Policy Advocate (or Counsel) or Senior Policy Advocate (or Counsel) | National Center for Transgender Equality

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. The Policy Advocate will write policy recommendations, provide expertise on relevant issues affecting transgender people and build collaborative relationships with advocates, decision-makers, and issue experts to further NCTE’s policy goals. A law degree is helpful but NOT necessary for this position.


About NCTE:

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.


Key Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of state and federal policy work on specific issue areas affecting transgender people, with a likely focus on health care, housing and homelessness, and/or nondiscrimination
  • Track, analyze, and write policy recommendations and public comments on state and federal legislation, regulations, guidance documents, and other policies
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with state and federal legislative and agency staff to provide technical assistance and support policy advocacy
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with state and national partner organizations to provide technical assistance in support of NCTE’s policy goals
  • Provide partners with legislative and policy analysis, draft policy language, talking points, and other technical assistance in accordance with NCTE’s policy goals
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with professional associations and subject matter experts to act as validators for administrative, regulatory and/or legislative processes
  • Develop and provide training and educational presentations for government, educational, and business organizations and associations and for conferences around the country
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date NCTE’s online resources on relevant issue areas
  • Respond to individual inquiries from community members, their families, and professionals on relevant issue areas
  • Work with NCTE’s communications team to produce publications, website and blog content, action alerts, op-eds, and similar materials and to respond to press inquiries and interview requests on relevant issue areas
  • Supervise NCTE interns and law fellows on policy tasks
  • 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.

Application Information: 

Email a resume and cover letter to apply@transequality.org with “Policy Advocate or Counsel” 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 is an equal opportunity employer. NCTE is committed to creating a diverse staff made of people who are kind, optimistic, hard-working 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 Lisa Mottet, Deputy Executive Director at lmottet@transequality.org.

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