Workforce Specialist - Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs

Washington, DC
Full Time
Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs

Open Date:  September 15, 2018

Closing Date:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:    Excepted Service ES5, ($60,898 to $80,344)

Current District of Columbia residents will receive priority and advanced preference for screening and interviews.

The Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs (LGBTQ) is a permanent, cabinet-level office within the Office of Community Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor, established by statute in 2006 to address the important concerns of the District's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. The District of Columbia has one of the highest concentrations of LGBTQ residents in the country with an estimated 7 to 10% of the population being LGBTQ. Throughout the fiscal years 2008 and 2009 the Office fulfilled its mission through enhancement and expansion of its programs and services.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs works in collaboration with an Advisory Committee, appointed by the Mayor, to define issues of concern to the LGBTQ community and find innovative ways of utilizing government resources to help address these issues. For more information on the office, please visit here:


Position Overview: The DC Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs is seeking a passionate and experienced LGBTQIA+ Workforce Specialist to champion and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workplace. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in promoting an inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ employees across the city's agencies and offices. This position involves collaborating with various stakeholders to develop and implement strategies that foster equitable and affirming workplaces for all LGBTQIA+ employees. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Resource and Referral Services: Serve as a point of contact and referral for LGBTQIA+ residents and allies seeking employment/hiring guidance, support, or resources related to workplace challenges, discrimination, or other issues. Connect residents with appropriate services and resources from agencies including DOES, DCHR, DHS, WIC, OHR, DSLBD, OTR, DLCP, DOB 

  • Collaboration and Partnerships: Advise and coordinate with the Director to foster relationships with private and public sector organizations to strengthen LGBTQIA+ organizations and community groups, and leverage resources in support of LGBTQIA+ workforce initiatives. 

  • LGBTQIA+ Cultural Competency Training and Education: Partner with government agencies to deliver training sessions, workshops, and educational materials to increase awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues among businesses (including non-profits), employees, and leadership. 

  • Communication and Outreach: Collaborate with the MOLGBTQA team to develop and execute communication strategies to engage residents, employers, and the public on LGBTQIA+ workplace matters and resources. Use various platforms to share success stories, resources, and best practices. 

  • Policy Advocacy: Advise the Director of the MOLGBTQA on more inclusive policies and practices within the District. Represent the Director, as needed, in relevant task forces, committees, and public engagements. 

  • Data Collection and Analysis: Collect and analyze data, as needed by the Director of MOLGBTQA related to LGBTQIA+ employees' experiences, concerns, and needs within the workforce. 


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field (such as Human Resources, Social Work, Sociology, Diversity and Inclusion) or equivalent practical experience. 

  • In-depth understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues, intersectionality, and the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals in the workplace. 

  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and best practices. 

  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to plan, execute, and evaluate initiatives. 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders. 

  • Experience in designing and delivering training sessions and workshops. 

  • Analytical skills for data collection, interpretation, and reporting. 

  • Familiarity with relevant local and national laws and policies related to LGBTQIA+ rights and workplace discrimination. 

  • Previous experience in advocacy, policy development, or community organizing is a plus. 

  • Self-motivated, collaborative, and able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment. 



  • Minimum of two years working in public policy, community engagement or government field
  • Director working experience and knowledge or the LGBTQ Community and/or LGBTQ issues, including homelessness, senior issues, youth issues, economic issues, public safety, immigration, Faith/Civil Rights, Transgender Issues, or LGBTQ Equality.



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

If you are a resident of the District of Columbia and interested in this role, please upload your resume and answer the questionnaire.  Only the candidates deemed most suited for the position based on resume will receive a call to schedule further discussion.



To be considered for the position, please answer the required question and attach required credentials, including resume.    


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