Job Announcement: Racial Justice & Alliance Building Program Manager

| February 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

After five years of outstanding leadership in our Youth Program, and later our Racial Justice & Alliance Building Program, our own Jessica Lee is moving on to become a full-time student and pursue her passion around health science.  We wish her well, and look forward to finding the next manager to lead our racial justice work–spread the word!


Job Announcement: Racial Justice & Alliance Building Program Manager


The Racial Justice & Alliance Building Program Manager is responsible for leading Basic Rights Oregon’s work to centralize the leadership of LGBT people of color, build alliances, and advance racial justice.  The position will involve in-state travel and supervision responsibilities. This is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Program 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 & public education

  • Design and oversee programs to centralize the leadership of LGBT and allied people of color in the organization
  • Drive planning of public education campaigns led by LGBT people of color; supervise staff to carry out plans
  • Supervise two racial justice organizers and additional staff as assigned
  • Actively recruit and manage volunteers and interns to participate in the work of the program; maintain administrative systems to track activist participation

Alliance building

  • Build meaningful & reciprocal relationships with organizations & leaders in communities of color; sit at coalition tables representing Basic Rights Oregon
  • Develop curriculum and facilitate workshops to deepen volunteers’ understanding of key racial justice issues
  • Develop and execute plans to ensure organizational impact as an ally to racial justice campaigns

Planning, fundraising & organizational development

  • Participate as a program lead in organizational planning and strategy; build work plans that reflect organizational strategies and values around transgender justice, youth leadership, and marriage equality
  • Collaborate with development staff on program fundraising, including events, grants, and grassroots fundraising
  • Prepare written weekly, quarterly and annual work plans; prepare other reports as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Three+ years full-time community, labor or constituency organizing experience
  • Experience working with communities of color, on racial justice issues, and working with LGBT communities
  • Understanding of how to conduct legislative, electoral and other 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, youth inclusion, fighting transphobia, and advancing marriage equality
  • Strong understanding of how homophobia, transphobia and racism operate and intersect; ability to operationalize that understanding in work plans and campaigns
  • 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. In addition, employees observe 10 paid holidays annually.



Submit a cover letter, resume and the names & contact information for three references to by 2pm, Wednesday, March 21stIn your cover letter, please address your experience working with communities of color, gay/lesbian/bi/queer communities, and transgender communities, and what drives your interest in this position.



Basic Rights Oregon is the state’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Portland, Basic Rights Oregon is a progressive, statewide nonprofit organization.  For more information, visit

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