Essie Justice Group (Essie) is building grassroots power to dismantle the US incarceration system, the most egregious creator of racial and gender injustice of our time. We are a loving and powerful community of women with incarcerated loved ones—and include cisgender women, transgender women, formerly incarcerated women, gender non-conforming (gnc) people, elders, and young people.
Building a sustainable grassroots institution that can be leveraged in the fight for a Black Feminist future is a priority at Essie. Through the development of thoughtful organizing models, a vibrant organizational culture, and scalable structure our aim is to break the isolation of the 1 in 4 women who have loved ones behind bars and sustain bold decarceration advocacy through the leadership of women with loved ones behind bars. For the past seven years, we have been building an active membership across California and at the national level, led in the development of the transformative policy solutions including the Movement for Black Lives's BREATHE Act last year. Now, Essie is waging ever more ambitious campaigns to divest from state-sponsored punitive control and invest in structures that support the self-determination, freedom, and dignity of Black women and gender non-conforming (gnc) people. We are seeking a sharp, highly strategic, and forward-thinking Associate Director of Campaigns to support our team in building and implementing campaigns to upend systems of control and confinement.
The Associate Director of Campaigns is a collaborative leader committed to leveraging and enhancing the power of our members and staff to achieve concrete and transformative change. This person will serve as a strategic thought-partner to Essie’s Director of Campaigns & Advocacy and play a key role in the Campaigns & Advocacy Department to meet its ambitious goals of ushering in an era of prison closure and Black feminist freedom. The Campaigns & Advocacy Department is charged with developing statewide and national advocacy campaigns that will best position us to win the demands published in our groundbreaking report, Because She’s Powerful: The Political Isolation and Resistance of Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones. The Associate Director of Campaigns will work closely with colleagues across the organization to ensure our campaigns are strategically aligned, properly resourced, and fueled by the participation and leadership of our Essie membership.
The ideal candidate for this role is a natural and enthusiastic systems-builder who is deeply familiar with the ebbs and flows of power-based campaigning work. The Associate Director of Campaigns can detect emerging needs in a campaign and respond in an innovative and timely manner. This person is a skilled project manager who can discern between urgent and important needs and appropriately triage multiple incoming requests. The Associate Director of Campaigns also has the emotional intelligence to stay attuned to team morale and can press pause in a fast-paced work environment to coach team members when they encounter challenges.
Start date: January 10, 2022.
Department Leadership - In partnership with the Director of Campaigns & Advocacy, strategically steward the department's resources in alignment with organizational and departmental priorities.
Campaign Implementation & Systems-Building - Oversee the day-to-day operations of campaigns and manage internal coordination between campaigns and across Essie Departments.
Knowledge Management & Staff Development - Ensure Campaigns and Advocacy staff and members have the training and support they need to successfully execute power-based campaign plans and as the department grows, codify best practices.
Who We’re Looking For
The Associate Director of Campaigns is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. This position is supervised by the Director of Campaigns and Advocacy. The salary for this position is between $100,000 - $110,000 depending on experience with full medical, dental, and vision benefits, optional 401(k), a substantial vacation package, and a monthly personal wellness stipend. The position is based in one of Essie’s offices in Oakland or Los Angeles, California. Essie has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy.
Please address a thoughtful cover letter to the “Essie Hiring Committee” and submit along with a resume through our hiring portal (https://essiejusticegroup.bamboohr.com/jobs).
Essie Justice Group provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all staff members. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and skills. Essie does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, ancestry, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, prior conviction, arrest history, traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Essie values and specifically seeks applicants who are people with incarcerated loved ones; formerly incarcerated people; people of color; women; queer, transgender, gender non-conforming (gnc), and gender fluid people.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, performance assessment, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
About Essie Justice Group
Essie Justice Group is a non profit organization of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration. Our award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. Essie is Great Place to Work-Certified™ by Great Place to Work.
Learn more at www.essiejusticegroup.org.
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