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. As the opportunities to communicate our unique politic and movement-impact continue to grow, we are seeking a strategic Communications Manager with a pulse on emergent trends and a commitment to Black feminist abolition work to join our team.
The Communications Manager is a strategic storyteller who recognizes opportunities that others might miss to shift narrative and advance a political perspective to multiple audiences. A creative and savvy communicator, the Communications Manager is as confident and detail oriented in flexing their language skills in message development as they are creating inspiring graphic collateral.
With a pulse on mainstream trends and movement moments, the Communications Manager is adept at identifying and leveraging timely cultural opportunities to advance the social change agenda of our loving and powerful membership. This role benefits from having compelling content at their fingertips; their task is to experiment with creative ways to share our Black feminist perspective, vital personal testimonies, and precise political messaging to serve our organizational and movement goals.
Start date: January 10, 2022.
Organizational Branding & Messaging - Develop messaging that elevates Essie’s brand and abolitionist, race- and gender-justice perspective Manage a team to make our messaging live in the world.
Thought Leadership & Campaign Communications - Co-develop and further realize original political analysis and thought pieces to influence the political opportunities and realities we organize and campaign within.
Who We’re Looking For
The Communications Manager is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. This position is supervised by the Director of Communications and Partnerships. The salary for this position is between $90,000-$95,000 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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