The Ella Baker Center is hiring for an Organizer and Advocate and a Donor Engagement Manager.

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.”

Organizer and Advocate 

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights “EBC” is seeking a passionate and dedicated individual with a penchant for racial and economic justice.

This position will report to the Director of Organizing and will work alongside peers of Organizers and Advocates to drive organizing efforts in Alameda County. The Organizer and Advocate will assist in developing our membership, which is a pathway to advocacy for anyone, anywhere, to join in advancing our goals. This position will also aid in executing strategies to develop the leadership of directly impacted individuals. We define "directly impacted" as anyone that is formerly or currently incarcerated or detained and their family members.

This is a full time non-exempt position.

Schedule will include some evenings and weekends as necessary.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborate with team to execute an organizing strategy to recruit and develop EBC's membership.
  • Strategize and execute specific plans to recruit, engage, and develop the leadership of directly impacted individuals to join our membership and advance our campaigns.
  • Coordinate and cultivate tools to keep members engaged and connected and identify and develop member 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.
  • Plan and execute member actions and mobilization
  • 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)


  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice
  • 1-2 or more years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing. Union organizing experience is a plus.
  • 1 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 highly desired
  • Proven track record in growing and developing an organized base of members, constituents, or community members
  • Demonstrated success in recruiting, training and developing member leaders
  • Ability to meet deadlines and achieve goals
  • 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 highly preferred
  • Understanding of and ability to navigate juvenile and criminal justice systems preferred
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with likely and unlikely allies, including policymakers, stakeholders, and community members
  • Team player attitude
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proficient in computer skills, including Internet navigation, word processing, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary
  • Driver license
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is highly desirable

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.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to

Donor Engagement Manager

The Donor Engagement Manager will lead EBC’s individual donor fundraising efforts. This role incorporates both fundraising and organizing skills, with an emphasis on supporting and mobilizing board members and volunteers to secure gifts from current and prospective donors. The Donor Engagement Manager will oversee EBC’s individual donor solicitation, stewardship, prospect research, and online giving activities. In order to deepen EBC’s relationship with donors and increase revenue from individual gifts, the Donor Engagement Manager will exercise independent judgment and discretion in implementing EBC’s individual giving program. 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.


Annual Fund Campaign

  • Hold primary responsibility for fundraising from individual donors.
  • Plan, manage, and grow EBC’s volunteer-led annual fund campaign. This includes staffing a dedicated group of board and volunteer solicitors to successfully meet campaign goals.
  • Train and support board members and volunteers to secure, renew, and increase gifts from EBC’s mid-level donor base while deepening donor relationships with EBC.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate year-to-date campaign progress, and make decisions about adjustments and new strategies as needed to meet campaign goals.
  • Ensure accurate and consistent data entry (Salesforce CRM) based on solicitor and donor feedback.

Donor Engagement/Stewardship

  • Hold primary responsibility for donor engagement and retention.
  • Implement and evaluate EBC’s annual donor engagement calendar, which includes direct mail, small-scale events, digital content, phone banking, and appeals.
  • Consistently monitor and evaluate the impact of donor engagement activities (primarily via Salesforce) and make decisions about adjustments and new strategies as needed to maintain desired levels of engagement.

Online Giving

  • Manage EBC’s online giving infrastructure to ensure positive donor/user experience and (in partnership with the Communications team) leverage EBC’s media assets to increase online giving.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to deepen engagement among existing monthly donors and expand EBC’s total monthly donor base.

Prospect Research

  • Identify and qualify new donors to maintain EBC's prospect pipeline.
  • Use available prospect research tools to make informed decisions about donor outreach strategies. This includes pairing new prospects with the appropriate staff, board, or volunteer solicitors, and may involve production of written proposals to support solicitor activities.
  • Manage and regularly evaluate the prospect pipeline to ensure that prospects are advanced (or removed, when appropriate) in a timely fashion as new information is available.

Required qualifications and skills:

  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice.
  • 4 or more years of experience in fundraising, with significant experience in individual donor engagement.
  • 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 strongly preferred.
  • Experience with prospect research.
  • Familiarity with online fundraising tools and peer to peer fundraising strategies.
  • Aptitude for quantitative and qualitative evaluation of fundraising programs.

Preferred qualifications and skills:

  • Familiarity with criminal justice landscape in California and/or the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Bilingual Spanish and English preferred.

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.

Salary range: $62,000 - $70,000

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Application open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as interviews will be offered on a rolling basis.