To achieve fully inclusive statewide nondiscrimination protections, including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and veteran status, in employment, housing and public accommodations to promote and advance Arizona's open and competitive business climate and positive, welcoming reputation. This expanded climate will allow Arizona to attract and retain a highly skilled and diverse workforce which benefits the state’s tax base and all Arizonans.
Position: Transgender Inclusion OrganizerPosition Type: Full-time, CampaignReports to: Campaign ManagerLocation: Arizona THE OPPORTUNITYCompetitive Arizona is working to support a stronger transgender movement in Arizona and better integrate transgender issues and activists throughout Competitive Arizona’s work for LGBT equality. In 2015, Competitive Arizona will be working to educate the public about the fact that it is still legal in Arizona to be fired from your job, evicted from your home, or turned away from a business just for being LGBT. Unfortunately, many people in Arizona do not realize that the LGBT community does not have clear discrimination protections. The Transgender Inclusion Organizer will work to continue engaging transgender individuals across Arizona in support of the nondiscrimination campaign.The work is accomplished by (1) educating the public, business and corporate leaders, elected officials, and policymakers; (2) building coalitions and mobilizing allies; (3) increasing the participation of the LGBT and allied communities; and (4) organizing and empowering the LGBT community and their allies in urban, suburban, and rural communities across Arizona.THE POSITIONSpecifically, the Transgender Inclusion Organizer will:▪ Work collaboratively with existing and new transgender and allied activists, organizations, networks, and supporters throughout the state to advocate and educate on the range of issues affecting transgender people▪ Facilitate activities and identify opportunities that build the capacity of transgender and allied people to engage in organizing and policy advocacy on behalf of LGBT rights▪ Lead effort to collect stories of transgender Arizonans▪ Work with partner organizations interested in advancing LGBT equality specifically with regard to nondiscrimination▪ Collaborate with other organizations to advance shared policy and program goals▪ Identify and help to develop spokespeople for media opportunities▪ Develop and implement a series of discussions about transgender rights that can be held remotely with transgender people across Arizona▪ Develop and manage a team of volunteers who are able to educate others on the importance of transgender issues and inclusion▪ Lead efforts that ensure nondiscrimination legislation and policies in the broad areas of employment, housing and public accommodations are inclusive of transgender and gender variant individuals and communities▪ Participate in weekly field working group meetings CANDIDATE PROFILEWe seek a highly motivated candidate with an understanding of organizing a geographically and culturally diverse community, and a knowledge of and commitment to social justice. This person must be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, and creative.This person will be capable of taking responsibility for specific goals and measurable outcomes within designated time frames and will be able to coordinate multi-task initiatives to successful conclusion. Self-motivation is key, as this position will involve program implementation and may be managed remotely.The successful candidate will have significant field experience around issues or candidates, including experience working with diverse communities and coalitions.Qualified individuals will ideally bring two to three years of progressively responsible experience in grassroots organizing. Candidates will also have the ability to maintain flexible work hours including weekends and evening hours. The position will require frequent travel within the state of Arizona for both organizing and professional development purposes. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERCompetitive Arizona follows an equal opportunity employment policy, and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicap, veteran status, and marital status. This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with outside vendors and customers, use of contractors and consultants, and in dealing with the general public.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES▪ Cultural competency in working in and with transgender communities▪ Community organizing, education and/or policy advocacy experience (in a paid or volunteer position)▪ Proficiency in establishing and maintaining productive relationships in business and corporate environments as well as with elected officials, and other governmental decision makers;▪ Ability to work with a group to plan and implement social change strategies▪ Basic understanding of employment, health, housing, jails/prisons and other areas in which transgender people experience discrimination▪ Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly, speak in public, and facilitate large and small meetings▪ Ability to work without close supervision on both assigned and self-initiated tasks▪ Demonstrated ability to achieve set organizing goals and metrics▪ Experience using standard office technology
Application Information● Email cover letter and resume via PDF or Word to jose [at] competitivearizona.org.Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is recommended that you submit your materials as promptly as possible. Preferred start date is in September 2015.