DEADLINE EXTENDED (3/24): Racial Justice and Alliance Building Organizer with Basic Rights Oregon

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Job Posting: Racial Justice and Alliance Building Organizer with Basic Rights Oregon


Position Overview

The Racial Justice and Alliance Building Organizer is responsible for working as part of a team to implement leadership development trainings and events, ongoing political education workshops, mobilization of LGBT and allied activists to take action for racial justice and LGBT campaigns, and more. The position involves some in-state travel and will receive staff support in developing and carrying out the work through ongoing supervision.


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.



Responsibilities: The Racial Justice and Alliance Building Organizer will work with staff to carry out the campaigns, programs and educational activities of the Racial Justice and Alliance Building program and will be responsible for the following:

  • Support the planning and execution of retreats and program work in order to centralize the leadership of LGBT and allied people of color in the organization – including coordinating logistics and recruitment for program events.
  • Work closely with the BRO Development team to plan and execute program fundraisers, including house parties.
  • Assist with curriculum development, facilitation and recruitment to BRO’s ongoing political education series on racial justice.
  • Mobilize LGBT and allied activists to take action for racial justice, trans justice, and the freedom to marry.
  • Support the development of new and existing relationships with coalition partners and community leaders.
  • Prepare written weekly and quarterly work plans and progress reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Actively recruit and manage volunteers to participate in the work of the program; utilize administrative systems to track activist participation.
  • Work with BRO Communications staff to develop and release Racial Justice content for the organization’s website, newsletters, and traditional and social media.


Required Qualifications

Basic Rights Oregon seeks candidates who excel in relationship-building, have strong attention to detail and work well as part of a fast-paced team. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Previous community, student, electoral or other organizing experience – as a volunteer or in a paid position.
  • Demonstrated experience working with communities of color; experience working with transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming communities; and experience working with LGBT communities.
  • Excellent skills in planning, time management, follow up and ability to balance workload.
  • Comfortable with handling paperwork and finances.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle a variety of projects, to be detail-oriented, and to problem-solve.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable speaking in public.
  • Ability to travel, and have a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the organization, and commitment to work on each of BRO’s program areas: Racial Justice, Trans Justice, and the Freedom to Marry.


Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications are not required, but are a plus for applicants:

  • Existing relationships with Tribal/Native leaders, organizations, and communities.
  • Strong understanding of work/life balance, self-care, and creating a sustainable work environment.
  • Experience with online communications, including blog writing, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • Strong background in event organizing, development, and fundraising events.



Competitive salary, depending on experience; benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage.


To apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and name of three references to  by Monday, March 24th at 9:00AM.  In your cover letter, please address your experience working with/in LGBT communities of color and what drives your interest in this position. Applicants who do not address their experience working with/in LGBT communities of color will not be considered. Please highlight experience with any preferred qualifications if applicable.


About Basic Rights Oregon

Basic Rights Oregon is the state’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to ensuring that all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality.  Founded in 1996, Basic Rights Oregon is a progressive, statewide nonprofit organization with three primary program areas: racial justice, transgender justice and marriage equality.  For more information, visit


About the Racial Justice Program

Basic Rights Oregon’s Racial Justice and Alliance Building program has three main goals:

    • Centralize the experiences and leadership of LGBT and allied people of color.
    • Take action as an organizational ally to racial justice work.
    • Educate Basic Rights Oregon’s base on the intersection(s) of LGBT equality and racial justice issues.


Our leadership development work focuses on Our Families, an education and advocacy volunteer team that raises the visibility, experiences and public support of LGBT families of color within predominately straight communities of color, and within racial justice and LGBT movements.


Our alliance building work strengthens partnerships with organizations of color throughout the state. We work in coalition with many groups including Causa Oregon, Western States Center, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, the Urban League of Portland, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Partnership for Safety and Justice and more.

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