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Senior Public Policy & External Affairs Director

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, and youth collaboration programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ+ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves.

Job Description

The organization is looking for a seasoned and strategic leader with a strong background in policy, organizing, movement building, and external affairs. The Senior Public Policy & External Affairs Director will possess an interest in building power toward housing justice alongside young people with lived experience of homelessness and growing our influence in public policy.

The Senior Public Policy & External Affairs Director must be a leader who can build and maintain strong relationships that further True Colors United’s mission, develop strategy around a federal and state policy agenda, co-create and execute meaningful opportunities for young people to advance policy solutions to homelessness, and enact measurable policy reforms and outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth and BIPOC youth of color.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the CEO, the Senior Public Policy & External Affairs Director will:

Policy & Advocacy: 

  • Develop, direct, and implement True Colors United's federal, state, and local administrative and legislative public policy agenda, including determining advocacy priorities, positions, and strategies.
  • Supervise and work alongside the State Policy Officer to build and implement True Colors United's state administrative and legislative public policy agenda and strategies.
  • Engage/lobby Congress and relevant committees (Appropriations, THUD, LHHS, etc.), the White House, and relevant government agencies (HHS, HUD, ED, DOJ) on True Colors United's federal public policy priorities pertaining to youth homelessness and housing justice.
  • Strengthen existing and develop new relationships with key Congressional Members and staff to increase support for True Colors United's policy positions and initiatives.
  • Lead the development and execution of legislative and regulatory strategies designed to advance True Colors United's strategic and policy priorities.
  • Craft and negotiate language for legislation, draft comments on administrative regulations, and author substantive issue briefs and position papers.
  • Partner with communications staff on rapid response and grassroots campaigns to drive audiences toward engaging in public policy.

External Affairs:

  • Partner with state and local advocacy groups and officials (legislators, city council members, governors, and mayors) to communicate and advance True Colors United's policy priorities.
  • Serve as a primary spokesperson for the organization in coalition meetings, as well as a trusted thought leader within the housing, homelessness, and LGBTQ movements. 
  • Maintain and develop relationships with an extensive network of contacts in legislative, executive, and administrative offices in federal, state, and local governments, as well as with allied and opposition groups.
  • Maintain a growing portfolio of alliances and work closely with cross-functional partners and internal colleagues to manage responsibilities, mitigate risks, and ensure organization objectives are achieved. 
  • Work with the True Colors United’s communications team to educate and engage the public in the effort to prevent and end youth homelessness through proactive and impactful campaigns and other efforts, including fundraising.

Organizational Management:

  • In conjunction with the organization’s Management team, implement and monitor short-term and long-term organization strategic planning goals. 
  • Spearhead and manage the annual Policy and Advocacy strategic planning process.  
  • Support the True Colors United’s communications team by ensuring that True Colors United documents and materials align with overall organization branding as it pertains to policy and advocacy issues. 

Key Qualifications

True Colors United is an organization driven by its core values (Equity, Empathy, Collaboration, Creativity, and Community), so experience working at a values-driven organization will be highly prized. Additional requirements are:

  • 7+ years professional experience in organizing, policy advocacy, political campaigns, or other relevant areas in the field of housing justice, LGBTQ+ youth issues, foster care or the juvenile legal system, economic justice, or the legal rights of minors.
  • Extensive knowledge of legislative and administrative processes.
  • Understanding of and commitment to social change through building the capacity and power of LGBTQ+ youth and BIPOC youth of color to change their communities by participating directly in public policy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community organizing and ability to work constructively with grassroots partners.
  • Excellent advocacy, consensus-building, coalition-building, and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other staff and other organizations; demonstrated ability to work with groups and individuals with a range of backgrounds and approaches.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral; experience as a public spokesperson and advocate; ability to break down and make accessible legal concepts and other complex issues for a variety of audiences; a “quick study” on a dynamic array of issues.
  • A broad understanding of federal policies that pertain to low-income families and communities of color is required.
  • Experience effectively supervising and developing staff is required. 
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and to adjust to a dynamic political environment.
  • Ability to build relationships with relevant policy partners (people with lived experience, youth and young adults, LGBTQ+ advocates, state and local grassroots organizations and activists, government, policy shops, academic institutions, etc).
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting legislative and regulatory language.

True Colors United is seeking someone with an authentic passion for ending LGBTQ+ youth homelessness. The Senior Public Policy & External Affairs Director will be excited about the opportunity to build and execute a 5-year vision for a national LGBTQ+ and BIPOC youth-led political movement for housing justice alongside youth partners and a diverse staff team.  

True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, retirement, life insurance, commuter benefits and vacation benefits. This position will be based out of True Colors United’s Washington, D.C. office, and candidates within the D.C. region are preferred. However, applications are welcome from candidates residing anywhere within the United States. For candidates outside of Washington, D.C., travel up to 30% of the time may be required.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, women and femme-identifying people, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no degree requirement for this position. 

Please submit a one page cover letter and resume to [email protected] In your cover letter, please highlight in particular why you would like to work at True Colors United.


Development Director

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves. 

Job Description

The Development Director will be responsible for creating and implementing the fundraising and donor stewardship strategy for True Colors United. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director & CEO, the Director will significantly grow and further diversify the organization's 9 revenue streams, while working to raise the next year’s budget of over $3 million. The Director will have the opportunity to further innovate how the organization fundraises, while strengthening its relationships with all of its donors and funders.

