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Trans Lifeline Volunteer Board Positions Available (remote position)

Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community.  We are  a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support grounded in autonomy and harm reduction to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

Trans Lifeline serves a disproportionately high number of trans people of color and our Board is committed to equity and excellence in service to our communities. Trans Lifeline works affirmatively to build a staff and board that includes people of many different races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, ages, and sexual orientations.

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What Does The Board Do?

The Board is the governing body of Trans Lifeline. In line with state and federal charity requirements, board members are unpaid volunteers. Our major responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Supporting Trans Lifeline’s co-Executive Directors
  • Fundraising
  • Ensuring effective financial management

To carry out these responsibilities, we have  embarked on an extensive organization-wide strategic planning process and co-Executive Director search, so it is an exciting time to be on the Trans Lifeline Board. Board members will likely need to commit to about 10 hours per month during the next year, with an expected commitment of 2-4 hours per month thereafter. Terms are currently 3 years, but there are positions for shorter terms available.

Board positions entail meeting at least once per month, currently, Sunday mornings PST, mid-day EST.

Board members meet regularly with the co-Executive Directors— whom we supervise— and with external consultants who are supporting our strategic planning and organizational development processes. We also meet occasionally with other members of senior management.

Who Are We Looking For?

Our values are in lived experience, and we seek people with diverse lived experiences that can provide a greater variety of perspectives to the work.

We believe our governing body is strongest when we represent more and more of our constituent groups’ experiences. In the interest of continuing to best partner with our communities, we are prioritizing both skills currently underrepresented on our Board and populations underrepresented on boards nationwide.

We are especially interested in new Board members with some or more of the following skills and experiences:

  • Prior service on a governance board for a mature organization
  • Served on a board or has worked with an organization with co-directors or other uncommon leadership structures
  • Helped guide organizations (on board or otherwise) through growth transitions
  • Fundraising connections or experience
  • Financial oversight
  • Legal
  • HR and DEI
  • Relationships with foundations and corporate entities
  • Community connections to media, business, religious organizations, the military, the political sector, and social services

We strongly encourage applications and inquiries from trans women of color, Black and Indigenous trans people, people who do or have done sex work, people of color, trans women and trans feminine people, and other marginalized people.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. If you have any questions or accommodation requests, please email them to the same address.