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.
  • 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 congressional and federal agency staff to provide technical assistance and support policy advocacy.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with national partner organizations and actively participate in coalitions to advance NCTE’s policy goals.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with state and local advocate partners to provide legislative and policy analysis, draft policy language, talking points, and other technical assistance.
  • Develop and provide training and educational presentations for government, educational, and business organizations and for conferences around the country.
  • 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.
  • Supervise NCTE interns and law fellows on policy tasks. 
  • 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.

Application Information: 

Email a resume and cover letter to apply@transequality.org (a single PDF document is preferred), with the subject line “Policy Counsel/Policy Associate” 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 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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