US Trans Survey Outreach Coordinator

National Center for Transgender Equality
Washington-position is remote
Position Description: 

US Trans Survey Outreach CoordinatorAre you looking for an opportunity to use your skills to make a significant contribution to the knowledge base about transgender people? NCTE currently has two different positions open for the US Trans Survey, a Project Manager and an Outreach Coordinator. Please be sure that you are applying for the position(s) that you are interested in. The National Center for Transgender Equality is seeking a full-time Outreach Coordinator for the US Trans Survey (USTS) project for a period of approximately 9-12 months (through summer or fall of 2021). 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 2021 USTS. The Survey Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the Project Manager to plan and execute outreach strategies to ensure that a large and diverse sample of transgender people, including those who are non-binary, 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 strong work experience in organizing within/with various transgender communities of color and other prioritized communities. This position is designed to be remote, with no travel except in the unlikely event that COVID resolves.About the National Center for Transgender Equality and the US Transgender SurveyThe National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a strong voice for transgender people in our nation’s capital. NCTE advocates for policy change at federal, state, and local levels and works to increase societal understanding and acceptance of transgender people. NCTE has a serious commitment to approaching and engaging in its work with an awareness of how racial and economic justice is intertwined with transgender justice, and a commitment to ensuring that policymakers and society understand the connection as well.With almost 28,000 respondents, the USTS fielded in 2015, is the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. The survey is quoted daily by news outlets throughout the US, and is the main source of data about transgender people for the general public and the transgender community itself. The main report, separate reports on the experiences of Black, Latinx, Asian, and American Indian respondents, and state-based reports are all available at

  • Develop a recruitment and outreach strategy plan: Work with the Project Manager and research team to develop a multifaceted survey recruitment and outreach plan to ensure that transgender people, particularly transgender communities of color, throughout the US take the survey. This will include designing strategies together with community leaders 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 field period to gather support for disseminating the survey to their members, lists, and networks.
  • Develop, maintain, and foster good relationships with various organizations and high-profile community leaders: Wide-reaching recruitment and outreach is critical to the success of this survey. The candidate will orchestrate and conduct outreach to partner organizations and recruit 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.  
  • Other duties: as needed.


  • 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 is a plus, but not required.
  • People orientation and interpersonal skills: Enjoying talking to other people on the phone or via Zoom to get their thoughts and engagement, willing to have open conversations when there is conflict or disagreement between different parties.
  •  Cultural competency: Ability to work in and engage with a range of diverse transgender communities and organizations. 
  • 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 and 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 able to serve as a bridge-builder between people and organizations who may not see issues related to research and advocacy efforts similarly.
  • Detail orientation: A deep commitment and talent for avoiding any oversights, mistakes, or other omissions, through tracking and other methods.
  • Prioritization and time management: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, and manage and complete work on deadlines, using excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with transgender communities: A deep understanding of issues affecting transgender people in the United States, as well as an understanding of how racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions affect trans people.
  • Understanding of racial and economic justice: A deep and nuanced understanding of racial and economic justice and systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical, including how these issues impact an individual’s ability to complete a survey, such as the USTS.
  • Collaborative spirit: Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a diverse group of colleagues.
  • Optimism: An optimism that is unwavering, with a can-do attitude and a problem-solving orientation, and the assumption that most people are also trying to improve the world.
  • Strength and persistence: The ability to be exposed to transphobia and other kinds of discrimination or stress on a daily basis and keep fighting hard for transgender equality
  • Flexibility: Ability to shift one’s one work and expectations given the nature of our work and how it can change quickly.
  • Education: Candidates can be qualified for this position, regardless of the level of education achieved. A degree is not required for this position.

Salary and BenefitsFor many years, NCTE has maintained high-level benefits and competitive salaries. For this position, the salary range is $55,000-$70,000 with the candidate’s skills and experience determining where they fall in the range. However, for candidates with more than 10 years of experience, salaries above this range may be considered. NCTE offers a strong, generous benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, employer contributions to retirement, pre-tax Metro benefits, paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off. For information about salary, benefits, and working at NCTE, see US Trans Survey Outreach Coordinator is a full-time position working remotely.Application and TimelineApply via our Applicant Portal at: Please, no calls. For more information about timeline and what to expect during the application process, see OpportunityThe National Center for Transgender Equality is an equal opportunity employer. For our full EEO policy, see 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.Transgender people, including non-binary people, people of color, people who were formerly incarcerated, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.NCTE provides reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please contact us via our confidential medical email at accommodations [at] so your request can be handled appropriately and confidentially.Post date: October 19, 2020

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Application Instructions: 

Application and TimelineApply via our Applicant Portal at: Please, no calls. For more information about timeline and what to expect during the application process, see 

Country/US Territory: 
United States