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, 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. Ready to scale our organizing program to build the first national community of women with incarcerated loved ones in the United States, we are seeking a motivated, strategic and mission-driven Associate Director of Programs to lead the team that brings this vision to life.
The Associate Director of Programs knows how to leverage people and resources to accomplish significant goals. As an integral member of the senior management team for Essie’s Membership & Organizing Team, the Associate Director will lead a team to run leadership development programs including Essie’s signature organizing mode -- our Healing to Advocacy program, and our Campaign School. The Associate Director of Programs oversees all program implementation, supervision, coaching and development of staff to ensure our programs are thriving, innovative, and impactful.
Essie’s Healing to Advocacy organizing model and programs have graduated 29 cohorts of women and gnc people with incarcerated loved ones into our membership. Program graduates make up the core of our member leadership structure across California. We are excited to expand our membership of women with incarcerated loved ones across the country while sustaining the model as a key pillar in our movement-building strategy. The Associate Director of Programs will drive this initiative and manage the team who executes it.
The ideal candidate is a seasoned program director who thrives when designing and running programs and also has the organizing instincts to understand how to leverage programs to build people power and drive movement-building work at scale. This person is an innovator who can take a program from ideation to implementation to scale, and can coach and inspire their team to engage in continuous learning to improve the program over time and as it grows.
Start date: January 10, 2022.
Team Leadership - Develop and manage our program staff, which includes our Program Manager for our flagship Healing to Advocacy program and is projected to expand to include additional facilitators and curriculum designers.
Program Innovation - Oversee program evaluation including the design and collection of participant feedback and outcomes tracking; use insights gathered from data to improve and enhance programs.
Who We’re Looking For
The Associate Director of Programs is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. This position is supervised by the National Organizing Director. 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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