Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Job Posting: Grantmakers United for Trans Communities
Project Director (Remote)
Reports to: Director of Programs
FLSA: Exempt (Full Time)
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
Boldness in moving resources
and finding joy in TGNC liberation
- Strong written and verbal communication skills and
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
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.