The Development Director will play a key role in the continued growth and expansion of True Colors United by managing all aspects of fundraising, including: donor acquisition and retention, major gifts, foundation giving, corporate giving, government funding, direct marketing, online auctions and raffles, and special events. The ideal candidate will have a proven-track record of mentorship, supervision, and building a collaborative team. They will also manage day-to-day tasks related to fundraising and donor stewardship, while creating and executing a longer term development plan.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director & CEO, the Development Director will:

  • Create and implement an innovative and solid annual fundraising strategy, as well as a long term plan to further grow and diversify the organization's 9 revenue streams (including international support) over the next 2-3 years
  • Enhance the organization's stewardship program for existing donors to ensure strong enduring relationships and an ongoing awareness of the impact of their support
  • Expand the organization’s prospecting efforts to identify new funders, including major donors, foundations, and corporations
  • Ensure that fundraising and stewardship efforts are conducted through a racial and gender equity lens including meeting the goal of expanding the organization's donor base to better reflect the population it serves. 
  • Grow the organization’s individual low-dollar donor base, including monthly donors, and manage annual giving campaigns 
  • Strengthen the organization’s major gifts program, the Prism Society, and serve as a relationship manager for this growing donor base
  • Act as a primary liaison to the organization's corporate partners and further develop the program’s reach and impact
  • Supervise and work with the Grants and Database Officer to grow the foundation giving and government funding programs, serve as a liaison to funders, and provide guidance and feedback on grant proposals and reports.
  • Implement and develop innovative “out of the box” approaches to fundraising  and build off the success of the organization's original revenue stream, semi-annual online auctions
  • Partner with the organization's Board of Directors and Executive Director & CEO to support their fundraising efforts
  • Partner with the Grants and Database Officer to work with young leaders and expand their knowledge and experience of fundraising
  • Partner with and support the Communications team in building and executing a marketing plan for the organization
  • Oversee a strong and consistent acknowledgement system to ensure that donors are recognized in a timely manner for their support
  • Ensure accuracy in donor records and, in partnership with the organization's accountant, accurate reporting of all income

Qualifications

  • At least 7-10 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience, preferably with significant major gifts, corporate, foundation fundraising experience
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets of over $2 million annually
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and steward new and existing donors and funders, as well as a proven commitment to relationship-focused fundraising principles
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thorough understanding of growing a diversified funding base
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
  • Proven project management and leadership experience
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ+ and racial equity issues and principles
  • Self-motivated, possess a high degree of initiative, work well under pressure and be able to handle several projects at once
  • Be able to think “outside the box” and be comfortable in a fast paced environment 
  • Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of database programs, ideally Salesforce
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports

More Information

True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package. In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and vacation benefits. If selected to take part in the interview process, the salary range for the position will be provided prior to the interview taking place. 

During the pandemic, this position will be remote. Post-pandemic, it will likely be based out of True Colors United’s Washington, D.C. office, with the possibility of working in our New York City office. Candidates outside of NY and DC are still encouraged to apply, as the organization is exploring the possibility of post-pandemic remote work.

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no college degree requirement for this position.

Please submit to [email protected] a one page cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please highlight in particular why you would like to work at True Colors United.


Communications Director

Organization

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through an array of training & education, advocacy, technical assistance, and youth action programs, True Colors United is ensuring that every LGBTQ young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic selves. 

Job Description

The Communications Director brings creativity and passion to telling the story of our organization and leads the organization’s work to shape the narrative of youth homelessness and housing justice across the United States and beyond.

The Communications Director works with the Senior Public Policy Director, the Digital Communications Officer, as well as members from the Program and Development teams to create, implement, and manage the organization’s communications and marketing strategies.

Responsibilities

The Communications Director:

  • Leads True Colors United’s communications team to educate and engage the public in the effort to prevent and end youth homelessness through proactive and impactful campaigns and other efforts, including fundraising.
  • Supervises the Digital Communications Officer
  • Serves as the primary media spokesperson/contact for the organization. 
  • Manages organization's brand development
    • Includes quality control for digital communications platforms and creative assets
    • Advises program team on concept development and product delivery
  • Manages the True Colors United website
  • Develops and manages spokespeople for the organization
  • Strengthens and develops partnerships with influencers and organizations
    • Manages marketing and communications of partnerships and collaborations
    • Serves as communications point of contact for True Colors United
  • Leads public engagement programs
  • Collaborates with the Development Director on fundraising marketing.
  • Leads development of overall communications strategy for the organization, including determining communications priorities and managing the cross-organization communications strategy team
  • Delivers trainings at meetings, retreats, conferences, and events

Qualifications

  • Experience developing and implementing organization-wide communications plans
  • Familiarity and understanding of the issues facing the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community
  • 7+ years of traditional and digital communications experience at a nonprofit organization
  • Comfortable directing projects and providing critical feedback to colleagues
  • Interest in solving high-level communications problems and developing new strategies to address emerging issues
  • Must have exceptional traditional writing and grammatical skills and a flair for communicating effectively in the digital space
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with ability to present ideas and information clearly
  • Diligent work ethic and insatiable desire to expand skills
  • Extreme attention to detail and outstanding organization skills
  • A collaborative team player
  • Willingness to explore new technologies and adapt as necessary

True Colors United is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, retirement, life insurance, commuter benefits and vacation benefits. Applications are welcome from candidates residing anywhere within the United States. 

True Colors United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, women and femme-identifying people, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply. There is no degree requirement for this position. 

Please submit a one page cover letter, resume, and portfolio to [email protected] In your cover letter, please highlight in particular why you would like to work at True Colors United.