Essie Justice Group is hiring a
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. Our community includes cisgender women, transgender women, formerly incarcerated women, gender nonconforming (GNC) people, elders, and young people.
After eight years of building an active membership across California and beyond, Essie is deepening its base-building and leadership development strategies with the 1 in 4 women with incarcerated loved ones to propel bold decarceration agendas across the nation. We seek to transform the criminal legal system and create a Black feminist future rooted in care, equity, community safety, and liberation. In the midst of significant organizational growth, we are seeking an impact-driven and strategic Development Manager to join our team.
As Essie grows, the Development Manager will take the lead in managing the internal operations for our philanthropic efforts and in building out a digital giving program that engages individuals to support our work to end mass incarceration and build a Black feminist future. We see our donors as partners in this work, and the Development Manager is a thoughtful and deliberate steward of these relationships. The Development Manager is a clear and persuasive writer who relishes the opportunity to uplift meaningful movement work to philanthropic partners and potential donors, enjoys thinking empathetically about audiences, and above all is motivated by a deep belief in the leadership development and liberation strategies of directly impacted people.
Start date: July 24, 2023
Application due date: March 12, 2023
Donor Program Design and Management - Help develop strategies and processes for identifying and engaging donors and for nurturing and managing donor relationships.
Donor Relationship Stewardship - Manage and facilitate Essie’s ongoing organizational relationships with individual donors, ensuring that they remain engaged in and inspired by Essie’s work.
Manage robust donor stewardship and cultivation touchpoints including personal thank yous, digital communications, and personalized outreach.
Ensure electronic donor records are current in the development database, including tracking of moves for those within the major gifts portfolio.
Advise and prepare senior leadership for donor meetings as needed.
Manage the strategy and coordination of funder visits with the Executive Director and Director of Communications and Partnerships.
Lead the planning and management of donor events that combine political education and philanthropic action.
Prepare & distribute materials to communicate with supporters including thank you letters, event reports, and annual reports.
Team Leadership - Manage and evaluate team members and processes for success.
Who We’re Looking For
The Development Manager is a full time salaried, exempt position. This position is supervised by the Director of Communications & Partnerships. The salary for this position is between $85,000-$95,000 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. All Essie staff are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with limited exceptions for medical or religious reasons.
Please prepare (1) a personal, specific, and thoughtful cover letter to the “Essie Hiring Committee” addressing why you would like to work for Essie and (2) a professional resume. Submit both items through our hiring portal (https://essiejusticegroup.bamboohr.com/jobs).
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™ and a recognized leader in Black feminist institution building.
Learn more at www.essiejusticegroup.org.