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.”

Communications Associate 

The Communications Associate is responsible for message development and media strategies that promote the work of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights as a catalyst for social and economic justice. The right person for this role is an excellent writer and creative strategist with strong media relations skills.
The Communications Associate will report to the Communications Director. Work is generally performed in an office setting; however, duties may sometimes require working at external events with members and other organizations. 
This is a full-time non-exempt position. May require some evenings and weekends as necessary. This position is based in Oakland, CA.
  • Working with and under the direction of the Communications Director to coordinate all aspects of strategic media relations, including writing and disseminating press releases, organizing press conferences, pitching stories to reporters, drafting talking points, op-eds and fact sheets to support our goals. 
  • Conducting press outreach, developing and cultivating relationships with various media outlets/influencers and facilitating incoming media requests.
  • Writing creative copy to frame our issues for a wide variety of platforms: emails, social media, fact sheets, talking points, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
  • Coordinating and managing our staff and members as spokespeople, including facilitating training.
  • Monitoring, collecting and distributing news clips and media reports after media events.
  • Assisting on other communications projects as needed.
  • Proven commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to racial, economic, and gender justice
  • Strong writing, verbal communication, editing and proofreading skills
  • Two (2) years of experience in campaign communications, media relations, production management, marketing, writing or combination 
  • Ability to frame issues for different audiences 
  • Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines 
  • Experience with media monitoring and PR platforms
  • Previous experience in online organizing, political campaigns, and/or customer service very advantageous but not required 
  • Willingness to work with a team, as well as independently
Essential Job Requirements: 
  • Needs 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.
  • This position needs to be able to use a telephone and communicate with the general public. 
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: $46,500 - $52,000 
Please submit a resume, cover letter and writing samples to the submission email address:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so applying early is encouraged. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.