2018 Housing Justice Fellowship

About Us:

Ingersoll Gender Center is one of our nation’s oldest organizations by and for transgender and gender non-conforming communities. As we look towards our 41st year of working in our communities we are excited to continue building our work and expand our impact in 2018. We are excited to announce that we are looking to fill four places in our 2018 Housing Justice Fellowship.

We strive to be intentional in our hiring processes; each time we’re able to expand our community we see it as an opportunity to interrupt the cycles of economic injustice that bar our communities from accessing employment, building skills and investing in the leadership development of our own communities. With that in mind we prioritize applicants that have first hand experience in navigating the oppressive systems that trans people face. 

Think you may be the amazing human we’re looking for? Take a look down below at what you can expect from our workspace and team, the experiences we’re looking for, the responsibilities of the role, compensation and benefits and how to apply. Any questions can be directed to hiring@ingersollgendercenter.org – no phone calls please. 

About the program: 

Ingersoll’s Housing Justice Fellowship is part of The Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition. This coalition is made up of a group of community based organizations that are committed to addressing the economic inequities faced by transgender and gender nonconforming (tgnc) people and LGBTQ people of color. Our collective goal is to identify barriers, gaps in resources and develop resources and identify policy solutions to move our communities out of poverty. We know working in coalition as organizations led by LGBTQ folks and specifically centering the leadership of transgender led and LGBTQ people of color led organizations we are best suited to find solutions that address economic inequities that impact access to community connections, housing resources, affordable LGBTQ affirming healthcare. 

Participants in our Housing Justice Fellowship will work collaboratively with Ingersoll staff and community partners. Fellows will learn and practice skills, with an overall goal of advancing economic justice for trans and gender non-conforming communities. Over the course of six months, Fellows will create a vetting process and guide of area shelters for the trans and gender non-conforming community. We will work towards advancing housing and economic justice by grounding our work in racial justice and relationship building. Anticipated topics include: power and resource mapping, foundations of the housing crisis in Seattle, story-telling to leverage our personal experiences, and survey development. Over the course of the six months, the group of four fellows will connect with one another and community partners to broaden our networks, support, and vision for a thriving trans and gender non-conforming community.

Desired Skills and Experiences:

    • First hand experience in navigating the shelter and housing system and/or navigating unstable housing
    • Interest in and desire to participate in social change
    • Interest in learning more and experience navigating housing and employment systems
    • Desire to participate in a learning and change community for 6 months
    • Able to travel to Ingersoll’s Office on Capitol Hill in Seattle
    • Ability to speak, read, and write in English

Description of the role(s): 

    • Attend weekly group meetings
    • Attend and prepare for check-in and development meetings with Ingersoll staff
    • Participate in trainings and discussions on community organizing and social justice as related to housing and employment
    • With staff support, co-facilitate and organize weekly meetings
    • Fellows can expect individual coaching and investment in their development; this may look like taking on a leadership role for a particular aspect of the fellowship with roles TBD
    • Build relationships with other community members and leaders
    • Work collaboratively to build a trans shelter guide for King County including developing vetting standards for shelters 
    • Reaching out to area shelters to build relationships and conduct surveys
    • Support with outreach efforts of the Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition.

Compensation: 

Fellows will be paid $6,000 in total for 7 – 12 hours of weekly work at $20/hour. Work will include meeting as a group as well as work conducted in small groups or individually with Ingersoll staff. We are willing and able to work with community members access needs around transportation and compensation.

How to apply: 

Please send a resume and a one page letter (twelve point font) detailing your experience navigating the housing system and why you are interested in this fellowship to hiring@ingersollgendercenter.org, mail to 1425 Broadway #509 Seattle, WA 98122, or bring in person to 911 E Pike Suite 221, Seattle WA. If mailing your application please call our office at (206) 849 – 7859 to let us know. Deadline to apply is July 28th, 2018. Hopeful start date for all Fellows is August 15th, 2018. If you are unable to send along a resume or letter reasonable accommodations requested a week before the deadline may be honored. 

Ingersoll Gender Center is an equal opportunity employer. Ingersoll does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, gender identity or presentation, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, immigration status, and the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in employment, volunteer opportunities or services rendered. Transgender, gender nonconforming, gender diverse, intersex and two-spirit people – particularly those that are actively experiencing or have experienced homelessness or unstable housing – are highly encouraged to apply.

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