ABOUT FUNDERS FOR LGBTQ ISSUES
Funders for LGBTQ Issues works to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promoting equity, and advancing racial, economic and gender justice. We are a network of funders committed to advancing equity and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer (LGBTQ) communities.
We provide three essential services:
- Organize convenings and forums for LGBTQ funders to connect, coordinate their efforts, learn from each other, and maximize their impact.
- Provide training and support services for foundations to help them increase their LGBTQ inclusiveness in grantmaking and internal practices.
- Provide up-to-the-minute information, research, and resources on LGBTQ grantmaking to benefit funders and the broader LGBTQ movement.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is unique in that the organization not only raises funds to support its work but also works to increase resources for the LGBTQ movement, particularly the most under-served communities within the LGBTQ movement, such as LGBTQ people of color, transgender communities, and women. Please visit www.lgbtfunders.org for more information on our work.
Overview of the Position
In response to long-standing under-funding of trans communities in the United States, Funders for LGBTQ Issues launched Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) in 2017 – a significant initiative designed to increase the scale and impact of funding for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary communities by shifting the culture of philanthropy to be inclusive and supportive of transgender people, and mainly centering BIPOC Trans GNC (TGNC) individuals.
The GUTC initiative has three main components:
- A pledge campaign to raise trans awareness and cultural competency among funders and to galvanize them to action by taking specific steps to increase their funding of TGNC issues as well as their internal trans inclusiveness;
- A fellowship program to support TGNC leaders working in institutional philanthropy to build the power of transgender people in this sector; and
- Supporting organizing and collaborative projects among funder networks to provide a space for them to learn from one another and coordinate their efforts to increase funding for transgender communities.
The Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Project Director will play a leadership role in advancing all three components with the broader mission of helping to increase philanthropic support of transgender communities across the United States and its territories. The GUTC Project Director will also play a key role in Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ programs team, working in close collaboration with our Out in the South initiative and our other philanthropic organizing projects. They will also work closely with our research program to inform our research projects and our communications team and assist with development tasks as needed to support fundraising for the initiative.
The GUTC Project Director will supervise consultants and possibly part-time staff devoted to Grantmakers United for Trans Communities.
Direct the Ongoing GUTC Pledge Campaign
The GUTC Project Director will lead an ongoing campaign for funders to show their support for trans, specifically Black and Brown TGNC communities, and take steps to increase the scale and impact of their trans funding and their internal TGNC inclusiveness. This work includes:
- Coordinate an ongoing peer learning network among the foundations to help them meet their pledge goals. This includes leading regular network meetings virtually and in person, designing and presenting trainings for foundations, and working collaboratively with members and TGNC community organizations to build opportunities for funders to share information, best practices, and resources.
- Outreach to funders to promote the GUTC Pledge to secure new signatories.
- Lead ongoing planning and development of GUTC’s mission and goals with key stakeholders invested in increasing the quality and quantity of foundation funding to transgender communities. These stakeholders include major foundation funders of trans communities and TGNC movement leaders.
Coordinate GUTC Leaders Fellowship Program
The GUTC Project Director will be the lead coordinator for our annual GUTC Leaders Fellowship. They will be responsible for continuously improving, implementing, and managing the fellowship program. Tasks include:
- Work with network members, staff, and GUTC Leaders Fellowship alumni to lead goal-setting and priorities for each cycle of the fellowship and to lead the application and selection process for incoming cohorts of fellows each year.
- Lead all fellowship activities, including delegating, designing, and presenting educational programming for fellows, providing coaching and goal-setting support to select fellows, screening and selecting additional consultants as needed, delegating tasks as needed, and managing the ongoing overall support for fellows.
- With stakeholders and fellowship alumni, design and implement additional professional networking and educational programs for alumni and other transgender-identified people working in philanthropy.
Support Funder Organizing & Collaboration
Partnering with other staff, the GUTC Project Director will help lead the organization’s ongoing efforts to organize funders to work together to increase the scope and scale of foundation support of transgender communities in the United States and its territories. Task include:
- Co-lead regular planning meetings and retreats with funders invested in supporting transgender communities to design and implement campaigns and other strategies to increase overall foundation support.
