Racial and Economic Justice Initiative Manager (or Policy Analyst/Counsel)

National Center for Transgender Equality
Mission Statement: 

NCTE is a strong voice for transgender people in our nation's capital and fills a unique niche in the overall movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. NCTE's primary role is to support and advocate for policy change at the local, state and federal level. We are known to approach our work with enthusiasm, optimism and good humor.

Position Description: 

The Racial and Economic Justice Initiative of the National Center for Transgender Equality will expand and enhance NCTE's existing work for transgender people of color and those with low or no-income, and will broaden our work for racial and economic justice. This Initiative is new as a formal project at NCTE and will be ideally led by someone with skills in both policy analysis and community organizing. The staff member will work to develop and then implement and manage the organization's Racial and Economic Justice Initiative, working with other NCTE staff, as well as ensuring that all of NCTE's work is undertaken while keeping in mind its effectiveness in supporting transgender people of color and those with low or no income. This is a unique opportunity to join a cutting-edge social justice organization to advance transgender rights in a bold way, informed by an understanding that racial and economic justice is essential to advancing trans rights. This position is based in Washington, DC. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Policy analysis: Analyze local, state, and federal policies and legislation related to transgender rights from a racial and economic justice viewpoint, on a variety of topics including non-discrimination, healthcare access, identity documents, housing, education, immigration, and criminal justice.
  • Community engagement: Seek and distill input from transgender people of color on how NCTE's work should best reflect the values of racial and economic justice
  • Project management: Manage projects of the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative as they are developed
  • Recruitment: Work to ensure diverse participation in all aspects of NCTE's advocacy work including advocacy programs and educational events
  • Technical assistance: Provide technical assistance to state and local activists and organizations seeking to better their work for transgender people of color and those with low and no-income
  • Manage allied work on the national level: Manage NCTE's support for legislative and policy proposals prioritized by allied civil, human, and economic rights organizations and coalitions
  • Develop public messaging: Work collaboratively with communications staff to develop messages relating to NCTE's policy goals, issues of importance to transgender people, and racial and economic justice
  • Speak to the media: Speak on behalf of NCTE regarding policy issues and/or racial and economic justice




  • Experience in policy analysis: Experience 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
  • Creativity and innovation: Ability to see opportunities and develop new approaches for organizing across difference
  • Self-direction: Ability to take initiative and be self-sufficient in a small organization environment
  • Communications: Skilled in speaking directly but sensitively about issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other aspects of diversity and oppression within an intersectional framework. Must be willing to serve as a bridge-builder between people and organizations who may not see issues related to racial and economic justice similarly
  • 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
  • Coaching: Interest in and ability to coach, support, and advise others in being allies in racial and economic justice work
  • Prioritization: Ability to independently set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, and manage and complete work on deadline
  • Time management: Excellent organizational and time-management skills, detail-oriented, including ability to manage multiple tasks independently
  • Commitment to social justice: A deep and nuanced understanding of issues affecting transgender people, racial and economic justice, and systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical
  • Education level: no specific educational degree is required
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Application Instructions: 

Salary and BenefitsSalary is consistent with experience. We offer a strong, competitive benefits package that includes fully-paid dental, vision and health insurance, and IRA matching.Application and TimelineThis position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.Send a resume and letter of interest to: ncte [at] transequality.org (.)NO CALLS, PLEASE.The National Center for Transgender Equality is committed to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our community. We are an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to age, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability, economic status, education, ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, health status including HIV status, height, housing status, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment and contracting. NCTE is committed to creating a diverse staff made of people who are hardworking, kind, optimistic and committed to social justice from all segments of transgender and allied communities

Emily Rainone
Country/US Territory: 
United States