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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    ... Executive Director Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Oakland, CA www.ellabakercenter.org The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is seeking highly
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 12, 2006
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      ----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 11/12/2006 11:51 AM -----

      Executive Director
      Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
      Oakland, CA

      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
      fiscal integrity.

      * 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.

      Required Qualifications:
      * 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
      financial support.

      * 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.

      Desired Qualifications:
      * Activist background including formal training in community organizing or
      political campaigns.

      * 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
      Application Process
      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@...
      (Place “EBC Executive Director Search” in the subject line)

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