Using creativity, and ALP’s mission and guiding principles, the TransJustice Coordinator will work collaboratively with members and ALP staff to coordinate, develop, and evaluate the current community organizing campaign led by and for Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color. This includes supervision of volunteers and members, campaign development, political education and leadership development, programming oversight and implementation, public speaking, representing on coalitions, monitoring program budget and reporting, and representing the organization to relevant funders.
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent, and serve our various constituencies.
HISTORY: Founded in 1995 and staffed since 1996, the Audre Lorde Project (ALP) has developed innovative programs and initiated significant community mobilizations focused on the concerns of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color. Key programs areas have included issues – such as Transformative Justice/ Anti Violence and Welfare rights for TGNC Communities of Color– that are non-traditional in LGBT organizations.
VISION STATEMENT: The Audre Lorde Project envisions a world in which people celebrate differences and every community has the right to full self-determination. We envision a world in which all systematic oppression has ended. We envision a world in which everyone has enough to survive and to thrive and all people have the right to live where, with whom and how they choose. We believe this vision will ultimately be achieved through local organizing efforts driven by communities most affected by systematic oppression. Our struggles toward overcoming oppression include committing to social and economic justice, and working to end all forms of discrimination, U.S. imperialism, and colonization. These efforts will be connected to progressive movements that build collective power within and outside the U.S. We envision a movement that honors the histories of resistance, continues and reformulates strategies of the past, and builds lasting movements for our vision of the future.
Advocacy, Movement Building, and Campaign Work
- Coordinate member leadership, staff, and relevant partners to develop and maintain long term grassroots community organizing campaign for TGNC POC New Yorkers. Our current campaign is for safe, sustainable, and long-term housing for TGNC POC.
- Lead bi-annual evaluation of campaign strategies.
- Cultivate community partnerships with organizations and service providers in New York City and garner their support and involvement in the campaign work.
- Represent ALP and TransJustice on economic, racial, immigrant, and gender justice coalitions; work locally (and nationally, as needed) with coalitions.
- Develop and maintain relationships with TGNC POC leadership across the city and nationally to move forward ALP’s contribution to larger movement building work.
- Develop and maintain relationships with TransJustice’s TGNC POC base.
- Develop and facilitate relevant curriculum for internal and external trainings related to the political campaigns and/or political issues that TransJustice is prioritizing.
- Trouble shoot with supervisor, staff, members, and relevant partners around incidences of violence within our communities, and organize rapid response with organizing partners and allies, including advocating for TGNC POC on issues of violence and safety with media, police, policy makers, and local city government, etc.
- In coordination with ALP 3rd Space Support Coordinator, work on ensuring that the TransJustice program is accessible and centers those most impacted by oppression, and support current TJ members to access culturally competent resources and referrals.
- In coordination with ALP’s Member Engagement and Leadership Coordinator, support the leadership development of members through developing skills-based organizing trainings, regular check-ins, and workshops for TGNC POC members.
- In coordination with ALP Staff, support on large-scale community events to create visibility and education around the political issues and conditions TGNC POC face in New York City.
Administrative and Collective ALP Staff Responsibilities
- Participate in staff meetings and collective staff responsibilities, including staffing organizational events, all-staff retreats, organization-wide decision-making bodies, and staff-wide professional development.
- Staff and coordinate logistics for program area meetings and events.
- Maintain collective structure and decision-making processes for TransJustice.
- Extensive collaboration and coordination with other ALP program areas.
- Monitor and develop annual program budget.
- Maintain all administrative documentation (including expense tracking, quarterly/monthly reporting and evaluation)
- Track and record relevant curriculum, training materials, agendas, contact, and reference information.
- Supervise and coordinate supervision of relevant volunteers/members including: recruitment, screening and hiring, training, development, and evaluation.
- Represent ALP and organizing area(s) to funders as requested by supervisor.
- Write reports and updates documenting progress of organizing area(s).
- Represent the organization at meetings and events as requested by supervisor.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
How to Apply:
- Understanding of and commitment to ALP’s organizational mission, guiding principles and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Two Spirit Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color (POC) issues.
- Proven ability to work with multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-gendered, and intergenerational communities.
- Proven ability to work with communities of varying abilities and commitment to maintaining accessibility across all program areas.
- Strong working knowledge of LGBTSTGNC POC, LGBTSTGNC, and POC communities, resources, and services in the NYC area.
- Campaign and organizing experience, from designing to implementing campaign strategies.
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and comfortable with navigating city officials, media, and community representatives.
- Strong peer-counseling, conflict-management, and crisis management skills.
- Public speaking experience on issues, policies, and strategies impacting LGBTSTGNC.
- Strong facilitation skills for small to large groups.
- Able to coordinate large actions/events for 300 or more people.
- Experience cultivating leadership and decision-making among community members; developing and leading grassroots community organizing campaigns; and solid interest/experience in movement-building strategies.
- Supervisory experience within a community-based organization, using consensus and other participatory decision-making models.
- Experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation – including the development of popular education trainings and tools.
- Able to use PC-based word processing; computer literacy required.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
$50,700 with generous fringe benefits
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 31, 2018
Applications should include:
- Cover letter stating your interest in the position and your qualifications.
- A list of 3 professional references with names, telephone, and emails
Please send all documents as a PDF.
Please note that applicants who are being considered for second round interviews will also be asked to submit a sample workshop agenda and campaign work plan. Samples from past work encouraged.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, all applications must be submitted by December 31, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS. Only applicants advancing in the process will be contacted.
We cannot accept hand delivered applications OR applications in the body of the email. Due to staffing constraints, we regret that ALP is unable to respond to telephone or email inquiries regarding this position. Any application submitted incorrectly will not be considered.
Thank you for your interest.