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Director of Community Advocacy, Education, & Research

Oct 11, 2021
pride foundation
Pride Foundation
Seattle
For more information please visit: https://pridefoundation.org/about-us/work-with-us/director-of-community-advocacy-education-research/

About Pride Foundation

Pride Foundation fuels transformational movements to advance equity and justice for LGBTQ+ people in all communities across the Northwest. We envision a world in which all LGBTQ+ people live safely and openly as our whole selves in the communities we call home.

Founded in 1985, we are the only LGBTQ+ community foundation in the Northwest, and have invested more than $72 million in nonprofit organizations, local leaders, and student scholars through our grants, scholarships, and initiatives. We work in the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Pride Foundation has an operating budget of more than $5 million and 15 full-time employees, 5 of whom are fully remote and 10 who are currently remote, but previously worked at our headquarters in Seattle, WA. Pride Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors with 22 members from across the five-state region with diverse professional and lived experiences.  

As an organization and as individuals, we are committed to anti-racism, and strive to center racial equity and justice throughout our organization and all aspects of our programmatic work. Together, we are intentionally and actively building an internal culture that reflects this commitment, and an organization where our team members can thrive. All team members are a part of this work and are active participants in building our culture. Read more about the work culture we are building here.  

About TRANSformCulture

TRANSformCulture is Pride Foundation’s public education, research, and advocacy program that seeks to shift culture through storytelling, community building, and outreach that is community led and developed.  TRANSformCulture is grounded in developing, maintaining, and centering long-term relationships with communities—developing this work with individuals and groups on the ground who are supporting our communities.

The goal of this work is to utilize messaging research and community organizing to increase awareness and acceptance of gender diversity, and to empower BIPOC, Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, intersex, and gender diverse community members and leaders as change agents within and beyond their own communities.

Position Summary

Pride Foundation seeks a community-oriented and deeply embedded leader to lead our public education, research, and advocacy program, TRANSformCulture. Our next Director of Community Advocacy, Education, & Research (DCAER) will bring a strong background in working with and building meaningful relationships within BIPOC, Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, intersex and gender diverse communities, have strong skills in research design and implementation, and a thorough understanding of what it takes to change systems and transform culture to truly keep our communities safe.  The DCAER is a critical member of our leadership team, and is responsible for designing and implementing the breadth of TRANSformCulture’s work. 

The DCAER reports to the CEO, serves on Pride Foundation’s Leadership Team, and leads the Village Council—a 25-person community advisory committee consisting of change agents from across the 5-State region. This is a full time, exempt position. Flexibility to work some evenings, weekends, and occasionally travel are necessary. This position is currently remote, and candidates should live in, or be willing to relocate to, one of the five Northwest states Pride Foundation serves. Staff members in the greater Puget Sound region will have the option to work out of our headquarters office in Seattle in the future once conditions of the pandemic make in-person work safe again.

Primary Responsibilities

The DCAER will lead all aspects of this work, from developing and maintaining community relationships, outreach, and engagement, to co-designing and implementing the story collection, analysis, and research with the Village Council. The DCAER will also be responsible for coordinating the dissemination and use of this research with community groups and organizations, collecting feedback on effectiveness and community needs, and designing future projects based on what is learned. It is critical that this work be grounded in a research and data justice framework, and also requires the DCAER to bring a strong, intersectional, racial, and gender justice analysis to this work.

Community Outreach and Engagement (30%)

  • Develop, maintain, and center long-term relationship building with BIPOC, Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, intersex, and gender diverse community leaders and community groups and organizations across the Northwest region.
  • Coordinate, support, and lead the Village Council community advisory group to strengthen their leadership in the research, build relationships with one another and communities, and implement key components of the research work.
  • Lead and coordinate Village Council meetings, as well as broader community convenings that focus on relationship building and healing justice, as well as the research work.

Research: Story Collection, Analysis, and Design (30%)

  • Lead and coordinate all aspects of research to collect stories and develop messaging with BIPOC, Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, intersex and gender diverse people and communities, in order to shift thinking on binary conceptions of gender and reframe understanding of gender from an indigenous lens.
  • Develop and apply a research justice and data justice framework to all aspects of this research. This requires centering community members as leaders and decision-makers, as well as in data collection and dissemination.
  • Work with community-based researchers to build out research questions and approach, community-based participatory research framework, and strengthen the Village Council’s knowledge and understanding of messaging research and how storytelling can support culture change.
  • Coordinate and support the Village Council to frame research questions, collect community stories across the Northwest, analyze findings, and create messaging tools.

