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Project Manager and Trainer – Education and Youth Development: Elementary and Youth Advisory Board

Garden State Equality seeks a Project Manager and Trainer to work under the supervision of the Director of Education and Youth Development to execute quality programming while combating disparities LGBTQ+ youth face in extracurriculars and in their communities.  The candidate must possess a high level of commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting diversity, and fostering a sense of leadership that participants can continue in their own communities.

The Position:

Garden State Equality is seeking a Project Manager and Trainer to work under the supervision of the Director of Education and Youth Development to execute quality programming while combating disparities LGBTQ+ youth face in extracurriculars and in their communities. The Project Manager and Trainer will be responsible for expanding youth educational and development programs and facilitating cultural competency trainings in a multitude of capacities. The candidate must possess a high level of commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting diversity, and fostering a sense of leadership that participants can continue in their own communities.

It is often recognized that marginalized groups tend to apply for jobs only when they meet every single qualification. However, at Garden State Equality, we urge you to defy this statistic and apply regardless. The truth is, no one ever truly meets 100% of the qualifications. Our dedicated team believes in the power of hard work and compassion, and we value authenticity, empathy, and kindness. We are excited to review your application.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an Advisor for Changemakers: A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Youth Leadership Initiative.
    • This will include supporting students through difficult conversations, uplifting individuals after emotionally heavy content, and encouraging and leading positive and affirming dialogue.
    • Mentor the delegates throughout the program, ensuring that participants remain engaged, focused, secure, and safe every day.
    • Supervise and support camp counselors throughout the duration of the camp program.
  • Assist in the development of training, providing of training, and onboarding of summer camp staff.
  • Work alongside the Education and Youth Development Director to oversee the Youth Advisory Board.
  • Take lead in facilitating monthly meetings with the Youth Advisory Board.
  • Guide the Youth Advisory Board in the development of a yearly youth-led pride festival.
  • Facilitate the development of in-person and virtual workshops led by the Youth Advisory Board.
  • Work with the Education and Youth Development team to implement and design in-school programming for high school-age youth across the state.
  • Design, implement, and take lead in spearheading elementary school-age youth programming initiatives.
  • Develop relationships and maintain strong communication with stakeholders, participants, and parents. 
  • Document all program planning, policies, procedures, practices, and logistics to ensure quality control and sustainability.
  • Manage youth department social media pages.
  • Create graphics and flyers for youth programming.
  • Work alongside the Education and Youth Development team to maintain a statewide GSA contact list.
    • This includes individual and personal outreach to new schools, youth programs, and organizations to continue to build our network of connections.
    • Fostering meaningful relationships with individuals/organizations to build community partnerships statewide. 
  • Work with the Director of Education and Youth Development to prepare and manage individual program budgets, including forecasting and actuals.
  • Write or assist in writing programming initiatives, logic models, and grant proposals.
  • Support organizational outcome tracking and evaluation procedures for programs.
  • Assist with logistics as needed to support program implementation.
  • Support relevant efforts related to program growth outlined in the GSE Strategic Plan.
  • Perform additional duties designated by the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Director of Education and Youth Development to achieve success of programs and meet the mission of Garden State Equality.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the role. The employee may be required to perform other job-related tasks as requested by their supervisor or organization. The job description may be reviewed and updated periodically to reflect evolving needs and priorities.

Skills/Abilities/Experience:

  • 5 plus years experience in working with youth in a school setting or after-school program setting. 
  • Training and certification in Youth Mental Health and First Aid. Social work experience is a plus.
  • Extensive experience in working with elementary-age students in a programming capacity.
  • Experience in developing and delivering trainings for youth and adults in areas including but not limited to:
    • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    • Anti-Racism and De-centering Whiteness
    • The Cycle of Prejudice
    • Identities and Intersectionalities
    • Body Positivity and Self-Love
    • Ageism and Ableism
  • Experience and comfortability in facilitating and navigating through difficult conversations.
  • Proven track record of success in planning and developing youth curricula, as well as modifying activities when required.
  • Experience developing schedules for single-day programs up to year-long programs.
  • A strong personal commitment to Garden State Equality’s mission.
  • Listening, trust building, and interpersonal skills with ability to engage and build relationships with both stakeholders, members, and communities. 
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the organization’s anti-racist values and practices.
  • Demonstrated strong facilitation and group leadership skills.
  • A familiarity with and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues and issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Record of building coalitions and partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals.
  • Strong computer proficiency in Google Workspace, Windows/Microsoft Office environment, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Experience working with youth, schools, businesses, as well as elected and government officials, interfaith, and/or community groups.
  • Experience working in a leadership capacity with diverse groups.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Adaptability in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and take initiative independently. 
  • The ability to collaboratively develop curriculum for educational and camp programming.
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong presentation, oral, and written communication skills.
  • An understanding of assessment and measurement tools.
  • Willingness and flexibility to engage in occasional weekend, evening, and overnight residential programs.
  • Must have own car, valid driver’s license, and auto liability insurance.
  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to pass a government-issued background check.
  • Spanish-language proficiency preferred.
  • Degree or equivalent experience in a related field with preferred experience in program development and work in the fields of education, organizational development, diversity, and/or change management.

