Spring 2021 Contracts: Open Positions and Requests for Proposals

Submission deadline for all proposals: May 1st or until filled

About Us

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth was founded in 1992 by Governor William Weld as the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, designed to respond to high suicide risk among gay and lesbian youth in the Commonwealth. We then transformed in 2006 into an independent state agency established under M.G.L. Chapter 3 Section 67. Today, we are the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ)Youth, mandated to advise others in state government on effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth. Our 50-member Commission and its staff issue annual recommendations, work in partnership with 18 state entities, and hold community events and listening sessions. 

The Commission also produces the Safe Schools Program with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides training and technical assistance to schools across the state, organizes the statewide network of Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and works to make schools safer for all students.

JRI is the Commission’s fiscal agent and a leader in social justice and one of the largest non-profit human service agencies in New England with over 100+ diverse programs and services. We pride ourselves on recruiting the best and the brightest.

Contract Requests for Proposals & Submissions

Instructions for Submission:

  • Please read each RFP below in its entirety before submitting proposals. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • You may submit proposals for multiple RFPs or positions in the same form; however, please be sure to use the correct upload button for each proposal (do not include multiple proposals in one PDF document or we may not see them all!)
  • Proposals should be be submitted with all required materials in ONE PDF file with your name and the RFP title in the file name.
  • Do not send submissions by email, but questions can be directed to Jo Trigilio, Interim Executive Director, at jtrigilio@jri.org.
  • If the contract is still listed on this page, it is not yet filled and you do not need to ask if we are still accepting proposals.

All RFP and contract proposals and applications will begin to be reviewed on March 20th and will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.

Be who you are! ​

JRI is strongly committed to providing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment for our employees and the people we serve. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. JRI is an equal opportunity employer.


Online Resource Site Development

Consultant contract, 4 months (March 5 – June 30, 2021)
Estimated hours per week: 10-15
Maximum contract compensation: $8,000

Purpose

The MA Commission for LGBTQ Youth  is currently seeking an individual  to create a comprehensive resource site to be housed on our website for use by LGBTQ youth, educators, families, social workers, and the general public.  The project of making LGBTQ support resources publicly available contributes to the Commission’s mission to support the MA anti-bullying law. 

Qualifications: 

  • Excellent written communication skills 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the concepts and terminology of social justice frameworks, including anti-racist, feminist, queer, and anti-ableist discourses.  
  • Digital/online research experience preferred
  • Excellent categorizing and organizing skills 
  • Basic understanding of how web pages work (linking to PDF’s, other pages, etc.)
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ resources and services in MA (preferred, but not necessary)

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Provide an analysis of our current resource page including which geographic regions are represented, what types of services and resources are included, what audiences are targeted, and what gaps exist. Reaching BIQTPOC (Black, Indigenous, queer, trans, people of color) audiences is a project priority 
  • Research existing resource pages maintained by other organizations (to avoid duplicating efforts)
  • Research available resources to include on page 
  • Develop a plan that categorizes and organizes the information in an accessible, user-friendly format  
  • Develop a “FAQ” or “Know Your Rights” section of the site that allows students and educators to easily learn about the MA Anti-Discrimination Law and other relevant policies to LGBTQ+ students
  • Meet with the Communications Team and the Leadership Team on a weekly basis 
  • create the final pages to be approved and uploaded to the Commission website 
  • Meet with Commission staff and Commission members for feedback, revisions, and final approval 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.

Faith-based Resource Development

Consultant contract (May 2021 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $1,500

Purpose

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant to develop a faith-based LGBTQ+ resource guide including Massachusetts resources like support groups, educational resources, etc. All projects for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students are to contribute to our mission to support the MA anti-bullying law. 

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a two-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly with faith-based communities in Massachusetts around LGBTQ+ topics.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Create one resource guide (roughly 20 pages in PDF format) containing resources for at least 8 religious groups. Examples include but are not limited to: Buddhism, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Lutheranism, Mormonism. The audience includes faith-based communities, families, and educators caring for LGBTQ+ youth. 
  • Meet with the staff leadership at least once to receive feedback
  • Present the final resource guide to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (detailing what will be included in the project and your approach to finding resources), resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.

Resource Development & Special Report for Intersex Youth

Consultant contract (May 2021 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $3,000

Purpose

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant to develop a resource guide and special report for intersex youth in Massachusetts.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a two-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly with intersex youth in Massachusetts.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Create one resource guide (roughly 20 pages in PDF format) containing resources for intersex youth in Massachusetts (including but not limited to: educational websites, youth programs, books and movies, research reports, mutual aid funds, medical resources, etc.). 
  • Create one special report (roughly 10 pages) highlighting current policy and legislatives needs for intersex youth in Massachusetts. 
  • Meet with the staff leadership at least once to receive feedback
  • Present the final resource guide to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (detailing what will be included in the project and your approach to finding resources), resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.

