Join the AsylumConnect Team! 

  • All positions are unpaid. 
  • All positions are virtual/remote  – we are looking for self-starters and commitment!    
  • Everyone is welcome to apply! Passionate students, young professionals, LGBTQ advocates, and immigrants are all highly encouraged to apply. 
  • For director and associate positions, preference is given to candidates who currently live in the U.S. (We encourage candidates living outside of the U.S. to consider our translator positions. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for details on becoming a translator for us.) 
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • All open director and associate positions can be viewed below. 

director positions 

we're looking for our next generation of leadership! 

As an AsylumConnect director, you'll get in on the ground floor of a young nonprofit initiative. You'll be able to truly make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S., and your voice will matter in our organization. Together, we will shape the future and vision of AsylumConnect. 

We're looking for individuals who are passionate about AsylumConnect's mission. Our directors have a deep understanding and appreciation for the impact of our resource catalog, and a dedication to ensuring that it reaches its full potential. 

Picture Yourself Here! Aly Murray, former AsylumConnect Webmaster, and Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President, at the 2016 NYC Pride Parade in New York City.

Picture Yourself Here! Aly Murray, former AsylumConnect Webmaster, and Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President, at the 2016 NYC Pride Parade in New York City.

Additional Details on our Director Positions:

  • The following director positions are for immediate hire (exact start date negotiable) and require a minimum commitment through June 2018. (*Preference will be given to candidates who are genuinely interested in remaining on our leadership team for multiple 1-year terms.)
  • All directors will report to the President and come with the chance to lead associate positions.
  • All directors are expected to attend monthly director meetings (via video call). 
  • All directors will receive a personalized AsylumConnect Gmail account.
  • All directors are expected to work collaboratively with teammates and do their best to prioritize AsylumConnect-related correspondence (i.e. Slack, email, video calls, etc.). 

See our open director positions below for more information. (Click to expand.)

Ready to apply? Here's the application.

Director of Finance +

Are you looking for an opportunity to put your finance and fundraising skills to good use? Look no further! As Director of Finance for AsylumConnect, you will have the opportunity to oversee and lead the financial arm of an early-stage nonprofit initiative. In this role, you will gain transferable professional experience through completing major financial tasks, such as: planning innovative crowdfunding campaigns, drafting grant applications, logging an ongoing organizational budget, seeking corporate sponsorship, and preparing comprehensive financial reports. If your long-term career goals involve finance, nonprofit management, or the title “CFO,” this position is for you. The Director of Finance is an incredible opportunity to gain resume-enhancing professional experience while making a tangible difference in the lives of the thousands of LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. We’re looking for a reliable and organized self-starter with a passion for budgets, financial reports, and fundraising.

Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to (and work closely with) the President.
  • Oversee, lead, and actively contribute to the overall financial growth of AsylumConnect; work with other directors and relevant associate(s) to identify all possible sources of funding for AC.
  • Work with the President and other directors to set yearly budget allocations for individual departments.
  • Lead and supervise all fundraising efforts, including: seeking corporate sponsorship, launching innovative crowdfunding and social media campaigns, applying for private and governmental grants, and soliciting individual one-time/monthly donations.
  • Record an ongoing budget of how we use our funds, and create detailed projections for additional funding needed to meet future organizational goals.
  • Prepare comprehensive financial reports for use by the President, advisors, existing donors, as well as potential donors and funders.
  • Oversee budget and cash flow (assist the President with monitoring the AC bank account); coordinate all audit activities.
  • Act as a liaison between AC and any outsourced financial assistance (such as a professional accountant).
  • Serve as primary contact person for outsourced financial assistance, funders, and donors.
  • Directly oversee/manage assigned associate position(s) to help achieve major financial objectives, including: Fundraising Manager and Donor Relations Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): Finance, fundraising, grant writing, nonprofit management, strategy, and/or operations.
  • Willingness and ability to prioritize AsylumConnect.
  • Demonstrated financial prowess: you are comfortable recording an ongoing detailed budget, creating financial projections, and preparing comprehensive financial reports.
  • You should have a solid command of Excel and/or other spreadsheet tools.
  • Strong leadership potential and problem-solving skills.
  • You are reliable, responsible, organized, proactive, and ambitious.
  • You are interested in serving AsylumConnect in a leadership position for the long haul!
  • You have a contagious passion for our cause and catalog.
  • Bonus(es): Past grant writing experience, experience drafting budgets and/or financial projections, experience leading fundraising campaigns and/or soliciting donations, experience drafting financial reports.

