The Ella Baker Center is hiring for a Lead Organizer and a Digital Communications Associate

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.


  • 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

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.  

Digital Communications Associate Position Description

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking a Digital Communications Associate to help develop and execute our digital strategy, including social media management, list growth, and website management.


  • Work with Communications Director and consultants 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
  • Execute and help develop online strategy, including management of website, maintenance of an email calendar, and development of list growth strategies
  • Support development of and lead implementation on the organization's social media strategy; 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


  • 1-3 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
  • 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

  • ‚ÄčNeeds 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.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and 3 references to

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.