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EEO Statement:
The National Center for Transgender Equality is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to age, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability, economic status, education, ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, genetic information, health status including HIV status, height, housing status, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment and contracting. NCTE is committed to creating a diverse staff made of people who are hard working, kind, optimistic and committed to social justice from all segments of transgender and allied communities.

Jobs

Video Producer (Full- or Part-Time)

The National Center for Transgender Equality and NCTE Action Fund are looking for a full- or part-time Video Producer to create compelling video content that educates the public about transgender people’s lives, persuades supporters to take action, allows NCTE and the NCTE Action Fund to gain new followers, and increases NCTE and the NCTE Action Fund’s visibility.

  • At least 1-2 years of experience with digital video production; experience producing professional-quality videos on a limited non-profit budget is a plus
  • Ability to work as an integral part of a highly collaborative team
  • Ability to work quickly and be flexible in an environment influenced by an unpredictable and never-ending news cycle
  • Planning and time management, including the ability to independently manage production calendars for multiple projects and keep to deadlines
  • Understanding of the issues affecting transgender people in the United States, particularly how race and socioeconomic status impact the experience of being transgender
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder, Audition) strongly preferred
  • Experience with website maintenance, graphic design, customer-relationship management tools, or social media management are all pluses
  • Spanish language ability is a plus, but not required

The Video Producer is a full or part-time position that works in our national office in Washington, DC. This position involves occasional travel. This position is based at NCTE’s headquarters in Washington, DC. For applicants who reside outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, NCTE offers relocation expense reimbursement.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is consistent with experience. For full-time employees NCTE offers a strong, generous benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, employer contributions to retirement, pretax Metro benefits, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off. 

Storytelling Trainer/Organizer

The Storytelling Trainer/Organizer works with transgender people and their allies to bring diverse stories of transgender people’s lives and experiences into the policy advocacy and public education work of the transgender movement.

Note: NCTE is open to candidates who are early in their careers, as well as those with decades of experience. For an experienced candidate, the position title as well as duties of the position may be changed accordingly.

  • People Person: Enjoys working with people through fun and easy times as well as challenging times, and never hesitates to pick up the phone to connect with new people. 
  • Storytelling Experience: A storytelling background, formal or informal, that involves skills for compelling storytelling. We realize that there are very few jobs that directly prepare someone for this position. Prior experience coaching writing, performance, or theater, among others, could be relevant 
  • Media Experience: Experience working with the media and conducting media training for diverse audiences is preferred. 
  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning and executing projects. 
  • Emotional Intelligence: General and trauma-informed understanding of how stories can affect emotion in both the storyteller and in those that are hearing them. 
  • Optimism: An optimism that is unwavering, with a can-do attitude and a problem-solving orientation, and the assumption that most people are also trying to improve the world. 
  • Emotional Strength and Persistence: The ability to be exposed to transphobia and other kinds of discrimination or stress on a daily basis and keep fighting hard for transgender equality. 
  • Self-Direction: Takes initiative and is resourceful and ambitious about moving projects forward without significant supervision. 
  • Communications:  Skilled in creating and editing powerful, compelling written work. 
  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues. 
  • Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline and in optimum quality. 
  • Commitment to Social Justice: An understanding of issues affecting transgender people as well as an understanding of racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical. 
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a rapid-paced professional environment that requires the successful management of multiple projects and internal and external correspondence, as well as the skill to pivot with changing needs. 
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus, but not required.

The Storytelling Trainer/Organizer is a full-time position working out of our national office in Washington, DC. It will involve regular travel to conferences and hotspots of anti-transgender political activity. This position is based at NCTE’s headquarters in Washington, DC. For applicants who reside outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, NCTE offers relocation expense reimbursement.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is consistent with experience. For full-time employees, NCTE offers a strong, generous benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, employer contributions to retirement, pre-tax Metro benefits, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.

Application and Timeline: 

Email a resume and cover letter to apply@transequality.org with Storytelling Trainer/Organizer in the subject line. Inquire over email if an acknowledgement of your application is not received after one week. Please no calls. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Community Organizer or Senior Community Organizer

The Community Organizer or Senior Community Organizer will develop and execute various strategies to mobilize transgender people, their families, and allies to secure transgender rights, and create a diverse network of local advocates throughout the country that NCTE can reliably engage to take action for transgender equality.

Note: NCTE is open to candidates who are early in their careers, as well as those with decades of experience. For an experienced candidate, the position title as well as duties of the position may be changed accordingly. 

