Jobs: Coalitions Manager (Part-Time, Contract)

Coalitions Manager (Part-Time, Contract)
Equal Justice Society (Oakland, Calif.)

UPDATE: The first applications window is now closed. Submissions were due at Noon PT on Monday, April 3.

The Coalitions Manager develops and coordinates the Equal Justice Society’s efforts related to the Good Ally Collaborative and the California Civil Rights Coalition.

The Coalitions Manager is both a leadership and administrative role, responsible for facilitating the 600-member Good Ally Collaborative and developing the Collaborative’s leadership and coalition planning.

The position will also assist in realigning and reactivating the California Civil Rights Coalition.

The Manager reports to EJS President Eva Paterson or to her designated staff member. Compensation is $45/hour and the position contract is for 10 weeks or 200 hours. Remote work is available for this position.

This position was made possible by a seed grant from the Rosenberg Foundation. We thank the foundation for its generous support of this effort!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Continue efforts to activate coalition members through the creation of issue-based working groups, strategic advisory committees, and ad hoc efforts to assist allied projects;
  • Work with the facilitators and chairs of the working groups to create a steering committee to provide leadership for the Collaborative;
  • Be a resource to the organizers of the Good Ally Conference (Kelly Dermody, Yolanda Jackson, others) to ensure that their original vision is represented by the Collaborative;
  • Develop a plan for the Collaborative to guide its activities for 2017-2018;
  • Identify ways to intersect with other existing efforts and organizations to develop alliances, partnerships, and technical assistance when appropriate;
  • Scan and identify new opportunities with local and national partners;
  • Participate in social justice, grassroots, and advocate meetings that further the Collaborative’s objectives;
  • Manage the Collaborative’s online platform based on, or identify alternative online platforms to serve members;
  • Write and curate information for a newsletter and action alerts for the members;
  • Write for and manage the website;
  • Develop content and manage social media channels for the Collaborative;
  • Assist in convening meetings of Collaborative working groups and committees;
  • Staff EJS President Eva Paterson in efforts to realign and reactive the California Civil Rights Coalition;
  • Assist the EJS Director of Development with content, data, or reports required for grant reporting or funding.


  • Experience in building and growing nonprofit coalitions related to social justice or communities of color;
  • Advanced skills with word, spreadsheet, and presentation software; intermediate skills or advanced aptitude with Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Mailchimp,;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize results-oriented meetings in any format (e.g. in-person, conference call, webinar);
  • Demonstrated ability to provide coalition members with technical assistance, respond to questions and suggestions from members, and develop methods to streamline service.


To apply for this position, email (a) your LinkedIn URL, and (b) a link to a cloud-stored document (Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc.) describing how you meet the duties, responsibilities, and qualifications for the position to Keith Kamisugi at No phone calls or postal mail, please. Submissions are due by Noon PT on April 3, 2017. UPDATE: The first applications window is now closed.

About the Organizations and Coalitions

The Good Ally Collaborative ( is a network of attorneys and activists that grew out of the “How to Be a Good Ally Strategic Engagement Conference” held on January 6, 2017, in San Francisco. The conference brought together more than 1,000 participants in response to the post-election climate of rising hate, intimidation, and discrimination. The conference was organized by a team led by Kelly Dermody and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Yolanda Jackson and the Bar Association of San Francisco. The Collaborative is housed at the Equal Justice Society.

Founded in 1985, the California Civil Rights Coalition ( is a statewide community of civil rights organizations, activists, educators, lawyers, and advocates representing a wide range of issues and working as one to create a just and healthy society. We stand for quality education for all, good jobs, affordable housing, access for people with disabilities, safe neighborhoods, environmental justice, LGBTQ equality, a fair criminal justice system, access to healthcare and transit, economic equity, immigrants’ rights, social equity, racial justice, increased opportunities for disadvantaged communities, and a populace, government and business community that share a responsibility to ensuring human dignity for all Californians. CCRC is fiscally sponsored by the Equal Justice Society.

The Equal Justice Society ( is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. Led by President Eva Paterson, our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using social science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, and the school-to-prison pipeline, race-conscious remedies, and inequities in the criminal justice system. The Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit also engages the arts and artists in creating work and performances that allow wider audiences to understand social justice issues and struggles.

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This position was made possible by a grant from the Rosenberg Foundation and intended to provide short-term support. We are seeking matching contributions from institutional or individual donors interested in supporting long-term efforts to sustain and grow the Good Ally Collaborative.

Support us with your donation via the Equal Justice Society*, enter “Good Ally” in the gift designation field:

Interested donors can also contact Anna Basallaje, Director of Development at the Equal Justice Society, at or 415-288-8700.

* The Good Ally Collaborative coordination is being temporarily housed at the Equal Justice Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif.