Executive Director Position Application

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Posted Date: 2/15/2021


TransPonder is a grassroots, completely transgender founded and led nonprofit based in Eugene, Oregon. It provides support, resources, and education for the trans/gender diverse community and its allies.

TransPonder offers several monthly meetings, special events for trans/gender diverse folks and allies, inclusivity trainings, and consultation services to professional organizations and businesses.

TransPonder’s vision and commitment is to:

  • Address root causes of discrimination in the trans/gender diverse community through an intersectional social justice lens
  • Acknowledge the existence and harm caused by systemic racism and dismantle white supremacy within and outside of our organization.
  • Increase allyship and accomplices in the broader community through relationship building and education
  • Foster leadership and skill building opportunities within the trans/gender diverse community across generations
  • Promote access to health by fostering expertise in mental, physical, and spiritual healing communities
  • Network with legal counsel knowledgeable about the trans/gender diverse community
  • Provide resource navigation support to address economic inequities, food and housing insecurity, medical and employment discrimination



Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion, and execution of the organization’s mission. Duties for the Executive Director will include developing and inclusively achieving a clear vision and strategic priorities, establishing business and programmatic goals, providing leadership and support to staff, advising the board of directors on organizational activities, overseeing/streamlining daily operations, and ensuring TransPonder remains fiscally sound and that its internal and external engagement, fund development, and programs are resourced to address the needs and interests of the trans/gender diverse community. The Executive Director will serve as the face of the organization building strong and affirming relationships, furthering advocacy objectives, programming initiatives, and reimagining collaboration to support intersectionality among board, staff, and community partners.

The Executive Director will consult with the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of policies and strategies to achieve organizational goals, and will direct and motivate the staff in planning program development to fulfill the mission and vision. In addition to fulfilling our mission and embodying our values the executive director will lead us in creating an internal organizational culture that is heartfelt, connected, nourishing, celebrates and supports our unique whole selves, fosters healthy relationships, builds trust, and works to repair harms. We are working to dismantle white supremacy and build new and equitable organizational structures. We are intentionally seeking to attract individuals who have the skills, commitment, perspective, and passion necessary to help us co-create an anti-racist, equity-focused, inclusive organization.


  • Strategic Vision & Program Development
    • Develop a vision and strategic plan under the guidance of the Board of Directors and with the support of the Leadership team.
    • Advance an organizational strategy and commitment to embed equity into its internal and external operations, with the guidance of external consultants and the support of the Board of Directors
    • Serve as an effective and visible spokesperson for TransPonder who articulates the organization’s history, programs, and mission.
  • Leadership & Team Management
    • Foster a collaborative, mission-driven environment that engages, challenges, and supports team members in meeting organizational and personal goals.
    • Draw from experience working with people of multiple cultures and backgrounds; identifying intersectionality to help support all staff
    • Reinforce a culture of feedback by creating a structure of transparency and learning mindsets
    • Demonstrate an ability to delegate and share responsibility and ownership of projects to evenly distribute workload and not overextend capacity within the organization
  • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
    • Advocates for and takes specific actions toward eradicating discrimination based on race, socio-economic status, ability status, and other differences.
    • Possesses interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, and strategic partnership building.
    • Demonstrates understanding of and experience with multiple modes of communicating with diverse people about complex issues.
    • Maintains a strong commitment to culturally aware and responsive communication, education, and leadership.
  • Financial Planning & Management
    • Provide strategic oversight to achieve balanced and sustainable revenue growth for the organization.
    • Work with staff and the Board to prepare a comprehensive budget providing for the financial stability and growth of the organization, and achievement of short and long-term organizational objectives.
  • Fundraising
    • Partner with the Grant Director to review and support long and short term development strategies to identify, cultivate, and secure funding sources.
    • Provide leadership to staff in the securing financial resources necessary to ensure financial health and achievement of objectives.
    • Seek innovative ways to increase fundraising and participate in fundraising activities and events as the face of the organization.
  • Operational Planning & Management
    • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization; and develop an operational plan which incorporates clearly defined equity policies, goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction and growth of the organization – recommending changes to the board as appropriate.
    • Ensure that the organization is in compliance with laws, statutes, regulations, and best practice standards for non-profits.
  • Community Relations & Advocacy
    • Provide positive and effective representation of the organization’s programs, capabilities, and vision in the community.
    • Engage with the community in forming partnerships to support the organization through volunteer contributions and collaborative and symbiotic relationships with local services providers, agencies, schools, institutions, media, and community businesses and organizations.
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key community partners and elected officials to broaden TransPonder’s base of support and impact in the community.


  • Location: Eugene, Oregon
    • Remote possibilities available during COVID but local residency required by October 1, 2021. 
  • Compensation: Committed to $40,000 for the first year, have secured funds for the first 3 years, and it is the ED’s responsibility to fundraise anything above these committed amounts.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Contract Length: 3 years – to be reviewed annually
  • Benefits:
    • Health Insurance
    • Generous Paid Time Off Policy



  • Experience working with and advocating on behalf of TBIPOC communities. Committed to protecting TBIPOC and immigrant rights.
  • Clear and open communicator and bridge-builder who demonstrates the ability to lead collaboration among groups representing multiple gender identities, gender expressions, ethnicities, physical/mental abilities, religions, and other identities and their intersections. A leader who naturally conveys enthusiasm, authenticity, passion, inspiration, vision, and charisma. They are a compassionate, persistent, and an adaptable leader who will strengthen TransPonder’s vision.
  • Outstanding presentation skills with the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser
  • Strong emotional intelligence, with the ability to foster an environment and culture that supports people from all communities in developing their voice, generates action-oriented problem-solving, and values transparent communication, flexibility, authenticity, and is a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality for staff, board, and people within the community.
  • Experience in community organizing and/or policy advocacy and campaigns including experience with public relations, marketing, and partnering with community organizations (private, public, and governmental)
  • Excellent organizational skills including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Good understanding, or willingness to learn, Oregon’s political landscape for transgender individuals and its racist past


  • Prior nonprofit leadership experience
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Demonstrated success driving fundraising initiatives from a variety of sources


Submit a resume, cover letter, and answer the following questions to apply@transponder.community with the subject line “Executive Director Search”:

  1. Why do you want to work for TransPonder and with the trans/gender diverse community?
  2. What experiences have you had that will inform your approach to inclusive leadership?
  3. What is a leadership accomplishment or success story that you are especially proud of?
  4. What is your vision and passion for improving transgender policy and support?

**Make sure your name is in the document title of your resume

All applications will be acknowledged with an initial response acknowledging receipt, but only complete applications will be reviewed. No phone calls or direct emails to the TransPonder team please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled; ideal start date will be March 2021. 

BIPOC, trans/gender diverse, and folks from all other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply!

TransPonder is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.