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The Ella Baker Center is currently hiring a Deputy Director, Finance Manager, and an Executive Assistant. Restore Oakland is hiring a Development Manager.

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.”

Deputy Director

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) seeks a bright and dedicated person to help lead in the organization into its third decade. Reporting to the Executive Director, and serving as a key member of the management team, the Deputy Director will be a leader in a collective environment. This is an outstanding growth opportunity for an up and coming leader or established leader interested in a new challenge, in the social justice arena. The successful applicant will possess at least 5+ years of professional experience in social justice programming, finance, operations, human resources, supervision/management and/or administration, taking on increasing levels of responsibility over time.

Position Summary

The Deputy Director will work in partnership with the Executive Director to ensure that EBC’s team has the strategic direction, staffing, structure, management systems and collaborative partnerships needed to implement its strategic plan. The primary goals of the Deputy Director are to provide strong internal management of the EBC director level program staff, to manage and supervise EBC’s Leadership Team, and to create and maintain strategic integration of EBC’s programs to best support the organization in achieving its mission. The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director, will supervise director level program staff in a collaborative and collegial way -- focusing on interdepartmental synergy and organizational success, allowing Departmental Directors to share their agendas.  The Deputy Directory will work closely with the Board of Directors and ensure that Management Team is appropriately engaged in relevant Board presentations, discussions. 

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the Executive Director
  • Supervision, Management and Development of Director Level Program Staff
  • Organizational Culture and Health
  • Program Development and Oversight
  • Represents EBC at key meetings as requested.

Qualifications

  • Holds a deep commitment to EBC’s mission and the principles of social justice; inclusion    and place based work, with a particular focus on the area of the new offices in the Fruitvale community area of Oakland.
  • Proven success as a highly skilled manager and leader
  • Direct knowledge and understanding of how to build grassroots and political power through base-building, civic engagement, and movement building;
  • Embodies self-confidence and the capacity to proactively create and independently move forward a complex agenda;
  • Ability to identify and set priorities in line with our goals and strategic direction;
  • Successful track record of at least 5 years in: supervisory experience, program management, operations and finances;
  • Leadership and communication skills (both written and verbal) with the ability to facilitate understanding across multiple audiences;
  • Ability to develop a team-oriented environment; commitment to democratic participation, including a union agreement.
  • Capacity to articulate an organizational commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression work anchored in the simplicity of respect and communication.

Requirements

  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience
  • 5+ years’ experience in event and/or conference planning
  • Knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice systems and best practices
  • Familiarity of the criminal justice landscape in California. 
  • Team player attitude
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent internal and external communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including Internet navigation, Google Suite, Microsoft Office
  • Experience utilizing Salesforce is a PLUS
  • Flexibility to work on weekends and evenings as necessary
  • Willingness to travel as necessary
  • Bi-lingual Spanish and English is a PLUS

Nothing in this job description restricts Ella Baker Center’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

This position reports to the Executive Director

Salary and Benefits

Salary DOE and has a competitive salary range.

This is a full time exempt position. It is eligible for all benefits.

EBC also offers a generous benefits package that includes:  health, dental, chiropractor, acupuncture, vacation and sick time; 401k matching contributions and an opportunity to qualify for a sabbatical.

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.  

How to Apply

Please submit a resume; a cover letter describing your interest in the position including  qualifications; salary requirements; thoughts on the future of Ella Baker’s work in the current political context;  and 3 references to m93xpv5k@app.catchthebest.com

Please use “Deputy Director hire” in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Start date: February/March 2020

Submission URL

https://ellabakercenter.catchthebest.com/apply/m93xpv5k

Submission Email Address

m93xpv5k@app.catchthebest.com

Finance Manager

The Finance Manager will be responsible for financial recording, reporting and analyzing of both operational and building related transactions -- all in the context of an exciting and fast moving social justice oriented organization.  Accurately processing accounting transactions in QuickBooks, managing payroll, analysis in spreadsheet documents, potential presentation of financial information -- will be key activities.

To a much lesser extent, but part of the work, will be assisting with office management, IT management.  In general, the role is focused on supporting all 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, the Finance Manager works as part of the Administration Team, to build institutional financial systems that ensure stability, health and efficiency. They ensure the smooth functioning of finance, administrative systems through being the main support for financial operations of the organization.

