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Development Associate

 

 

Classification: Full Time
Application Deadline: June 19, 2017 at 9am PST - [EXTENDED TO JULY 3RD at 9am PST!]
Compensation: $58,000 annually and generous benefits package

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.

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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 a dedicated, values-aligned fundraiser to join to our impassioned, loving, and hard-working team as our first Development Associate. The Development Associate will play a key role in growing Essie’s funding base and pipeline, building towards growth and long-term financial sustainability. The Development Associate will provide support to all aspects of Essie’s foundation partnerships and individual donor engagement strategies. In collaboration with staff and Board members, the Development Associate will research and draft grant proposals and reports, evaluate new funding opportunities, and plan, organize, and coordinate fundraising events and activities.  In addition, this role will support the Executive Director in managing relationships with current funders and new prospects.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Research, write, edit, and submit proposals and reports to philanthropic organizations and individuals.
  • Manage all deadlines and workflows for LOIs, grant applications, and reports including internal deadlines for collection of information from other staff.
  • Evaluate and recommend new funding opportunities in alignment with Essie’s strategic priorities and programmatic work.
  • Support the management of individual donor relationships by tracking engagement, composing correspondence, etc.
  • Lead the creation of Essie’s inaugural annual report.
  • Prepare materials to engage current supporters including thank you letters, event reports, and other communications.
  • Plan and coordinate fundraising events and activities including management of project timelines, guest lists, materials, and programming.
  • Create and update supporter appreciation content on our website.
  • Maintain all donor and fundraising files, including supporting our Salesforce database.
  • Assist the Founder & Executive Director in preparing quarterly fundraising updates for the Board of Directors.

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of relevant fundraising experience; advocacy experience a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including active listening.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a high level of attention to detail.
  • Experience researching, writing, and editing foundation proposals and reports.
  • Experience in preparing non-profit budgets for funding applications including applications for purpose-restricted funds and lobbying.
  • Track record of evaluating and recommending foundation funding opportunities that align with organizational strategic priorities.
  • Experience implementing fundraising strategies and tactics with both individual and institutional funders.
  • Experience writing and preparing personalized funder communication materials (e.g., thank you letters, reports, invitations).
  • Experience planning events in a professional setting.

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.
  • Strategic communicator who is able to tailor language about Essie’s work to uplift connections to the interests and priorities of multiple funding partners.
  •  Impeccable ethics, highly developed decision-making skills and unfailingly trustworthy.
  • Advanced organizational skills; ability to develop and manage thoughtful systems for managing multiple deadlines, projects, and relationships in the development arena.  
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that is characterized by growth and change.

To Apply: This full-time 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 “Development Associate - our Name” in the subject line to careers@essiejusticegroup.org.

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.


Community Organizer

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Classification: Full Time
Application Deadline: June 19, 2017 at 9am - [EXTENDED TO JULY 3RD at 9am PST!] 
Compensation: $50,000 annually and generous benefits package

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.


Childcare Provider

Classification: Part-Time, Summer (June – Oct)
Compensation: $25/hour
Application Deadline: Rolling. 

About Essie Justice Group:

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The mission of Essie Justice Group (Essie) is to harness the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration’s harm to women. Our definition of “woman” is gender expansive and includes trans women, people who are gender non-conforming, and gender fluid.

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, our work is rooted in a gender and race justice analysis – working in solidarity with a variety of coalitions aimed at bringing about a more compassionate future free of race and gender violence.

We believe that those directly impacted by oppressive systems must lead our liberation movements. At the core of our work is a 9-week Healing to Advocacy model, developed by Essie Justice Group in order to engage women as change agents. We are building a large, bold decarceration advocacy network of predominantly Black and Latina women who have incarcerated loved ones across California in 2017.

 

Position Description

Central to how we do our work is our understanding that in order for women to fully participate and lead, we must reduce as many barriers as possible. This includes providing high-quality childcare for children that women are responsible for.

We seek exceptional, values-aligned individuals to provide intentional, loving, outcomes-driven childcare that reflects the goals of our Healing to Advocacy program. Beginning in June, we will launch six 9-week cohorts of women with incarcerated loved ones in four Bay Area counties. Each cohort will meet once a week in the evening with an accompanying childcare team so that participants can be fully present during cohort sessions. The Healing to Advocacy cohorts will end between mid-August and September. Essie childcare providers will be available to support anywhere between 1 and 6 cohorts for approximately 3.5 hours per session at a rate of $25.00 per hour.

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of relevant experience working with youth or in childcare related fields.
  • Enthusiasm for maintaining 1-on-1 relationships with young people of varying ages.
  • Experience with setting up and facilitating stimulating environments for children and young people, including snack preparation.
  • Ability to follow risk management protocol to ensure the physical and emotional safety and well-being of all childcare participants.
  • Demonstrated ability and comfort facilitating age-appropriate group discussions about the justice system.
  • Proficiency with tracking attendance and documenting daily childcare activities.
  • Must be able and willing to travel to all cohort sessions and any additional meetings as necessary.
  • Must have your own phone and be willing to coordinate with the Childcare Specialist should there be a need to miss a childcare session.
  • Availability to work on evenings between 5:00pm and 9:00pm, depending on the specific schedule of the cohort.
  • Direct experience with incarceration through yourself or a loved one preferred.
  • Spanish fluency preferred.

 Qualities:

  • A strong commitment to the mission, goals, and philosophy of Essie Justice Group.
  • Deeply committed to fostering youth empowerment and self-efficacy.
  • Ability to consistently and sustainably hold space for children, youth, and caregivers through difficult situations with compassion and empathy.
  • Exceptional follow-through and commitment to creating high quality childcare environments.
  • Anticipates needs of all children and other colleagues sharing the childcare space and takes initiative to address them.
  • Outcome oriented, critical and creative thinker.
  • Positive approach, can-do attitude, and a sense of humor.

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.

 

To Apply: This position is based at the Essie office in Oakland, California, but individual childcare sites will be co-located with each Healing to Advocacy cohort throughout the Bay Area. This is not a remote position. 

Please draft well-written and thoughtful responses to the following questions in an email to the “Essie Hiring Committee” with “Childcare Provider Application - Your Name” in the subject line to careers@essiejusticegroup.org by Wednesday, June 14th. We will respond to all applicants!

1.    What is your name, address, email, and phone number?
2.    Can you describe how your personal experience or values align with the work of Essie Justice Group to end the harm of mass incarceration?

3.    If you currently live with and/or have childcare responsibilities within your family, can you describe the ages of the children? Are you the primary caregiver in your home?
4.    Please list your childcare work experience outside of family and close relatives.
5.    Essie Justice Group is an organization of women with incarcerated loved ones, including formerly incarcerated women. We value lived experience with incarceration in our work. Please describe your personal connection to incarceration? (Are you formerly incarcerated?  Do you have incarcerated/formerly incarcerated loved ones?)
6.    Can you describe your favorite age-group of children to work with? Are there any ages that you find difficult to work with? Why?