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 Partnerships +

Join AsylumConnect as our Director of Partnerships. We fully believe in AsylumConnect's ability to create positive change in the lives of LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. - but we can't do it alone. To-date, AsylumConnect has achieved success in large part due to receiving support from a network of exceptional organizations. We are looking for a personable, organized, and hard-working individual to keep our stakeholders apprised of our progress as well as lead the effort to forge new high-impact partnerships with relevant service providers and organizations.

Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to (and work closely with) the President.
  • Focus on reaching out to potential partners, pitching our catalog and growing relationships.
  • Work closely with the President and Vice President to identify and recruit new potential partners. Clearly articulate our value add to prospective partners and explain the tangible ways in which they can help us to ensure the AsylumConnect catalog reaches its full potential. (Sample “asks” for our partners include: secure link referrals, solicit resource suggestions for internal verification by our team, gather provider input on overall catalog model, distribute printed materials to LGBTQ asylum seeker clients, host local catalog demonstrations, etc.)
  • Brainstorm additional ways to utilize our partners' expertise and resources.
  • Update and keep track of any signed written partnership agreements. Serve as the primary contact for our partners.
  • Respond to the special needs and requests of our partners in a timely manner.
  • Compile, write, and send periodic email updates of AsylumConnect's progress to partners.
  • Oversee any local Partner Relations Manager associates (associates who live in one of our current operating cities and focus specifically on securing link referrals and forging more robust partnerships with local providers on the ground in one specific city).

Qualifications:

  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): partner relations, capacity building, public relations, business administration, proposals development.
  • Ability to clearly articulate the mission and significance of the AsylumConnect catalog to prospective partners.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and meet deadlines.
  • Professionalism, administrative skills, and follow-through.

Director of Marketing & Publicity +

We're looking for someone who is passionate about marketing, social media, and spreading the word about AsylumConnect. In this role, you will help us to grow our name recognition and to develop a consistent brand narrative. This is a unique opportunity to hone your digital marketing skills while helping us to raise much-needed awareness for both our cause and organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure AsylumConnect establishes a clear, strong, and consistent brand narrative across publications and online platforms.
  • Lead the effort to brainstorm, create, and implement marketing campaigns to increase awareness for AsylumConnect and our cause. Collaborate with teammates to publicize any crowdfunding or recruitment campaigns.
  • Help to increase AsylumConnect’s web and social media presences through implementing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies and launching online advertising campaigns (social media, PPC, etc).
  • Monitor AsylumConnect’s Google AdWords account and MailChimp email marketing account.
  • Identify relevant media outlets and build significant relationships with them.
  • Write compelling and succinct press releases as needed.
  • Directly manage assigned associate position(s), including: Social Media Manager, Blogger, and Media Relations Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): marketing, online advertising, brand management, public relations, capacity building, social media, media relations.
  • Innovative vision for possible marketing campaigns to increase awareness for our cause and organization.
  • Ability to clearly articulate the mission and significance of AsylumConnect across online platforms.
  • Ability to pitch AsylumConnect to reporters and journalists.
  • Superior written and oral English language skills.
  • Creative, passionate, reliable, and self-motivated.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and meet deadlines.
  • Bonus(es): Experience with Google AdWords & Analytics, PPC ads, social media advertising (Facebook Ads, Twitter Ads, etc.), MailChimp or related email marketing service, implementing SEO strategies, video creation/production ability.

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.

UX Copywriter (project-based) +

We are looking for an experienced and reliable UX copywriter to assist our UX/UI team with our Squarespace site and catalog site redesigns (target launch: Fall 2017). In this role, you will be responsible for working closely with our UX/UI team to take a user-centered approach to writing content for both our homesite and catalog site. This is an exciting opportunity to apply your UX copywriting skills for the social good.

Anticipated dates of project: ASAP - late October 2017. (Estimated hours per week: 2-5.)

Responsibilities:

  • Partner with our UX/UI team throughout the redesign process to write and edit text for our homesite and catalog site with a strong focus on the user.
  • Contribute to content research and strategy.
  • Perform content testing and editing, incorporating user feedback to iterate as you go.
  • Write brief and focused text that keeps users engaged and encourages adoption of product features.
  • Write clear content that is consistent with the goals of the user experience defined by the team (for websites, apps, and mobile).
  • Recommend and implement new strategies for communicating product-related information to our users.
  • Help establish content style guides and consistent terminology (for future use).
  • Consider cross-cultural barriers to communication, as many of our users will not be native English speakers.

Qualifications:

  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): A/B testing, copywriting, product development, user experience, technical writing.
  • Prior experience writing for international/diverse/ESL audiences.
  • Willingness to learn in-depth about the AsylumConnect catalog.
  • Reliable and self-motivated. (You follow-through on deadlines.)
  • Bonus: Multilingual.
  • If you feel you are qualified for this position, please send your resume (and samples if applicable) to: applications@asylumconnect.org.

Fundraising Manager +

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated Fundraising Manager to work closely with our Director of Finance on leading our fundraising efforts. This position presents the unique opportunity to brainstorm and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies for AsylumConnect. You will work to identify and apply to funding opportunities, including: nonprofit grantmakers, pitch competitions, and corporate sponsorship. You will also work to bolster our grassroots fundraising strategy in order to secure more private individual donations. As Fundraising Manager, you will play a pivotal role in attracting much-needed funding to our cause.

Responsibilities:

  • Report to (and work closely with) the Director of Finance.
  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies (including creative crowdfunding campaigns, targeting email lists via MailChimp, using social media campaign tools for fundraising purposes, etc.).
  • Work with the Director of Finance to bolster AsylumConnect's grassroots donations strategy.
  • Help to assess/monitor fundraising needs to meet organizational goals.
  • Assist the Director of Finance with researching and applying for additional sources of funding (private and governmental grants, pitch competitions, etc.).
  • Assist the Director of Finance with researching and obtaining corporate sponsorship.
  • Maintain all fund development records.

Qualifications:

  • Interest/background in one or more of the following area(s): fundraising, grant writing, research, proposal development, project management.
  • Ability to record, monitor and update financial progress.
  • Excellent written communication (English) and interpersonal skills: ability to help craft compelling funding proposals and inspire people to donate to our cause, both in writing and in-person.
  • Strong research skills and attention to detail: research potential corporate sponsors and additional sources of funding.
  • You are creative, a great writer, self-motivated, and enthusiastic.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Bonus(es): Knowledge or experience in seeking corporate sponsorship, launching crowdfunding campaigns, grant writing, soliciting individual donations (via email lists, etc.) and/or using social media campaign tools for fundraising efforts (Facebook Ads, etc.).
  • If you have a sample grant proposal, please also include it in your application to: applications@asylumconnect.org.

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!