This is a full-time exempt position with access to sensitive information.

Responsibilities:

Finance/Accounting Support

  • Accounts Payable-coding, recording and entering and running of checks ensuring timeliness of payments (multiple companies)
  • Accounts Receivable-recording and coding of receipt/donations for deposit
  • Processes semimonthly payroll in QuickBooks
  • Prepares credit card reconciliations; reviews and approves on a monthly basis
  • Monthly bank reconciliations (multiple accounts)
  • Process quarterly payroll and shared allocations
  • GL account reconciliations and journal entries
  • Works with development team to reconcile donations in QuickBooks with Salesforce on a monthly/quarterly
  • Assists in assembling various financial statements and reports for the Board and external stakeholders
  • Opens, sorts mail and prepares checks for finance and development teams. Prepares outgoing mail for finance team.
  • Assists during the annual budget process
  • Assists during the annual audit processes
  • Supports Director of Finance & Operations in special projects, tasks, as needed

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 IT strategic planning to ensure ongoing improvement to office technological capabilities
  • As approved, attends industry trainings to stay up to date on market trends
  • Support with day to day operations of the office/building

Job Requirements

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position at least 50% of the time
  • Needs to be able to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and printer
  • This position needs to be able to use a telephone and communicate with staff, vendors and other members of the public
  • Nothing in this job description restricts Ella Baker Center’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years in a finance/accounting/FC bookkeeping position with increasing responsibility.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and practices for a mid-sized nonprofit.
  • 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.
  • 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 finance/admin office.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills (oral and written).
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks and/or various non-profit accounting software
  • Proficiency in Mac interfaces and all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability and capacity to manage an IT vendor, guide appropriately.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to racial and social justice; clear understanding of EBC’s mission and programs.
  • Experience working with finance/bookkeeping for multiple companies a plus.
  • High school diploma or GED; college diploma a plus.
  • Nonprofit experience, bilingual skills a plus.

Competencies:

  • 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: $60,000 to $70,000

Competitive benefits including: 401k match, healthcare, chiropractor, acupuncture, dental, LTD, Life Insurance, EAP, vacation and sick time.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to

Submission Email Address

Submission URL

45qz229n@app.catchthebest.com

https://ellabakercenter.catchthebest.com/apply/45qz229n

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant works with the Executive Director and Deputy Director to enhance productivity and maximize the Ella Baker Center’s impact. This role involves administrative and logistical support for many of the Executive Director’s most important responsibilities, including meetings with key stakeholders, media appearances, and speaking engagements. Additionally, this role will support the Ella Baker Center’s leadership team and Board of Directors. The Executive Assistant is supervised by the Deputy Director.

Knowledge and experience working with boards are useful and beneficial. A high level of discretion is required as this position routinely deals with confidential and sensitive information and a diverse group of external parties, as well as internal contacts at all levels of the organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Executive Director and Leadership Team Administrative Support

  • Support with contact and relationship management, including drafting emails and other correspondence
  • Organize and prepare information for Executive Director’s use in meetings, presentations, and reports
  • Take minutes/meeting notes
  • Conduct occasional research
  • Organize meeting rooms and ensure refreshments are available
  • Other duties as assigned

Calendaring and Coordination

  • Schedule meetings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Manage calendars, both day-to-day and with longer-term strategy and goals
  • Identify and coordinate media appearances and speaking engagements
  • Ensure adequate preparation for appearances for important events, such as meetings with key stakeholders and speaking engagements
  • Make travel arrangements which include booking flights, accommodation, and car rentals
  • Coordinate and provide logistical support for board meetings

Board of Directors Administrative Support

  • Provide administrative support for the Board of Directors and Board Committees, including maintaining rosters and meeting schedules, preparing meeting/event materials, set-up, food ordering, organizing logistics
  • Assist with project follow-up from Board/Committee meetings

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Experience working as an executive assistant or other admin support role
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to think proactively and prioritize work and complete assignments under deadlines
  • Strong communication skills (via phone, email and in-person)
  • Familiarity with cloud-based calendar systems (Google Calendar preferred)
  • History of working collaboratively with stakeholders (board members, volunteers, etc.) and coworkers while exercising individual leadership in meeting core job responsibilities.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality with sensitive information
  • Familiarity with cloud-based systems, such as Google Drive and Box
  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

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

Nothing in this job description restricts Ella Baker Center’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Salary Range: $51,000 – $61,000

EBC offers a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, chiropractor, acupuncture, vacation and sick time, 401k matching contributions, and an opportunity to qualify for a sabbatical.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit application materials to: 39bwj45y@app.catchthebest.com with “Executive Assistant hire” in the subject line. Complete applications must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • 1-2 relevant writing samples

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.

