Childcare Network Coordinator

Classification: Contract, ASAP – October 2019

Contract Description 

Essie Justice Group seeks a program professional to oversee the implementation of values-aligned, quality care for children with incarcerated parents and caregivers. At Essie, we reduce barriers so that women with incarcerated loved ones can lead. This includes providing high-quality childcare for children in the care of Essie cohort participants at sessions of our 9 week Healing to Advocacy model. The Childcare Network Coordinator will implement a childcare training and coordinate a network of providers for childcare at Healing to Advocacy cohorts across Northern and Southern California.

Since our founding, Essie has launched 17 cohorts of women with incarcerated loved ones using our signature community organizing model across the Bay Area and in Los Angeles. At every session of a Healing to Advocacy cohort, childcare is provided.


  • 5+ years of relevant experience providing care for children.
  • Experience training or developing the skills of others. 
  • Highly organized with developed skills in both people and project management.
  • Experience with developing and/or implementing risk management procedures, especially in settings with children. 
  • Experience with restorative justice or transformative justice preferred. 
  • CPR and First Aid Certified. 


  • A strong commitment to the mission, goals, and philosophy of Essie, and a demonstrated alignment with anti-mass incarceration, race justice, and gender justice causes.
  • Clear, direct communicator. 
  • Unfailingly trustworthy. Excellent judgement. Unafraid to ask for help in difficult situations. 
  • 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.
  • A love for children. 

Key Deliverables

  • Recruitment and Hiring (July)
    • Build a network of skilled, responsible, and values-aligned childcare providers to support cohort sessions across Northern California (Sacramento County, Solano County, Santa Clara County, Alameda County, and Contra Costa County), Central Valley (Fresno County and San Joaquin County), Los Angeles & Inland Empire (LA County & San Bernardino County).


  • Implementation and Supervision (August-October) 
    • Train all childcare providers in Essie’s childcare policies.  
    • Provide all childcare providers with what they need to successfully provide care (including materials, special needs information, support with challenges, etc.). 
    • Responsible for coordinating invoicing and payment for all childcare providers
    • Be on-call to troubleshoot any challenges the childcare providers have during cohort sessions, including last minute site visits or back-up care provision. 
    • Debrief with childcare team regularly to ensure quality care and risk management.
    • Using peer-to-peer text software, maintain contact with parents/guardians about whether their children will be attending childcare and to evaluate parental/guardian satisfaction about the quality of childcare

Contract Details

  • This is a remote position, based in California. The Childcare Network Coordinator  is welcome to work out of the Essie office in Oakland, CA or from a location of their convenience. 

Payment Terms

  • The contract rate is $10,000 from the date of hire – November 1st, 2019 contingent on receipt of agreed upon deliverables. 
  • Payment will be disbursed in up to four monthly installments. The Childcare Network Coordinator is responsible for invoicing on Net 15 or Net 30 terms.

To Apply:

Please address a thoughtful cover letter to the “Essie Hiring Committee” and submit along with a resume through our hiring portal (

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, ancestry, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, prior conviction, arrest history 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, trans, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people. We welcome applicants who thrive in the pursuit of social justice.

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.