- Keep track of priorities and commitments to help to partner funders stay on track toward their shared goals.
- Outreach to potential new funders and their staff to participate in organizing projects. This includes cultivating and managing relationships with a diverse range of foundations and their staff.
Contribute to the Funders for LGBTQ Issues Team
The GUTC Project Director will be an integral member of the Funders for LGBTQ Issues programs team and of the larger organization. Tasks include:
- Frequent communication with team program members, including helping to lead team planning meetings and retreats to align work plans, strategies, and goals.
- With our communications staff, assist in communicating progress towards GUTC’s goals to the larger organization and to our network members, including speaking to the media as requested.
- Contribute to overall organizational culture-building and justice work to help continue to make Funders for LGBTQ Issues a great place to be and to work for everyone.
- Significant experience, broad understanding, and commitment to people, social justice values, and, ideally, in-depth knowledge of at least one sub-population or issue, such as LGBTQ poverty, HIV/AIDS and health issues, systemic violence against TGNC people, and advocating for BIPOC TGNC communities.
- Boldness in moving resources and finding joy in TGNC liberation
- Strong written and verbal communication skills and practices.
- Experience building and maintaining relationships among partners with varying levels of positional power.
- Experience assisting and mentoring others to achieve their goals and dreams.
- Resilience and self-preservation in the face of pervasive transphobia, racism, sexism, and cissexism in the larger philanthropic sector.
- A strong commitment to social justice combined with a pragmatic, problem-solving approach and an openness to understanding and engaging people and institutions representing diverse viewpoints and theories of change.
- Organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects and deadlines while advancing long-term organizational goals.
- Self-starter with the ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a small and highly motivated team.
- Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects and deadlines while advancing long-term goals.
- Minimum of three (3) years of equivalent experience; non-profit experience preferred.
- Excellent sense of humor.
REMOTE WORK AND MONTHLY STIPENDS
This role is remote to the continental US. Our New York City-based offices have contracted since the pandemic, but New York City-based staff are working permanently remotely. FLGBTQI has a four-day, 32-hour work week, and our offices are closed on Fridays. All staff is given the opportunity for an office rental $350 monthly stipend. All staff receives a monthly stipend of $100 for internet and cell phone.
Periodically, employees engage in work travel. Such work travel is voluntary, with the full understanding of the health and safety risks involved. FLGBTQI shall not be responsible for any and all potential exposure to COVID-19 as a result of employment with FLGBTQI. Normal travel for this position is 20%. This is expected to resume at this pre-pandemic level during 2023.
VACCINATION AND BOOSTER REQUIRED
FLGBTQI mandates full vaccinations for all employees except for employees with valid medical waivers from a licensed physician. As such, verifying an employee’s vaccination status may be considered a condition precedent of employment. FLGBTQI shall make reasonable accommodations and document such reasonable accommodations, including a record of documentation relied upon, in the event that an exemption is granted with respect to FLGBTQI’s vaccination policy.
To be considered fully vaccinated, employees must have received the updated requisite rounds of the CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccinations as follows:
- Two weeks after receiving their second dose in a two-dose series, the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines plus the accompanying booster shot.
- OR two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine plus the accompanying booster shot.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary is $98,000. Excellent benefits, including full medical health reimbursement, flexible spending accounts, retirement plan contributions, and a generous vacation schedule. Flexible work hours are friendly for balancing work and personal obligations.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues value mentorship and leadership development and will work with the hired candidate to identify opportunities to support their professional growth in philanthropy and beyond.
The organization is currently reviewing and updating its total compensation policy to include a PayScale Equity Calculator Tool. This addresses salary gaps in pay equity and designs a pay scale that embodies organizational principles and culture.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format to the GUTC Project Director position on our career page at https://lgbtfunders.bamboohr.com/careers. Due to the expected high volume of applications, we are unable to accept phone inquiries.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building the leadership of people of color, women, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals. Funders for LGBTQ Issues does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status.