Open Position: Field Organizer
The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people and their families. As a progressive racial, economic and social justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves equity for all. The Task Force has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Miami, and Cambridge, MA.
Reports to: Deputy Director Advocacy and Action Department or their designee
Position Location: Washington, DC
Summary: This position will be part of the Advocacy and Action Team, a department working to Build Power, Take Action and Create Change by waging policy change campaigns at the ballot box and with legislative bodies, and in communities of faith and justice, building the capacity and infrastructure of the movement by investing in people and organizations, and creating and disseminating a shared worldview of a transformed society.
The department expects a standard of excellence—to think, act and evaluate at every stage of the work, whether they are targeting votes in a legislative campaign, creating trainings about religious exemptions for faith communities or building relationships at the National Religious Leadership Roundtable. The department builds teams to lead inspiring, cutting-edge work for direct political action, community-building education, long-term leadership and organizational development throughout the movement.
Organizers contribute to and lead various aspects of the following projects:
- Grassroots organizing focused on shifting and transforming the faith narrative by engaging people of faith to demonstrate their public support for LGBTQ people;
- Cross movement policy infused grassroots organizing at the federal and state level;
- Organize in communities fighting for LGBTQ policy change on ballot measure and legislative campaigns by recruiting, motivating and inspiring volunteers, volunteer leaders and staff of campaigns and equality organizations to master the core concepts of building big teams, grassroots fundraising, coalition building and leadership development;
- Organize in faith communities fighting to change denominational policy so that LGBTQ people can participate fully in all aspects of the life of their faith community, as well as move people of faith to action on political justice campaigns
- Be a part of state legislative policy committee conversations and planning
- Organize in through a lens of racial, gender, and reproductive justice
- Develop curriculum, facilitate and recruit participants for Task Force trainings Including
- The National Conference on LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change (Academy Sessions and institutes, including the Racial Justice Institute); Genderjustice trainings and other capacity building, issue and organizing trainings.
- Develop (blogs, memes and tweets) collaborate with the communications to develop tactics including to expand the reach of people who know about the Faith and organizing work of the National LGBTQ Task Force and is strategically shared with the Task Force’s shareholders
- 2-5 years organizing experience on community issue, legislative and ballot measure campaigns;
- Demonstrated knowledge of and great curiosity about all aspects of the LGBTQ community, especially with regards to trans justice, communities of faith and communities of color
- Demonstrated ability to give and receive critical feedback;
- Comfort with organizing and engagement with clergy, faith leaders, and other people of faith
- Experience and desire to take calculated risks;
- Is self-aware and self-reflective;
- Accountable to trackable, establishing measurable and quantifiable outcomes;
- Is an excellent problem-solver;
- Proficient and passionate trainer and ability to develop curriculum using adult learning theory;
- Great relationship builder and ability to inspire others to take action;
- Prefers and thrives in collaborative environment;
- Desire and ability to travel extensively, even on short notice;
- Understands the intersections of oppression and has a Power, Privilege and Oppression analysis;
- Demonstrated capacity and desire to work in a multi-cultural environments where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, real or perceived gender identity, physical ability, and spiritual practice is an important value.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This a full-time, exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your experience relevant to these responsibilities and qualifications and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations and contact information for three references. Applications submitted via e-mail for this position should be directed to hr@theTaskForce.org; please write “Field Organizer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.