Director of Software Development +

We’re currently searching for an imaginative and proactive developer to join our team as the new Director of Software Development. In this leadership role, you will lead the technical development of the AsylumConnect catalog. You will work with the rest of the leadership team as well as our web developer associates to ensure that the AsylumConnect catalog remains as user-friendly and visual as possible. This is a unique opportunity to help implement our vision of providing the first online, centralized resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. If you have strong technical skills and a passion for advancing socially impactful technology, we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to (and work closely with) the President.
  • Lead the technical development of the AsylumConnect catalog and oversee/utilize related associates (small team of web developers, user experience developer associate, etc).
  • Work closely with the President and the Director of Data Management to ensure that all technical catalog development matches our long-term vision for the catalog.
  • Collaborate with the Creative Director (and related associates) to improve the visual appeal and user experience of the AsylumConnect catalog.
  • Work closely with the President, Director of Finance, and Director of Data Management to set a comprehensive target timeline for catalog development, including: technical functionality, and estimated short-term and long-term funding needs.
  • Participate in seeking out and submitting applications for available grant funds related to technology.
  • Identify user needs and goals through user-centered design research.
  • Conduct usability testing and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Design, code and modify the AsylumConnect catalog website.
  • Design and develop iOS and Android mobile applications.
  • Assist in data collection (both quantitative and qualitative) and the creation of detailed, transparent case study reports.
  • Directly oversee/manage assigned associate position(s): Small team of web developers, user experience developer, etc.
  • Act as a primary point of contact between AsylumConnect and any outsourced technical development assistance.

Qualifications:

  • Strong technical skills with passion for web design and development.
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in (or current undergraduate student majoring in) computer science and engineering or related engineering.
  • Willingness and ability to prioritize AsylumConnect.
  • Previous experience with full-stack web application development
  • Proficient at programming in Java, Python, C/C++.
  • Familiarity with any of our existing stack: Python, Flask, PostgreSQL via SQLAlchemy, Heroku, Javascript/HTML/CSS
  • Self-starter with good communication skills and the ability to learn quickly and work independently
  • Working skill set in web design and development and/or in Squarespace, HTML, CSS, WordPress or other content management system(s).
  • Must have a positive “can do” attitude and be willing to work collaboratively.
  • Must have a proactive approach to keeping our systems and data safe.
  • Must have project management skills.
  • Must have a strong passion for advancing the technical development of our catalog.
  • Bonus(es): Experience with user-centered design research and/or open-sourced code.
  • *If you have a personal GitHub, please also include a link to your profile in your application to: applications@asylumconnect.org.

associate positions

Associates work directly with the associated AsylumConnect director and are invaluable to the continued growth of our organization. Our associate positions allow individuals with specialized skill sets to make a meaningful contribution to AsylumConnect while making less of a time commitment than director positions. 

Additional details on our associate positions:

  • All associate positions listed below are for immediate hire. All associate positions will be reassessed in June 2018 and offer a chance of renewal upon satisfactory completion. 
  • All associates report directly to the associated AsylumConnect director. 

See our open associate positions below for more information. (Click to expand.)

Ready to apply? Here's the application.

Data Manager (Multiple Openings) +

Our team of Data Manager associates play a pivotal role in growing and improving the AsylumConnect resource catalog. Under the supervision of the Director of Data Management, our Data Managers work to maintain and efficiently grow our resource catalog. Data Managers research and verify new resources for inclusion in our resource catalog. They ensure our resource database remains error-free. This is an exciting opportunity to improve your data collection, research and analysis skills while helping us to expand our lifesaving resource catalog.

We're looking for meticulous, hard-working individuals who are passionate about expanding the AsylumConnect resource catalog.

Responsibilities:
This position includes the following major responsibilities:

1. Maintaining the live AsylumConnect resource catalog

  • Conduct regular audits of the live resource catalog (checking for dead links, typos, etc.)
  • Assist the Director of Data Management with monitoring our catalog Gmail account (catalog@asylumconnect.org) to process any incoming user resource “reports” on our live catalog site and/or catalog-related questions
  • Verify any incoming “edits” to resources on our live catalog
  • Use our backend dashboard to make any edits to resources in our live catalog (as needed)
  • Re-verify existing resources (resources listed in our live catalog are re-verified every 6 months to ensure safety)
  • Clean-up internal data storage (as needed)

2. Adding new safe resources to the AsylumConnect resource catalog

  • Verify any incoming new resource suggestions (submitted by members of the general public) for inclusion in our resource catalog
  • Conduct Internet research to collect potential new resources able to serve LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S., and then put those potential new resources through our tailored resource verification process prior to inclusion in our live resource catalog
  • Use our backend dashboard to add new verified resources to our live catalog

3. Resource verification

  • Data managers should have the ability to follow instructions - specifically, data managers will be provided with guides on how to conduct our tailored resource verification process to verify new resources are safe for use by LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. prior to inclusion in the live AsylumConnect resource catalog

