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We’re hiring! Will you be AWN’s next Education & Program Assistant or Policy Analyst Intern?

About AWN

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) is hiring for two positions – one is a part-time, long-term contract, and the other is a paid internship. AWN is a small, grassroots-led nonprofit that centers multiply-marginalized autistic people, especially at intersections of disability, race, and gender. We focus on neurodiversity and disability justice in relationship to movements for gender justice, trans liberation, and racial justice.

Historically, we’ve focused primarily on community outreach and support, building a large, vibrant community on social media. We’ve published two anthologies of writing by autistic people, and recently announced republication of a revised and expanded edition of one of our anthologies. We’ve presented at international conferences, dozens of colleges and universities, the White House, and the United Nations. Our website was selected for archiving by the Library of Congress for its historical significance in Women’s & Gender Studies. Current projects include the Committee on Equity, Justice & Representation; Divergent (a project focused on disability and feminism); and the #LiberatingWebinars program. AWN also serves as fiscal sponsor for other community organizations, events & initiatives, including Disability Intersectionality Summit, Crip Fund, Crushing Colonialism, DYNAMIC, DC Teens Action, and the Autistic People of Color Fund.

From 2010-2020, AWN was led by a working board and a team of volunteers and part-time contractors. AWN transitioned into having a governing board and small staff in 2020, and now operates with a small team of staff and contractors. We believe in paying people fairly for their work, growing deliberately and responsibly, and connecting marginalized community members for opportunities. 

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from people in marginalized, minoritized, colonized, and oppressed communities – especially disabled people, people of color, queer and trans people of all genders, people of minoritized religions, women and nonbinary people, generationally low-income people, people without formal education, people who have been formerly incarcerated, and people who have been homeless or unhoused.

Education & Program Assistant

(part-time, contract, 15-20 hours/week)

The Education & Program Assistant will work with AWN’s Community Outreach Coordinator and AWN’s Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs Director. This position will primarily assist with two program areas: 

  1. AWN’s Liberating Webinars programs
  2. AWN’s community outreach and support groups, online and in-person (when pandemic conditions allow)

After an initial three-month contracting period, AWN will consider converting this position to a part-time staff position based on mutual agreement. 

Schedule:

  • 15-20 hours per week, flexible and varied hours. This allows the Education & Program Assistant to set their own schedule, and recognizes that all AWN staff and contractors set their own hours.

Compensation

  • $20/hour, 15-20 hours/week (up to $1200-$1600 per month)

Location:

  • Fully remote

Responsibilities:

  • Assist Liberating Webinars Programming (reporting to Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs Director)
    • Handling logistics – planning, scheduling, recording, communications access, technical setup, panelist agreements – for Liberating Webinars programs
    • Assisting with moderation and social media during Liberating Webinars events
    • Write blog posts and news updates for AWN’s website and newsletter
  • Assist AWN’s Community Outreach Coordinator
    • Coordination of online and eventual in-person programming (this position does not require a specific location and can be performed remotely)
    • Support for additional webinar programming
    • Other duties, by mutual agreement

Qualifications/experience:

  • Commitment to Disability Justice principles and the neurodiversity movement
  • Experience working across conflicting access needs and communication styles
  • Reliable internet connection, as most of our work is virtual/remote
  • Experience planning, organizing, or staffing events, especially educational events, trainings, conferences, or nonprofit-specific events
  • Experience and familiarity with using social media, especially Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 
  • Experience and familiarity with EventBrite, Zoom, and live broadcasting 
  • You do not need to have a specific degree or credentials to be considered for this position.
  • You must be able to legally work in the United States.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to lbrown@awnnetwork.org. A cover letter should introduce yourself, explain your interest in the position and relevant experience, and what you believe would set you apart from other candidates. A resume should be included as well. 

Application process

We are planning to hold interviews the week of June 14th. We will email you before June 14th to notify you of your application’s status. If you are moving forward in the application process, you will have an interview with both AWN’s Executive Director and AWN’s Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs, and you can choose whether you wish to have two separate interviews or one interview with both of them. We are planning for the Education & Programs Assistant to start work by the end of June. 

Deadline to apply: Saturday, 5 June 2021 at midnight

Policy Analyst Intern

(part-time internship)

AWN will hire a Policy Analyst Intern for the summer, fall, and spring terms. This position would be right for someone who already has some background or experience in policy, even if it is not through formal education or work. The Policy Analyst Intern will work with AWN’s Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs Director. AWN will also support a Policy Analyst Intern in obtaining necessary course credit toward undergraduate or graduate studies, if desired by the intern.

In 2022, AWN will consider making an offer of part-time employment to a past Policy Analyst Intern based on mutual agreement. 

Schedule

  • Up to 20 hours per month, flexible and varied hours. This allows the Policy Analyst Intern to set their own schedule, and recognizes that all AWN staff and contractors set their own hours.

Compensation:

  • $20/hour, up to 20 hours per month ($400/month; ~$1200/term)

Location:

  • Fully remote

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with drafting and editing letters, statements, and public comments 
  • Write blog posts on policy issues for AWN’s website
  • Conduct research on legal and policy issues, and draft short internal memos
  • Occasionally attend meetings related to AWN’s policy work, and take notes

Qualifications/experience:

  • Commitment to Disability Justice principles and the neurodiversity movement
  • Experience working across conflicting access needs and communication styles
  • Reliable internet connection, as most of our work is virtual/remote
  • Some knowledge of or experience with local, state, national, or international disability policy or the legislative or regulatory processes 
  • Coursework related to law and policy would be significantly helpful, but not required, as no specific degree or credential is necessary for this position
  • You do not have to be a current student to apply.
  • You must be able to legally work in the United States.

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to lbrown@awnnetwork.org. A cover letter should introduce yourself, explain your interest in the position and relevant experience, and what you believe would set you apart from other candidates. A resume should be included as well. 

Application process

For Summer 2021, we are planning to hold interviews the week of June 1st. We will email you to notify you of your application’s status. If you are moving forward in the application process, you will have an interview with both AWN’s Executive Director and AWN’s Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs, and you can choose whether you wish to have two separate interviews or one interview with both of them. 

Deadline to apply for Summer 2021: 31 May 2021 (start date expected 14 June 2021, with end date around end of August)

Deadline to apply for Fall 2021: 31 July 2021 (start date expected 7 September 2021, with end date around end of November or mid-December)

Deadline to apply for Spring 2022: 15 November 2021 (start date expected 18 January 2022, with end date around end of April)

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