Position Description

About Restore Oakland

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) and Restaurants Opportunities Centers United (ROCU) have joined forces to develop and launch a replicable and innovative economics and restorative justice hub in East Oakland. Restore Oakland was developed to address two broken systems negatively impacting low-income communities of color in America:  the disproportionate rate of incarceration and the lack of upward economic mobility within the restaurant industry.  At a time in our country when democracy is under threat, Restore Oakland is an effort to restore democracy from the ground up. Restore Oakland will catalyze the collective power of local community based organizations to reimagine and rebuild democracy by focusing on the intersections between community safety, economic opportunity, and participatory governance.

Executive Director Position Description

Restore Oakland is seeking an extremely dedicated and creative individual with a passion for racial, economic, and gender justice. The Restore Oakland Director will lead the center’s programmatic work to expand political, economic, and democratic opportunities for the residents of Oakland and the wider Bay Area.  The Restore Oakland Director will also ensure that the physical space at 1419 34th Avenue is developed and maintained to house the operation of the Colors Restaurant, restorative justice programming, and non-profit tenancies. As Restore Oakland is in its infancy this will entail building a team to conduct fundraising, complete building renovation, develop building operations processes, and carry the programmatic work forward. As this is a new position, this work will be co-developed with the support of the board.

Responsibilities:

Programmatic

  • Oversee the development of local policy and budget platform and support the coordination of campaigns to build power and move policies and budgets away from punitive policing and mass incarceration and towards more resilient and democratic communities and support for high-road local businesses.
  • Shepherd the development of a network of local technical assistance experts (legal, finance, accounting, etc.) that can support communities in evaluating, designing and implementing solutions and strategies for local community driven ventures
  • Support the development of new mechanisms of community governance and democracy through the expanded use of restorative justice by community residents, participatory budgeting by governing bodies, and workplace democracy.
  • Coordinate communications including developing campaign and other materials to communicate and advance the work of Restore Oakland in conjunction with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Managerial/ Operational

  • Conduct fundraising, and hire and supervise a fundraiser to conduct fundraising to support Restore Oakland program
  • Oversee operations including hiring and supervising a building manager responsible for the internal operations of the building and community engagement of constituents

Qualifications

  • 6+ years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
  • 6+ years experience working in and leading coalitions
  • 6+ years experience 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
  • 6+ years experience in development/ fundraising
  • 3+ years experience in finance and operations
  • 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 Oakland and Bay Area social justice and political landscape
  • 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.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary

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.  

Please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and 3 references to 4e9d@app.catchthebest.com.