SWOP-USA is announcing the search for our next Executive Director. This position is responsible for overseeing the entire 501c3, growing and developing the network of sex worker organizers and activists, ensuring the financial stability of the organization, and serving as one of the public facing representatives of the SWOP network. This position reports to the Board of Directors and supervises the Bookkeeping and Chapter Associate Director. This position is full-time, exempt position, remote, with some evenings and weekends. Domestic US travel up to 10%. Queer, trans and POC individuals with experience in sex work are highly encouraged to apply. If selected for this position, we are asking the individual to commit to a two year at minimum term. 

About SWOP USA: 

The Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy. As a multi-state network of sex workers and advocates, we address locally and nationally the violence that sex workers experience because of their criminal status. SWOP-USA is committed to the safety, autonomy, and human rights of people in the sex trade, and stands in solidarity with the many social justice movements intersectional to our own, including but not limited to Black Lives Matter, disability rights, drug and immigration reform, gender equality and the LGBTQ movement, and the rights of the working class.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience working with diverse groups of sex workers
  • A commitment to full decriminalization of sex work and open mindedness to reform
  • Commitment to harm reduction and dismantling the whore-archy
  • Commitment to fighting intersecting criminalizations and the Prison Industrial Complex
  • Commitment to racial equity and dismantling white supremacy
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to navigate complex social and political scenarios and provide meaningful leadership
  • General knowledge about federal, and local-level, laws relating to sex work and trafficking
  • Comfort working independently and remotely
  • Ability to travel overnight up to 10% of the time
  • Skilled at presenting in front of people
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask with a high pressure agenda and many demands
  • Open and excited to learn new skills 
  • General comfort with technology and ability to troubleshoot basic technology questions for Chapters and Projects

Core Job Tasks:

  • Maintain current licenses and IRS status
  • Develop and maintain relationships with institutional and individual donors
  • Manage the bank accounts for our Chapters, Projects, and National organization
  • Maintain insurance for the entire organization, file claims as necessary
  • Create annual and project based budgets
  • Write grants to fund the National organization, Projects, and Chapters
  • Work with the National SWOP Board to help set advocacy agendas, strategic plans, and day-to-day running of the organization
  • Manage payroll for staff and board stipends 
  • Provide monthly and quarterly reports to the Board of Directors
  • Serve as intermediary between grassroots organizers and philanthropic institutions
  • Write annual reports for public and funder consumption

Community Organizing

  • Make connections to other movements and organizations with similar and shared interests
  • Implement training and measures that prioritize racial and economic equity within the organization and promote movement wide
  • Attend conferences and summits representing SWOP and building coalitions
  • Being the initial point of contact for community members
  • Assist Chapters in resolving grievances internally and externally

Resources & Research & Media

  • Create fact sheets and resource sheets for Chapters, Projects and for the general public
  • Develop talking points on relevant topics
  • Serve as a media representative for SWOP-USA
    • Develop relationships with journalists and media outlets to help promote our work and mission
    • Direct media to other community partners best suited to represent specific issue areas
  • Produce a monthly newsletter for the general public, media, and community partners
  • Collaborate with Communications team in delegation and use of SWOP social media
  • Produce and design promotional materials

December 17th

    • Work with the board and community partners to collect names for the annual December 17th day of observance 
    • Add names and photos to the website
    • Promote day of observance to local and national media
    • Update website with information about global and national events
    • Distribute resources to Chapter and community partners to assist in their D17 events

Benefits $45,000-$50,000 annual salary, comprehensive medical coverage, and 403b contributions. Two weeks paid vacation, eight sick days, and seven public holidays.

To Apply: 

Please send a resume, cover letter, a ~500 word writing sample, and 2-3 references no later than February 15th at 12am EST to hiring@swopusa.org
First and second round interviews will be conducted in March and April
Projected start date is May 2020