Family Week Accessibility & Equity Intern

Reporting to: Director of Family Engagement and Program Department
Job Location: Remote/working from home

Background

Founded in 1979, Family Equality Council’s mission is to ensure legal and lived equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change.

We envision a future where all LGBTQ families, regardless of creation or composition, live in communities that recognize, respect, protect and value them. We envision a world in which everyone has the right and the opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion national origin, geography, socioeconomic status, disability, or the intersection of those characteristics. Finally, we envision systems of service and support that are free of discrimination and that maximize opportunities for LGBTQ youth needing permanency and LGBTQ adults seeking family formation through adoption, foster care, assisted reproductive technology or other means. 

Internship Summary

Family Week the largest global gathering of LGBTQ-headed families, and features numerous forums for building community and promoting empowerment on today’s issues. For the past 23 summers, LGBTQ parents, their children, extended families, and their friends have gathered at the tip of iconic Cape Cod to create connections that truly last a lifetime, taking home experiences that help us further join together to make the world a better place for all loving families.

The Family Week Interns are an integral part of the Program Team and play a hands-on role in the planning and implementation of Family Week. The Family Week Accessibility & Equity Intern is involved in reviewing, communicating, and implementing creative accessibility and equity protocols. The Accessibility & Equity intern is also responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing all affinity and equity-related events during Family Week. In past years, these events have included the Gathering for People with Disabilities and Their Families, the Transgender, Gender Non-conforming, and People with Transgender Parents (PTP) Gathering, the Families with Children Adopted from Guatemala Gathering, and more. Success in this position requires excellent organizational skills, the ability to problem solve independently, a team-oriented mindset, highly developed communication skills (written and verbal), superior interpersonal skills, and a commitment to social justice … and fun!

Internship Period and Compensation

  • The internship is 30 hours/week beginning on or around June 1, 2019 and concludes on August 9, 2019.
  • Family Equality operates within a standard five-day work week model, typically Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm – however, work schedules will occasionally be adjusted to include coverage of periodic weekend and/or evening community events.
  • Internship hours are negotiable but must align within a standard 5-day work week model.
  • Interns will join the 2019 Family Equality Council staffing team in the on-site execution of our signature event, Family Week, in Provincetown, MA, from July 26th to August 3rd. Travel, lodging and meals during Family Week are provided for interns by Family Equality Council.
  • The interns will be compensated with a stipend of $3,000.

Primary Responsibilities

Interns will lead individual projects and event planning, includes the following:

  • Assess and update relevant pages on the Family Week website;
  • Assess Family Week communication to ensure it is accessible;
  • Design updated Equity Statement and a plan to engage families with the mission of the statement;
  • Coordinate and liaise with sign language interpreters hired for Family Week and families who request interpretation;
  • Manage event logistics, with a focus on affinity or identity events that support the community. This includes soliciting and incorporating feedback from the community, all logistical aspects of the events, coordinating with sponsors or in-kind donors, promoting the event with registrants, and following up on any feedback from the event;
  • Remain in consistent communication with other Family Week interns, the Family Week Fellow, and the Director of Family Engagement;
  • Provide support to LGBTQ parent groups across the country, create or revise resources for our website, and assist with implementation of office systems and administrative tasks as needed. 

Required Qualifications

  • Self-motivation, focus, and the ability to work remotely;
  • Flexibility, a positive attitude, and willingness to learn;
  • Excellent organization skills coupled with the ability to maintain a vision for larger objectives;
  • Commitment to social justice;
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills;
  • The ability to work well both independently and with others, as a team player;
  • A solution-oriented mindset and ability to work effectively in high-pressure settings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience planning and executing successful programs/events;
  • Experience working within the LGBTQ movement and/or with families;
  • Experience working on equity, accessibility, or disability justice;
  • Outgoing demeanor and high comfort level with networking at events;
  • Candidates who hold or are working towards a Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) or with experience in the LGBTQ advocacy movement;
  • Candidates of all academic backgrounds, technical skills, and other skills are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please forward a letter of interest, resume to Emily McGranachan, Director of Family Engagement, at emcgranachan@familyequality.org.

Family Equality Council provides a team-based environment and we value the benefits of a diversified workplace. Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Family Equality Council is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, citizenship, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.