Founded in 2003, the Transgender
Legal Defense & Educational Fund (TLDEF) is a national
organization committed to advancing justice and equity for
transgender people through impact litigation, direct legal
services, advocacy, and public education. This year TLDEF has
worked with a number of the nation’s largest insurers to
successfully obtain removal of transgender health exclusions
covering millions of members nationwide. We have brought Miami-Dade
County to the negotiating table to end abuses against transgender
detainees in their jail system, building on our 2020 success
obtaining one of the nation’s strongest jail policies to protect
transgender inmates in New York. We have also succeeded in
improving court rules governing name changes in several states. And
we’re just getting started. TLDEF is now engaged in a
strategic planning process and brand refresh to sharpen its focus
and guide its future development and growth.
TLDEF is adding a new and exciting position to its growing staff
and seeks an entrepreneurial and highly
organized Institutional Giving Officer who is eager to
join a high growth organization at a critical time for transgender
rights. In less than three years, TLDEF’s annual budget has more
than doubled in size from $831K to $2M+ as a direct result of the
Executive Director’s plan to scale our organization to meet the
challenges and opportunities that face our movement. We are seeking
a strong relationship manager who has experience building and
maintaining a diverse portfolio of effective institutional
relationships focused on ensuring TLDEF’s strategic priorities are
effectively resourced. Reporting to the Director of Development,
the successful candidate will possess both the technical and
interpersonal skills required to own all aspects of institutional
- Manage a growing portfolio of foundation relationships
currently valued at $600,000 with a focus on building strong,
- Manage a portfolio of city and state government contracts
currently valued at $485,000 and shepherd the contracts process
from initial application to execution.
- Regularly research and identify foundation prospects and
cultivate strong leads with an eye toward increasing foundation
- Produce all grant proposals, reports, and additional collateral
related to foundation and government funding solicitations.
- Establish and implement systems to ensure effective grant
writing processes, including application and reporting calendars
and internal communications with program staff to craft accurate
and up-to-date proposals and reports.
- Develop an institutional donor communications plan (i.e., email
updates, funder briefings, etc.) to ensure foundations and
government agencies are kept informed of timely or breaking
- Collaborate with the senior team and program staff in the
preparation and execution of relationship-building among prospects,
stewardship activities, and proposal development and
- Actively work across development and program teams to identify
and determine funding opportunities and priorities for existing and
- Assist with all aspects of preparation for foundation or
government agency meetings. Represent TLDEF at funder meetings or
gatherings as needed.
- Work with program staff to ensure institutional giving
opportunities consistently align with the organization’s
- Analyze grant award letters for terms and conditions and
translate them into deliverable deadlines. Ensure a timely
- Partner with the Operations Manager to formulate budgets and
ensure all foundation grants and government contracts are properly
tracked and reconciled. Maintain timely and accurate records for
- Provide counsel to the Director of Development and Executive
Director about timely and relevant developments related to TLDEF’s
foundation grants and government contracts.
- Partner effectively with the Director of Development to achieve
- Participate in the successful completion of special projects
and other duties as assigned.
- Strong belief in TLDEF’s mission and the people who are driving
the work forward, including an intersectional commitment to social,
racial, economic, disability, and gender justice.
- At least three to five years of experience managing a portfolio
of foundation grants and/or government contracts, including direct
experience in at least two or more of the following areas: grant
writing, proposal development, grant management, and prospect
- Experience with cultivating and stewarding effective
relationships with funders.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong research skills and the ability to synthesize complex
information or concepts.
- Strong time-management and organizational skills, including
ability to develop and maintain best-in-class systems, policies,
and tools that directly support institutional giving and the
overall development department.
- Proficiency with prospecting tools and other
development-specific resources, such as the Foundation Center,
GuideStar, and Charity Navigator.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially Word,
Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Experience with collaborative tools,
such as Asana, Slack, and Zoom.
- Ability to travel on occasion and flexibility in working hours
for periodic events and related functions in the evenings and
- Experience managing a diverse portfolio of grants and/or
government contracts with a total value of at least $250,000 to
- Experience engaging LGBTQ+ funders, gender justice funders,
and/or government agencies.
- Knowledge of emergent and current issues impacting transgender
and nonbinary people.
- Fluency or proficiency in a language other than English,
- Strategic thinker. You love to plan with
goals and objectives, outcomes, and deadlines. You know how to map
out the landscape and identify all the players. You think ahead,
come prepared with solutions, and know how to keep your eyes on the
- Evangelizer. You are passionate about
mission-driven organizations. You naturally excel at finding ways
to inspire and build positive relationships along the way.
- Integrity. You’re committed to the belief
that fundraising must align with mission and values. You understand
that you have been entrusted to create impact for and with
transgender and nonbinary communities.
- Strive for excellence. You set high
standards for your work. You proudly take ownership of your
responsibilities and actively search for ways to innovate and
- Adaptable. You’re unbothered by the need
to work in a group or by yourself. You have what it takes to thrive
in a fast-paced environment and with a high performing team.
Since last year, TLDEF’s
office has remained closed and all work travel suspended. TLDEF
employees currently work from home and only visit the office when
necessary. The office is expected to re-open in the early Fall, but
employees continue to temporarily work remote.
To ensure the health and safety of TLDEF employees and job
applicants, the hiring process in its entirety will be conducted
either by phone or video conference.
Salary range of $65,000 to
$75,000, depending on experience. TLDEF offers a robust benefits
package that includes 100% employer paid medical, vision,
dental, and life insurance; employer contributions to 401(k)
retirement plan; 15 paid holidays; generous paid time off; sick
time; healthcare flex spending account; and pre-tax commuter
Submit a compelling cover letter;
resume or C.V.; and one relevant writing sample of no more than 10
pages to: https://tldef.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=33.
Submissions without all required materials will
not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a
rolling basis with an anticipated start date for this position in
either late September or October. No phone calls or emails,
TLDEF is an equal opportunity employer. Black people,
Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, nonbinary, queer, and intersex people; women;
immigrants; people with disabilities, including those living with
HIV; formerly incarcerated people; and people with lived
experiences of poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.