Submission URLhttps://ellabakercenter.catchthebest.com/apply/39bwj45y

START DATE: On or after March 15, 2020


Restore Oakland - Organizational Background

A joint initiative between the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), Restore Oakland is a community advocacy and training center that will mobilize Bay Area community members to transform our economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. 

Restore Oakland Development Manager

From 2015-2020, the Restore Oakland capital campaign raised over $21 million. The campaign is a joint initiative between Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) to fund Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center that empowers Bay Area community members to transform our local economic and justice systems. Restore Oakland leads with grassroots organizing and advocacy to build real power and self-determination for impacted communities, while also providing hands-on job training, cooperative food enterprise incubation, restorative justice mediation, housing rights services, and safe space for community organizing and mobilizing — all in one space.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) seeks a passionate and dedicated Development Manager to continue the momentum on this visionary project. The Restore Oakland Development Manager will work with development staff at EBC, ROC United, and Restore Oakland, Inc. to maintain and strengthen relationships with donors and funders who contributed more than $21 million to the capital campaign. In addition to stewarding relationships with existing donors and soliciting post-campaign gifts, the Restore Oakland Development Manager will leverage the visibility of this first-of-its-kind project secure to new streams of revenue for the project.

This is an excellent opportunity for a creative and driven development professional who is passionate about divesting from the prison industrial complex and building new alternatives for community safety. The successful candidate will come to the role with at least three years of fundraising experience in nonprofit and/or social justice spaces, with a track record of executing successful institutional giving and donor engagement programs.

PRIMARY ROLES

Donor Engagement

  • Organize and lead building tours for prospective donors, collaborating with leadership at ROC United,  EBC, and Restore Oakland, Inc. to facilitate a successful donor experience.
  • Develop and implement recognition plan for major gifts donors.
  • Develop and implement an annual cultivation and solicitation calendar (including digital, mail, events, and in-person outreach) to engage donors, keep them informed about exciting programmatic developments at Restore Oakland, and ask for financial support.
  • Collaborate with existing groups of volunteer fundraisers to host events and cultivate new volunteer fundraisers to support Restore Oakland.

Grants, Writing, and Prospect Research

  • Write and submit grant proposals for Restore Oakland funding opportunities identified by the ROC United, EBC, and Restore Oakland, Inc. teams.
  • Conduct ongoing prospect research and cultivation. Provide some support scheduling EBC/ROC United leadership for specific asks.
  • Produce communications materials as needed for the donor engagement, including a regular impact report for all Restore Oakland donors.
  • Manage post-capital campaign funder relationships, including report writing and submission.
  • Supervise consultants on additional writing projects, including a case study of the capital campaign.

Naming Opportunities Program

  • Develop strategy for prospect research, cultivation, and successful solicitation for naming opportunities program (i.e., naming or dedicating a space in honor of someone) for major donors and funders.
  • Collaborate with prospective donors and/or funders to determine the best fit for name and room designation.
  • Track pledges and maintain updated prospect list

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice.
  • Three or more years of experience in fundraising, with significant experience in individual donor engagement.
  • Three 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.
  • Familiarity with criminal justice landscape in California and/or the Bay Area preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish and English preferred.

Nothing in this job description restricts Ella Baker Center’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Position reports to the Director of Development at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. The Restore Oakland Development Manager has no direct reports at this time.

Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000

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

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit application materials to w56mj79b@app.catchthebest.com with “Development Manager” in the subject line. Complete applications must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter including a description of your interest in the position and qualifications
  • 1-2 relevant writing samples

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.

Submission URL: https://ellabakercenter.catchthebest.com/apply/w56mj79b

START DATE: March 2020