Salary:

  • Full-time annual salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits package, including medical, vision, and dental.

Project Manager and Trainer – Education and Youth Development: High School and Camp

Garden State Equality is seeking candidates for a Project Manager and Trainer to work in an exciting and fast-paced environment advancing LGBTQ+ rights and protections, as well as lived equality for all. We are New Jersey’s leading LGBTQ+ education and advocacy organization. For nearly two decades, Garden State Equality has led the fight for equality in New Jersey, becoming one of the most successful statewide civil rights organizations for the LGBTQ+ community in the nation.

The Position:

Garden State Equality is seeking a Project Manager and Trainer to work under the supervision of the Director of Education and Youth Development to execute quality programming while combating disparities LGBTQ+ youth face in extracurriculars and in their communities. The Project Manager and Trainer will be responsible for expanding youth educational and development programs and facilitating cultural competency trainings in a multitude of capacities. The candidate must possess a high level of commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting diversity, and fostering a sense of leadership that participants can continue in their own communities.

It is often recognized that marginalized groups tend to apply for jobs only when they meet every single qualification. However, at Garden State Equality, we urge you to defy this statistic and apply regardless. The truth is, no one ever truly meets 100% of the qualifications. Our dedicated team believes in the power of hard work and compassion, and we value authenticity, empathy, and kindness. We are excited to review your application.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the Coordinator for Changemakers: A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Youth Leadership Initiative.
    • This will include supporting students and staff through difficult conversations, uplifting individuals after emotionally heavy content, and encouraging and leading positive and affirming dialogue.
    • Ensure that schedules are maintained throughout the duration of the program as closely as possible.
    • Write and provide evaluations for seasonal camp staff with support from the director.
    • Organize and track all personnel documents for participants and staff.
    • Be present on site for the full duration of sleepaway camp programming.
  • Work with the Director to develop age-appropriate camp curricula and develop and coordinate daily programs and activities for a safe, engaging, high-quality summer camp experience.
  • Assist in the development of training, providing of training, and onboarding of summer camp staff.
  • Take lead in facilitating monthly meetings with the Changemakers camp alumni.
  • Plan and execute winter camp reunions for each cohort of campers.
  • Work with the Education and Youth Development team to implement and design in-school programming for high school-age youth across the state.
  • Design, implement, and take lead in spearheading the College Ambassadors program.
  • Develop relationships and maintain strong communication with stakeholders, participants, and parents. 
  • Document all program planning, policies, procedures, practices, and logistics to ensure quality control and sustainability.
  • Work alongside the Education and Youth Development team to maintain a statewide GSA contact list.
    • This includes individual and personal outreach to new schools, youth programs, and organizations to continue to build our network of connections.
    • Fostering meaningful relationships with individuals/organizations to build community partnerships statewide. 
  • Work with the Director of Education and Youth Development to prepare and manage individual program budgets, including forecasting and actuals.
  • Write or assist in writing programming narratives, logic models, and grant proposals.
  • Manage youth department social media pages.
  • Create graphics and flyers for youth programming.
  • Support organizational outcome tracking and evaluation procedures for programs.
  • Assist with logistics as needed to support program implementation.
  • Support relevant efforts related to program growth outlined in the GSE Strategic Plan.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the role. The employee may be required to perform other job-related tasks as requested by their supervisor or organization. The job description may be reviewed and updated periodically to reflect evolving needs and priorities.

