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Transgender Law Center
Job Opening: Executive Director


The Transgender Law Center (TLC), founded in 2002, is a multi-disciplinary social justice organization working to ensure that all Californians are able to fully and freely express our gender identities. Our staff (four full-time, one-part time), board (10 members), consultants (2 administrative, several program) and volunteers use direct legal services, education, community organizing, and policy and media advocacy to improve laws and regulations that affect our ability to fully express our diverse gender identities in a discrimination-free environment. While focused on California, the cutting edge nature of our work expands our impact to a national scope. Our 2007 budget is just over $325,000.

We are searching for an energetic, committed, collaborative leader to help the organization exit our start-up phase and enter a growth period. The Executive Director will oversee TLC programs, lead TLC’s fundraising efforts, support TLC’s Board of Directors, and propel TLC forward on our mission to make California a state in which all transgender people can thrive.

 This position is full-time and exempt. It requires regular availability to work on weeknights and weekends. Availability to travel statewide is also required.


  • Oversee TLC’s programs, including advice and counsel and direct legal services; community education; community organizing; and, media and policy advocacy. Significant cases and programs (such as the Transgender Economic Empowerment Collaborative and our Health Care Access Project) will require the ED’s hands-on efforts.

  • Hire, support, and supervise staff (Deputy Director, Policy Advocate, Staff Attorney, and Administrative Coordinator) and consultants (varies). 

  • Oversee the creation, updating, printing, and distribution of TLC publications.

  • Ensure that TLC’s annual budget is raised through institutional, corporate, fee-for-service, and individual donor revenue streams. With the help of the fundraising consultant, research, prepare, and submit grant applications. Oversee completion of all grant requirements. Prepare and submit timely reports to funders. Support the Deputy Director in launching and sustaining effective outreach to individual donors. Outreach to relevant corporate donors. Manage existing and future fee-for-service initiatives.

  • Manage the administrative functions of the organization, including payroll, employee benefits, tax and corporate reporting, and financial oversight and reporting.

  • Direct TLC’s communications with the community (writing newsletter and website copy; keeping community updated on relevant issues through on-line tools) and media (writing and issuing press releases; responding to local, state, and national media inquiries).

  • In partnership with the Board Chair, manage and support the development of the Board of Directors.

  • Work with all stakeholders to guide TLC through an expected period of growth so that we can better leverage available opportunities to fulfill our mission. With the support and oversight of our Board of Directors, the ED will manage TLC’s vision and look for ways to build early success into long-term, sustainable social change.

Required Qualifications:

  •  Demonstrable cultural competency in working with transgender communities.

  • Minimum of two years of experience in a (paid or volunteer) management position advocating for the rights of transgender people or other underserved communities OR a minimum of four years in a paid management position in a different context.

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly, speak in public, and facilitate large and small meetings. Demonstrated experience tailoring messages to different types of audiences is also necessary.

  • A degree in law and membership in a state Bar is strongly preferred. Applicants with a degree in public policy, public health, social change OR substantial and related real world experience will also be considered.

  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate with a team to plan and implement social change strategies to address a pressing problem of systemic discrimination, isolation, and/or oppression.

  • Proven or provable ability to raise funds, manage budgets, and oversee financial health of an organization.

  • Commitment to a multi-disciplinary approach to social change.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a bi-lingual environment, especially making services accessible to native Spanish speaking activists and community members.

  • Working knowledge of California social justice community, especially statewide transgender networks.

  • Significant experience working with foundations and major donors.


Annual salary range: $50,000 - $60,000 DOE

Anticipated start date: July 2007 (earlier and later start dates will be considered)

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as Word attachments to the Executive Director Search Committee at . Competitive candidates will be invited for first-round, telephone interviews beginning sometime after February 28th. Several in-person interviews will be required of all final candidates.

Feel free to email questions not answered by this posting to . No phone calls, please.


The Transgender Law Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.