4. Option to help with implementing, monitoring & analyzing catalog-related metrics

  • Interested in metrics & data analysis? Time-permitting, Data manager associates are also welcome to assist our Director of Data Management with implementing, monitoring and analyzing catalog-related metrics (using Google Analytics, voluntary survey feedback, etc.) in order to help us accurately report our impact

Qualifications:

  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): database management, data collection/analysis, Internet research, statistics
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills
  • Working skill set in Excel, and/or Squarespace, HTML, CSS, WordPress or other content management system(s)
  • You are reliable, meticulous and appreciate the value of deadlines
  • Superior understanding of the AsylumConnect resource catalog (or willingness to learn in-depth about our resource catalog)
  • Bonus(es): Extensive Internet research experience, prior database management experience and/or experience using backend dashboards/portals

User Acquisition Manager +

In preparation for taking our resource catalog nationwide, we’re now looking for a committed User Acquisition Manager associate to help us improve our user acquisition strategy. As AsylumConnect’s User Acquisition Manager, you will work to ensure our two primary user groups (LGBTQ asylum seekers and related service providers in the U.S.) are aware of our lifesaving informational resource. What form(s) of advertising most effectively reach LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S.? What marketing methods help to drive immigration attorneys, local nonprofits and other related service providers to our resource catalog? How can we improve our SEO and Google AdWords presence? These are sample questions you will be tasked with addressing. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role on our marketing team, and help maximize AsylumConnect’s user base.

Responsibilities:

  • Report (and work closely with) the Director of Marketing & Publicity
  • Create and implement new user acquisition strategies to help ensure our two target user groups (LGBTQ asylum seekers and relevant providers in the U.S.) are aware of our resource catalog
  • Apply marketing knowledge and frameworks to lead our effort to research and implement new strategies designed to help grow our user base. This may include:
    • Investigating marketing opportunities at U.S. points of entry
    • Coordinating with our partnerships team, to reach out to related websites to secure online link referrals to our catalog site
    • Revamping our Google AdWords presence (see below)
    • Identifying additional ways to improve our SEO
    • Researching additional print/online advertisers in major U.S. cities and coordinating with our team to place local ads (e.g. ads encouraging related service providers to use our catalog directly to gather free, timely and high-quality resource referrals for their LGBTQ asylum seeker clients); work with our creative team on design of ads
  • Monitor AsylumConnect’s Google AdWords account (e.g. overseeing budgeting, adding/editing keywords + locations, serving as the primary point person for any free Google AdWords consultations offered by Google, etc.)

Qualifications:

  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): user acquisition strategy, marketing, advertising, research, communications, analytics
  • Self-starter who is results-driven, focused and analytical
  • Strong relationship and influencing skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Bonus: Previous experience in user acquisition strategy, Google AdWords and/or SEO; previous experience/knowledge of LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. or related service providers

HR & Recruitment Manager +

As one of our HR & Recruitment Managers you will play a pivotal role in helping us to recruit the best team members possible to our cause and organization. In this role, you will support the Director of Human Resources through providing assistance with recruiting, reviewing, interviewing, and ultimately, selecting applicants to join our team. This position is an excellent opportunity to bolster your recruiting and interviewing skills while helping us to attract the best talent to AsylumConnect.

Responsibilities:

  • Report (and work closely with) the Director of Human Resources.
  • Help to maintain/monitor current recruitment measures, and assist with brainstorming and implementing new recruitment strategies to attract top talent to join the AsylumConnect team.
  • Participate in the selection, interviewing, and training of new team members.
  • Help to recommend, evaluate, and participate in staff development for our initiative.
  • Coordinate or conduct exit interviews to determine reasons behind leaving (as needed).
  • Participate in special projects and seek additional responsibilities.
  • Complete other HR-related tasks as assigned by the Director of Human Resources.

Qualifications:

  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): HR management, performance management, recruitment, onboarding, employee relations, psychology, a business-related subject, leadership development.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • Friendly, passionate, organized, and determined to attract the best talent to AsylumConnect.
  • Bonus(es): Experience using online recruitment tools/softwares and/or interviewing experience.

Web Developer +

We are currently seeking talented web developers for immediate hire. As a web developer for AsylumConnect, you will report directly to (and work closely with) our Director of Software Development.

The web developer associate will help AsylumConnect with designing and developing its catalog, a web application serving LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S.

We are looking for a driven individual who is excited about making our website as user-friendly and maintainable as possible. This is an essential position and a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a working knowledge of web application design and development.

Responsibilities:

  • Report to (and work closely with) the Director of Software Development.
  • Assist with web application development for the AsylumConnect catalog.
  • Write code to maintain server-side logic, manage the application database, and add new features.
  • Help develop the user interface and ensure a positive user experience.
  • Ensure the AsylumConnect catalog is mobile-friendly and cross-browser compatible.
  • Plan for future changes to our catalog website and web application.

