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. After seven years building an active membership across California and leading on the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table as an instrumental contributor to the federal BREATHE Act last year. 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 people-oriented, adaptable, and highly motivated Community Organizer to join us in building and implementing campaigns to upend systems of control and confinement.
The Community Organizer is an enthusiastic self-starter who thrives when working with and in support of people most impacted by systemic oppression to build collective power. As an integral member of Essie’s Campaigns & Advocacy Team, the Organizer will recruit, build relationships with, and coordinate members to implement 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. At Essie, we understand that strategy development happens in dynamic teams; as a valued member of the Campaigns & Advocacy team, the Community Organizer will be expected and encouraged to contribute their insights and ideas to long-term and near-term strategy development.
Start date: January 10, 2022.
Member Recruitment & Activation - Drive outreach to members and ensure maximum participation in advocacy campaigns or initiatives.
Campaign Implementation - Carry out activations, mobilizations, and other tactics to achieve advocacy objectives.
Who We’re Looking For
The Community Organizer is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. This position is supervised by the Policy Associate. The salary for this position is between $68,000 - $70,000 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™ and a recognized leader in Black feminist institution building.
Learn more at www.essiejusticegroup.org.
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