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Campaigner

Employer
Essie Justice Group
Location
Los Angeles or Oakland, California
Salary
$75,000 -$85,000
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022

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The Opportunity

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 nonconforming (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 to sustain bold decarceration advocacy through the leadership of women with loved ones behind bars. For the past eight years, we have been building an active membership across California and are beginning our build at the national level. Recently, Essie led in the development of transformative policy solutions including the Movement for Black Lives's BREATHE Act. Now, 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 GNC people.

As we continue and build upon our campaigning and advocacy work, we are seeking a Campaigner to help develop campaigns that leverage our collective power and transform systems of control and confinement. The Campaigner is a powerful strategist and inspiring leader who is passionate about campaigning, believes deeply in leveraging people power to move campaign targets, and has a deep understanding and empathy for how policy impacts people. 

At Essie, we understand that strategy development happens in dynamic teams; as a valued member of the Campaigns & Advocacy team, the Campaigner will be expected and encouraged to contribute their insights and ideas to long-term and near-term strategy development, and they will lead on the research, development, and implementation of member-focused campaign tactics. The Campaigner will develop and hold coalition spaces with campaign partners and engage Essie members in campaign processes and activities, all in support of Essie efforts to develop member-led, power-based local and statewide campaign work. This person will have the strategic skill of a campaigner and the orientation of an organizer, serving as a trainer and translator of policy for members—working in a way that recognizes and hones the expertise and potential that exists within our members to be leaders of criminal justice policy change. 

Core Responsibilities

Campaign Development & Implementation - Collaboratively contribute to campaign development and guide partner & member participation in campaigns.

  • Participate in the overall development of campaign strategy and tactics, contributing knowledge and specific expertise about experiences, learnings, and field assessments from issue area work. 
  • Conduct strategic research related to campaign targets and the power analysis necessary for effective campaigning, and help lead and participate in related strategy sessions with members and staff.
  • Plan and develop strategic tactics that show power to our campaign targets and engage and build the power of our membership base  
  • Coordinate the implementation of campaign actions & tactics (such as lobby days, days of action, rallies) to advance goals in key issue areas and campaigns. 
  • Work effectively within coalitions to build and hold relationships with coalition partners and to advance and resource campaign goals that strengthen our movement broadly.  Enlist and coordinate the participation of internal & external partners to ensure campaign cohesion and success.
  • Support the development and dissemination of accurate and strategic talking points for actions, press, and other campaign activities.
  • Source and cultivate ideas for campaign strategy from the experiences and expertise of Essie’s membership.

Member Engagement & Training - Inform, train, collaborate with, and advance the leadership and expertise of Essie members to navigate policy and develop skills that will drive Essie’s campaigns and advocacy work forward.

  • Develop and lead training opportunities for Essie members that offer political education on key issue areas, as well as an opportunity to weigh in on campaign strategy and tactics for active campaigns.
  • Support staff team members to ensure Essie members are up-to-date on key campaign issues and opportunities for participation and action.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations, agendas, materials, and activities that resonate, are deeply relevant, and engaging to Essie members.
  • Create member excitement for participating in campaign tactics and help grow and track data around the number of members actively engaging in our campaigns and advocacy work.
  • Respond to needs and challenges of Essie members to enhance member participation, develop relevant training, and inform campaign development and planning.
  • Participate in and provide content for Regional Campaign Team meetings.
  • Supply information and materials to ensure members can make critical campaign and policy decisions through voting. 
  • Issue regular campaign updates to members.

 Ideal Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years of campaign organizing and tactical planning experience at either federal, state, or local level. This includes but is not limited to experience developing campaign strategy, conducting power analysis of campaign targets, organizing new constituents as a part of a campaign strategy, and/or planning and executing tactics that build and show power to campaign targets. Previous experience in decarceration advocacy is a strong plus.
  • Experience training volunteers to participate in issue-based, policy change campaigns.
  • Impeccable, advanced, and detail-oriented reading, writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make accurate and clear assessments about campaign strategy and, with foresight, make determinations, produce insightful ideas, and align with a team on impactful next steps.
  • Experience in facilitating meetings, workshops, and/or popular education training.
  • A well-developed interpersonal skill set—especially active listening, empathy, patience, and relationship building.
  • Track record as a collaborative teammate who can also thrive in independent projects.
  • Commitment to supporting the leadership of women and gender non-conforming people with incarcerated loved ones and our families. 
  • Excellent time-management, organizational, and event planning skills.
  • ​​Adept at computer programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Suite.
  • Commitment to the beliefs and values of Essie with a demonstrated passion for progressive politics, specifically in gender justice, race justice and ending mass incarceration.

Qualities

  • An excellent and empathetic translator of policy impacts and strategies for change. You understand and can clearly explain how policy impacts people’s lives and how people can impact policy. You love to share what is in and behind policy with people in such a way to help them become experts themselves. Building this capacity in others inspires you. 
  • A clarifying communicator who helps others understand how people can take action to drive policy change. You love to help others identify actions with the potential to impact decision makers and drive policy change. 
  • A determined, methodical executor. You are extremely organized and coordinate meetings and events with skill and grace, especially in a fast-paced, focused environment. You relish strong work plans and time management tools to support your and the project’s success. You anticipate needs and take initiative to address them. “I persist despite obstacles” is one of your mottos.
  • Sees #Woke as a verb. You are committed to continuously deepening and evolving your own understanding of systems of oppression through study, openness, and humility. And you easily recognize your own relationship to privilege and power, examining and shifting your behaviors as appropriate.
  • Values people, process, and results. You are an exceptionally hard worker. You have an uncanny ability to create an inspiring environment in which stuff gets done with speed, great impact, and focus.
  • Discernment and honesty we can trust. You are a thoughtful team member who acts in alignment with your integrity and are unfailingly trustworthy. You earn rather than demand the trust of people by listening and making decisions thoughtfully.
  • Uplifting and additive. You see mistakes as opportunities for growth; problems as catalysts for solutions, and inspire others along the journey. You carry a positive approach, can-do attitude, a sense of humor, and authentic kindness wherever you go.

The Position

The Campaigner is a full-time exempt position. This position is supervised by the Senior Strategist. The salary for this position is between $75,000 -$85,000 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 will be based in either Los Angeles or Oakland. All Essie staff are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with limited exceptions for medical or religious reasons.

To Apply

Please address a personal, specific, and thoughtful cover letter to the “Essie Hiring Committee” and submit along with a resume through our hiring portal (https://essiejusticegroup.bamboohr.com/jobs). Your resume tells us what you can do; your cover letter should tell us who you are and why you want to work with Essie.

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

Company

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. Learn more at www.essiejusticegroup.org.

Find Us
Website
Telephone
408-886-4202
Location
1700 Broadway, #200
Fl. 2
Oakland
Oakland
CA
94612
US
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