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). Particular emphasis is placed on the rights of transgender youth on the local, state, and national levels. Through this position, NCTE will provide training opportunities on advocating for transgender rights and mobilize families and transgender youth to lobby, testify in legislatures, speak with media, and more. Throughout their work, the Family Trainer/Organizer will apply values of racial and economic justice and ensure diversity amongst communities we are organizing and supporting. This position is will be supervised by the Director of Outreach & Education.

Key Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain and expand NCTE’s network, Families for Transgender Equality, made up of parents and family members of transgender people, transgender youth, and family support groups, in order to mobilize them into storytelling and advocacy work.  
  • Identify a diverse set of potential members with impactful stories, so that they can participate in NCTE’s storytelling efforts, with an emphasis on families of color and others whose stories are often less told. 
  • Recruit experts, such as school administrators or medical providers, who work with transgender youth and are interested in advocating with and for transgender young people. 
  • Coach and support family and youth storytellers to bring out compelling details in their stories that will change hearts and minds of policymakers and the American public, including stories related to family and community acceptance, school, bathrooms, sports, health, police, violence and ID documents, among others. Note that this work can be emotionally intense. 
  • Write and edit resources for Families for Transgender Equality, based both on inquiries from the network and needs identified by NCTE. 
  • Plan, schedule, and conduct online trainings as well as in-person trainings, including at conferences for trans people and families. 
  • Potentially serve as an on-the-record spokesperson.
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. 

  • 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.
Location: 

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. 

Application Information: 

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.

About the National Center for Transgender Equality

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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