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 even 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 program to build the first national community of women with incarcerated loved ones in the United States, we are seeking an exceptional, values-driven program manager to join our team to help lead the effort.
The Healing to Advocacy Program Manager understands and believes passionately in people power and is deeply interested in leadership development and growth of the people most impacted by the systems we seek to change. This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic leader to manage staff and day-to-day operations of Essie’s signature organizing program. Essie’s Healing to Advocacy program has graduated over 200 women in 29 cohorts into our membership and is poised to grow across California and then nationally. The ideal Program Manager will be a master project manager and executor who thoroughly enjoys implementing large and growing programs. The Healing to Advocacy Program Manager will also have an important role in recommending iterations and leading in implementing program changes.
At the end of the day, what this person loves to do is make sure things happen and happen well. The successful candidate can thoughtfully create work plans, delegate and support others in program implementation, bring out the best in staff, contractors and members through strong management and people skills, and is able to drive themselves and the staff they supervise towards goals.
Start date: January 10, 2022.
Manage Community Organizing Program & Train Member Leaders - Manage staff and external relationships and oversee the day-to-day operations of the multi-step, cyclical, member-led Healing to Advocacy Program.
Team Leadership - Manage and evaluate team members and processes for success.
Who We’re Looking For
The Healing to Advocacy Program Manager is a full-time exempt position. This position leads the Healing to Advocacy Program and reports to the Director of Membership & Organizing. The salary for this position is between $85,000 - $90,000 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 can be based at either of Essie’s offices in Los Angeles or Oakland. 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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