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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force – Organizer (two openings)

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people, and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all.

Deadline for Applications: January 20, 2012

ABOUT THE POSITION: We are currently seeking to fill two organizer positions. These positions will work as part of a dynamic team on issues of importance to the LGBT community. Under the supervision of the Director of the Academy or their designee, these full-time positions start February 17, 2014 and will be based in the Task Force’s office in Washington, D.C

These positions will be part of the Academy for Leadership and Action, a department working to Build Power, Take Action and Create Change by waging winning campaigns at the ballot box, the statehouse and in communities of faith, building the capacity and infrastructure of the movement by investing in both people and organizations, and creating and disseminating a shared worldview of a transformed society.

The Academy expects a standard of excellence—to think, act and evaluate at every stage of the work, whether they are counting votes in a legislative campaign or building relationships at the Bishops and Elders Roundtable. The Academy builds teams to lead inspiring, cutting-edge work for direct political action, as well as long-term leadership and organizational development throughout the movement.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: Organizers contribute to and lead various aspects of the following projects:

  • Organize in communities fighting for LGBT 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 LGBT 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;
  • Develop curriculum, train, facilitate and coach participants for:
    • The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change (Academy Sessions and institutes, including the Racial Justice Institute);
    • The Leadership Exchange (a 3 day cohort experience teaching values based organizing and people centered management);
    • The Trans Leadership Academy (skills based training for transgender and gender non-conforming people),
    • Naming our Destiny (capacity building for organizations do systemic change work led by and serving queer people of color);
    • Circuit Riders (1 hour to full day one-time trainings)
    • The Online Organizing Academy (online university for organizers) at department retreats and various Task Force cross departmental trainings;


  • 1-5 years organizing experience on community issue, legislative and ballot measure campaigns;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and great curiosity about all aspects of the LGBT community, especially with regards to trans justice, communities of faith and communities of color;
  • Demonstrated ability to give and receive critical feedback;
  • Experience and desire to take calculated risks;
  • Is self-aware and self-reflective;
  • Accountable to and values track able, measurable, 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 oppressions and has a Power, Privilege and Oppression analysis;
  • Demonstrated capacity and desire to work in a multi-cultural environment 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; and
  • Spanish fluency is strongly preferred.


Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan with employer contributions.

These positions are part of our collective bargaining unit.


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; please write “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.

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