Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs

02 Jun, 2021


Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs

Washington, DC


The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. We are a nonprofit that provides 24/7 life-saving support via phone, text, and chat crisis services. We also operate the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth and run innovative research, education, and advocacy programs. We’ve been saving lives every day for over 22 years.


The first-ever Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs will oversee all of The Trevor Project’s life-saving advocacy and policy work (other than the campaign to end conversion therapy). This director will eventually oversee a team of at least five people advocating at the federal, state, and local levels on behalf of LGBTQ youth, as well as the mental health and suicide prevention movements. Key strategic priorities include advocating for every school in the country to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive suicide prevention policies; expanding the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity data in death records, as well as school surveys on mental health; and fighting against state-level bills targeting trans youth.

Who you are:

  • Forceful advocate. You know how to navigate corridors of power in DC, state capitals and city halls around the country, and persuade lawmakers and their staff to do the right thing. You are an excellent speaker and can convince people to take action to protect LGBTQ youth
  • Builder. You’re someone who thinks strategically. You’re excited about the opportunity to take the status quo as just a starting point, then implement best practices and continually innovate
  • Goal-oriented. You set aggressive goals that are achievable, then focus on exceeding them
  • Role model and leader. You are a dedicated mentor and compassionate leader for your staff and colleagues alike. You have experience managing people and tasks (including remotely) and can inspire others to do their best work
  • Driven by Data.You enjoy developing and working with complex spreadsheets. You are an analytical and metrics-driven leader
  • Collaborative. You understand that the best way to meet and exceed goals is through outstanding teamwork
  • Pragmatic organizer.You can count votes, connect with lawmakers and local organizers, and know legislative processes inside and out, from committee hearings to reconciliation
  • Flexible. You are comfortable navigating ambiguity and working through competing priorities
  • Digital savvy.You are a digital-native and enjoy figuring out how to make processes more efficient and effective through the use of technology
  • Passionate. You care about LGBTQ youth. You care about saving lives. You want to come to work and feel inspired every day. You want to change the world
  • Fun. The work we do is very serious, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun. We know how to have a good time and you should too


What you’ll do:

  • Lead the development and execution of strategy in partnership with the Advocacy team on issues like school suicide prevention policies and LGBTQ public health data.
  • Coordinate internally between teams to ensure accountability, strategic alignment, and results.
  • As a supportive external ambassador of the organization, represent The Trevor Project to key external constituencies. This includes both formal and informal presentations such as making speeches, and attending conferences and other meetings as necessary.
  • Share and leverage evidence, engage directly with key stakeholders, cultivate and leverage champions, deploy strategic communications, speak and publish across influential platforms.
  • Build and manage partnerships and alliances to advance and refine the advocacy strategy.
  • Exhibit a meticulous level of follow-through and attention to detail in engaging and cultivating stakeholders
  • Manage high-profile engagements on community health policy at the local, state, and national level, including influencing agendas to raise awareness about the importance of LGBTQ youth suicide prevention.
  • Draw on a high level of emotional intelligence and political savvy to navigate different stakeholders’ motivations, build consensus, and create opportunities
  • Track and analyze key national and state policy developments and trends relevant to suicide prevention and LGBTQ public health data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively prioritize across multiple short- and long-term projects and direct the efforts of others across work streams
  • Collaborate with the Communications Team to ensure strategic alignment and identify cross-cutting initiatives and opportunities


  • Generous vacation and holidays (like a full day off to celebrate Harvey Milk Day!), including Summer Fridays
  • Comprehensive health insurance (we pay 100% of your premiums for medical, dental and life), including gender affirmation surgery
  • The Trevor Project is an equal opportunity employer
  • Meaningful work at an organization that is saving the lives of LGBTQ young people across America every day

Job posted: 2021-06-02