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, launching a power-based campaigning team, and making meaningful contributions to the field through our values-driven employee manual which we shared with over 500 people last summer, Essie is now waging even more ambitious plans to invest in the development of our Black Feminist institution building politic and strategy. In the midst of significant organizational growth, we are seeking a discerning, values-driven, and forward-thinking Director of Human Resources to help lead this effort.
During this political moment, sustaining the people power that drives our work and movements is vital. As we continue to strive toward operationalizing our radical Black feminist values, we are looking for a Director of Human Resources with a strong desire to lead in an organization where the "how" of people processes deeply matter and employee policies that are aligned with race and gender justice values are viewed as standard operating procedure. This person is a highly collaborative, experienced, and strategic leader as they will be charged with talent recruitment and hiring, onboarding, and maintaining the professional development of a vital team to move Essie’s vision and values forward. This person approaches their organizational responsibilities with a balance of confidence, rigor, and creative problem-solving, which in turn enables all members of the team to be good stewards of Essie’s resources and people.
The Director of Human Resources is responsible for varied and wide-ranging functions that are critical to enhancing the effectiveness of the Essie employee experience. Under the direction of Essie's Senior Director of Strategy & Operations, the Director of Human Resources ensures the administration of employment, compensation, performance management, employee relations, training is carried out in alignment with organizational strategy and our core values. The Director of Human Resources works closely with other members of the Operations Team to attract, motivate, develop, and retain great people through effective resourcing, training and development, performance management, and reward strategies. This role requires a strong working knowledge of benefits administration and payroll oversight in order to provide guidance and support to staff.
As a senior member of the organizational leadership, the Director of Human Resources reports directly to the Executive Director and 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. At Essie, how we win is as important as what we achieve, and our ideal Director of Human Resources approaches Black Feminist organizational culture development and scaled organizing goals with equal rigor and commitment.
ABOUT ESSIE JUSTICE GROUP
Essie Justice Group is a nonprofit 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. We are building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice — including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, transgender women, and gender non-conforming people.
Human Resources - Direct all aspects of personnel processes including hiring, on-boarding, off-boarding, benefits, and compensation.
Personnel Growth Infrastructure - Lead the development and maintenance of human resources infrastructure, policies, and procedures to keep Essie functioning smoothly and aligned with our race and gender justice values.
Personnel Risk Management - Oversee compliance, policies, personnel, and personnel risk management issues. Assess and mitigate potential harms to the organization.
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
The Director of Human Resources is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. This position is supervised by Essie’s Deputy Director. The salary for this position is between $120,000 - $140,000 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.
More information about the Essie Justice Group may be found at: www.essiejusticegroup.org
This search is being led by Whitney Herrington, Emily Wexler, and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG. Please address a thoughtful cover letter to the “Essie Hiring Committee” outlining your interest and qualifications, and submit along with a resume through the hiring portal.
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.