  • Electoral Experience: At least one cycle of experience in field operations, as a community organizer for a non-profit or a political campaign, or another community mobilization experience. Familiarity with state and/or national campaigns highly desired.  
  • Community Familiarity: Experience working with both the transgender and broader LGBT communities, as well as an understanding of the dynamics between different communities within the overall progressive and LGBT movements is desired. 
  • People Person: Enjoys talking to people, listening to people talk, and helping people through decisionmaking and generally counseling them through challenges in their work. 
  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning and executing projects or initiatives, including collaborating with colleagues to ensure projects are completed on time. 
  • Self-Direction: Takes initiative in what can sometimes feel like chaotic or ambiguous environments, and motivated to figure out solutions instead of waiting for directions. 
  • Communications: Strong overall written and oral presentation skills, and the ability to communicate with people of various backgrounds and experiences. 
  • Knowledge: Understanding of community organizing and campaigns, and ideally, planning events. 
  • Optimism: An optimism that is unwavering, with a can-do attitude and a problem-solving orientation, and the assumption that most people are also trying to improve the world. 
  • Resilience: Able to withstand being exposed to biased beliefs and incidents, including anti-transgender bias, from external sources and help community members facing similar challenges in their own advocacy. 
  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues. 
  • Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline and in optimum quality. 
  • Commitment to Social Justice: An understanding of and commitment to issues affecting transgender people, as well as an understanding of racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical. 
  • Language Ability: Spanish language ability is a plus, but not required.

The Community Organizer or Senior Community Organizer is a full-time position working out of our national office in Washington, DC. This position will involve regular travel to conferences, and potentially significant travel occasionally for campaigns.  This position is based at NCTE’s headquarters in Washington, DC. For applicants who reside outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, NCTE offers relocation expense reimbursement.

Salary and Benefits: 

Salary is consistent with experience. For full-time employees, NCTE offers a strong, generous benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, employer contributions to retirement, pre-tax Metro benefits, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.

Family Trainer/Organizer (Full- or Part-Time)

The Family Trainer/Organizer will mobilize parents and family members of transgender people, as well as transgender young people, to advocate for transgender rights, connecting with both individuals as well as community groups serving families of transgender young people (this program is known as Families for Transgender Equality).

Note: NCTE is open to candidates who are early in their careers, as well as those with decades of experience. For an experienced candidate, the position title as well as duties of the position may be changed accordingly. 

  • People Person: Enjoys working with people through fun and easy times as well as challenging times, and never hesitates to pick up the phone to connect with new people. 
  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning and executing projects. 
  • Media Experience: Experience working with the media and conducting media training for diverse audiences is preferred. 
  • Self-Direction: Takes initiative and is resourceful and ambitious about moving projects forward without significant supervision. 
  • Communications: Skilled in creating and editing powerful, compelling written work. 
  • Emotional Intelligence: General and trauma-informed understanding of how stories can affect emotion in both the storyteller and in those that are hearing them. 
  • Optimism: An optimism that is unwavering, with a can-do attitude and a problem-solving orientation, and the assumption that most people are also trying to improve the world. 
  • Emotional Strength and Persistence: The ability to be exposed to transphobia and other kinds of discrimination or stress on a daily basis and keep fighting hard for transgender equality. 
  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues. 
  • Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline and with optimum quality. 
  • Commitment to Social Justice: An understanding of issues affecting transgender people as well as an understanding of racism, classism and other systems of interconnected oppressions is critical. 
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a rapid-paced professional environment that requires the successful management of multiple projects and internal and external correspondence, as well as the skill to pivot with changing needs. 
  • Fluency in Spanish is desired, but not required.

The Family Organizer is a full or part-time position working out of our national office in Washington, DC. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider a remote working arrangement. This position will involve regular travel to conferences and hotspots of anti-transgender political activity. This position is based at NCTE’s headquarters in Washington, DC. For applicants who reside outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, NCTE offers relocation expense reimbursement.  

Salary and Benefits: 

Salary is consistent with experience. For full-time employees, NCTE offers a strong, generous benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, employer contributions to retirement, pre-tax Metro benefits, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.    Application and Timeline: 

Email a resume and cover letter to apply@transequality.org with Family Trainer/Organizer in the subject line. Inquire over email if an acknowledgement of your application is not received after one week. Please no calls. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. 

Director of Outreach and Education

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) seeks a Director of Outreach and Education. This position manages the Outreach and Education Department and the organizations’ overall outreach and education strategy to advance transgender equality, including storytelling and advocacy training programs, lobby day, state legislative engagement, election-related mobilization and the U.S.

