Director of Advocacy and Civic Engagement - REMOTE

Equality Federation
Mission Statement: 

Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people. From Equality Florida to Freedom Oklahoma to Basic Rights Oregon, we amplify the power of the state-based LGBTQ movement.We work collaboratively on critical issues—from advancing workplace fairness and family recognition to defeating anti-transgender bathroom bans and HIV criminalization laws—that affect how LGBTQ people experience the world from cradle to grave.

Position Description: 

We are looking to add an experienced leader who is passionate about LGBTQ equality, social justice, and electoral and issue organizing to our team. You will head up our Advocacy and Civic Engagement Program, one of our two major program areas. You’ll be a champion of leveraging data, technology, and leadership development to enact political change for LGBTQ people across the United States.We believe that where we call home matters. Our local communities and home states impact so much of our day to day lives—especially for LGBTQ people who face different laws, climates and policies depending on where they live. That is why having powerful, effective advocacy organizations in the states is so important.You’ll be helping state equality organizations build powerful integrated voter engagement (IVE) programs that build up our base through year-round engagement in grassroots advocacy, volunteering, donating, and voting.Your skills in building trusting relationships, developing savvy strategies for mobilizing people and advancing policy goals, training and mentoring field leaders, and translating complicated data and technology into campaign-ready tools will be critical to your success. You are excited about travel and getting on the ground, where the work is happening. A racial equity analysis informs your approach to the work. As part of our entirely distributed team, you will work remotely and may be based anywhere in the contiguous United States with broadband internet and access to a major airport. (Proximity to DC is a plus, but not required.) You’ll love the flexibility and opportunity to do national work from your own community.Key Objectives and Responsibilities

  • Building our existing advocacy and field leadership development work, develop a program to foster strong integrated voter engagement (IVE) programs in targeted states to build a strong, engaged base for advocacy and electoral work by developing and executing a training curriculum for state staff, facilitating IVE planning, mentoring leaders and partnering with our leadership program to building fundraising and organizational capacity. Supervise contract field trainer.
  • Deploy our proprietary predictive voter models and advise on effective usage for state legislative battles, public education projects, and municipal campaigns by ensuring access to the voter file, tailoring targeting and tactics for state efforts,
  • Ensure issue-focused advocacy support programs (e.g. nondiscrimination, HIV, criminalization, etc.) are integrated with broader advocacy program goals.
  • Direct the coordination and tracking of all-LGBTQ related proposed legisation across all 50 states in order to ensure deployment of resources for advocacy campaigns and rapid response situations. Support executive branch and municipal policy efforts. Supervise Policy & Advocacy Associate.
  • Enhancing state-centric and savvy advocacy and civic engagment thought leadership in the national LGBTQ movement and broader progressive movement.
  • Train and cohort Federation member organization field staff to cultivate a new crop of LGTBQ state leadership with the wisdom to run effective programs with the potential to move into executive positions over the course of their careers through mentoring, peer coaching, Field Institute at Leadership Conference and other opportunities.
  • Lead a research agenda, in coordination with partner organizations, to develop proven tactics and strategy for persuasion and mobilization on LGBT issues.



Key Competencies/Experience

  • Strong field organizing background
  • Advocacy and electoral campaign planning
  • Data and analytics
  • Training, coaching, and mentoring
  • Proficient in VAN
  • Relationship and coalition building
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBTQ and/or progressive issues
  • Strong racial equity analysis
  • Project management
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time

Additional Competencies/Experience

  • Experience working remotely
  • Grant writing
  • Lobbying
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Political Science, or related field, or equivalent work experience in political or issue campaigns and/or legislative advocacy
Offers start at $75,000
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Application Instructions: 

To Apply We will begin reviewing applications on Jan 2. Applications received after that date will be reviewed and acted upon as they are received. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is therefore recommended that you submit your materials as promptly as possible.

Equality Federation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, military status, religion, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. We welcome and encourage applications from people of color, indigenous people, and transgender people. For more information about Equality Federation, please visit our website at 

Position Level: 
Ian Palmquist
Country/US Territory: 
United States