Family Week Fellow

Location: Remote/working from home.
Reports to: Director of Family Engagement

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.

Position Summary

Family Week is 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 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, 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 Fellow is an integral part of the Program team and will have a hands-on role in the planning and implementation of Family Week. The Fellow will work closely with the Director of Family Engagement, the Program team, the Family Week intern cohort, and across organizational departments, to assist in community outreach, event planning and execution, use of social media, fundraising, and much more.

The Family Week Fellow not only works closely with the Director of Family Engagement for major projects related to Family Week planning, they also closely mentor the summer Family Week intern cohort. This involved regular check-in meetings, on-boarding, periodic skills-based trainings, and general advising for various projects related to Family Week. The Fellow also will take on additional large projects related to Family Week as needed, including but not limited to developing ‘best practices’ and procedures documents for youth camps and improving the tools to track community outreach.

Fellowship Period and Compensation

  • The Fellowship is a part-time position for the first three months, starting on or around March 1, 2019.
  • The Fellowship becomes fulltime on June 1, 2019, at which time the Fellow also becomes eligible for Family Equality Council’s full-time employment benefits.
  • The Fellowship will conclude by August 31, 2019.
  • The Fellow will be compensated at a rate of $15 per hour.
  • A part-time work week shall consist of 20 hours per week and a full-time work week shall consist of 40 hours/week.
  • Family Equality Council operates within a standard five-day work week model, typically Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm – however, work schedules will occasional be adjusted to include coverage of periodic weekend and/or evening community events.
  • Fellowship hours are negotiable but must align with a standard 5-day work week model.
  • The Fellow will join the 2019 Family Equality Council staffing team in the on-site execution of our signature event, Family Week, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, from July 26th to August 3rd. Travel, lodging and meals during Family Week are provided for the Fellow by Family Equality Council.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain an agreed-upon work schedule and regular communication with Family Equality Council staff, Family Week Program Interns, and other partners.
  • Mentor the five summer Family Week Program Interns during their internship, from June 1st to August 9th. This includes leading regular check-in meetings, coordinating bonding opportunities, and providing other guidance as assigned;
  • Oversee the Family Week Program Intern cohort orientation, on-boarding and on-going trainings;
  • Conduct regular check-in meetings with interns and facilitate positive group dynamic;
  • Develop and run trainings and informational meetings for community partners, volunteers and staff in preparation for Family Week;
  • Cultivate community partnerships;
  • Manage event and travel logistics for staff, interns and volunteers;
  • Conduct outreach with potential sponsors and advertisers;
  • Remain in consistent communication with Family Week interns and the Director of Family Engagement;
  • Draft reports for Family Week 2019 and the scholarship program, and recommendations for future events.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Flexibility, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn;
  • Excellent organization skills, coupled with the ability to problem solve independently, while maintaining a vision for larger objectives;
  • Self-motivation, focus, and the ability to work remotely;
  • 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;
  • Must pass a criminal background check in order to work with youth during Family Week. Please note: History of a felony offense does not necessarily prevent you from being a candidate for this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience planning and executing successful programs/events;
  • Experience with mentoring and leadership;
  • Experience working within the LGBTQ movement and/or with families;
  • Previous attendance or familiarity with Family Week and Provincetown;
  • Outgoing demeanor and high comfort level with networking at events;
  • A Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in a related field and/or demonstrated experience with leadership and work in social justice;
  • Candidates of all academic/practical backgrounds with strong and relevant technical 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.