NOW HIRING:

  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

  • COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Community Organizer
Classification: Full Time

About Essie Justice Group:

Essie Justice Group (Essie) was founded in May of 2014 with a mission to harness the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration’s harm to women.

We are building a large, bold policy advocacy network of predominantly Black and Latina women who have incarcerated loved ones across California in 2017. Today we live in an age of mass control. Patriarchy, racism, and punitive criminal justice policies have been devastating for women’s health, resources, and civic engagement, particularly for low-income women, women of color, and queer and trans women whose loved ones are caged and criminalized. 2.3 million people are incarcerated. 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 2 Black women has a family member in prison. In partnership with our formerly and currently incarcerated loved ones, we root ourselves in a gender analysis and a race justice analysis – working in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and a variety of coalitions aimed at bringing about a more compassionate future free of race and gender violence.

Central to how we do our work is the belief that those directly impacted by oppressive systems must lead our liberation movements. We dedicate ourselves to a 9-week Healing to Advocacy model, developed by Essie Justice Group in order to engage women as change agents. The Essie sisterhood grows through our nominations process, in which incarcerated women and incarcerated men nominate women they love to our program. Community members also nominate women and women self-nominate through our website. When women graduate from the 9-week program, they are invited into the “Essie sisterhood,” which serves as our mobilizable base. In 2017, we are building a strong infrastructure of staff and organizational leaders to grow and transform our base into an advocacy network that will serve as the statewide organizing apparatus through which we bring about decriminalization, decarceration, and an end to state-sponsored violence against women and communities of color. So far, we have run our Healing to Advocacy 9-week model five times by forming cohorts of 15 women each in two cities in the Bay Area. Approximately 50 women with incarcerated loved ones in the California Bay Area have graduated as Essie Sisters and many are now leaders within our organization as Essie Fellows. In 2017, women graduates (known as “Essie sisters”) will facilitate and run up to eleven new cohorts across California in 2017.

Position Description

We seek an exceptional, values-aligned individual to add to our impassioned, loving, and hard-working team. The Community Organizer role is will support the growth and sustainability of Essie’s community, and will lead the highly interpersonal activities that bring new women with incarcerated loved ones to Essie Justice Group. The Community Organizer will support and help drive forward the core programmatic work of organization. The successful candidate will continue to develop and implement our nominations process, reaching hundreds of new women with incarcerated loved ones through conducting outreach in jails, prisons, and communities. In so doing, the Community Organizer will coordinate outreach, manage community events, and provide direct ongoing support to constituent leaders. The successful candidate will support the implementation of cohorts of women with incarcerated loved ones across the Bay Area and Los Angeles, as well as a growing national network of leaders.

The successful candidate will enter into a collaborative, team-driven work environment. Core responsibilities include and are not limited to: community organizing, recruitment, materials creation, clear and professional correspondence, managing logistics and administrative functions related to programmatic work, and group facilitation.

Qualifications:

●      2+ years of relevant experience in grassroots community organizing and supporting the leadership of people directly impacted by the social problem you are working to address.

●      Enthusiasm for developing and maintaining 1 on 1 intentional relationships with community members working to achieve a common goal.

●      Experience with recruitment and retention of community leaders.

●      Demonstrated success and comfort facilitating community meetings and group discussions.

●      Developed skills in project management, business email correspondence, and team building.

●      Proficiency with Mac operating systems, Google Docs, Canva, Keynote, and MS Office Suite (especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint).

●      Must be able and willing to travel occasionally, primarily in state and occasionally to other states.

●      Flexibility to work on evenings and weekends as necessary.

●      Spanish fluency preferred.

Qualities:

●      A strong commitment to the mission, goals, and philosophy of Essie, and a demonstrated alignment with anti-mass incarceration, race justice, and gender justice causes.

●      Exceptionally hard worker. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, focused, and small office environment where each staff person assumes multiple responsibilities while striving to achieve shared goals.

●      Ability to consistently and sustainably hold space for people through difficult situations with compassion and empathy.

●      Exceptional follow-through who maintains a constant engagement and leadership in a delegated project from beginning to end.

●      Values and prides herself on absolute reliability rooted in deep sense of responsibility.

●      Impeccable ethics, highly developed decision-making skills and unfailingly trustworthy.

●      Anticipates needs and takes initiative to address them. Persists despite obstacles.

●      Outcome oriented, critical and creative thinker.

●      Positive approach, can-do attitude, and a sense of humor.

●      Enjoys an “all-in,” start-up, non-traditional work culture.
 

To Apply: This position is based at the Essie offices in Oakland, California. This is not a remote position. Please address a well-written and thoughtful cover letter to the “Essie Hiring Committee” and submit along with a resume with “Community Organizer Application - Your Name” in the subject line to careers@essiejusticegroup.org. We will respond to all applicants!

Before applying, please read more about Essie Justice Group online. We highly encourage you to learn as much as possible about us in order to put your best and truest self forward in our community-driven hiring process. For more information about our program, here's a moving video created by our membership and recent articles in Essence n Huffington Post.

Please Note: Women with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, and those with direct experience with the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essie Justice Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer!

Essie Justice Group provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Essie complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Essie values and specifically seeks applicants who are people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, LGBT, and gender fluid people. If this is you, know that your contributions and leadership are especially valuable at Essie. No background check will be conducted.


Communications Manager
Classification: Full Time

About Essie Justice Group:

Essie Justice Group (Essie) was founded in May of 2014 with a mission to harness the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration’s harm to women.