Skills/Abilities/Experience:

  • 5 plus years experience in working with youth in a school setting or after-school program setting. 
  • 3 plus years of experience in a camp leadership position having designed new programming initiatives and oversight of a team of staff.
  • Experience in working with college-age students in a programming capacity.
  • Experience in developing and delivering trainings for youth and adults with a knowledge, understanding, and ability to facilitate conversations around:
    • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    • Anti-Racism and De-centering Whiteness
    • The Cycle of Prejudice
    • Identities and Intersectionalities
    • Body Positivity and Self-Love
    • Ageism and Ableism
  • Experience and comfortability in facilitating and navigating through difficult conversations.
  • Proven track record of success in planning and developing youth curricula, as well as modifying activities when required.
  • Experience developing schedules for single-day programs up to year-long programs.
  • A strong personal commitment to Garden State Equality’s mission.
  • Listening, trust building, and interpersonal skills with ability to engage and build relationships with both stakeholders, members, and communities. 
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the organization’s anti-racist values and practices.
  • Demonstrated strong facilitation and group leadership skills.
  • A familiarity with and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues and issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Record of building coalitions and partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals.
  • Strong computer proficiency in Google Workspace, Windows/Microsoft Office environment, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Experience working with youth, schools, businesses, as well as elected and government officials, interfaith, and/or community groups.
  • Experience working in a leadership capacity with diverse groups.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Adaptability in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and take initiative independently. 
  • The ability to collaboratively develop curriculum for educational and camp programming.
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong presentation, oral, and written communication skills.
  • An understanding of assessment and measurement tools.
  • Willingness and flexibility to engage in occasional weekend, evening, and overnight residential programs.
  • Must have own car, valid driver’s license, and auto liability insurance.
  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to pass a government-issued background check.
  • Spanish-language proficiency preferred.
  • Degree or equivalent experience in a related field with preferred experience in program development and work in the fields of education, organizational development, diversity, and/or change management.

Salary:

  • Full-time annual salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits package, including medical, vision, and dental.

Project Manager and Trainer – Trans Resiliency

Garden State Equality is seeking candidates for a Project Manager and Trainer to work in an exciting and fast-paced environment advancing LGBTQ+ rights and protections as well as minority equity and justice. We are New Jersey’s leading LGBTQ+ education and advocacy organization. For nearly two decades, Garden State Equality has led the fight for equality in New Jersey, becoming one of the most successful statewide civil rights organizations for the LGBTQ+ community in the nation.

The Position:

As a Trans Resiliency Project Manager, you will take a lead role in designing, implementing, and overseeing projects that address the unique needs and challenges faced by transgender and gender-expansive individuals in New Jersey. Reporting to the Director of Training and Trans Resiliency, you will play a crucial role in shaping initiatives that contribute to positive change and foster a more inclusive society for TGNB and marginalized communities. Candidates must possess a combination of peer support skills, supervisory or training experience, technical ability, and an understanding of the profound importance of peer-to-peer connections for emotional wellness within the transgender and gender-expansive communities. 

It is often recognized that marginalized groups tend to apply for jobs only when they meet every single qualification. However, at Garden State Equality, we urge you to defy this statistic and apply regardless. The truth is, no one ever truly meets 100% of the qualifications. Our dedicated team believes in the power of hard work and compassion, and we value authenticity, empathy, and kindness. We are excited to review your application.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver educational workshops, seminars, and training sessions aimed at increasing awareness, understanding, and acceptance of LGB and transgender issues across the state of New Jersey.
  • Work with the Director of Training and Trans Resiliency to develop community programming initiatives that cater to the transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive Communities within New Jersey.
  • Conduct thorough needs assessments to identify gaps in services for transgender communities.
  • Ability to assist and direct populations to services and resources related to TGNB care.
  • Administrator to our transgender resiliency programming, which can include but is not limited to:
    • Parental support program
    • TGNB youth retreat
    • TGNB-centered support services and programming
  • Aid in additional transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive programming with the support of the Director of Training and Trans Resiliency.
  • Serve as a key link between the Director of Training and Trans Resiliency and the Babs Siperstein Fellowship recipient. 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with community organizations and stakeholders, while also collaborating with external partners to enhance the impact of projects and programs.
  • Be available to promote Garden State Equality’s programs and initiatives to community partners, stakeholders, and volunteers at events across the state.
  • Collaborate with additional Project Managers and Trainers to implement programming about TGNB identities as cross-initiatives which include but are not limited to:
    • Health and Wellness
    • Education and Youth Development
    • High-Risk Populations Programming
  • Prepare and manage individual program budgets, including forecasting and actuals.
  • Write or assist in writing programming initiatives, logic models, and grant proposals.
  • Support relevant efforts related to program growth outlined in the GSE Strategic Plan.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the role. The employee may be required to perform other job-related tasks as requested by their supervisor or organization. The job description may be reviewed and updated periodically to reflect evolving needs and priorities.

