Communications Manager

Job Type

Full Time




United States


About Essie

Today, we live in an age of mass control. Patriarchy, racism, and punitive criminal justice policies are devastating women’s health, resources, and civic engagement. This is especially true for women who are low-income, women of color, queer and trans women, and all women whose loved ones are caged and criminalized. Essie Justice Group is building a nationwide bold and loving network of women with incarcerated loved ones to end all state-sponsored violence against women and communities of color, and queer communities. We work through holding nine-week Healing to Advocacy cohorts, leading local and statewide campaigns to bring all of our loved ones home, and building platforms to uplift the thought leadership of women with incarcerated loved ones who are creating transformative visions for how we will end mass incarceration’s harm to women and communities.

Position Summary:

The Communications Manager will use her specialized talents and critical analysis to expose the gender and race-based harm mass incarceration is causing and make visible the power and prevalence of women with incarcerated loved ones. The Communications Manager with contribute to and implement Essie’s 2018 communications strategy. She will be responsible for the communications, website content, public relations messages, and collateral to consistently articulate Essie’s mission. The successful candidate will be adept at communicating through multiple mediums including persuasive prose, basic graphic design, and storyboarding for advocacy films. The Communications Manager will play a key role in building Essie’s presence and centering the experiences of women with incarcerated loved ones in the movement to end mass incarceration and gender oppression in the United States.

Core responsibilities will include:

●     Lead implementation of Essie’s strategic communications plan for the organization across all audiences and partners.

●     Develop messages that elevate Essie’s brand and social critique.

●     Raise Essie’s local and national awareness through new communications vehicles and consistent messaging that uplifts Essie’s unique organizational voice and expertise.

●     Manage the development and distribution of all print and electronic publications including Essie’s website, emails, programmatic marketing collateral, and donor outreach materials.

●     Produce thought leadership pieces including blog posts, op-eds, keynote speeches.

●     Create attention-grabbing and on-brand content and materials for events and campaigns.

●     Develop concepts for Essie’s visual advocacy storytelling with film.

●     Lead the creation of online content (including video and social media) that engages different audiences to lead to measurable action and engagement.

●     Conduct media trainings, provide individualized coaching, and secure media opportunities for Essie member spokeswomen.

●     Support the Executive Director in her speaking engagements and executive communications, including speechwriting, messaging, talking points development.


●     5+ years of relevant professional experience.

●     Impeccable and effective writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.

●     Experience writing reports and publications, listserv emails, Op-Eds, speeches, etc.

●     Experience creating visually appealing graphics, fliers, memes, etc.

●     Experience activating strategic communication plans.

●     Ability to influence different audiences and lead communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.

●     A track record as a collaborative leader who excels in managing multiple projects.

●     Experience managing relationships with multiple stakeholders including partners, Board members, community members, and donors.

●     Experience creating and implementing new communications campaigns and initiatives.

●     Experience supervising creative professionals, either in-house or outside vendors.

●     Demonstrated skill in creative problem solving and embracing change.


●     A strong commitment to the mission, goals, and philosophy of Essie, and a demonstrated alignment with anti-mass incarceration, racial justice, and gender justice causes.

●     Exceptionally hard worker. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, focused, and small office environment where each staff person assumes multiple responsibilities while striving to achieve shared goals.

●     Active listener who relentlessly observes the world around her, scanning for opportunities and imagining creative responses to build on resonant moments.

●     Ability to consistently and sustainably hold space for people through difficult situations with compassion and empathy.

●     Impeccable ethics, highly developed decision-making skills and unfailingly trustworthy.

●     Anticipates needs and takes initiative to address them. Persists despite obstacles.

●     Outcome-oriented, critical and creative thinker.

●     Positive approach, can-do attitude, and a sense of humor.

●     Enjoys an “all-in,” start-up, non-traditional work culture.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

This position is based at the Essie offices in Oakland, California. This is not a remote position. Please address a thoughtful cover letter to the “Essie Hiring Committee” and submit along with a resume with “Communications Manager – Your Name” in the subject line to

Essie values and specifically seeks applicants who are people with incarcerated loved ones; formerly incarcerated people; people of color; women; queers, trans, gender non-conforming and gender fluid people. If this is you, know that your contributions and leadership are especially valuable at Essie.

Essie Justice Group provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Essie complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.