The Trevor Project
Washington, DC

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. We are a non-profit that provides 24/7 life-saving support via phone, text and chat. 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 almost 20 years.

Overview of the role

The Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs will be The Trevor Project’s chief advocacy officer and ensure that the organization is advancing policies and positions that help LGBTQ youth in crisis. The Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs will lead Trevor’s work on the federal, state and local level and in the executive, legislative and judicial branches. The role will focus on both LGBTQ issues as well as the mental health and suicide prevention space.

Who you are:

  • Action-oriented. You know how to get things done. You love to set challenging goals and then develop plans to deliver and achieve them
  • Fast-paced. You can move quickly and smartly. When new opportunities emerge, you move quickly to capitalize on them
  • Big picture thinker. You’re someone who thinks strategically. You love to brainstorm and come up with big bold ideas. You look at the way things are and then imagine 20 ways they can be improved
  • Organized and efficient. You know how to manage complex projects. You can communicate clearly and concisely. The moment you see a problem, you quickly come up with solutions and then implement them
  • Policy wonk. You get excited digging into the nitty-gritty specifics of proposed legislation and complex amicus briefs. You care deeply about policy details because you know the huge impact they have on the LGBTQ youth in crisis we serve
  • Forceful advocate. You know how to navigate corridors of power in DC and state capitals and persuade politicians and their staff to do the right thing. You also know how to communicate effectively via media and coalitions to build public support for our work
  • Legal eagle. Our work in the courts is increasingly important, so knowledge of legal issues is a must and a law degree is preferred (though not required)
  • Experienced and innovative. You have significant experience in government relations and are well-versed in how things are done today, while also being excited about totally new approaches
  • 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:

  • Develop and execute Trevor’s advocacy strategy on the federal, state and local levels, including with policymakers and the general public. You will prioritize key advocacy issues and policies to focus on as well as the most important jurisdictions
  • Create detailed policy briefs that articulate our positions in a way that is both compelling and deeply based in research and evidence
  • Communicate our policy priorities and positions to the broader public and work closely with partners and influencers to build supportive coalitions. You will write compelling press releases as well as oversee our social media strategy for all our advocacy efforts
  • Lead Trevor’s advocacy work in the courts, including overseeing the filing of amicus briefs in cases that relate to our mission
  • Meet with politicians and other government officials to help build support for our positions, as well as meeting and working closely with our partners in the LGBTQ and mental health communities
  • Develop legislative strategies and draft bills to advance LGBTQ equality and mental health policies, working closely with elected officials and their staffs
  • Create and deliver a plan to develop government funding support for our life-saving services


  • 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
  • Fun office environment and passionate team. It’s NBD around here if Katy Perry or Imagine Dragons drops into our office
  • 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

Your Application:

We’re excited to hear from you! To join Team Trevor, please upload a resume and cover letter. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

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Job Posted: September 1, 2017