Skills/Abilities/Experience:

We are looking for individuals who possess the following skills & requirements: 

  • 3 years experience working within a nonprofit or a diversity-related field
    • This can include but is not limited to: Women and Gender Studies, Policy, Education, and or Community Organizing
  • Demonstrate experience working within immigrant communities, communities of color, and transgender and gender non-conforming communities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of transgender issues and a commitment to advancing transgender rights.
  • Approach programming with an antiracist lens and be willing to uplift marginalized voices and communities.
  • Engage with gender-expansive families, youth, and community members
  • Demonstrate ability to engage in collaboration with stakeholders, community partners, and organizations.
  • A strong personal commitment to Garden State Equality’s mission and work.
  • Demonstrated strong facilitation and group leadership skills.
  • Great verbal and written communication skills
  • Can work successfully independently and collaboratively
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent public speaking, writing, and presentation skills
  • Thorough understanding of Microsoft Office, Google Drive, social media, smartphone technology, and webinar formats.
  • Experience working with youth, schools, businesses, elected and government officials, interfaith, and/or community groups.
  • Adaptability to change and pivot in a work environment.
  • An understanding of assessment and measurement tools.
  • Willingness and flexibility to engage in occasional weekend, evening, and overnight residential programs.
  • Must have own car, valid driver’s license, and auto liability insurance, and must be able to travel throughout the state of NJ.
  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 30 pounds.
  • Spanish-language proficiency preferred.

Salary:

Full-time annual salary commensurate with experience.

Excellent benefits package, including medical and dental.


Development Manager

Garden State Equality is seeking candidates for a Development Manager to work in an exciting and fast-paced environment advancing LGBTQ+ rights and protections. We are New Jersey’s leading LGBTQ+ education and advocacy organization. For two decades, Garden State Equality has led the fight for equality in New Jersey, becoming one of the most successful statewide civil rights organizations for the LGBTQ+ community in the nation.

The Position:

Garden State Equality seeks a Development Manager to implement and expand Garden State Equality’s comprehensive development plan. The Development Manager will be an experienced and energetic professional with a passion for advancing the mission of Garden State Equality and meeting or exceeding development goals. The Development Manager will be responsible for the administration of Garden State Equality’s development program and its various components, including events, gift solicitation, public and private grants, donor cultivation, program endorsement, development operations, and support staff management. The candidate must possess a high level of judgment in developing ambitious fundraising programs that will result in the expansion of Garden State Equality’s income base, budget, and impact.

It is often recognized that marginalized groups tend to apply for jobs only when they meet every single qualification. However, at Garden State Equality, we urge you to defy this statistic and apply regardless. The truth is, no one ever truly meets 100% of the qualifications. Our dedicated team believes in the power of hard work and compassion, and we value authenticity, empathy, and kindness. We are excited to review your application.

Job Duties:

Contracts & Grants
  • Research and identify grant opportunities for program and general operating support, matching Garden State Equality with foundations and corporations. 
  • Manage grants calendar, ensuring proposals and reports are submitted on time throughout the year.  
  • Extensive writing – letters of intent, grant proposals, concept papers, and reports. 
  • Work with the development team and Program Directors to create and submit financial reports to institutional funders. 
  • Ensure accurate and effective systems for tracking grant funds and reporting to agencies.
  • Interface with funders – along with Development Director & Executive Leadership.
Major Gifts/Individual Giving
  • Work with senior leadership and staff to solicit and steward major donors.
  • Maintain and expand support among current major donors and identify and cultivate new donors.
  • Create and manage stewardship plans for donors.
  • Help manage donor and prospect research, including preparing briefing documents before high-level meetings.
  • Assist with donor cultivation and stewardship at in-person events.
Event Management
  • Work in partnership with the Development Director on signature events, overseeing certain responsibilities. 
  • Assist the Development Director in preparing goals and budgets for fundraising events and track progress towards these goals.
  • Coordinate, manage, and inspire the host committees for various fundraising events.
  • Research, identify, and solicit corporate, law firm, and foundation prospects to increase sponsorship and in-kind donations.
Development, Planning, and Management
  • Under the direction of the Development Director, assist in implementing the annual development plan to support the growth of the organizational budget incorporating special events, annual giving, corporate sponsorships, grants, direct mail, and major giving.
  • Work with the Development Director to prepare an annual fundraising plan and track progress throughout the year on the plan’s goals.
  • Develop fundraising communications including acknowledgement letters, solicitation letters, newsletters, email alerts, and annual reports.
  • Ensure that all donors are properly thanked, acknowledged, and stewarded, including overseeing the honor roll of donors.
Special Projects
  • Oversee Garden State Equality’s membership campaign, annual campaign, and other non-event solicitations.
  • Ensure that all donations are accurately entered into the donor database. 
  • Travel, work evenings and weekends, as needed, to meet responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the role. The employee may be required to perform other job-related tasks as requested by their supervisor or organization. The job description may be reviewed and updated periodically to reflect evolving needs and priorities.

