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The Ella Baker Center is hiring for a Director of Organizing and Director of Development

Organizational Background

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.”

Director of Organizing

Position Description

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an extremely bright, dedicated individual with a passion for racial, economic, and gender justice. The Director of Organizing 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 terms goals and victories, practices solutions-oriented approaches to dealing with conflicts, is a strong team player, has a low-ego, high-impact approach, and puts the mission of the organization first. Responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and 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.
  • Develop organizing strategies in furtherance of developing existing and new partnerships and coalitions both locally and nationally.
  • Lead the development and execution of reinvestment campaigns that involve policy advocacy, organizing, and media strategy.
  • Support the strategic development of “Ella’s Squad,” a national trans local network of grassroots/member based organizations in moving reinvestment policies locally.
  • 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.
  • Develop tools, outreach materials, and orientation materials to enhance membership engagement, develop their political acumen, 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.

Qualifications

  • Proven commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice
  • 6+ years experience in community, labor, or other relevant grassroots organizing
  • 6+ years experience working in and leading coalitions
  • 6+ years experience developing and leading progressive campaigns centered on organizing and policy advocacy, and that include communications/media advocacy
  • 6+ years developing campaigns from start to finish
  • 6+ 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
  • Driver License

Salary range: $67,000-$77,000

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

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a 3-5 page writing sample to 2af7@app.catchthebest.com.

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.  

Director of Development

Position Description

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking an extremely bright, dedicated individual with a passion for racial, economic, and gender justice. The Director of Development will be responsible for leading the organizations fundraising efforts. The ideal candidate is a strategic and mature thinker that understands the need for short term and long terms goals and victories, practices solutions-oriented approaches to dealing with conflicts, is a strong team player, has a low-ego, high-impact approach, and puts the mission of the organization first.

Responsibilities:

Foundation and Corporate Giving

  • Write, review, and edit grant proposals and letters of intent for corporations and foundations following funding guidelines, parameters, and procedures.
  • Maintain a calendar of foundation deadlines for application and reporting.
  • Research institutional funder prospects to support Ella Baker Center projects and campaigns.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships between Executive Director and foundation representatives.
  • Prepare reports on foundation funding, including both past and prospective funding.
  • Manage grant agreements and monitor compliance with grant agreements.
  • Maintain records and database related to foundation giving.
  • Support partner organizations in building fundraising capacity and engage in collaborative fundraising when opportunities emerge.

Individual Giving

  • Manage fundraising events, including anniversary celebrations.
  • Oversee ongoing implementation of a distributive fundraising model, including support of staff, board, and members engaging in peer-to-peer fundraising (e.g., house parties, online fundraising, etc.).
  • Process individual donations and provide appropriate receipts and thank you letters.
  • Maintain donor records in partnership with the Finance and Operations department.

Supervision and Management

  • Supervise the Technology Specialist and ensure fundraising and constituent management systems support continuous improvement in donor and member engagement.
  • Serve as a member of the Ella Baker Center’s Management Team.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • 5 or more years experience writing successful grant proposals.
  • 3 or more years experience in individual donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with board members and volunteers to fundraise.
  • Ability to prioritize projects, meet deadlines, manage several projects simultaneously, and work well under pressure.
  • Computer literacy and experience with fundraising databases (Salesforce preferred).
  • Knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice reentry issues, challenges, and best practices, particularly around economic gaps and needs preferred.
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups including internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form.
  • Understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals/grants.
  • Ability to work independently as well as participate on a team.
  • Disciplined self-starter who can set and achieve goals. 

HOW TO APPLY

Salary range: $75,000-$85,000

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

Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and a writing sample to: 3736@app.catchthebest.com.

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.