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Organizing Manager for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights 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.”
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an extremely bright, dedicated individual with a passion for racial, economic, and gender justice. The Organizing Manager will be responsible for helping to lead the Center’s organizing strategies in engaging EBC members, partners, allies, and unlikely allies to move campaigns and policies. The center’s membership model has an “anyone, anywhere” approach to engagement because we believe in both the necessity in building a broad, diverse movement to effectuate change, and the importance of centering the experiences and leadership of those most impacted by the justice system. The ideal candidate is a strategic and mature thinker that understands the need for short term and long term goals and victories, practices solutions-oriented approaches to dealing with conflicts, is a strong team player, and checks their ego at the door. Responsibilities will include:
In coordination with the executive team, develop organizing strategies and the Ella Baker Center campaigns. Execute organizing strategies to build a base of people impacted by the justice system to join the Ella Baker Center’s membership and move local, state, and national campaigns.
Execute organizing strategies in furtherance of developing existing and new partnerships and coalitions both locally and nationally.
Manage and supervise a team of staff to outreach, recruit, and mobilize members to support the Ella Baker Center’s campaigns, turn out for events, hearings, etc.
Supervise the development of tools, trainings, outreach materials, and orientation materials to enhance membership engagement, develop their political acumen to support the center’s theory of change and mission, and develop the leadership of the base.
Act as a representative for the Ella Baker Center in coalitions and memberships and attend relevant conferences, meetings, and trainings as an attendant, presenter, etc.
Act as a liaison for Ella Baker Center to various allies and organizations, such as labor, faith, criminal/youth justice related non-profits, and other youth/family/formerly incarcerated organizations as needed.
Represent Ella Baker Center publicly as a spokesperson as necessary.
Attend relevant hearings and meetings and provide testimony and statements as necessary.
Coordinate volunteers and interns to assist in outreach and organizing goals.
Build relationships with other organizations, community leaders, allies, and unlikely allies in order to build support for Ella Baker Center’s vision and programmatic goals.
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) as necessary.
Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice
6-8+ years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
5+ years experience working in and leading coalitions
5+ years experience leading progressive campaigns centered on organizing and policy advocacy, and that include communications/media advocacy
5+ years developing campaigns from start to finish
4+ years of supervisory experience
4+ years experience in event and/or conference planning
Demonstrated success in growing and developing an organized base of members, constituents, or community members
Demonstrated success in winning campaigns that impact low income people and people of color
Knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice systems and best practices
Familiarity of the criminal justice landscape in California.
Understanding of and ability to navigate juvenile and criminal justice systems
Ability to cultivate relationships with likely and unlikely allies, including policymakers, stakeholders, and community members
Team player attitude
Excellent writing skills
Excellent internal and external communication skills
Excellent time management skills
Excellent computer skills, including Internet navigation, Google docs, word processing, PowerPoint, etc.
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
This is a full time exempt position. It is eligible for all benefits.
Salary range: $67,000 to $75,000
Competitive benefits including: 401k match, medical, dental, vision, chiropractor, acupuncture, vacation and sick time.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, 3-5 page writing sample or campaign plan, and 3 references
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.
Oakland, CA, US
Salary Range $67,000-$75,000