Skills/Abilities/Experience:

  • Successful experience as a generalist in non-profit fundraising, including experience with special events (that gross at least $200,000), direct mail, annual giving, major donors, corporate sponsorships, and capital or endowment campaigns.
  • Experience in managing federal & state grants 
  • Ability to plan, direct, and monitor budgetary matters, including budget preparation and administration of expenditures
  • Demonstrated experience with designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan with annual and multi-year goals.
  • Demonstrated success with face-to-face solicitation and a high degree of comfort in “making asks” for gifts.
  • Strong knowledge of standard procedures for grant proposal submissions & reporting. 
  • Proficient in writing clear, concise, and compelling solicitation materials, grant proposals, public announcements, and routine business correspondence; and the ability to evaluate and edit any of these for content, style, and format.
  • Advanced ability to organize and implement the logistical requirements of events and programs.
  • Adept at planning, prioritizing, multi-tasking, organizing, and following through in a timely manner while remaining highly energetic and focused.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively under conditions of heavy workload, frequent interruptions, distractions, and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+ philanthropic community locally, state-wide, and nationally.
  • Strong proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Office software.
  • Experience with donor databases and project management software.
  • BA/BS degree or a minimum of 3 years experience in fundraising. 

Salary:

  • Full-time annual salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits package, including medical and dental.

Community Organizer

Garden State Equality is seeking candidates for a Community Organizer to work in an exciting and fast-paced environment advancing LGBTQ+ rights and protections as well as minority equity and justice. For nearly two decades, Garden State Equality has led the fight for equality in New Jersey, becoming one of the most successful statewide civil rights organizations for the LGBTQ+ community in the nation. We are New Jersey’s leading LGBTQ+ education and advocacy organization, and we work tirelessly statewide and nationally to ensure the communities we serve experience lived equality. 

The Position:

Garden State Equality is seeking a Community Organizer, with the supervision and assistance of the Director of Advocacy and Organizing, to support our advocacy efforts, assisting in implementing strategic campaigns, mobilizing our community, managing volunteers, and strategizing volunteer recruitment. The Community Organizer should be a dynamic and motivated individual, who will work closely with the Director of Advocacy and Organizing to collaborate closely with internal teams, external partners, and volunteers to drive impactful initiatives that promote equality.

It is often recognized that marginalized groups tend to apply for jobs only when they meet every single qualification. However, at Garden State Equality, we urge you to defy this statistic and apply regardless. The truth is, no one ever truly meets 100% of the qualifications. Our dedicated team believes in the power of hard work and compassion, and we value authenticity, empathy, and kindness. We are excited to review your application.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Campaign Development:
    • Assist in designing and implementing campaigns to advance LGBTQ+ rights, especially student rights, with a focus on educating and mobilizing youth leadership.
      • This will be done by utilizing a combination of grassroots organizing, digital advocacy, policy analysis, and media engagement.
    • Develop advocacy skills and strengthen the capacity of community members.
    • Support and coordinate story collection activities with community partners.
    • Work with the Communications Manager and other team members to increase the organization’s traditional and social media presence with messages that educate the public about key issues, engage everyday people in solutions, and shift the conversation about LGBTQ+ lived equality in New Jersey.
    • At the direction of the Advocacy and Organizing Director, the Community Organizer will collaborate with legal and policy teams to develop and implement strategic campaigns and initiatives.
  • Community Mobilization:
    • Engage and mobilize supporters, volunteers, and community members to participate in education efforts and events, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose for safe schools and communities.
    • Serve as a credible source of knowledge and information to community members who desire to be more involved and educated in GSE events.
    • Develop strong relationships and galvanize support of community organizations, public officials, faith leaders, business leaders, donors, and new and diverse communities for organizing campaigns.
  • Volunteer Management:
    • Recruit, train, and support a team of dedicated volunteers to support advocacy campaigns, such as safe schools and trans student awareness, and events at a grassroots level. 
    • Tracking volunteers, membership, and engagement.
  • Coalition Building:
    • Assist in building and maintaining strategic partnerships, such as our adverse childhood experience partners, with other education and advocacy organizations, community groups, school clubs, and allies to amplify our impact.
    • Cultivate and sustain relationships with community members, community partners and institutions, and key stakeholders. 
    • Help to identify, develop, and support community leaders.
    • Support consensus building among community members, project partners, and stakeholders.
    • Represent Garden State Equality at various community events, meetings, and media events
    • Work collaboratively with organizations providing resources, outreach, and education
  • Other Responsibilities:
    • Provide project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress; 
    • Create, maintain, and contribute to comprehensive project documentation
    • Coordinate meetings, events, and activities
    • Utilize online organizing tools and social media