Resource Development & Special Report for LGBTQ Indigenous Youth

Consultant contract (May 2021 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $3,000

Purpose

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant to develop a resource guide and special report for Indigenous two-spirit and LGBTQ+ youth in Massachusetts.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a two-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly with Indigenous youth in Massachusetts.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Create one resource guide (roughly 20 pages in PDF format) containing resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and two-spirit Indigenous youth in Massachusetts (including but not limited to: educational websites, youth programs, books and movies, research reports, mutual aid funds, etc.). 
  • Create one special report (roughly 10 pages) highlighting current policy and legislatives needs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and two-spirit Indigenous youth in Massachusetts. 
  • Meet with the staff leadership at least once to receive feedback
  • Present the final resource guide to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (detailing what will be included in the project and your approach to finding resources), resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.

Resource Development & Special Report for LGBTQ Black Youth

Consultant contract (May 2021 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $3,000

Purpose

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant to develop a resource guide and special report for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive Black youth in Massachusetts.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a two-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly with lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive Black youth in Massachusetts.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Create one resource guide (roughly 20 pages in PDF format) containing resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive Black youth in Massachusetts (including but not limited to: educational websites, youth programs, books and movies, research reports, mutual aid funds, etc.). 
  • Create one special report (roughly 10 pages) highlighting current policy and legislatives needs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive Black youth in Massachusetts. Report should include a specific emphasis on the needs of Black girls.
  • Meet with the staff leadership at least once to receive feedback
  • Present the final resource guide to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (detailing what will be included in the project and your approach to finding resources), resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.

Resource Development & Special Report for LGBTQ Asian American Youth

Consultant contract (May 2021 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $3,000

Purpose

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant to develop a resource guide and special report for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBTQ+ youth in Massachusetts.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a two-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly with AAPI LGBTQ+ youth in Massachusetts.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Create one resource guide (roughly 20 pages in PDF format) containing resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive Asian American and Pacific Islander youth in Massachusetts (including but not limited to: educational websites, youth programs, books and movies, research reports, mutual aid funds, etc.). 
  • Create one special report (roughly 10 pages) highlighting current policy and legislatives needs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive Asian American and Pacific Islander youth in Massachusetts. 
  • Meet with the staff leadership at least once to receive feedback
  • Present the final resource guide to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (detailing what will be included in the project and your approach to finding resources), resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.

Resource Development & Special Report for LGBTQ Latin American/Latine/Latinx Youth

Consultant contract (May 2021 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $3,000

Purpose

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant to develop a resource guide and special report for Latine/Latinx/Latin American LGBTQ+ youth in Massachusetts.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a two-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly with Latine LGBTQ+ youth in Massachusetts.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Create one resource guide (roughly 20 pages in PDF format) containing resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive Latin American youth in Massachusetts (including but not limited to: educational websites, youth programs, books and movies, research reports, mutual aid funds, etc.). 
  • Create one special report (roughly 10 pages) highlighting current policy and legislatives needs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive Latin American youth in Massachusetts. 
  • Meet with the staff leadership at least once to receive feedback
  • Present the final resource guide to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (detailing what will be included in the project and your approach to finding resources), resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.

Resource Development & Special Report for LGBTQ Disabled & Neurodivergent Youth

Consultant contract (May 2021 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $3,000

Purpose

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant to develop a resource guide and special report for disabled and neurodivergent LGBTQ+ youth in Massachusetts.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a two-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly with disabled and neurodivergent LGBTQ+ youth in Massachusetts.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Create one resource guide (roughly 20 pages in PDF format) containing resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive disabled and neurodivergent youth in Massachusetts (including but not limited to: educational websites, youth programs, books and movies, research reports, mutual aid funds, etc.). 
  • Create one special report (roughly 10 pages) highlighting current policy and legislatives needs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender expansive disabled and neurodivergent youth in Massachusetts. 
  • Meet with the staff leadership at least once to receive feedback
  • Present the final resource guide to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (detailing what will be included in the project and your approach to finding resources), resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.

Mini Grants for Community Based Projects Related to LGBTQ Youth

Small grants (May 2021 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $1,000 each; $10,000 total

Purpose

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students are currently seeking proposals for community-based projects. Grants are available for up to $1,000 to youth, educators, and community organizations focused on supporting LGBTQ+ youth in Massachusetts. We are accepting applications for projects completed by June 30th, 2021.

Project Requirements

  • Projects must benefit LGBTQ+ youth under 25 in Massachusetts
  • Should be a new project or new aspect of existing project
  • Grant must be for future expenses; not for reimbursement of funds already spent
  • The funds must be for project expenses in May and June 2021

Project Examples

  • Artwork created by and/or featuring LGBTQ+ youth; funds for supplies and artist stipends
  • An event on LGBTQ topics; costs of hosting, including speaker fees and technology
  • Registration or travel fees for Pride events, LGBTQ oriented conferences, trainings, or other events for youth
  • Starting or expanding a school GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance); any related costs
  • School or community awareness campaigns, with funds going toward design, printing and distribution costs

How to Apply

Please fill out this application to be considered for a mini-grant. Deadline: May 1st, or until filled.