Temporary Contract Position [March - August 2020]
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization whose mission is to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color. We envision a world where we all have access to healing resources rooted in social justice and liberation. Since 2016, our network has quickly grown into a community of care, resource sharing, connection and learning for queer and trans people of color committed to improving mental health for our communities. We have held several local and regional meet-ups for practitioner development and community building and had our first national gathering in 2018 at the Allied Media Conference.
On August 20-23, 2020, we will hold our Healing Justice Convening in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Our goal is to mobilize QTPOC healers, movement leaders, artists, and cultural workers, and health, mental health and healing practitioners across the country to collectively address the physical, emotional, psychic and spiritual needs of queer and trans people of color living in the United States. We gather to uplift healing justice as a political and spiritual framework to address the legacy of trauma and harm our communities have experienced due to criminalization and the medical-industrial complex.
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is searching for an experienced Access Lead for our 2020 Convening. The ideal candidate has a strong foundation in disability justice and experience providing accessibility support and planning at large-scale conferences, gatherings or other similar events to ensure the full and active participation of all members and event participants. Using NQTTCN’s mission and guiding principles, this position will work collaboratively with the planning committee, NQTTCN staff and board, and volunteers to ensure that all aspects of the convening are accessible and rooted in disability justice. Creating an accessible gathering benefits not only individuals all types of disabilities or chronic health conditions, but also helps to ensure that all participants and all bodies are able to fully engage in the program. We are looking for someone who is deeply committed to the values and practice of disability justice and healing justice, and who has experience working with queer and trans people of color.
Represent NQTTCN’s political analysis on access at the convening.
Work closely with the planning committee, NQTTCN staff and board to create a space in which convening participants’ access needs and accommodations are prioritized and met.
Develop, implement and coordinate strategies for access and accommodations during all aspects of the convening and all related events: the location, venue, website, submission and review process, presentations, meals and social events, and the conference experience as a whole.
Ensure that all registration materials and conference literature contain information about accessibility on how to contact access lead regarding accommodations.
Check venue in advance for visibility, acoustics, mobility, technology and access and space for service animals.
Provide presenters with a checklist of how to make their presentations accessible to all.
Work with event planner and venue so that participants’ dietary needs and restrictions are met.
Must follow up on all requests received. If unable to meet a specific request, follow up with the individual to determine if an alternative arrangement can be made.
Serve as a liaison to attendees regarding access needs.
Work with volunteers during convening to designate those responsible for accommodations and help with seating, ensuring captioning and other technology is working, maintaining clear pathways, or other needs.
Able to troubleshoot and accommodate special requests around access needs and accommodations.
Skills and Qualifications
Relevant experience as access lead or similar role.
Strong skills working with venue staff and other vendors to ensure accessibility.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Has a team-oriented attitude for training others and delegating tasks.
Strong working knowledge of relevant resources and services locally available.
Experience working with queer, trans, gender non-conforming, two-spirit and non-binary communities of color required.
Expertise in disability justice required; healing justice analysis strongly preferred.
This position is primarily remote. The access lead can be based anywhere in the United States, but someone based in New Mexico is preferred. Access lead must attend the full duration of the convening.
How to apply:
Submit a resume and cover letter to Erica Woodland, NQTTCN Founding Director, at email@example.com with the subject: Name – Access Coordinator. Once contacted, we expect applicants to provide samples and references from previous relevant work.
Black, Indigenous, and other queer and trans people of color strongly encouraged to apply.