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Policy and Programs Manager
Development Intern

 Policy and Programs Manager

Athlete Ally seeks a motivated self-starter to fill the open role of Policy & Programs Manager. The hire will play a critical role in helping advance Athlete Ally’s Policy & Programming work — helping to ensure everyone has equal access, opportunity and experience in sports — regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

The Policy and Programs Manager’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Drive strategy and engagement for our 20+ college chapters across the country; act as day-to-day point of contact for chapters; work with student-athletes and administrators on efforts to create LGBTQ inclusive athletic environments on their teams and campuses
  • Manage outreach and communications with teams, leagues, coaching associations and sport governing bodies related to Champions of Inclusion — Athlete Ally’s online curriculum focused on LGBTQ respect and inclusion in sports
  • Draft partnership proposals requested by teams, leagues and governing bodies seeking formal partnerships with Athlete Ally
  • Conduct outreach to collegiate athletic departments to secure LGBTQ inclusive policies and practices on campus, helping further the research and findings of Athlete Ally’s historic Athletic Equality Index
  • Drive Athlete Ally’s Ambassador Program database and infrastructure, playing an important role with how we track and strategically engage our 200+ Ambassadors in our network
  • Support Athlete Ally’s Director of Policy and Programs in conducting policy audits of athletic institutions
  • Support Athlete Ally’s state-based policy work in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Arizona
  • Manage interns and vendors as needed

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience preferred
  • Background in research and proposal writing preferred
  • Background in policy work, grassroots mobilization or outreach roles preferred
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Familiairty with LGBTQ community and relevant challenges/issues
  • General sports knowledge and ability to understand the relevant intersection of sport and social justice
  • Knowledge of Adobe Suite preferred
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once in a fast paced environment
  • Strong writing, editing and communications skills
  • Strong commitment to social justice work and Athlete Ally’s mission
  • 2-4 years of relevant work experience

About Athlete Ally

Athlete Ally believes sport will change the world when it welcomes and empowers all people. As a leading national nonprofit working at the intersection of sport and LGBTQ equality, Athlete Ally works to end the structural and systemic oppression that isolates, excludes and endangers LGBTQ people in sport. We educate individuals and institutions to understand obstacles to inclusion for LGBTQ people and how they can build an inclusive culture within their athletic communities. We work to ensure sport governing bodies, teams and leagues adopt policies that reflect the diversity of their constituents. We incubate athlete activism to advance LGBTQ equality in and through sport.

To Apply: Applications should be submitted here.

Athlete Ally is an equal opportunity employer.
We see forces of oppression as disproportionally affecting the most marginalized in society, and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities, including people of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and immigrants to apply.


Development Intern

Background:
Athlete Ally is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization that provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming and tools and resources to foster inclusive sports communities. We mobilize Ambassadors in collegiate, professional and Olympic sports who work to foster “allyship” in their athletic environments.

Since its founding, Athlete Ally has attracted more than 250 professional athletes and Olympians, and teams at more than 50 U.S. colleges and universities to champion the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes. Moreover, we are leveraging our partnerships with individual athletes and teams to advance our impact on LGBTQ public policy in states that lag in LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. Athlete Ally implements LGBTQ awareness and ally training programs and workshops at college, high schools, and beyond. Athlete Ally also has formal partnerships with the NBA, the WNBA, and MLB to provide team trainings and develop resources to address the importance of tolerance and inclusion in sports.

The Development Department is seeking a part-time Development Intern to assist with administrative, research and special projects.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • Helping maintain donor and grant databases and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and sending donor acknowledgements, logging donor appreciation efforts
  • Supporting creation and dissemination of Athlete Ally’s annual appeals
  • Assisting with the annual publication and year-round tracking of workplace giving campaigns
  • Assisting staff with grant application writing and tracking
  • Supporting staff with logistics associated with special events, including assisting with creation of invitation list, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venue and vendors
  • Tracking and evaluating all development efforts
  • Working with select Board members to implement their fundraising strategies

An ideal candidate must

  • Be responsible, flexible, hard‐working, ethical, and committed to the mission of Athlete Ally
  • Possess a high level of organizational skills and be detail oriented
  • Possess solid oral and written communication skills
  • Be skilled at a variety of computer skills, e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel are mandatory; knowledge of others is a plus
  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks
  • Possess an interest in a nonprofit career ‐ particularly development and fundraising

Time commitment: Minimum of 10 hours per week; minimum 3 month commitment, with 6 months desirable.

Compensation: Athlete Ally will provide each intern with a monthly stipend to cover travel expenses (a monthly metrocard, or equivalent value, of $121/month during the duration of the internship), plus a daily stipend of $10 for lunch a maximum of 3 days/week. There is opportunity for school credit if allowed by the college/university of applicant.

To apply: Email cover letter and resume to Sharif Dodd at [email protected], Re: “Application for Development Intern.” Deadline is rolling.

Athlete Ally is an equal opportunity employer. We see forces of oppression as disproportionally affecting the most marginalized in society, and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities, including people of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and immigrants to apply.