Advocacy: Community Education and Application (20%)

  • Stay engaged with national and local climate and movement building around trans policy, advocacy, and legislative efforts. This includes serving on national and local advocacy coalitions as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement plans to document and disseminate research and tools created by this project locally across the Northwest and nationally with partners, that helps shift the way our movements and communities talk about and understand our communities.
  • Work with community members and leaders to develop tailored messaging tools and public education efforts based on local needs and opportunities (including legislation and campaigns).

Internal Leadership (10%)

  • Serve as a member of Pride Foundation’s Leadership Team, guiding the organization’s strategic vision and internal culture.
  • Actively contribute to creating a model of leadership that intentionally disrupts a traditional style of leadership grounded in white, heteropatriarchal ways of operating. 
  • Lead internal work to ensure a deep understanding across the organization and individual team members of our programmatic priorities, approach, and how it connects to the work we do throughout the organization.

Organizational Culture and Racial Justice (10%) 

  • Understand and integrate racial justice into individual and team workplans, and broader strategic planning efforts. 
  • Commit to personal growth, learning, and transformation, taking initiative to expand your understanding of racial justice and related principles, issues, and practice and how they apply to your and our work.   
  • Meaningfully participate in caucus groups, organizational learning sessions, and other opportunities to shape our organizational culture.  
  • Work to acknowledge, address, and eliminate individual, institutional, and structural racism and its intersections with other forms of oppression in your and our work. 
  • Actively participate in evolving the organizational culture at Pride Foundation to be mission-focused, inclusive, values-aligned, and community-centered. 
  • Grow and apply the skills and practices needed to create an inclusive organizational culture including (but not limited to): clear and kind communication, giving and receiving feedback, mutual accountability, and self-care and boundaries.  
  • Contribute to developing a culture of philanthropy at Pride Foundation by incorporating friend and fund raising as appropriate throughout the work. 

Qualifications: Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will have a mix of these skills, experiences, and competencies gained through paid and unpaid experiences.

  • Demonstrated commitment to Pride Foundation’s mission and to building a racially just, equitable, and inclusive environment through all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working on issues related to intersectional social justice (including racial, LGTBQ+, gender, disability, economic, and/or reproductive justice). 
  • Demonstrated experience working with LGBTQ+ communities and/or communities disproportionately impacted by injustice, including communities of color, trans and non-binary communities, indigenous communities and tribal nations, immigrant communities, rural communities, etc.
  • 3+ years of experience in program management, design, and implementation.
  • 3+ years of experience in community organizing, particularly within BIPOC, Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, intersex and/or gender diverse
  • 2+ years of experience in managing diverse staff and teams toward achieving strategic goals and developing organizational culture.
  • 2+ years of experience conducting messaging research and/or developing advocacy strategy, or equivalent.
  • Experience building deep, trusting, and lasting community relationships, and the ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and creative skills to support the development of new models and structures to better support LGBTQ+ BIPOC communities
  • Strong facilitation and collaborative management skills, and experience managing and working through conflict with a healing/restorative justice model.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and priorities.

While not required, these are additional skills and experiences we are looking for in candidates: 

  • Experience working with communities in the geographical region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, and/or across rural, small town, and urban areas.
  • Experience working within and/or knowledge of research and data justice frameworks
  • Experience working within and/or knowledge of healing justice frameworks

Salary and Benefits

Pride Foundation determines its staff salaries using the Washington Nonprofit Wage & Benefit Annual Survey. Each salary is based on the average of similar positions in organizations of comparable size and are competitive for the field. For this position, the salary range is $85,000-$90,000.

Excellent employer-paid benefits: medical (includes coverage of gender-confirming health services and procedures), dental, and vision coverage along with disability insurance, employer retirement account contribution, and option for employee to invest in an individual retirement account.

Pride Foundation has a 4-day, 32-hour work week, with the option for this position to be entirely remote (either set up to work from home or in co-working space), or to be based out of the Seattle headquarters. Candidates must reside within the 5-state region we work in, or be willing to relocate to the region.

To Apply

Pride Foundation is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities who are underrepresented in the field of philanthropy are encouraged to apply.

Send letter of interest and resume to: Katie Carter at katie@pridefoundation.org. Please include “Director of Community Advocacy, Education, and Research” in the subject line of your email. In your letter of interest, please make it a point to address the skills and experiences you bring to this role, as outlined above. We would appreciate you specifically addressing:

  • Your commitment to Pride Foundation’s work and mission, and the specific work of TRANSformCulture.
  • Why you are interested in this role in particular
  • How your lived and professional experience would make you successful in this role

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by October 25, 2021 for first consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, though applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please email Katie Carter if you have specific questions about this position.

Click here for a downloadable PDF version of this position description.



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