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Community Outreach and Relations Specialist

Open Date:  January 4, 2018

Closing Date:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:    Excepted Service ES5, ($57,963 to $86,945)

The Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs (LGBTQ) is a permanent, cabinet-level office within the Office of Community Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor, established by statute in 2006 to address the important concerns of the District's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. The District of Columbia has one of the highest concentrations of LGBTQ residents in the country with an estimated 7 to 10% of the population being LGBTQ. Throughout the fiscal years 2008 and 2009 the Office fulfilled its mission through enhancement and expansion of its programs and services.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs works in collaboration with an Advisory Committee, appointed by the Mayor, to define issues of concern to the LGBTQ community and find innovative ways of utilizing government resources to help address these issues. For more information on the office, please visit here: https://lgbtq.dc.gov/

 

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Strengthen partnerships between the  District’s LGBTQ community, the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and organizations serving the LGBTQ community.
  • Draft strategic plan, briefs and memos for the Office.
  • Participate in speaking engagements, panels, lectures to further the Office’s mission and reach
  • Social media management- including Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms to effectively disseminate information to the community, and respond to inquiries. 
  • Policy development- craft policy with the collaboration of agency and community stakeholders including the Advisory Committee of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
  • Relationship/Coalition building- with the Director, identify areas of need in the city’s LGBTQ community 
  • Serves as advisor and technical resource assistant to the Advisory Committee to the Office of LGBTQ Affairs for planning, scheduling and conducting joint work efforts
  • Co-facilitate LGBT Competency Trainings for the District Government Workforce in collaboration with DC Department of Human Resources as needed
  • Analyzes data to identify and recommend priorities to develop, direct, and organize work-plans.
  • Coordinates services among District agencies to ensure timely responses to community concerns.
  • Works together with other Community Affairs Agencies in the development of community engagement strategies. 
  • Supervise staff, as needed.

 

COMPETENCIES, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Highly organized and methodical; Innovative with strong critical thinking abilities
  • Able to work well under pressure and meet tough deadlines in a fast paced, demanding environment
  • Constituent focused; positive outlook; strong people skills
  • Ability to critically review reports and data
  • Strong writing and editing capabilities
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences including senior government officials
  • Experience with issues facing marginalized groups in the LGBT community (transgender and gender non-conforming; people of color) 
  • Ability to work with diverse communities in a respectful manner; Comfort with terminology and pronouns
  • Knowledge of the mission, policies, methodologies, and operating procedures for each partnering
  • Knowledge directly related to the functions of this position. Knowledge of the program services provided through all partnering agencies.
  • Knowledge of and skill in the application of analytical and evaluative theories, concepts, procedures, methods, standards and practices to the interpretation of policy, and to meet existing and future service requirements.  Ability to organize and manage projects; to review, analyze, and evaluate data; and to prepare analytical reports.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, and to utilize tact and persuasion in gaining acceptance of the program views. Ability to interact with various types of personalities. Ability to coach and coordinate interdisciplinary teams.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of two years working in public policy, community engagement or government field
  • Director working experience and knowledge or the LGBTQ Community and/or LGBTQ issues, including homelessness, senior issues, youth issues, economic issues, public safety, immigration, Faith/Civil Rights, Transgender Issues, or LGBTQ Equality.

 

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DOMICILE REQUIREMENT

There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

If you are a resident of the District of Columbia and interested in this role, please upload your resume and answer the questionnaire.  Only the candidates deemed most suited for the position based on resume will receive a call to schedule further discussion.

 

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