The Ella Baker Center is currently hiring a Senior Development Associate

Ella Baker Center Organizational Background

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (“EBC”) 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.”

Senior Development Associate

The Senior Development Associate works across teams to communicate the Ella Baker Center’s goals, achievements, and vision to institutional funders and individual donors. The Senior Development Associate will create compelling narratives for grants and fundraising campaigns, working with staff from the organizing, policy, finance, and development teams to assemble and submit the necessary materials for EBC’s fundraising efforts. This role comes with access to crucial prospect research tools for both institutional funders and major donors, making the Senior Development Associate a key leader in growing the Ella Baker Center’s fundraising capacity. This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled and savvy storyteller who is passionate about defunding police and prisons. As the Senior Development Associate, you will play a leading role in securing resources for racial, economic, and gender justice.


Grants and Institutional Giving Systems

  • Works in coordination with the Director of Development to ensure that foundations receive timely, accurate, and appropriate program information and other communications.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development and contract grant writers/consultants, assembles grant proposals, reports, and related materials.
  • Proofreads final drafts and prepares grants for submission (e.g., writing cover letters, assembling attachments, etc.).
  • With support from the Development Assistant, record and track all grant awards, reporting requirements, payments, and associated documents.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, implements foundation cultivation activities (e.g., annual report mailing, event invitation lists, cultivation emails, and report mailings).
  • Ensures that files are up-to-date and key attachments and documents are included.

Donor Communications

  • In collaboration with the Senior Resource Organizer, develop written content for donor stewardship and outreach activities throughout the year.
  • Coordinates the production and execution of key donor communications activities, including email campaigns, quarterly impact report mailers, end-of-year giving email and mail campaigns, and related activities.
  • In collaboration with the Communications team and relevant program staff, creates and updates program information to support major gifts outreach and communications (e.g. solicitor packets, ‘Case for Support’ etc.); and updating the chron file.

Prospect Research and Development

  • In collaboration with the Director of Development and Senior Resource Organizer, researches prospective donors and assists in evaluation of prospect readiness and capacity for making a major gift.
  • Responsible for project managing the prospect outreach process (ensuring that prospects are moving through the pipeline, tracking, sharing opportunities with staff and board solicitors, and reporting on progress).
  • Plays a key role in maintaining EBC’s prospect pipeline, qualifying both existing and new donors for assignment to prospect portfolios for the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Director of Development, and Senior Resource Organizer.
  • Provides in-depth knowledge of major gifts level prospects and current donors, delivering strategic donor research and donor intelligence in support of deeper engagement of these individuals by the  Executive Director, Deputy Director, Director of Development, and Senior Resource Organizer


  • In collaboration with the Database Manager and Finance Team, support with effective financial reconciliation.
  • Supports Development Assistant with gift processing and donor services during high-volume giving periods (e.g., year-end giving).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice.
  • 4 or more years of experience in fundraising, with significant experience in grant writing and/or donor communications.
  • 4 or more years of volunteer management experience, preferably in a fundraising and/or campaign environment.
  • History of working collaboratively with stakeholders (board members, volunteers, etc.) and coworkers while exercising individual leadership in meeting core job responsibilities.
  • Project management and/or campaign experience, including proven ability to successfully manage multiple time-sensitive projects.
  • History of using CRM/database tools to successfully support donor engagement. Salesforce experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with prospect research. WealthEngine experience is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with criminal justice landscape in California and/or the Bay Area.
  • Bilingual Spanish and English preferred.


This position reports to the Director of Development. Schedule will include some evenings and weekends as necessary. This is a full-time exempt position based in Oakland, CA.


Salary range: $62,000 – $67,000 depending on experience

EBC offers a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, chiropractor, acupuncture, LTD, life insurance, EAP,  vacation and sick time, and 401k matching contributions.


Please submit application materials in pdf form to [email protected]  with “Senior Development Associate” in the subject line. Complete applications must include:

  • Cover letter including a description of your interest in the position and qualifications;
  • Resume; and,
  • Relevant writing sample showcasing grant writing and/or donor communications skills (up to two pages).

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.