The Ella Baker Center is hiring for an Organizer and Advocate and a Operations Manager. With our Freedom Cities partners, we are also seeking a Freedom Cities Coordinator/Campaigner

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                                                 

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager will be responsible for office management, payroll, IT management, and supporting the organization’s HR and finance functions in collaboration with the Director of Finance & Operations and the Executive Director, and other misc. tasks.

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations, this position's primary responsibility is ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organization's operations functions.

This is a full-time exempt position.


Office Management

  • Manages phone and email system
  • Ensures all office equipment is functioning and solves with vendors as appropriate
  • Supports logistics and planning for office move
  • Ensures office supplies are stocked and responsible for ordering supplies

Human Resources

  • Performs payroll and manages 401K platform
  • Supports implementation of all recruitment, hiring and onboarding processes of staff and interns
  • Acts as liaison between staff and benefits broker
  • Ensures full compliance with federal, state, local laws and/or regulations with support from Director of Finance & Operations

Information Technology

  • Manages IT services for organization including overseeing technology implementation in coordination with departments and consultants
  • Ensures organizational compliance in digital security and protection
  • Supports strategic planning to ensure ongoing improvement to office technological capabilities
  • Attends industry trainings to stay up to date on market trends

Administrative/Finance Support

  • Provides administrative support to the Executive Director including coordination of travel, logistics, credit card reconciliation, and meetings/engagements based on understanding of Executive Director’s priorities and commitments
  • Opens, sorts mail and prepares checks for finance and development teams
  • Works with bookkeeper to ensure timeliness of accounts payables
  • Reviews and approves credit card reconciliation on a monthly basis
  • Prepares outgoing mail for finance team
  • Supports Director of Finance & Operations in special projects, tasks, as needed


  • 2-4 years in an administrative position.
  • Ability to multitask and handle competing demands; prioritize and manage focus and productivity effectively; ability to manage time and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate strong initiative and leadership.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofing skills.
  • Ability to be discreet and judicious with non-routine and private information.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to handle time-sensitive and confidential situations with professionalism.
  • Superior organizational skills, and the ability to create, implement, and maintain systems to improve the efficiency of the office.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (oral and written).
  • Proficiency in Mac interfaces and all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to racial and social justice; clear understanding of EBC’s mission and programs.
  • High school diploma or GED; college diploma a plus.
  • Nonprofit experience, bilingual skills a plus.


  • Technical capability
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Decision Making
  • Project Management
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Teamwork Orientation

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.  

Salary range: $62,000 - $68,000

Competitive benefits including 401k match, healthcare, dental, vision, vacation and sick time.

Please submit a resume, cover letter to the submission email address or through the submission URL                                           

Freedom Cities Coordinator/Campaigner

About Freedom Cities:

Over the last thirty years, sanctuary has been identified as a core tenet of the immigrant rights movement, with limited success. In this moment, we must think and act more expansively. Freedom Cities is an emerging intersectional movement to advance human rights, protect all those facing oppression, and make entire campuses, cities, towns, and communities safe. Freedom Cities was conceived by those directly affected by policies that incarcerate, displace, and marginalized communities of color. We believe that communities will only be safe when everyone lives with dignity and has the opportunity to thrive without fear of physical violence, racial injustice, and economic oppression at the hands of greedy corporations, white supremacists, or the government.

2018 is going to be a big year for us as we build and grow our movement. We are looking for a passionate and experienced organizer to join our national coordinating team to take our work to the next level.

Position Summary:

The Freedom Cities Coordinator/Campaigner supports a three-pronged mission:

  1. Advance policies and campaigns that center and protect those most vulnerable within our society and seek to invest in groundbreaking approaches to uplifting communities.
  2. Create a broad, inclusive narrative that elevates the stories of all marginalized communities through media engagement, messaging, and  the use of online platforms. This intersectional analysis will build a shared landscape of the root causes of the injustices our communities face.
  3. Build the capacity of grassroots organizations to engage advocacy efforts, producing and sharing model legislation, and educating key stakeholders including policymakers, thought leaders, philanthropy, and community members.         

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee strategy implementation among Freedom Cities anchors, steering committee, and core partners.
  • Convene the steering committee and partners on a regular basis to develop campaign strategy
  • Coordinate a national convening
  • Mobilize and develop infrastructure to support ongoing activities.
  • Represent Freedom Cities positions and demands to essential stakeholders, including government.
  • Develop internal and external written materials.
  • Coordinate relevant outreach efforts and support local campaigns.
  • Maintain relationships with steering committee member organizations through ongoing communications and quarterly Steering Committee meetings
  • Maintain communications infrastructure to deepen engagement of Freedom Cities supporters.
  • Compile stories from Freedom Cities to be shared over various communications platforms.
  • Other duties assigned by Freedom Cities anchors.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and the ability to connect with and build effective teams of diverse partners across the community.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Working knowledge of local organizing, advocacy, and political landscape
  • A strong commitment to and understanding of human rights and social justice.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in developing campaign strategy, managing campaigns, and/or coalition building.
  • Strong facilitation expertise
  • Great attention to detail, administrative tasks and proven ability to manage multiple projects
  • Motivated self-starter able to learn and solve problems without heavy supervision.

Position: Full time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

To apply submit cover letter, resume and 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.