  • Management Experience: Preferably at least 3-5 years of experience in managing others at a non-profit of similar or larger size than NCTE. We are open to candidates who have a range of management experience, from just a little experience to decades of experience.
  • Experience: Direct experience with at least one of the following: conducting training programs, running large events, community organizing or outreach, or policy advocacy at the local, state or federal level
  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues
  • Commitment to Social Justice: A commitment to issues affecting transgender people as well as the interconnected issues of racism, classism and other systems of oppression is critical to this work
  • Understanding Racial and Economic Justice: A deep and nuanced understanding of racial and economic justice and systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical, including how these issues arise inside the transgender and LGBT rights movements
  • Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on time while maintaining optimum quality
  • Self-direction: Takes initiative and is ambitious to ensure that all projects are moving forward
  • Optimism: An optimism that is unwavering, with a can-do attitude and a problem-solving orientation, and the assumption that most people are also trying to improve the world
  • Strength and persistence: The ability to be exposed to transphobia and other kinds of discrimination or stress on a daily basis and keep fighting hard for transgender equality
  • Flexibility: Ability to shift one’s one work and expectations and generally be willing to fill any role needed for success of the organization or project
  • Language: Spanish ability is a plus

Salary and Benefits

Salary is consistent with experience. NCTE offers a strong, generous benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, employer contributions to retirement, pre-tax Metro benefits, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.

Policy Advocate (or Counsel) or Senior Policy Advocate (or Counsel)

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) seeks a Policy Advocate to lead NCTE’s state and federal policy advocacy in one or more key areas, likely focusing on health care, including private health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.

  • Experience: Two years of demonstrated policy or governmental advocacy experience is required, which can be shown through volunteer roles. We are open to candidates who have a range of work experience, from just a little experience to decades of experience.
  • Education: A college degree is NOT required. (If a candidate is a lawyer, the title will be Policy Counsel instead of Policy Advocate.)
  • Expertise: A knowledge of the health care system and/or health insurance system is preferred, but NOT required.
  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues
  • Commitment to Social Justice: An understanding of issues affecting transgender people as well as an understanding of racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical to this work
  • Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on time while maintaining optimum quality
  • Self-direction: Takes initiative and is ambitious to ensure that all projects are moving forward
  • Optimism: An optimism that is unwavering, with a can-do attitude and a problem-solving orientation, and the assumption that most people are also trying to improve the world
  • Strength and Persistence: The ability to be exposed to transphobia and other kinds of discrimination or stress on a daily basis and keep fighting hard for transgender equality
  • Flexibility: Ability to shift one’s one work and expectations as the policy advocacy landscape changes
  • Language: Spanish ability is a plus but not required

The Policy Advocate (or Counsel) will work from our national office in Washington, DC.

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary is consistent with experience. NCTE offers a strong, generous benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, employer contributions to retirement, pre-tax Metro benefits, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.

Fellowships & Internships

Intern Testimonial

Carsen Beckwith, Fall 2017

"I applied to intern as an undergraduate at NCTE to gain more knowledge about the functions and day-to-day responsibilities of advocacy organizations. Through my time at NCTE, I have learned plenty about not only the non-profit world, but about my own goals, skills, and plans for the future. Every staff member that I worked with did an incredible job of helping me to take on tasks that interested me, providing advice and guidance, and fostering a welcoming and energetic environment. I consistently felt like a valuable team member at NCTE and know that my experience pushed me to grow both as a professional and as an activist in the trans community."

Undergraduate or Graduate Intern (including MSW Placements)

NCTE accepts rolling applications for Fall, Spring and Summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students (including MSW).

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Ability to excel at working both independently and collaboratively
  • A commitment to transgender and broader LGBTQ equality required; demonstrated interest in health care policy, privacy, civil rights or related issues is a plus
  • Strong research and writing skills are not a strict requirement for all internships, but a background or interest in developing those skills is highly preferred

Interns report to our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours. Typically interns spend 15-20 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters and 40 hours per week during the summer.

Andrew S. Cray Law Fellowships, Legal Internships, and Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships

NCTE offers legal internships for law students year-round and post-graduate legal fellowships for recent law graduates. Summer legal interns are Andrew S. Cray Law Fellows, named in memory of trans health advocate Andrew Cray.
We welcome applications from students currently enrolled in law school or recent graduates. Andrew Cray Law Fellowships are awarded for summer, full-time interns, and come with a stipend to cover living expenses. Legal interns during the academic year are generally unpaid unless they are working full-time. NCTE will work with a student's university to assure academic credit is received if eligible for credit. Post-graduate fellows are encouraged to bring their own funding from their law school or other granting organization. NCTE is happy to work with schools so that fellows or interns can receive academic credit.
  • Strong research and writing skills are absolutely critical
  • Ability to excel at working both independently and collaboratively
  • A commitment to transgender equality
  • Demonstrated interest in transgender, LGBT, health care, privacy, civil rights or related issues a plus

Andrew S. Cray Law Fellows work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours over the summer for 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday.

Spring/Fall Legal Interns work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours for at least 12 hours per week. Full-time legal interns are also desired for Spring and Fall semesters.

Post-Graduate Legal Fellows work various hours, depending on the requirements of their fellowship funds.

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