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Jobs and Internships at Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)

SRLP is looking for applicants for the following open positions:

  1. Director of Finance and Operations (Full Time)
  2. Director of Development (Full Time)
  3. Development Interns for the Fundraising and Finance Team
  4. Legal Interns for the Direct Services Team

See full position descriptions below.

(1) Director of Finance and Operations (Full Time)

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

The Director of Finance and Operations will work directly with SRLP Staff and Collective to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization as well as manage the operational systems, processes and policies in support of the organization’s mission. This position oversees the financial health of the organization including coordinating the annual audit, the Collective budgeting process and maintaining the cash flow, with an eye for growth. This position also guides and manages the overall provision of Office Management and Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the entire organization. The Director of Finance and Operations is part of the SRLP Collective and will participate in Collective decision making processes, staff meetings, retreats, and share organizational responsibilities with other Collective members.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

Finance

  • Manage financial systems and work with all staff to ensure efficient, accurate, timely, and compliant financial administration.
  • Coordinate and oversee independent audit and preparation of Federal and state filings.
  • Supervise the Bookkeeping consultant.
  • Process deposits, check requests, invoices and internal reimbursements.
  • Work with Fundraising and Finance Team to lead the organization’s annual budgeting process ensuring alignment with strategic priorities and goals.
  • Provide ongoing guidance related to financial decisions, planning and strategy development based on budgeted and forecasted expenses, revenue, assets, and cash flow analysis.
  • Prepare timely and accurate financial reports to effectively communicate the organization’s financial position to Staff, Collective and other stakeholders, including funders.
  • Review financial transactions to ensure accuracy and compliance with the organization’s budget, and financial protocols and procedures.
  • Train and support Staff and Collective on budgets, financial responsibility and fiscal management.

Organizational Development

  • Work with Collective Development Team to:
    • Coordinate Board Meetings and annual collective retreats.
    • Improve and maintain our infrastructure and the capacity for us to do our work in a sustainable and non-hierarchical way.
    • Increase the participation, decision-making, and leadership of low-income trans people and trans people of color in organizational governance.
  • Contribute to short and long-term organizational planning and strategy as an officer of the organization.
  • Participate in other Collective-wide responsibilities including attending Quarterly Meetings, Retreats, Supervision and Team meetings.
  • Participate and follow-through on other staff responsibilities, as agreed to.

Human Resources

  • Help ensure a healthy, supportive, and sustainable work environment that adheres to both legal requirements and SRLP’s values.
  • Coordinate recruitment, hiring and orientation of new staff.
  • Ensure accountability and support as staff and Core Collective Members transition out of SRLP.
  • Administer and process salaries and benefits.
  • Coordinate regular Core Collective Member supervision and evaluations.
  • Coordinate staff and collective trainings to increase skills and address growth areas.

Office Management

  • Develop, implement, and coordinate emergency and safety planning protocols.
  • Manage maintenance and support for office equipment and technology.
  • Order and maintain office supplies.
  • Coordinate utilities, insurance, and office cleaning.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational development skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and respond quickly to new opportunities
  • Attention to detail and strong ability to work independently
  • Tech savvy with preferred proficiency in Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, and CiviCRM
  • Commitment to gender self-determination centered in racial and economic justice
  • Two years experience in small non-profit sector
  • Experience with budgeting
  • Ability to work in a non-hierarchical collective
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred

Hours and Compensation:

This position is a full-time, salaried position with medical, dental and optical benefits as well as three weeks paid vacation.

40 hours/week, some evenings and weekends.

$54,100/year.

Consistent with our values as a collective, all staff receive salaries based on the same hourly rate. An increased salary is possible based on need, such as for people supporting family members.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to hiring@srlp.org with the name of the position included in the subject line or by mail to FFT Hiring Committee, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 147 W. 24th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Applications should be submitted by February 6, 2015; they will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. Trans women of color, trans and gender nonconforming people of color and people with experiences of poverty or incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply!

No phone calls please. We will only contact applicants we intend to interview.


(2) Director of Development (Full Time)

Mission:
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. We improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities using a multi-strategy approach to actualize change at every level of the system: we provide direct legal services to meet immediate needs; bring litigation and work on policy reform for systemic change; and utilize public education and leadership development for long-term sustainable impact.

