Spring 2022 Contracts: Open Positions and Requests for Proposals

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. However, 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.
  • 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 questions and submissions are to be sent to Rayna Danis (rdanis@jri.org) by the deadline listed on each RFP.

All RFP and contract proposals and applications will begin to be reviewed on March 25th 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.

How to Apply

1.  Guidelines for Responses 

Confidentiality

All proposals and responses will be kept confidential throughout the RFP process and afterward.  No copies of any RFP response will be shared among respondents.

Disposition of Proposals 

All submitted proposals become the property of MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth (MCLGBTQY).

Modifications

Once submitted, all proposals are considered final.  No modifications will be accepted. 

Submission Requirements and Late Submissions 

All proposals must be submitted to the Commission (commission@ma-lgbtq.org) via email unless otherwise stated on the RFP.

Acceptance/Rejection of Submission

MCLGBTQY reserves the right to reject any or all responses to this RFP that do not meet the evaluation criteria outlined in this RFP, and to accept any response that meets or exceeds the RFP criteria and is deemed to be in the best interest of MCLGBTQY.

Evaluation Criteria

MCLGBTQY will select the most responsive and responsible consultant submitting the most advantageous proposal, taking into consideration each respondent’s relevant experience, capacity, plan for providing services, and the extent to which each proposal meets the quality requirements and evaluation criteria listed below, as well as the proposal price. 

Each proposal will be evaluated by members from the MCLGBTQY Racial Justice Committee. The criteria used to evaluate each proposal includes:

  • Whether the respondents are able to provide services in a way that fulfills the Scope of Services outlined;
  • Whether the respondents meet the minimum required qualifications as outlined in section 1;
  • Whether the proposal has sufficiently responded to all parts of this RFP, including the guidelines outlined in Section 2;
  • The number of years of experience each respondent has in providing the services outlined in this proposal;
  • The number of years of experience each respondent has working serving the LGBTQ youth community;
  • The extent to which the proposed plan for providing the services outlined in this proposal will meet MCLGBTQY’s unique needs; and
  • The total annual cost of each proposal. 

2.  Application Guidelines

Experience and resources

Provide a brief description about you or your company, including address, years in operation, and relevant experience. Describe your ability to provide the services or goods as described within this RFP.  Include any relevant experience working with schools (public, private, independent, charter, collegiate, etc.), non-profit entities, and/or governmental agencies:

If you are applying on behalf of a company, please provide a brief summary of the employee(s) who would provide goods or services under this contract. Include the resumes for all staff with primary responsibilities. 

Please provide no less than 2 references for whom you or your organization has performed similar work (schools and nonprofits preferred).  Include name and contact information for each reference. 

Service Approach

Describe here how you or your company would provide the services or goods outlined in the RFP.

Fee Structure

Please provide a detailed explanation of the proposed fee structure, including the total estimated costs for providing the goods or services outlined in this RFP. Please include any relevant detail regarding the proposed price or cost of providing these goods or services, (e.g., cost per resource, hourly rates, etc.).  If relevant, include any and all service-related penalties. 

Additional considerations

Please include any other information that you feel is relevant to your submission and is not covered elsewhere in this RFP.

Event Planner – 30th Anniversary Event

Consultant contract (May 15, 2022 – June 30, 2022)

Budget range: $30,000 – $40,000 (inclusive of event direct costs)

Purpose

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth seeks a consultant to plan a 30th anniversary celebration event for 250 guests in September-October 2022, including securing and compensating a venue, caterer, performers, and other vendors as needed.

