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. In the midst of significant organizational growth, we are seeking a motivated, organized, and strategy-focused Digital Organizer to join our team.
At Essie, digital organizing work is core to our vision for building the first national community of women with incarcerated loved ones in the United States. The Digital Organizer has a deep understanding of how digital technologies can be used to recruit, engage, and uplift people to make meaningful change and work for justice. This person leads efforts across a variety of projects to amplify our narrative and strategies to engage new people to join us in the fight for racial, economic and gender justice. The ideal candidate has considerable strengths and deeply rooted interests in utilizing technology, social media platforms, and member engagement tactics to reduce barriers Black and Brown women and gnc people face to participate in political action.
The Digital Organizer is a strategic, detail-oriented organizer with a strong desire to innovate, experiment, and implement digital strategies to build and maintain our membership presence across social media platforms and other mediums. The ideal candidate possesses strong writing, communications, and critical thinking skills and is excited by creative problem-solving. They are comfortable developing and planning digital campaign strategy and implementing a variety of digital organizing tactics at local, state and national levels. The Digital Organizer approaches their organizational responsibilities and strategic directives with passion, attention to detail, and creativity rooted in a deep love for engaging women with incarcerated loved ones in this crucial movement work.
Start date: January 10, 2022.
Membership Engagement - Manages, engages, and grows our membership base and online presence.
Digital Organizing - Create and maintain digital systems that organize strategies and advocacy campaigns across varying platforms.
Social Media and Web Content Management- Maintain Essie’s social media presence across multiple platforms to recruit and engage members and a broader audience.
Who We’re Looking For
The Digital Organizer is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. This position is supervised by the Communications Manager. The salary for this position is between $70,000 - $75,000 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
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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