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 Current Open Positions

Safe & Healthy Schools Pinellas Coordinator

Palm Beach Development Officer

Equality Florida Canvasser

About Equality Florida:

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Equality Florida is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color, transgender, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ people to apply for open positions.

All positions at Equality Florida may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.

Equality Florida is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit transgender people, gender non-conforming people, people of color and people living with HIV

 

 

Safe & Healthy Schools Pinellas Coordinator


Position Description: Pinellas Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator
Reporting Line: Director of Safe Schools
Department: Safe and Healthy Schools
Location: Pinellas County, Florida

Position Summary:


Under the direction of our Safe Schools Director, our Pinellas Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator will bring this pioneering new project to Pinellas County Public Schools and the surrounding area to end LGBTQ+ bias where it begins, in our schools.

The main goal of the Safe and Healthy Schools Program is to counter the bullying, harassment, social isolation and bigotry that dramatically increase risk factors for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ+) youth. This will be done by shifting the culture so that Pinellas County adopts comprehensive and nationally recognized best practices for meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ students. The program’s power lies in its ability to affect large-scale, systematic change across entire school districts, eventually initiating positive change across communities, throughout Florida, and all over the country.

The Pinellas Safe and Healthy Schools Project will focus on Pinellas County Public Schools and the community at large. Through this program, we fight discrimination by empowering vulnerable populations while challenging interwoven systems of oppression including anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry, ageism, classism, sexism, racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia.

Responsibilities, Outcomes and Key Project Activities:

  • Conducting comprehensive safe schools assessments and identifying priority needs.
  • Ensuring that school districts dedicate appropriately designated time, programming, structures and support in a systemic fashion to LGBTQ+ youth support services and collaborating closely with the district to align program goals with strategy and project implementation.
  • Collaborating on a regular basis with Pinellas County Public Schools LGBTQ+ point person and others to ensure all goals and updates are being communicated and successfully met between the district and Equality Florida.
  • Establishing ongoing meetings with the Superintendent or designee.
  • Working closely with the community at large so the subject of LGBTQ+ safety, well-being and resiliency stay foremost in conversations pertaining to services, needs, education and structural implementation.
  • Ensuring that within schools district cross-departmental work is being completed to promote the principles of intersectionality, i.e., providing a consistent, ongoing safety net for students who are targets of multiple, intersecting forms of oppression such as LGBTQ+ bias, racism, or other societal isms.
  • Providing new or co-lead existing LGBTQ+ cultural competency training for staff and support personnel, Gay Straight Student Alliance (GSA) advisors, and other pertinent staff in Pinellas County Schools on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensuring emphasis of care on LGBTQ youth of color and promoting what is considered among the most cutting-edge transgender policies and procedures for school districts throughout the country.
  • Providing technical support to Pinellas County Public Schools to strengthen already initiated LGBTQ+ student support programs, and to develop and launch new programs by accessing national research and resources to ensure efficiency and impact.
  • Building a coalition of local LGBTQ+ youth-serving nonprofit agencies in Pinellas County and local mainstream youth-serving organizations at large to guide and support the Safe and Healthy Schools program. Deepen collaborative, ongoing, and critical work to ensure policies, programs, practices and community partnerships are state of the art and systematically implemented pertaining to intersectionality and LGBTQ+ cultural competency.
  • Implementing the Safe and Healthy Schools Assessment Manual – This comprehensive guide outlines the latest nationally recognized best practices, programs, and policies for meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ students in Pinellas County Public Schools. The guide will also serve as a measurement tool that will guide the district on their current status in targeted areas and will offer guidance for future success.
  • Working closely with the district to ensure every middle and high school has a strong, active, supported, and resourced Gay-Straight Student Alliance Club.
  • Ensuring the school district, as well as community organizations, understand the unique needs pertaining to youth of intersectional backgrounds and marginalization who are LGBTQ+, providing information and narrative within conversations, education, programming, training, etc.


Qualifications:

  • Works well independently, self-starter, coalition builder, tenacious and tactful problem solver
  • Excellent conflict management and listening skills, adaptable
  • Excellent written and oral expression skills
  • Skilled presenter
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+ youth and youth needs
  • Substantial knowledge of pedagogy pertaining to LGBTQ+ children, identity and inclusive safe schools practices, school district experience or teaching experience highly preferred.
  • Experience working with a range of family and community identities, including but not limited to Latino/Hispanic and African-American/Black communities preferred.
  • Must live in Pinellas County, reside no more than 30 minutes away from Pinellas County or are willing to move and reside in Pinellas from another location


Compensation:

Competitive salary and excellent benefits including full medical and dental coverage, generous paid time off, and retirement benefits.