In coordination with Commission staff, consultant will be expected to:

  • Book a venue for a banquet and reception using the following criteria:
    • Approximately 250 guests
    • Late September target, Friday or Saturday from 6:00 – 10:00 PM
    • Indoor and outdoor access
    • MBTA-accessible (rapid transit preferred)
    • Low-cost nearby parking (or included)
  • Book a catering service and select an appropriate menu for the banquet that accommodates a range of dietary needs and preferences
  • Hire an emcee, performers and/or a DJ for post-banquet entertainment – it is helpful if the consultant is familiar with local or regional LGBTQ performers such as drag performers, spoken word artists, or musical artists
  • Ensure that vendor options considered include BIPOC and LGBTQ-owned businesses

Contract Period

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth (MCLGBTQY) will consider proposals for contracts beginning immediately and ending no later than June 30, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Gender Affirming Products Buyer

Consultant contract (May 15, 2022 – June 30, 2022)

Budget: $2,000

Purpose

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth seeks a consultant to purchase a large supply of gender affirming products such as binders, packers, wigs, and gaffs. The consultant must be familiar with the needs of transgender and nonbinary young people, and comfortable with bulk and/or wholesale purchasing. 

Consultant will be expected to:

  • Identify and source a range of high-quality, ethically produced gender affirming products
  • Negotiate bulk and/or wholesale, nonprofit prices, and execute payment
  • Arrange for shipping, receiving, and storing products (in coordination with Commission staff)
  • Track orders and create a product inventory

Contract Period

The MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth (MCLGBTQY) will consider proposals for contracts beginning immediately and ending no later than June 30, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Mental Health Professional for Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality (GSA) Leadership Council Summer Summit

Application deadline: June 1, 2022

Short-term role: August 12 – 15, 2022

Budget: $1,000, paid as consultant

All meals and accommodations are covered during your stay at Summit.

Location

UMass Amherst Campus

Amherst, MA

Description:

The Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Leadership Council is a program of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Our 40+ student GSA Leadership Council members create and inform policy, promote inclusive learning environments, support the development of leadership skills, and foster statewide collaboration among LGBTQ students and allies.

The MA GSA Leadership Council hosts a four-day summer Summit retreat for incoming student members. Students engage in team-building activities with their peers; participate in workshops around advocacy, intersectional identities, racial justice, and policy-making; and learn about their responsibilities as a council member during the upcoming academic year; and make long-lasting memories at our talent show and field day.

We are seeking two qualified mental health professionals to join our staff for the 2022 Summer Summit from August 12th – 15th, located at the UMass Amherst campus. 

Preferred qualifications:

– Have experience with trauma-informed practice

– Have experience working with high school-aged youth.

– Hold an advanced degree in psychology, social work, or education. Licensure preferred.

– Be strongly committed to uplifting and supporting LGBTQ and BIPOC youth.

– Feel comfortable supporting students with different ability levels and social/emotional needs.

– Feel comfortable supporting students’ mental well-being during a weekend sleepaway event.

Responsibilities would include:

– Attending online meetings (2-3 meetings of no more than 1.5 hrs each) in advance of the Summit event to connect with the Summit planning team.

– Supporting students onsite throughout the weekend event to ensure their wellbeing and positive engagement with daily activities.

– Responding to situations where students may need immediate support or intervention.

– Participating in staff activities, such as debrief meetings, after each day’s session.

– Acting as a liaison between staff, students, and families in the case of mental health concerns or emergencies.

– Collaborating with our hired Nursing Professional to support students.

Please apply by sending a resume and brief email explaining why you’re interested to Kimm Topping, Safe Schools Program Manager, at ktopping@jri.org and Ev Gilbert, GSA Program Administrator, efgilbert@jri.org, by June 1, 2022. 

Nursing Professional for Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality (GSA) Leadership Council Summer Summit

Application deadline: June 1, 2022

Short-term role: August 12 – 15, 2022

Budget: $1,000, paid as consultant

All meals and accommodations are covered during your stay at Summit.

Location:

UMass Amherst Campus

Amherst, MA

Description:

The Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Leadership Council is a program of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Our 40+ student GSA Leadership Council members create and inform policy, promote inclusive learning environments, support the development of leadership skills, and foster statewide collaboration among LGBTQ students and allies. 