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with full-stack web application development.
  • Self-starter with the ability to learn quickly and work independently.
  • Proficient knowledge of a back-end programming language (e.g., Python, Ruby, Java, PHP).
  • Basic understanding of front-end technologies and platforms, such as: JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3.
  • Vision for the AsylumConnect catalog website and web application.
  • Passion for advancing the AsylumConnect catalog.
  • Bonus(es): Experience with user-centered design research and/or open-sourced code.
  • **If you have a personal GitHub, please also include a link to your profile in your application to: applications@asylumconnect.org.

Partner Relations Manager (Seattle) +

We’re looking for a driven Partner Relations Manager to join our team. We fully believe in AsylumConnect's ability to create meaningful, positive change in the lives of LGBTQ asylum seekers - but we can't do it alone. AsylumConnect proudly collaborates with a network of exceptional individuals and organizations to achieve our mission. We’re looking for a personable, organized, and hard-working individual to connect with our local partners in Seattle as our Partner Relations Manager (Seattle). In this role, you will work closely with the Director of Partnerships to cultivate local partnerships in Seattle that will greatly aid local catalog operations in the Seattle area.

Responsibilities:

  • Report (and work closely with) the Director of Partnerships.
  • Lead the effort to identify and recruit new potential partners (local service providers, key stakeholders, local community members, governmental offices, national organizations, etc.) in the Seattle area.
  • Assist in our effort to maximize the number of in-person referrals from local service providers in Seattle.
  • Help us to optimize our online presence by increasing our number of online referral links. Reach out to local service providers and organizations in Seattle to link to/feature the AsylumConnect catalog.
  • Update and keep track of signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with local service providers.
  • Serve as the primary contact for our local partners in Seattle.
  • Respond to the special needs and requests of local partners in a timely manner.
  • Compile, write, and send monthly email updates of AsylumConnect's progress to local partners.
  • Brainstorm creative ways to utilize our local partners' expertise and resources.

Qualifications:

  • Currently, living in the Seattle, Washington area.
  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): partner relations, capacity building, public relations, business administration, project management, proposals development.
  • Ability to clearly articulate the mission and significance of AsylumConnect and the AsylumConnect catalog to prospective partners.
  • Excellent interpersonal, research and communication skills.
  • Exemplary professionalism, administrative skills, and follow-through.

Partner Relations Manager (Philadelphia) +

We’re looking for a driven Partner Relations Manager to join our team. We fully believe in AsylumConnect's ability to create meaningful, positive change in the lives of LGBTQ asylum seekers - but we can't do it alone. AsylumConnect proudly collaborates with a network of exceptional individuals and organizations to achieve our mission. We’re looking for a personable, organized, and hard-working individual to lead the effort to build our local partnership base in Philadelphia as our Partner Relations Manager (Philadelphia). In this role, you will work closely with the Director of Partnerships to cultivate local partnerships in Philadelphia that will allow AsylumConnect to successfully scale the AsylumConnect catalog to the Philadelphia area.

Responsibilities:

  • Report (and work closely with) the Director of Partnerships.
  • Lead the effort to identify and recruit new potential partners (local service providers, key stakeholders, local community members, governmental offices, national organizations, etc.) in the Philadelphia area.
  • Assist in our effort to maximize the number of in-person referrals from local service providers in Philadelphia.
  • Help us to optimize our online presence by increasing our number of online referral links. Reach out to local service providers and organizations in Philadelphia to link to/feature the AsylumConnect catalog.
  • Update and keep track of signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with local service providers.
  • Serve as the primary contact for our local partners in Philadelphia.
  • Respond to the special needs and requests of local partners in a timely manner.
  • Compile, write, and send monthly email updates of AsylumConnect's progress to local partners.
  • Brainstorm creative ways to utilize our local partners'expertise and resources.

Qualifications:

  • Currently, living in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): partner relations, capacity building, public relations, business administration, project management, proposals development.
  • Ability to clearly articulate the mission and significance of AsylumConnect and the AsylumConnect catalog to prospective partners.
  • Excellent interpersonal, research and communication skills.
  • Exemplary professionalism, administrative skills, and follow-through.

translator

  • The position is unpaid. 
  • Anyone who is fluent in English and other language(s) is welcome to apply to be a translator. 
  • The time commitment for translators is on an as needed basis. 
  • The following languages are in high demand: Arabic, Nepali, Armenian, Chaldean, Burmese, Filipino, Serbian, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese.  

Are you fluent in a language other than English? Sign up to translate for AsylumConnect! Our translators will help to ensure that our informational resources remain as accessible as possible. Sample translation assignments include: infographics, flyers, text on our catalog site, and additional text for our website. In this role, you will be asked to translate for us on an as needed basis. 

To apply to become a translator: please email your resume and a short paragraph explaining your interest to applications@asylumconnect.org


Thank you for your interest in joining our team!