Civil Rights Program Associate

Civil Rights Program Associate (Temporary, Part-Time)
Equal Justice Society (Oakland, Calif.)


The Civil Rights Program Associate will coordinate the Equal Justice Society’s efforts related to the California Civil Rights Coalition and the Remembering 1619 observance. The Program Associate reports to EJS President Eva Paterson or to her designated staff member. Compensation is $45/hour at maximum 20 hours per week for approximately 30 weeks. This position is based in the EJS offices at 1939 Harrison St, Suite 818, Oakland, Calif.

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;
  • 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;
  • 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 CCRC;
  • Assist in convening meetings;
  • Staff EJS President Eva Paterson in efforts to realign and reactive the California Civil Rights Coalition;
  • Be responsible for executing or helping the EJS President execute the activities related to the Remembering 1619 observance.
  • Assist the EJS Director of Development with content, data, or reports required for grant reporting or funding.


  • Experience in working with coalitions related to social justice or communities of color;
  • Experience in planning and executing events;
  • 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.


The deadline for applications was Friday, March 1, 2019, at Noon Pacific Time. No phone calls or postal mail, please.

About the Organizations and Coalitions

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.

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.

Remembering 1619 ( The Equal Justice Society will host a series of events and activities throughout 2019 to observe the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States. 1619 was the beginning of much misery, degradation, evil, and pain in our country. We have fought mightily to undo the damage. EJS hopes that we can shine a light on our history while invoking the “better angels of our nature.” We will partner with organizations, law firms, companies, and individuals to support our year-long observance through a number of activities.


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