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Background: Founded in 2001 to promote and protect marriage equality in Massachusetts, MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Summary: MassEquality seeks a Campaign and Advocacy Director to deliver concrete legislative and policy victories to ensure Massachusetts’ continued leadership in promoting and advancing equality and justice for all members of the LGBT community. The Campaign and Advocacy Director will work on public accommodations nondiscrimination protections for the transgender community, will serve as the MassEquality representative on several statewide commissions, and other related activities. This is a full time, temporary position through September 2015, with the possibility of it being extended. A very competitive salary is being offered.

Organizing and Coalition Building:

  • Execute campaigns designed to support legislative and policy initiatives (and support partner organizations in doing the same, as their legal status allows);
  • Recruit and organize volunteers for participation in Pride celebrations across the state;
  • Educate a range of audiences about legislative, electoral, and educational organizing at conferences, workshops, trainings and other public speaking events, and serve as the primary organizational spokesperson with the media;
  • Develop and participate collaboratively and actively in coalitions with LGBT and allied organizations to advance justice and equality for all LGBT people;
  • Respond to requests for information, resources, and technical assistance from local activists and coalition partners as appropriate.

Management:

  • Develop tools and metrics to assess the success of campaign efforts;
  • Compile regular reports for the board;
  • Represent MassEquality and its mission in the community;
  • Supervise the Communications Manager re: public and media relations, website and social media campaigns to advance advocacy initiatives;
  • Oversee intern and volunteer recruitment, development and management;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Interim Executive Director.

Qualifications:

All candidates must have a “can do” attitude, enjoy a fast-paced environment, be highly organized without losing sight of larger objectives, and be committed to justice and equality for all LGBT people across issues, identities, and communities.

  • Minimum of 4-5 years professional experience in campaigns (issue and electoral preferred), including experience with lobbying and advocacy;
  • Understanding and enjoyment of multifaceted advocacy that combines legislative strategy, grassroots organizing, media relations, policy analysis and coalition-building activities;
  • Demonstrated ability to forge and maintain productive and healthy collaborations;
  • Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal skills, including public speaking;
  • Knowledge of interplay, distinctions and legal requirements of 501c(3), 501c(4) and Political Action Committees helpful;
  • Keen analytical skills and attention to detail;
  • Able to handle and appropriately prioritize multiple tasks in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Experience developing and managing work plans and project budgets;
  • Experience recruiting, training, supervising, and developing staff, interns and volunteers;
  • Willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends;
  • Commitment and desire to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrated experience with LGBT issues is preferred;
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts political and electoral communities and laws is highly desirable.

To Apply: Please forward via email a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to Interim Executive Director, Sue Heilman (sue@massequality.org) by March 16, 2015.

MassEquality.org is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.

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