Careers

The Ella Baker Center is currently hiring for a Communications Director and a Communications and Operations Associate. See below for job descriptions and how to apply. 

Communications Director 

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an experienced and senior-level individual to lead our communications strategies. The Communications Director will be charged with developing organizational-wide messaging, branding, and marketing strategies, and working with partner organizations on communications capacity building.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead development of overall communications strategy, framing, and messaging for the Ella Baker Center. This includes yearly and quarterly planning, and ongoing strategy sessions with programmatic and development staff
  • Manage the development, design, distribution, and maintenance of all Ella Baker Center print and electronic collateral, including newsletters, brochures, event invitations, and promotional items
  • Advance Ella Baker Center brand and ensure that branding and messaging are consistent across the organization
  • Oversee management of website and online strategy, including maintenance of an email calendar and development of list growth strategies
  • Manage communications contractors and contract additional support as needed on high priority projects
  • Provide communications capacity-building support to Ella Baker Center partners by identifying needs and goals of partner organizations, conducting trainings, and connecting organizations with technical assistance providers
  • Develop collective narrative change and culture shift strategies in collaboration with Ella Baker Center partners
  • Identify potential partners for Ella Baker Center and build relationships with organizations locally, statewide, and nationally
  • Supervise communications team, including Media Relations Manager and Communications and Operations Associate

Qualifications:

  • 7-10 or more years experience in strategic communications, preferably related to racial and economic justice issues
  • Excellent written communication skills, including editing
  • Experience managing staff, with proven leadership abilities
  • Experience conducting communications-related trainings
  • Proven commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to racial, economic, and gender justice
  • Team player attitude
  • Knowledge of and interest in digital communications strategies
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; 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

To Apply:

Email as attachments (preferably in PDF format) your resume, a cover letter, 3 writing samples and 3 professional references to b204@app.catchthebest.com

 

Communications and Operations Associate

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking a bright and organized individual to advance support communications and policy campaigns for racial and economic justice. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating projects led by the Ella Baker Center and its allies to develop communications, organizing, and policy strategies that advance our mission and community health and justice for all.  In addition, this position will provide administrative support to the Director of Operations and the Director of Development.

Responsibilities:

Collective Narrative:

  • Build relationships with partner and ally organizations via meetings, phone calls, site visits
  • Identify communications needs and capacity of each partner sites
  • Organize communications-related convening, webinars, retreats, and trainings for site leads
  • Help identify common themes among allied campaign sites and work with communications staff to develop collective messages for testing and ideas for culture shift and media strategies
  • Assist in identifying consultants to provide technical assistance to site leads
  • Act as a liaison between technical assistance providers and organizations
  • Report back to site leads on findings from collective narrative strategy process; ensure that site leads are in touch with other site partners
  • Provide support to site leads in conducting focus groups and implementing narrative change strategies
  • Collect and communicate feedback from site leads regarding collective narrative strategy process and messages
  • Track research and analysis on policy advocacy to inform collective messages

Administrative and Development:

  • Help maintain the donor database.
  • Assist in reconciling the donor database with the financial system.
  • Send thank you letters to donors
  • Reconcile bank statement & credit card statement
  • Send thank you letters for check donations
  • Grants administration (proofreading, updating common attachments, etc.)
  • Administrative support for fundraising events

Qualifications

  • Proven commitment to social and racial justice
  • 1 or more years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
  • 1 or more years experience working in and leading coalitions
  • 1 or more years experience in event and/or conference planning
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships with members, constituents, or community members
  • Knowledge of criminal justice issues, challenges, and best practices, particularly around economic gaps and needs
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with likely and unlikely allies, including advocates, stakeholders, media, and community members
  • Team player attitude
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational 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

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 foundation officers.

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.

To Apply

Send your resume, a cover letter and 3 professional references to 0125@app.catchthebest.com. Please attach them as PDFs to the email.