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EEOC 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

Director of Communications

About the National Center for Transgender Equality

  • Experience: At least 3-5 years of experience leading a communications program for a non-profit or political campaigns. One year of experience managing full-time staff.
  • Track record of success: Successfully manage media for issue campaigns including identifying/coaching spokespeople, pitching reporters, and securing placements in national media outlets.
  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning and executing initiatives within and across departments, and with consultants.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Ability to leverage opportunities for growth.
  • Self-direction: Takes initiative and ambitious in a small, unstructured environment.
  • Communications: Skilled in creating and proofreading powerful, compelling written communications for advocacy and public education.
  • Knowledge: Possess a refined sense of design for marketing and advocacy in print and online. 
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, Salsa, Drupal, Adobe, or similar databases and technologies is helpful.
  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as 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.

The Director of Communications works out of our national office in Washington, DC. The position will involve occasional travel.

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 Counsel/Policy Associate

Key Duties/Responsibilities

  • Work with NCTE’s policy team to establish a portfolio of work including two or more of the following areas: health care and insurance; employment; education; housing and homelessness; federal or state legislation; state administrative policies.
  • Familiarity with transgender communities: Strong understanding of the issues and needs of transgender people in the United States and familiarity with a spectrum of transgender communities including trans people of color and low or no-income trans people.
  • Experience in policy change: Experience advocating for and analyzing policies or legislation at the local, state, or federal level, with two years of experience preferred, which may include unpaid/volunteer work.
  • Project leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing projects, involving multiple people in various roles
  • Self-direction: Ability to take initiative and be self-sufficient in a small organization environment
  • Communications: Skilled in absorbing and communicating information effectively and to a variety of audiences, public speaking skills or experience a plus.
  • Understanding of racial and economic justice: An understanding of racial and economic justice and systems of inter-connected oppressions
  • Collaborative spirit: Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, assertive, and energetic professionals, giving and taking input with a variety of staff
  • Prioritization: Ability to independently set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline
  • Time management: Excellent organizational and time-management skills, detail-oriented, including ability to manage multiple tasks independently
  • Language: Fluency in more than one language is desired but not required
  • Education level: A law degree is preferred but no specific degree is required.

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, and paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.

The Policy Counsel/Policy Associate works out of our national office in Washington, DC. The position will involve occasional travel.

Media Relations Manager

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) seeks a Media Relations Manager to be responsible for real-time monitoring of news, conceptualizing and implementing media tactics for specific projects and initiatives, building and maintaining media relationships, reaching out to the press around newsworthy initiatives and content, and managing inbound media inquiries.

  • Experience: Preferably at least three years of experience in communications, preferably with a non-profit of similar or larger size (no specific educational degree is required).
  • Outstanding listening, awareness and superior conversational skills, to elicit the right information from a variety of sources.
  • Must be well-versed in developing communication materials, be media savvy, and must be eager to pitch extensively, have exceptional creative skills and writing talent. 
  • Strong understanding of the issues and needs of transgender people in the United States, including trans people of color and those with low- or no income, and have skill in speaking directly but sensitively about issues of gender, sexuality, race, class and other aspects of diversity and oppression within an intersectional framework.
  • Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, assertive and energetic professionals, giving and taking input with a variety of staff.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, detail-oriented, including ability to manage multiple tasks independently, set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage and complete work on deadline.
  • Personality: The ideal candidate will typify intellectual curiosity and gregariousness, as well as the ability to remain calm and focused during crisis situations, while also possessing a sense of urgency.
  • Must be comfortable working in a high-volume environment and have the ability to closely follow the messaging of the organization on a wide variety of issues.
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive), and social media required; Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
  • Flexibility with work schedule; this position requires frequent irregular evening and weekend work to respond to breaking news/developments.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is consistent with experience. NCTE offers a strong, competitive benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, as well as IRA matching.

This position works out of our national office in Washington, DC. The position may involve occasional travel.

Rapid Response Communications Manager

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) seeks a Rapid Response Communications Manager. The position works within the Communications Department, reports to the Director of Communications and is responsible for real-time monitoring of news, issues, and events; advancing organizational messaging, images and resources across the organization; drafting internal and external materials; and managing rapid response with new media and social media and around key campaigns, especially those related to transgender law and policy.

  • Experience: Preferably at least two years of experience in organizational communications/advocacy/social media, preferably with a non-profit of similar or larger size (no specific educational degree is required)

  • Outstanding listening, awareness and superior conversational skills, to elicit the right information from a variety of sources

  • Must be well-versed in developing communication materials, be social media savvy, and must be eager to pitch extensively, have exceptional creative skills and writing talent

  • Strong understanding of the issues and needs of transgender people in the United States, including trans people of color and those with low- or no income, and having skill in speaking directly but sensitively about issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and other aspects of diversity and oppression within an intersectional framework

  • Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, assertive, and energetic professionals, giving and taking input with a variety of staff

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, detail-oriented, including ability to manage multiple tasks independently, set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline

  • Personality: The ideal candidate will typify intellectual curiosity and gregariousness, as well as the ability to remain calm and focused during crisis situations, while also possessing a sense of urgency

  • Must be comfortable working in a high-volume environment and have the ability to closely follow the messaging of the organization on a wide variety of issues

  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive), and social media required; Adobe Creative Suite preferred

  • Flexibility with work schedule; this position requires frequent irregular evening and weekend work to respond to breaking news/developments

  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred (not required)

This position works out of our national office in Washington, DC. The position may involve occasional travel.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is consistent with experience. NCTE offers a strong, competitive benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, as well as IRA matching.

 

Fellowships & Internships

Intern Testimonial

Cerys 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 or recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • 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 is a plus

Interns work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours for 15-20 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters or for 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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