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EEOC Statement:
The National Center for Transgender Equality is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to age, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability, economic status, education, ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, genetic information, health status including HIV status, height, housing status, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment and contracting. NCTE is committed to creating a diverse staff made of people who are hard working, kind, optimistic and committed to social justice from all segments of transgender and allied communities.


Director of Communications

The director of communications is a member of the leadership team responsible for the successful design and execution of a robust public relations and digital engagement program that positions NCTE as a leader on issues of national importance to transgender people. As part of their portfolio, the director of communications, in conjunction with the policy staff, leads NCTE’s communications content production.

  • Experience: At least 3-5 years of experience leading a communications program for a non-profit. One year of experience managing full-time staff.
  • Track record of success: Successfully manage media for issue campaigns including identifying/coaching spokespeople, pitching reporters, and securing placements in national media outlets.
  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning and executing initiatives within and across departments, and with consultants.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Ability to leverage opportunities for growth.
  • Self-direction: Takes initiative and ambitious in a small, unstructured environment.
  • Communications: Skilled in creating and proofreading powerful, compelling written communications for advocacy and public education.
  • Knowledge: Possess a refined sense of design for marketing and advocacy in print and online. Technically trained designers with experience using Adobe CS6 software highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, Salsa, Drupal, or similar databases and technologies is highly recommended.
  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues.
  • Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline and in optimum quality.
  • Commitment to Social Justice: An understanding of issues affecting transgender people as well as an understanding of racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical.


The Director of Communications works out of our national office in Washington, DC. The position will involve occasional travel.

Fellowships & Internships

Intern Testimonial

Jessica Davis-Ricci, Fall 2015

"I applied to intern at NCTE because I plan to focus my legal career on trans rights advocacy, and I wanted to learn more about the policy side of things. My semester as a legal intern at NCTE was one of the most exciting, engaging and informative experiences I have had throughout law school. Because of the team's focus on ensuring I got the most out of my experience I was able to attend meetings with several federal agencies and partnering advocacy organizations, and sit in on conference calls regarding trans rights advocacy at the local, state and federal level. Because of NCTE's comprehensive approach to trans equality I had the opportunity to advance my legal research and writing skills through a variety of formats: legal briefs and memoranda, policy advocacy letters, blog posts, and federal regulation comment drafting. Besides the incredible practical learning experience, the most rewarding aspect of my internship was not just feeling like I was genuinely a part of the national movement for trans equality, but actually being able to make meaningful contributions to its progress."

Undergraduate or Graduate Intern (including MSW Placements)

NCTE accepts rolling applications for Fall, Spring and Summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students (including MSW).

  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to excel at working both independently and collaboratively
  • A commitment to transgender equality
  • Demonstrated interest in transgender, LGBT, health care, privacy, civil rights or related issues is a plus

Interns work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours for 15-20 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters or for 40 hours per week during the summer.

Andrew S. Cray Law Fellowships, Legal Internships, and Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships

NCTE offers legal internships for law students year-round and post-graduate legal fellowships for recent law graduates. Summer legal interns are Andrew S. Cray Law Fellows, named in memory of trans health advocate Andrew Cray.
We welcome applications from students currently enrolled in law school or recent graduates. Andrew Cray Law Fellowships are awarded for summer, full-time interns, and come with a stipend to cover living expenses. Legal interns during the academic year are generally unpaid unless they are working full-time. NCTE will work with a student's university to assure academic credit is received if eligible for credit. Post-graduate fellows are encouraged to bring their own funding from their law school or other granting organization. NCTE is happy to work with schools so that fellows or interns can receive academic credit.
  • Strong research and writing skills are absolutely critical
  • Ability to excel at working both independently and collaboratively
  • A commitment to transgender equality
  • Demonstrated interest in transgender, LGBT, health care, privacy, civil rights or related issues a plus

Andrew S. Cray Law Fellows work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours over the summer for 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday.

Spring/Fall Legal Interns work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours for at least 12 hours per week. Full-time legal interns are also desired for Spring and Fall semesters.

Post-Graduate Legal Fellows work various hours, depending on the requirements of their fellowship funds.

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