Description:
The Director of Development works directly with SRLP’s Fundraising and Finance Team (FFT) to secure the financial support of the organization. The Director of Development carries out the fund development activities of the organization through foundation proposals, and report writing and research, and individual donor strategies through major donor campaign coordination and direct mail appeals. The Director of Development is responsible for working with the FFT to create annual budgets and fundraising plans and co-supervises the Bookkeeping consultant and fundraising interns. The Director of Development is part of the SRLP Collective and will participate in Collective decision making processes, staff meetings, retreats, and will share administrative and organizational responsibilities with other Collective members.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Work with Fundraising and Finance Team and Collective to develop fundraising strategies and annual fundraising plan.
  • Research, write, and track funding proposals and budgets to foundations, corporations and government entities to obtain, increase, and diversify funding.
  • Develop and ensure timely submission of narrative and financial reports for current funders on an ongoing basis with the support of staff members.
  • Establish and cultivate good working relationships with institutional funding sources
  • Work with staff to produce newsletter, annual report and annual direct mail.
  • Update and maintain funding, donor, and sales contact database.
  • Support Team efforts in coordinating special fundraising events and income generating strategies.
  • Expand SRLP’s donor base and deepen relationships with SRLP donors to ensure continued commitment.
  • Process timely acknowledgements of donations.
  • Build the fundraising skills of Collective and community members through skill-shares and trainings.
  • Supervise interns and volunteers involved in fundraising.
  • Work collectively with staff and community members to ensure the health and sustainability of the organization.
  • Participate in other Collective-wide responsibilities including attending Quarterly Meetings, Retreats, Supervision and Team meetings.
  • Participate and follow-through on other staff responsibilities, as agreed to.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience in public and private funding research, grant writing, and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and respond quickly to new opportunities
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; proofreading and attention to detail
  • Ability to compile, analyze and synthesize large amounts of data/information
  • Tech savvy with preferred proficiency in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress and CiviCRM
  • Commitment to gender self-determination centered in racial and economic justice
  • Two years development experience in small non-profit sector
  • Experience with budgeting
  • Ability to work in a non-hierarchical collective
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred

Hours and Compensation:

This position is a full-time, salaried position with medical, dental and optical benefits as well as three weeks paid vacation.

40 hours/week, some evenings and weekends.

$54,100/year.

Consistent with our values as a collective, all staff receive salaries based on the same hourly rate. An increased salary is possible based on need, such as for people supporting family members.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to hiring@srlp.org with the name of the position included in the subject line or by mail to FFT Hiring Committee, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 147 W. 24th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Applications should be submitted by February 6, 2015; they will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. Trans women of color, trans and gender nonconforming people of color and people with experiences of poverty or incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply!

No phone calls please. We will only contact applicants we intend to interview.


(3) Development Interns for the Fundraising and Finance Team

Development interns and volunteers at SRLP work primarily with the Fundraising and Finance team. Projects include working on our grassroots fundraising campaign in the areas of fundraising house parties and events, benefit concerts, and our major donor project; and working on our institutional fundraising campaign in the areas of grant writing and research. Interns and volunteers often also work on our biannual newsletter and our biannual direct mailings. You will also learn how to maintain our various databases and use applications such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, Microsoft Office, WordPress, CiviCRM, and more.The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.Applicants should be responsible, time-oriented and have an eagerness to learn.

Internships are 8-20 hours/week during the school year and 15-20 hours/week during the summer and usually last twelve weeks. Internships are unpaid and must be completed in the office during the regular hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with occasional evening or weekend hours required for certain internships. Please indicate hours of availability and date available to start in the cover letter.

We are happy to assist interns in applying for school credit.

People of color, trans people, and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to fft@srlp.org or by mail to

FFT Intern Hiring
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
147 W. 24th St., 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please indicate Summer, Fall, Winter (January), or Spring in your application.


(4) Legal Interns for the Direct Services Team

Legal interns at SRLP work on a range of issues affecting low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people of color, including prisoners’ rights, name changes and identity documentation, discrimination in sex-segregated facilities, immigration, Medicaid, and more.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project seeks legal interns. We require a minimum 10 hr / week commitment and will support you in getting school credit!

Responsibilities:

Interns at SRLP work on a range of issues affecting low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people of color, including prisoners’ rights, name changes and identity documentation, discrimination in sex-segregated facilities, immigration, Medicaid, and more. Interns have their own caseload and the opportunity to work on their clients’ cases in depth through conducting intake interviews, drafting pleadings in clients’ cases, advocating with government agencies and other entities, connecting clients with resources, and educating clients about their rights. Interns also assist with legal research and writing and factual development for impact litigation. They may participate in public education and community organizing support such as preparing “know your rights” materials and doing legal observation at actions.

Applicants must be law students or paralegals or have comparable legal background. Applicants with non-legal backgrounds with a demonstrated interest in poverty law will also be considered. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. People of color, trans people, gender nonconforming people and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and optional writing sample as early as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Please indicate Summer, Fall or Spring in your application.

Email the Direct Services Team at dst@srlp.org

Or mail to:

DST Legal Intern Hiring
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
147 W. 24th St., 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011