Jobs and Internships at Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)

SRLP is looking for applicants for the following open positions:

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is seeking applicants for Director of Outreach & Community Engagement.

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.

Staff Opening: Director of Outreach & Community Engagement

SRLP is hiring for one 32-40 hour position in the Movement Building Team (MBT). The work of this team is centered on building the participation and leadership of SRLP’s communities in the programmatic work of the organization.  MBT is primarily responsible for building SRLP’s membership and developing the political power and participation of community members and hosts regular occurring membership meetings, know your rights trainings and skill shares.  These meetings serve as an entry point to the organization and focus on building power through skill shares, political education and connection to policy and campaign work.  The Movement Building Team helps build and retain relationships with community members, helps grow their capacity to participate in SRLP’s work, and helps maintain and build community member participation in SRLP’s policy work.

The Director of Outreach & Community Engagement (Outreach Director) works closely with the Membership Director to put on SRLP’s regular occurring events.  These are open spaces where community members can come learn skills, share political ideas and histories, get involved in upcoming protests and community events, and generally plug into SRLP’s work. In addition to jointly coordinating MBT events, the Outreach Director also focuses on getting the word out about SRLP’s work by engaging people who come to the office for services and coordinating other outreach.  The Outreach Director also coordinates outreach to our imprisoned community members through SRLP’s Prisoner Advisory Committee and Prisoner Pen Pal Project.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate volunteer outreach team and do outreach for SRLP’s events
  • Plan and implement distribution plans for SRLP’s print materials
  • Share responsibility for keeping SRLP’s website updated
  • Work with other staff members to train and support the leadership of members to speak on behalf of SRLP
  • Work with Direct Services Team to coordinate SRLP’s Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC) , a program which enables currently imprisoned trans people to provide input on prison-related and collective policy issues and orient newly released PAC members to SRLP
  • Supervise SRLP’s Prisoner Postcard Program for trans people who are imprisoned in New York State.
  • Coordinate Publication of In Solidarity, SRLP’s Prisoner Newsletter
  • Collaborate on projects and events with the allied organizations in the Miss Major-Jay Toole Building
  • Respond to the SRLP Info email account
  • Train and support front desk volunteers

Movement Building Team Responsibilities:

  • Plan and host MBT team meetings
  • Coordinate annual MBT work plan development and implementation
  • Develop leadership of Movement Building Team members to participate fully on the team and in the collective
  • Build relationships with SRLP community members
  • Participate in development of fact sheets and position statements
  • Represent SRLP’s work at panels and conferences around the country
  • Maintain client welcoming area with up-to-date information on community events and opportunities
  • Hire, supervise, and support MBT interns and volunteers
  • Participate in speaking engagements

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist in maintaining the office
  • Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings, quarterly Collective Meetings and bi-annual retreats
  • Participate in planned individual, team and staff supervision and evaluation activities
  • Promote organizational goals and values in various external activities
  • Participate in fundraising activities as necessary

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity and direct experience with SRLP’s constituency
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work and manage multiple tasks both independently and within a collaborative team setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to gender self-determination and racial and economic justice and the leadership of people currently incarcerated.
  • Willingness to work in a collective environment with consensus-based decision-making
  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Proficiency with Windows-based word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email and the Internet
  • Design skills and implementation experience

Hours and Compensation

  • This position is a salaried position with medical, dental and optical benefits as well as three weeks paid vacation. SRLP pays the full amount of health insurance premiums.
  • 32-40 hours/week, some evenings and weekends
  • $43,068-53,836-/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 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 Outreach 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.


The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is seeking 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