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Jobs and Internships at Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)

SRLP is looking for applicants for the following open positions:

Director of Membership

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. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We provide direct legal services with the understanding that to create meaningful political participation and leadership, our communities must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

The Membership Director is a co-director of the SRLP and shares responsibility for collectively running the organization. The Membership Director is a key person in building SRLP’s leadership development work overall, especially of the leadership of low income trans, gender non conforming and intersex people and/or trans, gender non conforming, intersex people of color.

This position builds and maintains relationships with new SRLP members to deepen their involvement and leadership skills. The Membership Director works closely with the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement to put on SRLP’s monthly Membership Meetings; works with the Direct Services Team (DST) to plug SRLP members into coalitions aimed at changing policies that impact our communities; and develops and maintain relationships with allied community organizations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan and host monthly membership meetings focused on skill shares and increasing political participation of SRLP membership
  • Develop SRLP’s grassroots campaigns (using written/verbal and/or media skills) based on challenges faced by community members
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings and orientations with members to support member leadership in SRLP’s teams, events, programs and core collective
  • Plan and host Movement Building Team (MBT) monthly events, including know-your-rights trainings and member skill-sharing
  • Participate in development of fact sheets and position statements
  • Represent SRLP’s work at panels and conferences around the country
  • Grow and maintain SRLP’s relationships with allied community organizations, and build new relationships with organizations doing work around SRLP’s mission and values
  • Coordinate member participation in local and national policy change initiatives as well as cross-movement coalitions
  • Coordinate annual MBT work plan development and implementation
  • Hire and supervise MBT interns

Other Responsibilities

  • Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly Collective Meetings and bi-annual retreats in order to share responsibility for collectively running the organization
  • Participate in individual, team and staff supervision and evaluations
  • Promote organizational goals and values at actions, conferences, forums, and through public speaking
  • Participate in funding activities as necessary

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to gender self-determination and racial and economic justice
  • Familiarity and direct experience with SRLP’s constituency: low income trans, gender non conforming and intersex people and/or trans, gender non conforming, intersex people of color.
  • 1-3 years of community organizing experience with demonstrated ability to carry out the described job responsibilities
  • 1-3 years of demonstrated experience running/co-directing an organization
  • Willingness to work in a collective environment with consensus-based decision-making
  • Excellent workshop facilitation and/or teaching skills
  • Demonstrated experience with political education and development of training curriculums
  • Experience with creating and implementing media campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and coordinate work independently within a collaborative team setting
  • Fluency in Spanish and English preferred
  • Proficiency with Windows-based word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email and the Internet

Hours and Compensation

This position is a part-time, salaried position with medical, dental and optical benefits as well as three weeks paid vacation. Employer pays 100% of premiums for benefits.

32 hours/week, some evenings and weekends with a possibility of increasing to 40 hours a week. $43,068/year. Consistent with our values as a collective, all staff receive salaries based on the same hourly rate.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to the MBT Hiring Committee,  Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 147 West 24th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011 or to hiring@srlp.org with subject line “MBT Membership Director”.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible; they will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, trans people, women, people with intersex conditions or DSDs, people who have lived in poverty, people who have experienced criminalization or imprisonment, people with disabilities, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

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, Drupal, 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, or Spring in your application. 


 

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is seeking 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