We are building a large, bold policy advocacy network of predominantly Black and Latina women who have incarcerated loved ones across California in 2017. Today we live in an age of mass control. Patriarchy, racism, and punitive criminal justice policies have been devastating for women’s health, resources, and civic engagement, particularly for low-income women, women of color, and queer and trans women whose loved ones are caged and criminalized. 2.3 million people are incarcerated. 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 2 Black women has a family member in prison. In partnership with our formerly and currently incarcerated loved ones, we root ourselves in a gender analysis and a race justice analysis – working in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and a variety of coalitions aimed at bringing about a more compassionate future free of race and gender violence.

Central to how we do our work is the belief that those directly impacted by oppressive systems must lead our liberation movements. We dedicate ourselves to a 9-week Healing to Advocacy model, developed by Essie Justice Group in order to engage women as change agents. The Essie sisterhood grows through our nominations process, in which incarcerated women and incarcerated men nominate women they love to our program. Community members also nominate women and women self-nominate through our website. When women graduate from the 9-week program, they are invited into the “Essie sisterhood,” which serves as our mobilizable base. In 2017, we are building a strong infrastructure of staff and organizational leaders to grow and transform our base into an advocacy network that will serve as the statewide organizing apparatus through which we bring about decriminalization, decarceration, and an end to state-sponsored violence against women and communities of color. So far, we have run our Healing to Advocacy 9-week model five times by forming cohorts of 15 women each in two cities in the Bay Area. Approximately 50 women with incarcerated loved ones in the California Bay Area have graduated as Essie Sisters and many are now leaders within our organization as Essie Fellows. In 2017, women graduates (known as “Essie sisters”) will facilitate and run up to eleven new cohorts in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County in 2017.

Position Summary:

We seek an exceptional, values-aligned individual to join to our impassioned, loving, and hard-working team as our first Communications Manager. The Communications Manager will use her specialized talents and critical analysis to expose the gender and race-based harm mass incarceration is causing and make visible the power and prevalence of women with incarcerated loved ones.

The successful candidate will enter into a highly collaborative, team-driven work environment. The Communications Manager will guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate Essie’s mission. The Communications Manager will play a key leadership role in building Essie’s presence and expertise in the movement to end mass incarceration and gender oppression in the United States.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Define and develop the strategic communications plan for the organization across all audiences and partners in collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Strategy.
  • Develop messages that elevate Essie’s brand and social critique.
  • Raise Essie’s local and national awareness through new communications vehicles and consistent messaging that uplifts Essie’s unique organizational voice and expertise.
  • Manage the development and distribution of all print and electronic publications including Essie’s website, emails, programmatic marketing collateral, and donor outreach materials.
  • Produce thought leadership pieces including blog posts, Op-Eds, keynote speeches.
  •  Lead the creation of online content (including video and social media) that engages different audiences to lead to measurable action and engagement.
  • Conduct media trainings, provide individualized coaching, and secure media opportunities for Essie member spokeswomen. 
  • Secure national speaking opportunities for Essie’s Founder & Executive Director. 
  • Support the Executive Director in her speaking engagements and executive communications, including speechwriting, messaging, talking points development.
  • Manage all media contacts and cultivate relationships with local and national journalists and media personalities.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years relevant professional experience.
  • Impeccable and beautiful writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience writing reports and publications, listserv emails, Op-Eds, speeches, etc.
  • Experience creating and activating strategic communication plans.
  • Ability to influence different audiences and lead communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Track record as a collaborative leader who excels in managing multiple projects.
  • Experience managing relationships with multiple stakeholders including partners, Board members, community members, and donors.
  • Experience creating and implementing new communications campaigns and initiatives.
  • Experience supervising creative professionals, either in-house or outside vendors.
  • Demonstrated skill in creative problem solving and embracing change.

Qualities:

  • A strong commitment to the mission, goals, and philosophy of Essie, and a demonstrated alignment with anti-mass incarceration, racial justice, and gender justice causes.
  • Exceptionally hard worker. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, focused, and small office environment where each staff person assumes multiple responsibilities while striving to achieve shared goals.
  • Active listener who relentlessly observes the world around her, scanning for opportunities and imagining creative responses to build on resonant moments.
  • Ability to consistently and sustainably hold space for people through difficult situations with compassion and empathy.
  • Impeccable ethics, highly developed decision-making skills and unfailingly trustworthy.
  • Anticipates needs and takes initiative to address them. Persists despite obstacles.
  • Outcome-oriented, critical and creative thinker.
  • Positive approach, can-do attitude, and a sense of humor.
  • Enjoys an “all-in,” start-up, non-traditional work culture.

To Apply: This position is based at the Essie offices in Oakland, California. This is not a remote position. lease address a thoughtful cover letter to the “Essie Hiring Committee” and submit along with a resume with “Communications Manager - our Name” in the subject line to careers@essiejusticegroup.org.   We will respond to all applicants, Thank you!

Before applying, please read more about Essie Justice Group online. We highly encourage you to learn as much as possible about us in order to put your best and truest self forward in our community-driven hiring process. For more information about our program, here's a moving video created by our membership and recent articles in Essence n Huffington Post.

Please Note: Women with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, and those with direct experience with the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essie Justice Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer!

Essie Justice Group provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Essie complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Essie values and specifically seeks applicants who are people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, LGBT, and gender fluid people. If this is you, know that your contributions and leadership are especially valuable at Essie. No background check will be conducted.