US Trans Survey Outreach Coordinator

The National Center for Transgender Equality is seeks a full-time Survey Outreach Coordinator for the US Trans Survey (USTS) project for a period of approximately 12 months (mid 2019 to mid 2020). The USTS is the primary source of data about transgender people (including non-binary people) in the United States, producing in-depth information about trans people’s experiences overall, with special reports that focus on trans people of color.
We are hiring a Survey Outreach Coordinator to join us to develop and launch the 2020 USTS. The Survey Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the Project Director to plan and execute outreach strategies to ensure that a large and diverse sample of transgender people throughout the US take the survey. The survey will prioritize recruitment and outreach efforts primarily to reach transgender communities of color, with secondary focuses on those living in rural areas, those who are living with HIV, and those who speak Spanish as their primary language. The ideal candidate will have a strong work experience in organizing within/with various transgender communities of color and other prioritized communities. This position is located in Washington, DC, and will involve some travel. 

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:

  • Develop a recruitment and outreach strategy plan: Work with the Project Director and research team to develop a multifaceted survey recruitment and outreach strategy plan to boost efforts in ensuring that transgender people, particularly transgender communities of color, throughout the US take the survey. This will include discussing and designing strategies together with the community advisory board (see below) to determine optimal recruitment and outreach efforts. It will also include reaching out and establishing partnerships with trans, LGBTQ, and allied organizations and individuals in advance of the survey launch period to gather support for disseminating the survey to their members, lists, and networks.
  • Recruit community advisory board members: The USTS will have a community advisory board to help inform multiple components of the USTS. The Survey Outreach Coordinator will help identify and invite potential members to the advisory board and will assist with planning and running board meetings along with the Project Director.
  • Develop, maintain, and foster good relationships with various organizations and high-profile community leaders: A key component for a successful recruitment and outreach for this survey is to develop, maintain, and foster good relationships with organizations, and recruit community leaders to participate in outreach. The candidate will orchestrate and conduct outreach to partner organizations and high-profile leaders to secure their participation in outreach efforts, emphasizing organizations and leaders of various trans people of color communities throughout the US as well as other prioritized communities.
  • Implement the recruitment and outreach plan, and coordinate outreach efforts: The candidate will execute the multifaceted survey recruitment and outreach plans along with the research team, including working closely with NCTE’s communications department.




  • Experience: Experience in community organizing and/or coalition building is required (in a paid or volunteer position). Experience in conducting outreach and recruitment for research studies among communities of color is a plus, but not required.
  • Cultural competency: Ability to work in and engage with a range of diverse transgender communities and organizations.
  • Creativity and innovation: Ability to see opportunities and develop new approaches for any task or activity.
  • Self-direction: Takes initiative and is ambitious to ensure that all projects are moving forward. Ability to work both independently and with team members.
  • Communications: Skilled in speaking directly but sensitively about issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and discrimination faced by the trans community. Ability to discuss the benefits of the USTS survey and data collection within the trans community to address issues of discrimination and other aspects of societal oppression. Must be willing to serve as a bridge-builder between people and organizations who may not see issues related to research and advocacy efforts similarly.
  • Collaborative spirit: Ability to work as a part of a team of hard-working professionals, giving and taking input with a variety of staff.
  • Prioritization and attention to detail: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on time while maintaining optimum quality.
  • Time management: Excellent organizational and time-management skills, including ability to manage multiple tasks independently.
  • Flexibility: Ability to shift one's one work and expectations as needs change.
  • 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.
  • Education level: No specific educational degree is required.
  • Language ability: Spanish language ability is preferred but not 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, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.

Application Information: 

Email a resume and cover letter to with “US Trans Survey Outreach Coordinator” 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 Patrick Paschall, NCTE’s Director of Finance and Operations, at

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