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Transgender Rights Organizer

Position: Transgender Rights Organizer
Reports to: Organizing Director
Location: Pennsylvania

Founded in 1996 as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, Equality Pennsylvania is the only organization in the Commonwealth advocating in Harrisburg and across the state, exclusively for the rights of LGBT Pennsylvanians.

Our central goal is to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians through education, policy and legislation. More than a decade ago, Equality Pennsylvania was a volunteer-based 501(c)3 organization. Today, we have full-time and part-time staff that stretches across the state, including robust field and communications departments. Staff are spread throughout affiliated 501(c)3, 501(c)4, and PAC organizations. Our board comes from across the Commonwealth—we are LGBT and straight, business people and government workers, attorneys, non-profit leaders and professors who are singularly focused on changing the landscape for all LGBT Pennsylvanians.

Equality PA is working to support a stronger transgender movement in Pennsylvania and better integrate transgender issues and activists throughout Equality PA’s work for LGBT equality in the Commonwealth. In 2015, Equality PA will be working to to educate the public about the fact that it is still legal in Pennsylvania to be fired from your job, evicted from your home, or turned away from a business just for being LGBT. Unfortunately, many people in Pennsylvania don’t realize that the LGBT community does not have clear discrimination protections. The Transgender Rights Organizer will work to continue engaging transgender individuals across Pennsylvania in support of ongoing grassroots organizing efforts around the nondiscrimination campaign.

Specifically, the Transgender Rights 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;
  • Collect stories of transgender Pennsylvanians
  • Work with partner organizations interested in advancing LGBT equality specifically with regard to nondiscrimination
  • In conjunction with the staff of the National Center for Transgender Equality, develop and implement a series of discussions about transgender rights that can be held remotely with transgender people across Pennsylvania

We 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 Pennsylvania for both organizing and professional development purposes.


  • Cultural competency in working in and with transgender communities and, in particular, transgender communities of color
  • Community organizing, education and/or policy advocacy experience (in a paid or volunteer position)
  • 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

Experience working with a group to plan and implement social change strategies to address a pressing problem of systemic discrimination, isolation, and/or oppression.
Education or work experience in public policy, transgender education and outreach, community organizing, community health, or related field.

Equality Pennsylvania 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.

Salary based on experience. Benefit package available. This position is currently budgeted for 12 months, with opportunity for continuation if the program is deemed successful.

Email cover letter and resume via PDF, Word, or Pages to

Please, no phone calls. 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 mid-January 2015.

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