The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) was created in 2015 in response to the increasing number of trans women being murdered and trans people committing suicide, with trans people of color disproportionately represented in both categories. MPJI builds the leadership of transgender and gender nonconforming people to heal, develop transformative leadership, and build power through media advocacy, civic engagement, public policy, and arts and culture. It centers and prioritizes Black and Brown women, girls, and femmes, who account for 72 percent of all trans people murdered; have an average life expectancy of 35 years; and earn an abysmal $10,000 mean annual salary. MPJI envisions a world where trans women and femmes are economically empowered to “lead their own lives, free from the violence rooted in systems of oppression informed by white supremacy.

Mission: The Marsha P Johnson Institute defends and protects the human rights of transgender and gender nonconforming communities. We do this by organizing, advocating and creating an intentional community to heal, develop transformative leadership, and build power. Through the intersections of race, gender identity,sexuality,and class MPJI seeks to eradicate systemic, community, physical violence that silences our community from actualizing freedom and safety in our lives.

We believe in black trans brilliance.And we especially believe in the brilliance of Black Trans Women. Much like our name sake Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson we are taking our destiny into our own hands. And if you’re reading this you are too. Our liberation is available to us through healing,organizing and building our power. We are excited to offer our community work that compliments the strength of our people.


To further our mission we have developed staffing opportunities to showcase our talent and to increase our capacity. We are seeking a motivated and driven team to build community for our future members and current supporters.


The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is seeking a part-time Digital Organizing and Communications Consultant to develop and execute campaigns to organize our members, supporters, media partners and donors using email, web, social media, and other platforms digitally. Working across the organization in all areas the Digital Organizing and Communications Consultant creates strategies and tactics to increase our supporters, our members, and our donors. The Digital Organizing and Communications Consultant is responsible for the development and execution of social media content to build public and brand awareness and to enhance the Institute’s reputation locally,nationally, and internationally.

This is an amazing opportunity for a creative writer and organizer who wants to be a part of a movement home where you’ll have the freedom to grow and learn and build towards trans liberation.

  • Identify opportunities for digital engagement and online campaigns
  • Write campaign content that includes social media posts, emails, that lead our members and supporters to take action and participate in campaigns
  • Review news and current events to identify potential campaigns
  • Support devising rapid response communications
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
  • Maintain and build relationships with partner organizations for possible collaborations
  • Develop list building tactics
  • Conduct outreach to future members via online and social media strategies
  • Monitor best practices for Measuring the impact of social media campaigns
  • Develop and maintain relationships with news media
  • Develop and maintain an editorial calendar for social media events, and key dates
  • Support developing organizational materials such as flyers, handouts, handbooks, op eds, and published writings,
  • Support the Executive Director in implementing strategy to identify the organizational identity and communicate effectively the vision and mission of the organization to the public
  • This position reports directly to the Executive Director


The Marsha P. Johnson Institute seeks a part time Movement Building and Campaign Consultant to support and develop our membership base and coalition partners through strategic programming. The Movement Building and Campaign Consultant is responsible for implementing programs and developing best practices in measuring the results and outcomes of our campaigns and coalition efforts. This position requires a love for black people,skills in developing relationships and an empathetic heart.

We believe in movements and have seen the impact of community organizing historically and currently. This position gives our organization an opportunity to pursue developing a movement that is committed to trans liberation at its core.

  • Implement and facilitate organizational programs ensuring they are in alignment with the organization’s mission and vision
  • Develop initiatives for the ongoing direction of the programs as well as uses the programs to address issues affecting local trans communities
  • Create risk and harm reduction strategy for program participants
  • Develop budget and operations framework to ensure program is supported
  • Develop and assign long term goals
  • Document program reach and outcomes for programs
  • Work with executive director to recruit and onboard program participants
  • Conduct outreach to key organizations, community members, and fellow movement builders to create collaboration opportunities
  • Work with the Digital Outreach and Communications Consultant to ensure communicating effectively and timely about all programming and campaigns
  • This position Reports to the Executive Director

The Marsha P Johnson Institute  is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Black transgender people, transgender people of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and disabled people are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, MPJI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. 

Applications are due by December 8, 2017 at 5PM EST.

To apply please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@marshap.org