Reports to: Director of Constituent Engagement
For almost 30 years, Victory Institute has helped to train, place and elect thousands of openly LGBTQ public officials at every level of government. Our leaders have been catalysts for expanding legal rights for LGBTQ people across the country, and they have transformed our nation’s policies and shifted our political landscape towards equality, one election at a time. Today, over 850 LGBTQ Americans are serving in elected office due to the work of Victory, including seven Members of Congress, and the nation’s first two U.S. Senators. Victory’s work continues as LGBTQ people are severely underrepresented in all levels of government – serving in only 0.16% of all elected offices in the United States.
The Appointments Manager is an integral part of LGBTQ Victory Institute and will work directly with the Director of Constituent Engagement to support the organization’s Presidential Appointments Initiative which ensures that LGBTQ people are represented at all levels of the federal government.
Reporting to the Director of Constituent Engagement and working closely with the Victory Institute Vice President, the Appointments Manager will focus primarily on ensuring the success of the Presidential Appointments Initiative (PAI). Victory’s PAI is a coalition of 31 organizations working to build the representation of LGBTQ people in the federal government. PAI identifies and recruits exemplary LGBTQ candidates for positions throughout the presidential administration and advocates for their consideration. As part of the Initiative, LGBTQ Victory Institute is calling on the next administration to 1) Appoint a Senate-confirmed openly LGBTQ Cabinet member for the first time; 2) Nominate an openly LGBTQ U.S. Supreme Court justice for the first time; 3) Appoint openly LGBTQ woman ambassadors, LGBTQ ambassadors of color, and transgender ambassadors for the first time; and 4) Ensure that openly LGBTQ people receive equitable representation among presidential appointees and that they reflect the full diversity of the LGBTQ community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Build and maintain a pipeline of qualified LGBTQ leaders for the presidential administration including recruitment, identification, vetting, preparing, and tracking of candidates.
- Update a database of applications and ensure that records and reports are accurate.
- Provide a high level of customer service to Victory stakeholders and LGBTQ leaders seeking a federal appointment.
- Manage a team of high level volunteers with federal government experience who will support PAI with applicant review and resume coaching.
- Support the Director of Constituent Engagement on programming for the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference, including launching an inaugural Appointees Summit.
- Develop engagement opportunities for appointed officials to build relationships with each other, expand their policy knowledge, build their visibility, and connect with Victory throughout the year.
- Support PAI organizational partners to bolster their participation.
- Manage new and existing relationships with out appointed officials.
- Support the Director of Constituent Engagement in ensuring that Victory’s Out for America map of LGBTQ+ elected officials is current and accurate.
- Utilize a variety of engagement tools including events, meetings, calls, and online communication to connect with a rapidly expanding network of out public leaders.
- Work with the Political, Communications, and Development teams as well as the Board of Directors to maximize opportunities and visibility for out public leaders serving around the globe.
- Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; plus at least three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience and commitment to working within a team to solidify engagement opportunities for appointed officials.
- Experience in working with elected and appointed officials, as well as the ability to build and maintain those relationships.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively with senior leadership, elected/appointed officials and their staffs as well as appropriately handle confidential information.
- Ability to cultivate positive working relationships internally and externally.
- Ability to effectively represent the organization in meetings, trainings and media.
- Attention to detail and macro level reasoning skills.
- Dependable memory for details about people and their accomplishments.
- Ease with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint, including demonstrated comfort with databases, templates, formatting and data visualization.
- Demonstrated passion for LGBTQ equality and public leadership.
- Ability and willingness to travel.
The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $65,000.
Victory is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter including salary requirements and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls or walk-ins please.