Edie Windsor, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera LGBTQ Fellowship

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At the direction of the Governor, the NYS LGBTQ Fellowship is established to support the ongoing efforts in the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer. The LGBTQ Fellow will be awarded every two years to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice, a track record of working on LGBTQ equality, civil rights and diversity issues, and a strong interest in a career in public service. The Fellow will serve in the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and will work on continuing to build the state government’s leadership as a model employer for New Yorkers of all gender identities and sexual orientations. 

The fellowship is named after LGBTQ leaders who have—with their courage, tenacity and perseverance—raised awareness of LGBTQ issues and make a lasting difference in the LGBTQ community. For the inaugural fellowship, which lasts for two years, the fellowship will be named in recognition of three New York leaders: Edie Windsor for her advocacy and groundbreaking work in successfully challenging the federal defense of marriage act and Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera for their movement leading advocacy on behalf of the transgender community in New York. 

The Fellow will have the opportunity to network with elected officials and industry partners and to participate as an Empire State Fellow in educational and professional development programs, including a week-long orientation session and biweekly evening classes that will help them to serve as an effective government leader and strengthen the network of LGBTQ policymakers and leaders in New York State.

The Fellow will serve from September 2018 to September 2020 and will earn a salary of $72,765 plus a generous benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree- advanced degree (master’s JD, PhD or equivalent) strongly preferred
  • Five (5) or more years of full-time professional work experience
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Availability to work in New York City, NY with significant travel to Albany, NY throughout the two-year program

Applicants who are members of groups underrepresented in policy-making roles in New York State government, which include by are not limited to Black, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander persons; women; persons with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons, are particularly encouraged to apply. Those currently employed in the legislative or executive branches of New York state government are not eligible to apply

How to Apply

  • Applicants must apply online no later than 11:59 pm EST on July 13, 2018. A complete application requires the following:
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement explaining your interest in the Inaugural Edie Windsor, Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera LGBTQ Fellowship and why you should be selected (no more than two pages)
  • Two references (name, title and phone number), who can speak to your leadership capabilities and professional preparation for the program. 

Resume and personal statement must be uploaded into the online application before submission. All application materials must be received before 11:59 pm on July 13, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Kelli Owens
Director of Women’s Affairs
Executive Chamber
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Phone: (518) 728-1943
Email: kelli.owens@exec.ny.gov 

Last Updated 7/1/20

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