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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - HAWAI'I GAY LIBERATION PROGRAM

American Friends Service Committee - Hawai'i Area Program
2426 O'ahu Avenue, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Phone: 808-988-6266; Fax: 808-988-4876

The AFSC Hawai'i Gay Liberation Program is a proactive effort to promote a more open and affirming society where human diversity, including sexual orientation are celebrated, and where all persons may live in unity with equal rights. This represents a departure from AFSC Hawai'i's previous ad-hoc advocacy work on same-gender marriage as we seek to promote a broader analysis of gay identity and oppression and its linkages with other justice issues. It also reflects our evolving understanding of gay identity and the Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) cultural foundations of contemporary Hawaiian society as the cultural context for gay rights in Hawai'i.

Briefly, the goals of the program are to create greater safety and respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons, especially youth, to increase the trust and solidarity between LGBT communities and their natural allies, to facilitate the development of new LGBT leadership from among the marginalized sectors of the gay community, to foster openness and reconciliation in Hawai'i's religious community, and to communicate our work with AFSC's constituency. The program strives to affirm Kanaka Maoli cultural values, issues, and concerns as a necessary foundation for peace and justice in Hawai'i. The program will accomplish these goals through outreach and education activities, leadership development programs, direct action and advocacy campaigns.

The Gay Liberation Program proposes to maintain an LGBT youth organizing component, to organize a campaign for safe zones and a safe schools policy, to organize collaborative events with other constituencies to expand dialogue and deepen relationships, and to support the efforts of other constituencies seeking justice. 

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker-based organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. 

Job Description

Job Title: Hawai'i Gay Liberation Project Coordinator, 1 FTE
Supervisor: Hawai'i Area Program Coordinator
Location: Hawai'i Area Program Office, Honolulu, Hawai'i 
Summary of Responsibilities:
The Hawai'i Gay Liberation Project Coordinator is responsible for meeting the goals and objectives of the Hawai'i Gay Liberation Program toward justice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons. The Project Coordinator will integrate Kanaka Maoli cultural and political concerns into the work of the committees, and communicate those perspectives to broader audiences. The Project Coordinator will build and maintain effective program committees which direct and implement the program activities, with a strong emphasis on an LGBT youth organizing component. The Project Coordinator will share responsibility for fundraising for the program to ensure long-term viability of the program. The Project Coordinator works as an effective organizer with diverse LGBT constituencies while carrying out specific objectives of the Gay Liberation Program.

Responsibilities:
1. Develop strategies and lead organizing campaigns on key issues of concern to the program constituency based on the Gay Liberation Program Description.
2. Work closely with a program committee and sub-committees to assist in recruiting, training, and engaging committee members - including a youth committee
3. Support, supervise and mentor youth committee members, volunteers, and interns.
4. Work with volunteers.
5. Build and maintain alliances with broad range of community organizations and constituencies - LGBT, Kanaka Maoli, Labor, churches, ethnic organizations, civil rights groups.
6. Report to the Hawai'i Area Program Committee and the Gay Liberation Subcommittee monthly on activities.
7. Develop and implement a fundraising plan with other staff and program committee members, to include grant writing, special events, and donor solicitations, towards program self-sufficiency.
8. Communicate AFSC's and the program's goals and activities through the media. 

Qualifications:

Experience (paid and/or volunteer):
1. Experience with grassroots community organizing.
2. Experience working with Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) issues.
3. Experience working with youth.
4. Able to work with Native Hawaiian, other constituencies in Hawai'i, and persons with varying convictions and values.
5. Familiar with current socio-political trends in Hawai'i in the context of U.S. and Asia-Pacific affairs. 


Skills Required:
1. Ability to analyze social issues and to develop appropriate programmatic and strategic responses.
2. Ability to make contact and involve new persons, and to motivate them into action on justice issues.
3. Demonstrated ability to take the initiative in handling and following up on program details.
4. Demonstrated ability to manage and work within a limited budget.
5. Competency and accuracy in strategic research and interpretation of findings to a popular audience. 
6. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
7. Computer and clerical skills adequate for consistent reporting, correspondence, and routine office management; willingness to handle own secretarial work.
8. Comfort and ability in facilitating consensus decision-making and in working with local and regional program committees. 
9. Demonstrated ability and willingness to work effectively in multi-ethnic settings and to communicate cross-culturally. 
10. Work closely with co-workers in a small, moderately equipped office with no support staff.

Desired Skills:
1. Ability to communicate effectively in another language besides American English, including 'Olelo Hawai'i, Hawaiian Creole English, Tagalog, Ilocano, and/or other Pacific Island languages and their creoles.
2. Ability to write grants and do other fundraising.
3. Reliable means of transportation.
4. Ability to develop and conduct trainings to develop leadership and to address programmatic concerns.

Commitments:
1. Commitment to social justice and non-violent social change.
2. Understanding and appreciation for Quaker values, convictions, and processes.
3. Understanding and appreciation for Native Hawaiian cultural values and concerns.
4. Support for efforts to end discrimination against youth, people of color, women, lesbian, gay men, bisexual and transgendered people, people with disabilities, and supportive of affirmative action in that regard.
5. Personal flexibility to travel, occasionally for extended periods of time, and to participate in periodic weekend and evening program activities.
6. Sensitivity and commitment to youth issues and empowerment.

Compensation: Starting salary Range $24,000 - 30,000 depending on level of experience. Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus, fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker's compensation and social security. 

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Kyle Kajihiro at 2426 O'ahu Ave. Honolulu, HI 96822. Resumes must be received by September 17, 1999 Please no faxed or emailed documents. 

American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, sex, sexual orientation or nature of disability.