National Organizer

National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. NCTE is devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education, advocacy and collaboration on national issues of importance. Launched in 2017, the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund (NCTE Action Fund) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization fighting for transgender equality at the local, state, and federal levels affiliated with the NCTE. The two organizations share office space and staff, including this position.

Description

NCTE seeks a well-rounded community organizer and project manager, who will be developing and executing various strategies to mobilize transgender people, their families, and allies, and creating a diverse network of local advocates throughout the country that NCTE can reliably reach out through to take action to press 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. The National Organizer will also provide various trainings for advocates throughout the country. Throughout all of their work, the National Organizer will apply values of racial and economic justice and ensure diversity amongst communities we are organizing and training. The National Organizer will be overseen by the Director of External Relations and will work collaboratively with staff across both organizations (NCTE and NCTE Action Fund).

Duties and Responsibilities

Develops 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

Works with state and national organizations to defeat anti-transgender legislation at the local, state, and federal levels as well as pass pro-transgender legislation at these levels by engaging in organizing and mobilizing transgender and allied communities, occasionally traveling to different parts of the country

Organizes and mobilizes transgender people, their families, and allies to vote and otherwise engage in elections, including specific elections that NCTE Action Fund has prioritized

Organizes the programming, recruitment for, and logistics of Transgender Lobby Days or similar Congressional education activities in Washington, DC

Organizes community protests, typically in coalition with other organizations, against anti-transgender or other governmental actions

Along with the Communications and Outreach & Education departments, helps create written and video content to mobilize and train trans people, their families, and allies to take action at the local, state and national levels

Responds to constantly shifting daily events and priorities with strategic thinking and planning and humor and enthusiasm

Manages tracking systems for supporters

Represents the organizations in coalition work

Other duties, as assigned

Qualifications: 

Experience: At least one cycle of experience in field operations or as a community organizer for non-profit or political campaigns, or other community mobilization experience is desired. 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 decision-making 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.

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 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

Location/Hours: 

The National Organizer is works from our national office in Washington, DC. The position will likely involve occasional travel, and potentially significant travel at times.

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.

Application Information: 

Email a resume and cover letter to apply@transequality.org, with the subject line “National Organizer.”  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 NCTE and NCTE Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We are 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. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application process, please contact Patrick Paschall, Director of Finance and Operations, at ppaschall@transequality.org.

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