Basic Rights Is Hiring: Program Director

| November 1, 2013 | Comments (0)



Job Description: Program Director





The Program Director is responsible for overseeing and supporting Basic Rights Oregon’s Trans Justice and Racial Justice programs.  The Trans Justice program aims to increase access to health care for trans Oregonians and the Racial Justice program works to raise the visibility of LGBT people of color and build alliances with racial justice organizations.  Both programs focus on developing the leadership of LGBT people of color and trans people.  The position will involve in-state travel and includes supervision of multiple staff. This is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Deputy Director. 


Basic Rights Oregon is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment.  People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.




Supervision & program organizing/support

  • Supervises leads of the Racial Justice and Trans Justice programs, including regular supervision meetings, work planning, and evaluations.
  • Collaborates with staff and volunteer leadership teams to develop long-term program vision and plans. Initiates and manages program planning processes, including short- and long-term plans for teams, individuals and funders.  Supports each team to develop and manage annual budgets.
  • Coordinates closely with political staff and partner organizations to identify and pursue policy opportunities to advance justice for transgender communities and LGBT communities of color.
  • Represents the organization with partner organizations, elected officials, community leaders, formal coalitions, and other stakeholders as needed & appropriate.


Organizational development

  • Manages and oversees execution of Basic Rights’ political education series, a series of trainings developed to educate and move staff and volunteers on a variety of issues including anti-racism, combating transphobia, youth inclusion, immigrant rights and more. Responsible for refining existing curriculum and creating training plans that align with broad organizational development plans and anticipate upcoming needs in all programs.
  • Manages identity-based organizational development, including creating and implementing organizational development plans for inclusion and representation of trans communities, LGBT and allied youth, and LGBT and allied communities of color throughout the organization.  Creates resources and systems for support and accountability for all staff to meet organizational development goals.
  • Coordinates collaboration between Oregon’s marriage education campaign and Basic Rights’ Trans Justice and Racial Justice Programs.  Supports trans inclusive and anti-racist organizational development in marriage education campaign and at partner organizations.



  • Work closely with development staff to ensure strong institutional fundraising for Trans Justice and Racial Justice programs, including grant writing, grant reports, site visits, funder briefings and more.
  • Works with the Trans Justice and Racial Justice teams to create fundraising plans to cultivate individual donor support for each program.
  • Ensures strong execution of events to highlight and raise funds for the work of each program.


Other duties as assigned




  • Five or more years full-time community, labor or constituency organizing experience.
  • Three or more years staff supervision experience.  Demonstrated ability to manage a staff team driven toward shared goals. Strong understanding of how homophobia, transphobia and racism operate and intersect; ability to operationalize that understanding in work plans and campaigns.
  • Experience working with communities of color and transgender communities.  Strong understanding of key racial justice and transgender justice policy issues, especially policies related to health equity for transgender communities.
  • Experience conducting legislative, electoral and administrative policy change work.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, develop work plans and meet targeted goals and objectives. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the organization, including commitment to anti-racism, engaging youth, fighting transphobia, and advancing the freedom to marry.
  • Ability to work long hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.




Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.  Medical, vision and dental provided. Paid time off includes 15 days annually, plus 10 paid holidays per year.




Submit a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to Cover letters should address applicants’ specific experiences working within transgender communities and LGBT communities of color.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by Thursday, October 24th


Because we recognize the unique skillset required by this position, Basic Rights Oregon is open to a wide variety of applicants, including co-directors who work exceptionally well together.  If you are applying as a team of two, please address in your application the strength of your working relationship and collaborative skills.



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