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. Over the course of a typical year, NCTE prioritizes organizing community members to respond to anti-transgender and pro-transgender bills during state legislative sessions, take action related to federal legislation and policies, participate in elections, and participate in national lobby days in Washington, DC and other events. They will also provide various trainings for advocates throughout the country. Throughout all of their work, they will apply values of racial and economic justice and ensure diversity amongst communities we are organizing and training. This position will be supervised by the Director of Outreach & Education and will work collaboratively with staff across both organizations (NCTE and NCTE Action Fund). 

Key Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop relationships with local and state transgender, LGBT, and other allied organizations, as well as individual transgender and allied advocates, to support their work and be able to communicate and activate them to press for transgender equality. 
  • Consciously develop and implement a strategy around working with and supporting transgender organizations and leaders that focus on the needs of transgender people of color. 
  • Work with state and national organizations to defeat anti-transgender legislation at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as to pass pro-transgender legislation at these levels by engaging transgender and allied communities, occasionally traveling to different parts of the country. 
  • Organize and mobilize transgender people, their families, and allies to vote and otherwise participate in elections, including specific elections that NCTE Action Fund prioritizes. 
  • Organize the programming, recruitment for, and logistics of transgender lobby days or similar congressional education activities in Washington, DC. 
  • Organize community protests, typically in coalition with other organizations, against anti-transgender or other governmental actions. 
  • Along with the Communications digital staff, help create written and video content to motivate and train trans people, their families, and allies to take action at the local, state and national levels. 
  • Respond to constantly shifting daily events and priorities with strategic thinking and planning and humor and enthusiasm. 
  • Manage tracking systems for supporters.
  • Represent the organizations in coalition work. 

The National Center for Transgender Equality is an equal opportunity employer. NCTE is committed to creating a diverse staff made of people who are kind, optimistic, hardworking and committed to social justice, from all segments of transgender and allied communities. If you have disability-related accommodations needs during the application process, please contact Patrick Paschall, NCTE’s Director of Finance and Operations, at ppaschall@transequality.org

Qualifications: 

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.
Location: 

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.

Application Information: 

Email a resume and cover letter to apply@transequality.org with Community 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.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

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