National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. As a national social justice organization, NCTE is devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education, advocacy and collaboration on national issues of importance. Launched in 2017, the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund (NCTE Action Fund) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization fighting for transgender equality at the local, state, and federal levels affiliated with the NCTE. The two organizations share office space and staff, including this position. The NCTE Action Fund is committed not only to defending and preserving every advancement but also pressing for more social and policy progress in the United States for all transgender people. By organizing and empowering transgender people, their families, and all people who believe in transgender equality to make their voices heard and count, the Action Fund creates new possibilities for transgender people through political participation and influence.
The TRANSform the Vote Campaign Organizer is a temporary member of the NCTE and NCTE Action Fund team (through mid-November 2018), primarily coordinating political field operations activities of the Action Fund organization, acting as the point person working closely with senior leadership in recommending organizational endorsements of candidates and action on ballot measures; (where permissible) oversees work on priority campaigns. The TRANSform the Vote Campaign Organizer is responsible for the execution of a robust national voter registration, engagement and turnout campaign for the 2018 election cycle aimed at empowering transgender people, families of trans people, and their allies. Throughout all of their work, the Election Organizer will apply values of racial and economic justice and ensure diversity amongst communities we are mobilizing. In coordination with the Directors of Communication and External Relations, the TRANSform the Vote Campaign Organizer will ensure the NCTE Action Fund’s political voice is part of national electoral dialogue on topics that impact the trans community. The TRANSform the Vote Campaign Organizer will be supervised by the Director of External Relations and works collaboratively with staff across both organizations.Duties and ResponsibilitiesOrganizes and coordinates the NCTE Action Fund’s participation (physically and virtually) in prioritized elections including ballot question campaigns, and managing related phone banking and canvassing efforts, and press opportunities, and in some cases, participating in these efforts directlyExecutes a nationwide voter registration, engagement, and turnout campaign aimed at empowering transgender people, families of trans people, and their allies, educating them about their rights and the issues that impact them, and increasing trans-identified and trans-supportive voter turnout in November 2018.Along with Communications staff, help create written and video content for all aspects of election work, for use on the website and in social media, and increase the list of Action Fund supportersRespond to constantly shifting daily events and priorities through strategic thinking and planning, elevating the NCTE Action Fund’s position in national electoral/political dialogue with (a lot of) humor and enthusiasm.Manages tracking systems including NCTE Action Fund’s electoral calendar, candidate tracker and other related databases.Represents the NCTE Action Fund in coalition meetings and events where the transgender political voice is critical.Provides strategic political and electoral guidance to NCTE senior staff and manage vendor relationships as needed.Always On: Understanding and enthusiasm for working during non-business hours as part of the duties of a political operations professional in the age of the 24-hour news cycle.Potentially serve as an on-the-record spokesperson as needed. Location/Hours: The TRANSform the Vote Campaign Organizer is a temporary position (until mid-November 2018) and works in our national office in Washington, DC. The position will likely involve travel.
Qualifications: Experience: Experience in at least one election cycle as part of field operations or as a community organizer for a non-profit or political campaign, or other voter mobilization experience. Familiarity with state and/or national campaigns highly desired. Project Leadership: Experience in planning and executing projects or initiatives, and ideally, with consultants.Self-direction: Takes initiative in what can sometimes feel like chaotic or ambiguous environments. Motivated to figure out solutions instead of waiting for directions.Communications: Strong written and oral presentation skills, with a warm interpersonal style to foster collaboration with partner organizations and campaigns, and the ability to communicate with people of various backgrounds and experiencesKnowledge: Understanding of electoral politics and how to implement and execute a successful campaign. In addition, an understanding of the politics of the transgender movement is desired.Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues.Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline and in optimum quality.Commitment to Social Justice: An understanding of and commitment to issues affecting transgender people, as well as an understanding of racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical.
Email a resume and cover letter to apply [at] transequality.org (subject: TRANSformtheVote%20Campaign%20Organizer) , with the subject line “TRANSform the Vote Campaign Organizer” 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 NCTE and NCTE Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We are 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 [at] transequality.org.