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Director of Advocacy and Community Programs

May 17, 2021
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Gay City
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Director of Advocacy and Community Programs

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FLSA Status: Exempt

Hours: 40 hours per week, some evenings and weekends

Salary: $65,000 annually

Reports to: Executive Director

Applicate Deadline: Open until filled

• Full healthcare, dental, and optical coverage offered.
• Generous vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, and safe leave after successful completion of the 90-day introductory period.
• Gay City recognizes the importance of saving for retirement and offers eligible employees a 401(k) plan.
• Free ORCA Pass.

To Apply
• Please submit cover letter and resume via e-mail to
• Please use “Director of Advocacy – Your name” in the subject line

Gay City’s Mission
Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center cultivates access and connections to promote self-determination, liberation and joy in our communities.

Position Summary
The Director of Advocacy and Community Programs will provide direction and oversight for our advocacy and community programs, including youth advocacy, arts, and training and technical assistance. This person will cultivate external relationships with government and foundation funders, provide direction on program funding, expansion and delivery, and supervise the work of our Youth Advocacy Manager, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, and seasonal Arts Coordinator. This person will serve on external work groups and committees and be both an internal and external advocate for Gay City and BIPOC LGBTQ+ communities.
The Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility of Gay City’s Advocacy and Community Programs, including:
● LGBTQ youth-focused marijuana, tobacco and vape prevention for the Washington State Dept of Health. Gay City is the LGBTQ+ population contractor that provides training and technical support and policy advocacy for regional health jurisdictions and other funded youth organizations. We also participate in the statewide Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program practice collaborative and the Washington Tobacco Coalition and Partnerships Initiative.
● Domestic Violence Diversion Program, an advocacy model that promotes self-determination for survivors and self-accountability for people that cause harm – which is now widely accepted as best practice in building sustainable, safe, and healthy communities.
● Youth Peer Mentorship, a group of BIPOC LGBTQ+ youth (ages 16-24) that live throughout the City of Seattle/ King County centered on empowerment and facilitation of programming that is youth-led and youth-focused.
● Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) programming. Providing learning opportunities for service providers and decision-makers to reflect on how we can collectively manifest radical, courageous integrity in our commitments to dismantling the systems of violence that disproportionately impact BIPOC LGBTQ communities, youth communities, and their intersections.
● Youth Advocacy, designed to develop strong relationships with other youth organizations statewide, priority population contractors, government agency representatives as well as school administrators and educators.
● Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of LGBTQ BIPOC youth (ages 12-24) that live throughout the City of Seattle/ King County. In collaboration with Gay City staff, they support the design and evaluation of effective youth advocacy. Through evidence-based strategies, YAC guides the and implementation of youth prevention programming that decreases the impact of risk factors that contribute to LGBTQ health disparities (like substance use/abuse, high-risk sexual practices, homelessness/unstable housing, economic instability, and suicidality) and increases youth protective factors that promote self-determination, liberation, and joy.
● YouthCare Academy, we’re developing a training center within a fully functioning clinical space at YouthCare Academy in 2024. We anticipate having the capacity to provide access to birth control and family planning, gender care, and basic primary care. Our goal is for this site to be an active learning center where we will provide hands-on training, structured learning and paid experience to help youth become licensed medical assistant phlebotomists.
● Gay City Arts Festival will support developing artists while taking leadership from established mentor artists through a seasonal workshop series culminating in an arts festival highlighting each artist’s work.

The Director will play a key role in supporting these programs in partnership with Gay City’s Communications Director and Health Messaging Coordinator:

● Youth Advocacy Media program engages 12-20-year-old LGBTQ youth to educate about the risks and consequences of using marijuana. Gay City’s Communications Director and Health Messaging Coordinator lead this work, which involves conducting formative research within LGBTQ+ communities and use information gathered to develop campaign messages and inform campaign strategies. Gay City tests campaign messages with their audience to ensure strong readability, message relevance, cultural competency, and desired impact for behavior change are met. The Director of youth Advocacy will work with the communications team to coordinate and collaborate for the successful implementation of this project.
● Queer Community Conversations (QCC): Working with our Communications Director to support a monthly online series discussing the work of other organizations serving Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) as a means of amplifying their work and learning skills to improve Gay City’s services for LGBTQ+ BIPOC communities.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Director performs a wide range of duties including:

● Ensure compliance with all requirements of funders, including grant reporting, project execution, and maintain files and tracking data.
● Supervise program staff by providing direction, input and feedback.
● Identify and reach out to community partners, government funders and workgroups, and private foundations to create programming opportunities, identify funding opportunities, and build partnerships with community members and volunteers.
● Develop and respond to public and private grant opportunities with consultation from the Development Director.
● Attend all promotional events and engagements in support of Youth Programs
● Attend legislative meetings as necessary and provide information and input regarding LGBTQ+ Youth Communities.
● Coordinate the delivery of services among different program activities to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
● Ensure that the program operates within the approved budget by monitoring and approving all budgeted program expenditures.
● Provide required information to have invoices generated and submitted to funders according to the established timelines.
● Create structures that allow for the capacity building of advocacy across all Gay City programs

Qualifications (required)
● Experience managing projects effectively ensuring objectives, deadlines and budgets are met by team members.
● Value others’ success, and must be humble enough to help others succeed.
● Shares information, offers autonomy, is aware of people’s needs, and effectively delegates.
● Knowledge and familiarity of issues impacting BIPOC LGBTQ+ communities with demonstrated ability to think and work intersectionality, particularly with regard to race, class, gender, age and ability.
● Experience writing program grants and/or implementing government-funded programs.

Gay City is an equal opportunity employer. Gay City does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, gender identity or presentation, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, immigration status, and the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in employment, volunteer opportunities or services rendered.

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