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SRLP Seeks Director of Development and Finance

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 and Finance works directly with Staff and Collective to secure financial support for the organization, ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization, and manage the operational systems, processes, and policies in support of the organization’s mission. The Director of Development and Finance carries out the fund development activities of the organization through foundation proposals, and report writing and research. 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. The Director of Development and Finance 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:

Development

  • 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.

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.
  • Manage maintenance and support for office equipment and technology.
  • Order and maintain office supplies.
  • Coordinate utilities, insurance, and office cleaning.

Collective

  • Work collectively with staff and community members to ensure the health and sustainability of the organization.
  • Participate in other Collective-wide responsibilities including attending monthly meetings, bi-annual 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 and financial management 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. $58,905.60/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 Committee at hiring@srlp.org by Friday, March 1. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. Trans, gender non-conforming and intersex people and people of color, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and people from low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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


SRLP is Seeking Interns

Intern with the Direct Services Team!

SRLP’s Direct Services Team is looking for interns for the winter, spring, and summer seasons. The Direct Services Team provides direct representation for low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, and/or intersex people who are low income and/or of color. We have three project areas: Immigrant Justice, Prisoner Justice, and Survival & Self-Determination. These areas focus on direct client services although we also offer policy recommendations to organizations and government entities.

An intern selected by SRLP would be expected to work about 70% on direct client services gaining intimate experience with name change court, administrative law, and advocacy/negotiations with government agencies. About 30% of the work would focus on our larger policy pieces and ensuring we have updated and accurate KYR materials both online and in print.

Applicants do not need to be law students, but an understanding of legal systems or public policy is a plus. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. People of color, trans people, gender nonconforming people and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply.

Winter Term: Our winter term internship is a short-time high-intensity experience between December 10, 2018 and January 21, 2019. We are looking for interns from anywhere from 1-3 weeks to come in on a daily or near-daily basis for intense client work. This internship occurs while our office is technically “closed” allowing for very focused writing and client case work to get ready for the re-opening of our client services in the spring. Activities may include drafting, finalizing, and filing petitions for incarcerated people, trying to re-gain contact with clients, reviewing and editing KYR guides, assisting in ensuring client files are neat and orderly, and more. Applicants should apply with their resume and cover letter and should indicate if there is a Project they are particularly interested in, why they have chosen SRLP, and what their available dates are.

Spring Term: Our spring term internship lasts from January 21-May 3, 2019. We are looking for interns to come in 1-2 days a week for a set period of 8-10 hours per week for client case work. This internship occurs when our office has re-opened intake and interns will be asked to participate in everything from providing intakes and following up with new clients to legal research on developing cases. We will try to offer interns opportunities to appear with clients in name change court, USCIS, and prison/jail visits but this will be dependent on scheduling. Applicants should apply with their resume and cover letter which should indicate if there is a Project they are particularly interested in and why they are interested in working with SRLP.

Summer Term: SRLP obtains most of our summer interns through the PILC Fair. If you are unable to participate we are willing to arrange for an interview outside of the PILC Fair. If you cannot apply via the PILC Fair please send us your resume and cover letter as well as a brief writing sample. The cover letter should indicate if there is a Project you are particularly interested in and why you are interested in working with SRLP. We consider all summer term applicants between January and February and make our decisions by February 28, 2019. Summer interns should be available between 10am and 6pm Monday-Friday for 10 weeks.

Contact:

Applications and questions should be sent to: dst@srlp.org


MBT Internship Description

The Movement Building Team is a collaboration of SRLP members who identify as low income trans, intersex, gender non-conforming folks and trans, intersex, gender non-conforming people of color along with SRLP staff. The MBT was designed to build and grow the leadership skills while developing and coordinating community workshops, discussions, celebrations and events for low income trans, intersex, gender non-conforming folks and trans, intersex, gender non-conforming people of color. Interns at SRLP work on a range of issues affecting low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people of color.

Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC)
Interns with MBT would primarily be supporting the work of the Prisoner Advisory Committee. Learning and engaging with SRLP’s prison work to help advance the work of PAC, working closely with the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement and other staff  in assisting with tasks related to the Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC), including but not limited to;

  • Participating in outreach, coordination and logistics related to PAC card writing events and other MBT related events.
  • Review and update publication materials.
  • Co-facilitate, skill shares and participating in workshops around abolition and SRLP’s PIC work.
  • Conducting research and building workshop materials around the impact that trans and gender non-conforming folks experience within the prison industrial complex.
  • Supporting the development and production of our bi-annually newsletter “In Solidarity” that goes out to PAC members on the inside.
  • Design and layout production and design of our annual calendar.
  • Distribution of correspondence, mailing updates and member certificates to PAC members.
  • Responding to PAC member correspondence submissions.
  • Processing new PAC member forms, support with legal and non-legal volunteer mailing parties, envelope stuffing, other required tasks to support the program.
  • Maintaining addresses and release dates for all PAC members and tracking them in excel and other databases.
  • Processing new PAC member forms, supporting with legal and non-legal volunteer mailing parties, evelope stuffing, and other required tasks to support the program.

Internship skills needed

Applicants must have a commitment to working towards self-determination for gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence as SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. People of color, trans people, gender non-conforming people and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply. Must be willing to work individually and in a team setting. Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not at all a requirement. Microsoft Publisher, InDesign and other graphic design platforms preferred.

Work hours:

Internships are 15-20 hours/week during the summer and usually last twelve weeks. Internships are unpaid. Please indicate hours of availability and date available to start in the cover letter. The office is open from 10-6pm M-F. Dress code; Casual

How to Apply:
to apply, please send a resume and cover letter to kimberly@srlp.org