Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs

04 Jan, 2022


Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs

The Trevor Project

Role: Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs

Reports to: Chief Community Officer

Location: Remote

Hours: Full-time

About Trevor

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 over 20 years.

Overview of the role

The Vice President, Advocacy and Government Affairs will play a critical role in our organization’s impact. Reporting to the Chief Community Officer, the Vice President, Advocacy and Government will serve as the primary leader of Trevor’s life-saving advocacy and policy work. This role will oversee and lead a growing team who are advocating in the executive, legislative and judicial branches at the federal, state, and local levels on behalf of LGBTQ youth, as well as in mental health and suicide prevention spaces. This includes life-saving advocacy and policy work in a variety of  key issues facing LGBTQ youth across the United States such as ending so-called “conversion therapy,” advocating for every school in the United States to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive suicide prevention policies, expanding the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data, engaging federal partners and leading efforts to implement 988, and fighting against state-level bills targeting transgender and nonbinary youth.

Who you are

  • 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.

  • 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. You love working with people and know how to excite them about our life-saving work.

  • 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.

  • Clear communicator. You can communicate clearly and concisely. You’re great at getting and giving respectful and productive feedback to the people working with you.

  • Driven by data and results. You are driven by metrics and results and are informed by data. You operate with urgency and efficiency. You know how to identify problems and create informed and comprehensive strategies to make progress and get results.

  • Innovative. You look at the way things are and then imagine how they can be improved. You’re always thinking about best practices to figure out how we can leverage these new tools and ideas.

  • Collaborative. You understand that the best way to meet and exceed goals is through outstanding teamwork.

  • Flexible. You are comfortable navigating ambiguity and working through competing priorities.

  • Highly organized. You know how to manage multiple projects and prioritize appropriately. You create clear and logical systems and processes to support your work and that of the organization.

  • 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

  • Oversee the performance and development of the Advocacy and Government Affairs team and work with leaders both within the Community team and across The Trevor Project to drive innovation so the organization can end LGBTQ youth suicide.

  • Serve as a collaborative, cross-functional organizational strategist that contributes to broader, organizational discussions and efforts (beyond those specific to functional expertise).

  • Manage, coordinate, and inspire the Advocacy and Government Affairs team to ensure team accountability, strategic alignment, and results, including accomplishing organizational KPIs and metrics as we work to end LGBTQ youth suicide.

  • Lead, coach, and inspire a high-performing, growing team of Advocacy leaders and professionals.

  • Ensure professional development and continued engagement of all members of the Advocacy and Government Affairs team

  • Operate as a central decision-maker on campaign and policy engagements, shaping budgeting decisions, campaign priorities, policy development agendas, and political messaging frames.

  • Lead the development and execution of advocacy strategy on issues impacting LGBTQ youth and their mental health including but not limited to ending so-called “conversion therapy,” advocating for every school in the United States to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive suicide prevention policies, expanding the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data, engaging federal partners and leading efforts to implement 988, and fighting against state-level bills targeting transgender and nonbinary youth .

  • Oversee multiple short and long-term priority projects, providing clear input on some and leading on others while effectively directing the efforts of others across work streams.

  • Help manage high-profile engagements on community health policy at the local, state, and national levels, including the White House to influence 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.

  • Collaborate with the Communications Team to ensure strategic alignment and identify cross-cutting initiatives and opportunities.

  • Represent The Trevor Project as a supportive external ambassador of the organization to key external constituencies in speaking engagements, conferences, and in other advocacy and educational spaces.


The Trevor Project believes that a diverse staff and an inclusive culture are critical, non-negotiable requirements for the organization to achieve its mission of ending LGBTQ youth suicide. We aspire to be a team where our staff, and their varied lived experiences, are treated with respect and are empowered to bring their best selves to work every day. Benefits at The Trevor Project include:

  • Generous vacation and holidays (like a full day off to celebrate Harvey Milk Day!), including three half-day Fridays during the summer

  • Comprehensive health insurance (we pay 100% of your premiums for medical, dental, and life), including gender affirmation surgery

  • Flexibility to work from anywhere in the U.S. (we provide the technology, a monthly internet stipend and reimbursement to outfit your work-from-home space!)

  • Fun virtual office environment and passionate team

  • Online Subscription to Headspace, a digital meditation platform

  • Meaningful work at an organization that is saving the lives of LGBTQ young people across America every day

  • The Trevor Project is an equal opportunity employer

Your application

We’re excited to hear from you! To join Team Trevor, please upload a resume and cover letter. Use this as an opportunity to convey why you want to be the next VP, Advocacy & Government Affairs at The Trevor Project!

Please note: Only applicants who apply through our search partner, Russell Reynolds Associates will be considered. To be considered, send your resume and cover letters to the contact information below. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

TR Straub
Russell Reynolds Associates
1700 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC  20006-5208
Direct: +1-202-654-7857
Mobile: +1-917-767-0630

Job posted: 2022-01-04