Transgender Visibility Organizer

 

Overview

Fairness West Virginia, the state’s leading LGBTQ civil rights organization, based in Charleston, seeks a full-time Transgender Visibility Organizer to strengthen the organization’s commitment to trans and nonconforming communities.

The Transgender Visibility Organizer will serve as a primary resource, working collaboratively with community partners to support the mission of Fairness West Virginia. The overarching goals of this new position are to increase transgender visibility, strengthen local transgender resources and support groups, work to change laws and policies that affect trans people, and empower transgender West Virginians.

Fairness West Virginia is a statewide non-profit education and social justice organization whose mission is to ensure that LGBTQ people in the Mountain State can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.

 

Responsibilities

Organize and host educational/outreach events across the state with our partners to help increase visibility of the transgender community.

Conduct awareness training with health care professionals and assist in compiling a regularly updated transgender-inclusive health care guide.

Work with teachers, school administrators, school board members and other stakeholders to help them gain an understanding of the issues faced by transgender and gender nonconforming students, and how to best meet their needs.

Assist the Executive Director in building grassroots lobbying efforts over local, statewide, and national LGBTQ issues.

Assist the Executive Director in building and maintaining relationships with elected officials, municipal and state agency staff to advance LGBTQ nondiscrimination.

Assist the Executive Director in identifying development opportunities and in building relationships with potential donors.

Provide assistance with major organizational events such as annual gala, other fundraisers, lobby day, and pride festivals.

Recruiting and supervising interns and volunteers as required.

 

Qualifications

Knowledge and understanding of gender identity and transgender communities and of the barriers experienced by transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Experience with community organizing and advocacy on behalf of transgender or other underserved communities preferred.

Demonstrated capability to work with a diverse range of groups, professionals, agencies, educational staff, community members, elected officials, and parents/children.

Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly, speak in public, and facilitate large and small meetings, including via conference calls and webinars. Demonstrated experience tailoring messages to different types of audiences is also necessary.

Ability to quickly build relationships, to listen to and persuade people and effectively engage them around a common goal.

Ability to self-motivate, self-direct, and manage multiple projects simultaneously as well as a commitment to teamwork and a sense of flexibility.

High attention to detail and ability to travel as necessary.

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Word Press, and social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.

Candidate will need their own reliable transportation and the work hours may involve nights and weekends as needed.

 

Compensation

Compensation for this full-time position is in the lower $30,000’s but is negotiable based on experience. Our excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous vacation, holiday, sick leave, and retirement benefits.

 

Application Procedure

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you). Email your application with “Transgender Visibility Organizer” in the subject line to Andrew Schneider, Executive Director, Fairness West Virginia, Andrew@fairnesswv.org. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

 

Fairness West Virginia is an Equal Opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people to apply.