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or minimum of 2 years’ experience in political, issue-based, or nonprofit organizing.
  • Understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, civil rights, social justice, and political climate particularly within the New Jersey context.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal abilities with a collaborative and inclusive approach to teamwork.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability and desire to learn new programs and skills
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate occasional night-time and weekend commitments
  • Commitment to Garden State Equality’s mission and values.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the role. The employee may be required to perform other job-related tasks as requested by their supervisor or organization. The job description may be reviewed and updated periodically to reflect evolving needs and priorities.

Skills/Abilities/Experience:

  • A strong personal commitment to Garden State Equalities’ mission and work.
  • Ability to develop and implement programs related to the Garden State Equalities’ mission, vision, and philosophy.
  • Demonstrated strong facilitation and group leadership skills.
  • A familiarity with and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues and issues of diversity and inclusion, with knowledge of how those issues are particularly navigated in the state of New Jersey.
  • Record of building coalitions and partnerships with like-minded organizations, preferably within the NY, NJ, PA service area.
  • Strong computer proficiency in Windows/Microsoft Office environment, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Experience working with youth, schools, businesses, as well as elected and government officials, interfaith, and/or community groups.
  • Experience working in a leadership capacity with diverse groups.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Adaptability in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and take initiative independently. 
  • The ability to collaboratively develop curriculum for educational programming.
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong presentation, oral, and written communication skills.
  • An understanding of assessment and measurement tools.
  • Willingness and flexibility to engage in occasional weekend, evening, and overnight residential programs.
  • Must have own car, valid driver’s license, and auto liability insurance.
  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 30 pounds.
  • Spanish-language proficiency preferred.
  • BA or equivalent in a related field preferred, plus minimum of 3 years’ experience in program development and work in the fields of education, organizational development, diversity, and/or change management.

Salary:

  • Full-time annual salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision.

Babs Siperstein Fellowship

Babs Siperstein was a trailblazer for equality, and our movement wouldn’t be where we are today without her courage and commitment. In 2019, Babs Siperstein passed away at 76 years old–keeping her legacy alive Garden State Equality established the Babs Siperstein Fellowship with seed funding from Babs’ own Gender Rights Advocacy of New Jersey organization.

Babs came out in 2000 and immediately became an activist for LGBTQ equality in New Jersey, serving as an original board member for Garden State Equality. Most notably, over the course of her advocacy in New Jersey, Babs helped advocate for marriage equality, transgender inclusive nondiscrinimation protections, and the Babs Siperstein Law.

Babs was the first openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee, where she was appointed by then-chairman Tim Kaine. She was appointed to the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee in 2011, where she served until October 2017. 

This fellowship opportunity is for young trans adults, looking to continue Babs’ legacy through advocacy, and advancing policy both at the local, state, and national level. Fellows will work alongside Garden State Equality for a fall, spring, or summer term. They will be compensated with a stipend and are eligible to receive credit with permission from the school.

If you are interested in becoming a Babs Siperstein Fellow, please apply during the term before the term you would like to start. Please be prepared to submit a resume and reason for applying.

Garden State Equality is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, national origin, religion or creed, sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity), marital status, disability, veteran status or genetic information. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities and religions, people with disabilities, women, and non-LGBTQ+ persons to apply.

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