Project Director for Grantmakers United for Trans Communities

Date Posted: 
Thu, June 15, 2017
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104 West 29th Street, 4th Floor
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues
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About Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is a network of foundations and corporations dedicated to increasing the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promoting equity, and advancing racial, economic, and gender justice. We provide three key services for the field of philanthropy: convening and collective action, outreach and support services, and research and communications.

For more than two years, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has conducted research and facilitated conversations around the under-funding of trans communities in the United States. As a result of this work, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is now poised to launch Grantmakers United for Trans Communities - a major initiative designed to increase the scale and impact of funding for transgender communities by shifting the culture of philanthropy to be inclusive and supportive of transgender people. By centering transgender communities in philanthropy, Grantmakers United for Trans Communities hopes to improve equity and wellbeing for transgender people.

This initiative has been designed by the Trans Funding Working Group and will have three major components:

• A campaign to raise trans awareness among funders, and to galvanize them to action by taking specific steps to increase their funding of trans issues as well as their internal trans inclusiveness;
• A fellowship program to support trans leaders working in institutional philanthropy.
• An ongoing funder network to provide a space for funders to learn from one another and coordinate their efforts around trans issues.

Job Description: 

Overview of the Position
The Project Director is a new position that will be responsible for the leadership, development, and implementation of Grantmakers United for Trans Communities. The three key areas of responsibility are:

1. Leading an ongoing campaign for funders to show their support for trans communities and take steps to increase the scale and impact of their trans funding as well as their internal trans inclusiveness.
2. Further designing, implementing and managing the project’s fellowship program, including finalizing the program plan in consultation with the Trans Funding Working Group, launching the fellowship, and managing the ongoing support for participants.
3. Coordinating the ongoing network of funders, working collaboratively with members to build a network for sharing information and resources.

The Project Director will play an important leadership role in the organization, and should be a team player with the creativity and entrepreneurialism to bring an ambitious new initiative to fruition while working collaboratively with a small staff and a growing network of funders. The Project Director will report to the Director of Engagement and will also work closely with the President and the Director of Research & Communications. The Project Director will be responsible for supervising consultants, interns, and possibly part-time staff devoted to Grantmakers United for Trans Communities. Funders for LGBTQ Issues main office is in New York City; several of our staff work off-site, and we are open to candidates based anywhere in the U.S.



Leading Ongoing Pledge Campaign

• Develop and implement strategies for engaging funders in the strengthening of trans communities in a way that is responsive to both community needs and areas of funder interest.
• Organize a funder convening to launch the campaign and create a strong network of funders committed to trans communities, including health funders, HIV funders, women’s funders, and others.
• Set priorities and develop a multi-year plan for funder outreach, which may include targeting funders in specific states, issue areas, or existing funder networks.
• Identify and cultivate new funders with the potential to support trans communities.
• Build relationships with funders and provide them with support, information, and resources to integrate trans issues into their ongoing grantmaking.
• Support funders doing internal work to make hiring practices, employment policies, benefits, and workplace cultures more trans inclusive, including encouraging grantees to adopt trans-inclusive policies.
• Serve as a bridge for trans community organizations and leaders with national and local funders.
• Provide coordination, training, and support for members in reaching out to peer funders with the potential to fund trans communities.
• Work collaboratively with members to organize regular funder briefings, workshops at philanthropy conferences, and other programs on trans communities.
• Work in collaboration with communications staff to develop reports and communications material as well as storytelling to articulating the needs and opportunities for funding trans communities.
• Convene and facilitate a steering committee responsible for oversight of initiative’s outreach efforts.

Finalize design, implement and manage a fellowship program for trans people in philanthropy

• Work with the Trans Funding Working Group to finalize the fellowship program plan.
• Launch the fellowship program with an initial cohort of trans leaders working in philanthropy.
• Develop a peer support network for trans people working in philanthropy for networking, troubleshooting, peer learning and support, and self-care.
• Provide fellows with ongoing peer support, mentorship opportunities, and skills development opportunities.

Facilitate a Trans Funding Network

• Work with members to create an ongoing learning community of funders to share experiences and resources related to trans funding and trans-inclusiveness.
• Hold regular conference calls and caucuses at other funder convenings to create a space for members of the trans funding network to share learnings and resources.
• Actively share information and analysis regarding funding for trans communities with a broad range of grantmakers nationally by presenting at philanthropy conferences.
• Reach out to and support individual foundations in increasing their trans inclusiveness.
• Provide direct training and technical assistance for 2-3 foundations annually to help them increase their support trans communities and staff.

Other Duties

• Manage and supervise interns, consultants, and other staff for Grantmakers United for Trans Communities.
• Collaborate with communications and development staff to produce grant proposals, reports, press releases, and other documents for fundraising and communications related to the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities.


Four qualities are absolutely essential for any applicant:

• Significant experience working in trans communities is absolutely required.
• An excellent relationship builder, with at least some experience in philanthropy, grantmaking, nonprofit, and/or fundraising and funder relationship-building.
• Experience leading collaborative efforts, with a demonstrated capacity to bring together diverse stakeholders and build consensus while maintaining a clear focus on impact and results.
• A strong commitment to social justice combined with a pragmatic, problem-solving approach and an openness to understanding and engaging people and institutions representing diverse viewpoints and theories of change.

The successful candidate will also possess these qualifications:

• Strong writing and oral communications skills.
• Ability to synthesize ideas in a succinct and compelling manner.
• Self-starter with ability to work effectively as part of a small and highly motivated team.
• Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects and deadlines while advancing long-term goals.
• Willingness to travel 1-2 times per month.
• Excellent sense of humor.

Transgender people, including transgender people of color and transgender immigrants, are especially encouraged to apply. Funders for LGBTQ Issues is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building the leadership of transgender and gender non-conforming people, people of color, immigrants (regardless of status), people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and women.

How to apply: 

Salary range is in the low $70,000s. Excellent benefits, including 100 percent of health insurance coverage, health reimbursement account, retirement plan contributions, and generous holidays and vacation schedule. Flexible work hours and results-focused organizational culture are friendly to balancing work and personal obligations.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format to the GUTC Project Director position on our career page at The application deadline for this position is Monday, July 17, 2017.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity and expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status.

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