2019 Economic Justice Fellowship

About Us:

Ingersoll Gender Center is one of our nation’s oldest organizations by and for transgender and gender non-conforming communities. We are excited to announce that we are looking for two individuals to participate in our 2019 Economic 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.

About the program:

Ingersoll’s Economic 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,  and affordable LGBTQ affirming healthcare.

Over the course of five months, fellow’s will build a resource guide intended for trans prisoners who are close to being released. This guide will capture existing services in King County and a detailed roadmap for folks to use when creating a reentry plan to be used for their parole hearing. Anticipated topics include: power and resource mapping, understanding the womb to prison pipeline and the history of mass incarceration in Washington State, survey development, transformative justice and accountability processes, and anti- racist organizing within the transgender community.

Participants in our Economic Justice Fellowship will work collaboratively with Ingersoll staff and community partners to broaden our networks, support, and vision for a thriving trans and gender non-conforming community. Fellows will learn and practice leadership skills, with an overall goal of advancing economic justice for trans and gender non-conforming communities. 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 to be determined.

Fellows will be paid a 1,020.00 monthly stipend for 12 hours of weekly work Monday through Friday between 10am-5pm.

The deadline for applications is July 21, 2019 and our hopeful start date for the Fellowship is August 12, 2019. We are willing and able to work with community members access needs around transportation and compensation.

Desired Skills and Experiences

First hand experience with incarceration or navigating the criminal legal system

Interest in learning more and/or experience in navigating housing and employment systems

Ability to speak, read, and write in English

First hand experience navigating the shelter and housing system in King County and/or experience navigating unstable housing

Desire to participate in a learning and change community for 5 months

Interest in and desire to participate in social change

Able to travel to Ingersoll’s Office on Capitol Hill in Seattle

Aged 18 or over

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 mass incarceration, transformative justice, and community led support services

• Support Ingersoll’s work as part of the Coalition for Trans Prisoners

• Build relationships with other community members and leaders

• Work collaboratively to build a reentry resource guide for King County including a reentry road map for incarcerated trans folks

• Reaching out to reentry programs and direct service providers to build relationships and conduct surveys

• Support with outreach efforts of the Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition

Think you may be the amazing human we're looking for?


Please fill out our online application below or at https://bit.ly/2KFNWTK.
Online applicants do not need to write a cover letter or a resume.

To apply in person, bring or mail your resume and a cover letter to 911 E Pike Suite 221, Seattle WA. In your cover letter, share your connection to incarceration, navigating housing systems, and why you are interested in this fellowship.

If folks need support around filling out the online application or help with creating a cover letter and a resume please reach out to our Economic Justice Coordinator Elle at ellison@ingersollgendercenter.org to make an appointment.

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, previous convictions, 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 who have been previously incarcerated are highly encouraged to apply.