The Ella Baker Center is currently hiring for these positions:

See below for the job descriptions and how to apply. 

Organizing Consultant

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking proposals from qualified organizing consultants to develop a strategic blueprint and set of organizing tools to advance its mission to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization in the United States by building a member led movement locally and a network of grassroots organizations nationally. This is a limited 3-6 month consultancy.

Project Overview

In 2015, the Ella Baker Center launched its membership in Oakland, CA. With more than 350 members currently, we are seeking to continue building our membership as well as create and implement an Ella Baker Center ladder of engagement. Nationally, we are seeking to launch “Ella’s Squad,” a network of state and locally based grassroots organizations to build a movement to redirect resources away from failed criminal justice systems and polices into investments in the communities that have been hardest hit by mass incarceration and mass criminalization. The primary goal of these organizing efforts is to build a movement led by people most directly impacted by these systems to create and drive the campaigns needed to achieve systemic reforms and reinvestments into our communities.

Download the request for proposals here.

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

Digital Communications Manager 

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


  • 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
  • Oversee online strategy, including management of website and 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


  • 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

  • ‚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.

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. There will not be a background check or fingerprinting of applicants, and you will not be asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime on the application or interview. 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 to with your resume and cover letter (as PDFs). Be prepared to provide 3 professional references if necessary.