FT Job - Oakland, CA - Ella Baker Center for Human Rights - Executive Director
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Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking highly qualified
applicants for the position of Executive Director. The successful
candidate will be an innovative and visionary leader capable of building
upon the Ella Baker Center’s prior accomplishments and significantly
expanding the organization’s resources, programs, and impact. A proven
track record of effective resource development, management and financial
stewardship of a nonprofit, public or private sector organization in the
field of human rights is required. Additionally, candidates with strong
national, statewide or local connections to community and civic leaders
involved in successful criminal, juvenile or environmental justice
campaigns are preferred.
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) is a 10-year-old non-profit
strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in
urban United States. Based in Oakland, CA, EBC promotes alternatives to
violence and incarceration through cutting-edge campaigns and initiatives
Books Not Bars - Campaigning to reform California’s abusive and costly
youth prison system;
Reclaim the Future – Creating opportunities in the “green” economy for
poor communities and communities of color;
Bay Area Police Watch – Supporting victims and survivors of police abuse
and their families; and
Silence the Violence – Uplifting young people and addressing Bay Area
violence with a mix of social activism and street culture.
EBC’s professional staff of 23, including six attorneys and an MBA, uses a
mix of tactics to accomplish the organization’s mission, from grassroots
organizing, direct action and media advocacy to public education, policy
reform and legal service. EBC’s $1.6 million annual operating budget is
supported by more than 40 foundations and hundreds of individual donors.
For additional information on EBC’s mission, vision, and major
accomplishments please visit the organization’s website:
Under the direction of a six-member Board of Directors, the Executive
Director is responsible for the overall management of EBC. Specifically,
the work of the Executive Director is focused on:
* Working collaboratively with the President of EBC.
* Directing the effort to take EBC’s programs and services to scale and
further developing its statewide presence.
* Working with the Board of Directors to set policies, develop the
strategic plan and annual goals, and create programs consistent with the
mission and vision of EBC.
* Leading and providing oversight of EBC’s management team, as well as
accomplishing the organization’s management objectives and maintaining its
* Actively seeking new revenue sources to meet all program goals, as well
as preserving current funding streams.
* Ensuring that all grants, contracts and subcontracts are monitored and
all agreements are properly fulfilled and deadlines met. Advising the
Board on achievements and problem areas.
* Overseeing the development and implementation of EBC’s human resource,
fund development, communication and evaluation systems.
* Advocating at the local, state and federal levels for the human rights
for residents of low-income communities and communities of color.
* Representing EBC in policy discussions, the media, with funders and in a
broad range of other contexts.
* Coordinating and implementing special projects and initiatives as
designated in the strategic plan and as assigned from time to time by the
Board of Directors.
* A minimum of 3-7 years senior-level management experience in human
rights, environmental justice, criminal justice reform or related fields.
* Passion, creativity and commitment to social change.
* A record of innovation and achievement in advocacy/policy, community
organizing/campaigns, and forming coalitions/strategic partnerships.
* Well-developed skills as a spokesperson and writer. Ability to draw
attention and resources to a community mission.
* Demonstrated ability to provide innovative strategy development,
including adjusting activities to meet a challenging environment of
* A record of success in raising significant funds from foundations and
major donors including experience working with a staff development
director in developing new revenue streams.
* Knowledge and experience with best practices in management and
administration including: staff recruitment, supervision, and professional
development; financial management; efficient and staff-inclusive decision
making models; strategic planning and evaluation.
* Demonstrated cultural competence and successful work experience with
diverse racial and ethnic groups and with constituents at all income
* Successful experience in developing and supporting a board of directors
* Knowledge of marketing or communications techniques to heighten the
visibility of EBC’s programs and thereby the impact of its advocacy and
policy efforts, e.g., publications strategy, and web site enhancement.
* Must be willing to reside in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area.
* The ability to travel up to 20-25% time.
* Activist background including formal training in community organizing or
* Working knowledge of urban-neighborhood issues with an emphasis on
low-income communities and communities of color.
* Understanding of operating systems including: management, human
resources, communications, and development.
* Nonprofit and/or for-profit board experience.
* Experience working with different communications and media strategies.
* Background in and comfort with public speaking in a variety of different
* Published writer on human rights, environmental justice, criminal
justice reform or related fields.
Salary Range: $80,000-$100,000, commensurate with background and
experience. Excellent benefits. Additional incentives, including
relocation assistance, will be provided, if applicable.
Application Deadline Thursday, November 30, 2006
Please email (Microsoft Word compatible attachments) a cover letter and
resume summarizing your interest, qualifications, experience, salary
history and three references to:
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights – Executive Director Search
C/o Walker and Associates
2201 Broadway, Suite 815
Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: 510-834-2341x101, Fax: 510-569-2993 Email: EBCWalkerAssoc@...
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