Los Angeles, CA
Hybrid: Remote and/or In-Person
March 1, 2024

Essie Justice Group: Director of Organizing Programs

This senior-level role will lead Essie’s Membership & Organizing Team to carry out three vital strategies: deepen the impact of our programming, strategically expand our leadership development offerings, and grow our membership through our core organizing model. The ideal candidate knows and loves the power of deep, relational organizing, and has exceptional skill in wielding it to build the political potency of a community. As a senior member of the organizational leadership, the Director of Organizing Programs will help shape Essie’s present and future — contributing to strategic decision making in the present while helping to architect Essie’s internal growth in alignment with our values.


$125,000 - $155,000

Core Responsibilities

Vision, Strategy, and Culture-Setting for Membership & Organizing Team - Lead the strategic coordination of the team towards a collectively built strategy.

  • Manage and guide the Membership & Organizing Team to set strategic goals, priorities, and collaborative work plans in alignment with an ambitious organizational strategy.
  • Directly supervise and coach supervising staff. Develop professional development supports for staff as needed. Foster a culture of growth, innovation, and inclusion.  
  • Create and maintain processes by which we regularly measure and evaluate the team’s impact and progress.

Develop & Manage a Team to Implement Organizing Programs - Building on Essie’s mostly California-based Healing to Advocacy Program, oversee the growth of the comprehensive base-building programming that will facilitate the leadership development of women with incarcerated loved ones across the country.  

  • Oversee the implementation of Essie’s core organizing model, our Healing to Advocacy Program. Lead methodical programmatic revisions to enhance our ability to realize our theory of change.
  • Develop agendas and serve as a Lead Facilitator for Essie convenings and trainings. Manage a team to hold multiple trainings and leadership development retreats a year.
  • Oversee the design and manage the implementation of new leadership development and political education programs for Essie’s membership to facilitate deep learning of self, systems, and histories of oppression and resistance necessary for inclusive organizing spaces and bold intersectional demands.
  • Design evaluation materials and/or processes to ensure successful organizing program delivery and outcomes; lead a team to evaluate and respond to challenges as programs continue to be implemented in new areas.

Organizational Leadership - Serve on the Essie Directors Team in order to strategically steward organizational resources in alignment with Essie’s mission and vision.

  • Work collaboratively and consistently with other Directors at Essie to define strategic priorities, make decisions about unanticipated opportunities, and manage to operational plan goals, leading in special projects as needed.
  • Establish and maintain sound stewardship of Essie’s Membership & Organizing materials, intellectual property, and departmental budget.
  • Hold external relationships necessary to run the Membership & Organizing Department successfully.
  • Embody and promote Essie’s Black feminist culture and values internally and externally.

Who We’re Looking For

Ideal Qualifications
  • 10+ years experience in organizing, preferably in distributed organizing contexts, within network, affiliate, or chapter models.
  • Demonstrated experience with program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Advanced experience in facilitating retreats, workshops, and/or popular education training.
  • Meaningful experience supervising multiple full-time staff, especially managers of managers, and experience supporting colleagues with direct experience of incarceration.
  • Significant experience supervising people in a way that acknowledges differentials in privilege and power, recognizes their gifts, encourages their confidence, supports their growth, and holds them accountable to standards.
  • Track record as a collaborative leader who excels in managing multiple projects, and is comfortable working in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and effective writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Adept with Mac operating systems, Google Suite, and MS Office Suite (especially Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • 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.

  • Experienced movement leader. Developing directly impacted leadership to usher in a fair and free future is your life’s work. From years of dedicated practice as a movement leader, you’ve developed an analysis of what is needed for transformative social change to occur and what is needed in existing liberation movements. You think constantly about how change happens and how that shows up in the people we organize, mentor, and manage. You have a refined ability to make sense of what feels confusing, and bring people along with you. And you may have such a collection of well-worn, on-politic statement tees that your dresser drawers have become hard to close!
  • A sophisticated builder. You love helping people learn and grow, try new things, and think more deeply about their own potential for impact. In this way, you build the confidence of others and you build strong teams. But you are not satisfied with that alone, you care deeply about the tangibles of what those teams create. You are good at coming up with new models, programs, and structures, and managing participatory creative processes. You employ numbers, SMART goals, and evaluative data because you connect to their pragmatic value, rather than an empty “best practice.”
  • Discernment and honesty we can trust. You are a thoughtful team member who acts in alignment with your integrity and are unfailingly trustworthy.
  • Committed to evolution. 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.
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