 

To Apply

Please click here to complete our application form. Please address cover letters to De Palazzo.

Please note that we are not able to respond directly to every applicant. Should your qualifications match our requirements for the open position we will be in touch with you. If there is not a match, we will retain your materials for future reference.

 

Palm Beach Development Officer


Position Description: Palm Beach Development Officer
Reporting Line: Director of Development
Department: Development
Location: Palm Beach Florida


Position Summary:

The Palm Beach Development Officer is:

  • Comfortable working independently on a virtual team
  • Able to efficiently organize, promote, and execute multiple development events of various sizes in the Palm Beach community
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google’s online applications and is familiar with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Able to work some weeknights and weekends
  • Comfortable speaking to groups of donors of all sizes
  • Excited to be part of the important work to bring full equality to Florida’s LGBTQ community! 


Position Responsibilities:

Manage our major donor cultivation and stewardship program for Palm Beach:

 

  • Recruit and renew high-level, annual donors (donors that contribute $500 and more)
  • Plan, promote, and execute donor appreciation and donor recruitment events throughout the Palm Beach community
  • Recruit new corporate sponsors and nurture relationships with current ones
  • Provide stewardship for all Palm Beach supporters through personalized thank you letters, check-in calls, and visits

Plan, promote, and execute Equality Florida’s largest event in Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Gala:

  • Attain gala fundraising goal by securing individual and corporate sponsorships
  • Develop and support volunteer steering and host committees
  • Assist in the development of all gala logistics, including venue selection, guest registration, stage program, onsite volunteer management, and all follow-up activities as necessary
  • Assist in the development of gala materials, including print and email invitations, social media promotion, and on-site signage
  • Manage vendors and contracts

Support all Equality Florida’s development programs, including:

  • Corporate Sponsorships
  • Florida Council Membership
  • Annual online fundraising campaigns (one in July and one in December)
  • Give Days
  • Legacy of Equality Society
  • Equality Means Business
  • Open Doors / Puertas Abiertas

Represent Equality Florida at Palm Beach events, including: 

  • Pride
  • Community events
  • Commission meetings and hearings
  • Coalition gatherings
  • Other relevant events

Assist other development leaders as needed from Palm Beach to Key West 

 

Position Qualifications:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred but exceptions will be considered for candidates with extensive fundraising experience
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in fundraising preferred.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, Google Apps is preferred.
  • Coalition-building and management experience is preferred.
  • Candidates must be able to travel.
  • Candidates must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Candidates must also have excellent speaking and writing skills, computer proficiency, and strong verbal communication skills
  • The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to advancing Equality Florida’s goals and objectives and to the organization.
  • Applicant must currently live in or be willing to relocate to the Palm Beach area.


To Apply


Please click here to complete our application form. Please address cover letters to Mark Puskarich.

Please note that we are not able to respond directly to every applicant. Should your qualifications match our requirements for the open position we will be in touch with you. If there is not a match, we will retain your materials for future reference.

 

Equality Florida Canvasser

Position Description: Equality Florida Canvasser
Reporting Line: Field Organizer
Department: Field
Location: Statewide

Position Description:

Equality Florida is hiring outgoing and energetic canvassers to represent the organization for community events, particularly including our 2018 Pride Program. This is a great opportunity for students and other individuals looking to get involved in the equality movement and community organizing. Canvasser is a part-time position, with compensation starting at $15 per hour. Training will be provided and is compensated at the hourly rate.

Experience in politics or campaigns is are not required to apply. Most canvassers will be hired for a one-time event, but highly successful canvassers may be retained for additional events. Events are typically on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early, as canvassers will be hired on a rolling basis, as needed per local event. Candidates should be outgoing and energetic, able to stand/walk for several hours at a time outdoors, and able to communicate clearly with others. Responsibilities may include lifting and moving boxes of up to 20 pounds.

Pride Canvassers must be able to :

  • Exhibit strong communication skills
  • Adapt in a fast pace and demanding environment
  • Commit at least 7+ hours per event (breaks provided)
  • Effectively engage in conversations with community members
  • Exemplify a strong and reliable work ethic
  • Show good character and judgment
  • Exhibit effective organization skills


Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $15.00 /hour

 

To Apply

Complete this online form.

 


If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please see the "Take Action" page on our website: EqualityFlorida.org/volunteer_opportunities