Racial and Economic Justice Policy Advocate

About the National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. As a national social justice organization, NCTE is devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education, advocacy and collaboration on national issues of importance.


The Racial and Economic Justice Policy Advocate leads and shapes NCTE’s ongoing advocacy and policy work for transgender people of color and those with low- or no income. This position will be ideally by filled by someone with skills and experience in both policy advocacy/analysis and community relations.  The advocate will work closely with the Director of Policy and other NCTE staff to strengthen our work on topics including immigration, policing and the criminal justice system, sex work decriminalization, and other issues as determined.  As part of their work, the advocate will act as a community liaison in close coordination with the Director of External Relations and may represent the organization with the media and other public speaking opportunities. This is a unique opportunity to join a cutting edge social justice organization; this position is essential to ensure NCTE’s advocacy and other work reflects the understanding that racial and economic justice and trans rights are interconnected and must move forward together. This position is based in Washington, DC.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Policy advocacy and analysis: Analyze and advocate for local, state, and federal policies and legislation related to transgender rights from a racial and economic justice viewpoint and provide feedback and guidance on NCTE’s approach to policy and legislation.
  • Community engagement: Continuously seek and distill input from leading advocates and community-based organizations regarding the needs of transgender people of color and low-income transgender people to how NCTE's advocacy and ensure it reflects the values of racial and economic justice.
  • Policy analysis: Analyze local, state, and federal policies and legislation related to transgender rights from a racial and economic justice viewpoint, and provide feedback and guidance on NCTE’s approach to policy and legislation on a variety of topics. 
  • Manage work on allied issues: Manage NCTE's support for policy proposals prioritized by allied civil, human, and economic rights organizations and coalitions, including leading experts on policing, criminal justice, poverty, and other racial and economic justice issues.
  • Help develop public messaging: Work collaboratively with communications and external relations staff to develop messages relating to NCTE's policy goals, issues of importance to transgender people, and racial and economic justice.
  • Speak to the media: Speak on behalf of NCTE regarding policy issues and/or racial and economic justice
  • Project management: Manage a portfolio of projects focused on policy areas that impact transgender people of color and those living in poverty, including coordination with organizational partners in DC and across the nation. 
  • Technical assistance: Provide technical assistance to state and local activists and organizations seeking to strengthen their advocacy for transgender people. 
  • Familiarity with transgender communities and communities of color: Strong understanding of the issues and needs of transgender people in the United States, particularly trans people of color and low- or no income trans people, as well as familiarity with connected issues such as poverty, racism, policing, criminal justice, and immigration. 
  • Commitment to racial and economic justice: A deep and nuanced understanding of racial and economic justice and systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical, with experience in racial and economic justice work preferred.
  • Experience in policy change: Experience in advocating for and analyzing policies or legislation at the local, state or federal level, with two years of experience preferred, which may include unpaid/volunteer work.
  • Project leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing projects, involving multiple people in various roles.
  • Creativity and innovation: Ability to see opportunities and develop new approaches for organizing across difference.
  • Self-direction: Ability to take initiative and be self-sufficient in a small organization environment.
  • Communications: Skilled in speaking directly but sensitively about issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other aspects of diversity and oppression within an intersectional framework. Must be willing to serve as a bridge-builder between people and organizations who may not see issues related to racial and economic justice similarly.
  • Collaborative spirit: Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, assertive, and energetic professionals, giving and taking input with a variety of staff.
  • Coaching: Interest in and ability to coach, support, and advise others in being allies in racial and economic justice work.
  • Prioritization: Ability to independently set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline.
  • Time management: Excellent organizational and time-management skills, detail-oriented, including ability to manage multiple tasks independently.
  • Language: Fluency in Spanish is desired but not required. 
  • Education level: No specific educational degree is required. Study in public policy, public health, political science, public administration, law, or related areas is a plus but not required.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is competitive and based in part on the candidate’s experiences and skills. NCTE offers a robust benefits package including dental, vision, and health insurance, pre-tax transit benefits, and matching retirement program, in addition to federal holidays and ten paid vacation days in the first year of employment.



The Racial and Economic Justice Policy Advocate works out of our national office in Washington, DC. The position will involve occasional travel.

Application Information: 

Email a resume and cover letter to apply@transequality.org (a single PDF document is preferred), with the subject line “Racial and Economic Justice Policy Advocate.” Inquire over email if an acknowledgement of your application is not received after one week. Please no calls. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Salary is consistent with experience. NCTE offers a strong, competitive benefits package that includes dental, vision and health insurance, as well as IRA matching.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

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