The MA GSA Leadership Council hosts a four-day summer Summit retreat for incoming student members. Students engage in team-building activities with their peers; participate in workshops around advocacy, intersectional identities, racial justice, and policy-making; and learn about their responsibilities as a council member during the upcoming academic year; and make long-lasting memories at our talent show and field day.

We are seeking a qualified nursing professional to join our staff for the 2022 Summer Summit from August 12-15, located at the UMass Amherst campus. 

Preferred qualifications:

–  Have experience with trauma-informed practice

– Have experience working with high school-aged youth.

– Nursing degree required. 

– Be strongly committed to uplifting and supporting LGBTQ and BIPOC youth.

– Feel comfortable supporting students with different ability levels and social/emotional needs.

– Feel comfortable supporting students’ well-being and responding to situations as needs arise throughout the weekend sleepaway event.

Responsibilities would include:

– Attending online meetings (2-3 meetings of no more than 1.5 hrs each) in advance of the Summit event to connect with the Summit planning team.

– Supporting students throughout the weekend event to ensure their wellbeing and positive engagement with daily activities.

– Responding to situations where students may need immediate support or intervention due to allergies, injuries, or other physical needs.

– Participating in staff activities, such as debrief meetings, after each day’s session.

– Acting as a liaison between staff, students, and families in the case of health concerns or emergencies.

– Collaborating with our hired Mental Health Professional to support students.

Please apply by sending a resume and brief email explaining why you’re interested to Kimm Topping, Safe Schools Program Manager, at ktopping@jri.org,  and Ev Gilbert, GSA Program Administrator, efgilbert@jri.org by June 1, 2022.

Policy Advisor for Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality (GSA) Leadership Council Summer Summit

Application deadline: June 1, 2022

Short-term role: August 12 – 15, 2022

Budget: $1,000, paid as consultant

All meals and accommodations are covered during your stay at Summit.

Location

UMass Amherst Campus

Amherst, MA

Description:

The Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Leadership Council is a program of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Our 40+ student GSA Leadership Council members create and inform policy, promote inclusive learning environments, support the development of leadership skills, and foster statewide collaboration among LGBTQ students and allies. 

The MA GSA Leadership Council hosts a four-day summer Summit retreat for incoming student members. Students engage in team-building activities with their peers; participate in workshops around advocacy, intersectional identities, racial justice, and policy-making; and learn about their responsibilities as a council member during the upcoming academic year; and make long-lasting memories at our talent show and field day.

We are seeking a policy advisor to join our staff for the 2022 Summer Summit from August 12th – 15th, located at the UMass Amherst campus. 

Preferred qualifications:

-Have experience with MA-based LGBTQ+ policies and the process of passing legislation

– Have experience with trauma-informed practice

– Have experience working with high school-aged youth.

– Hold a degree in public policy, education, or sociology.

– Be strongly committed to uplifting and supporting LGBTQ and BIPOC youth.

-Ability to adapt your facilitation style to meet the needs of multiple learning styles and social/emotional needs.

Responsibilities would include:

– Attending online meetings (2-3 meetings of no more than 1.5 hrs each) in advance of the Summit event to connect with the Summit planning team.

– Leading a policy workshop, in partnership with a youth leader, for all participants 

– Meeting with Policy Teams to inform their planning 

– Providing a list of policy-focused resources prior to Summit to include in the Summit manual

Please apply by sending a resume and brief email explaining why you’re interested to Kimm Topping, Safe Schools Program Manager, at ktopping@jri.org,  and Ev Gilbert, GSA Program Administrator, efgilbert@jri.org by June 1, 2022.

Videographer for Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality (GSA) Leadership Council Summer Summit

Application deadline: June 1, 2022

Short-term role: August 14 – 15, 2022

All meals and accommodations are covered during your stay at Summit.

Budget: $1,000, paid as consultant

Location:

UMass Amherst Campus

Amherst, MA

Description:

The Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Leadership Council is a program of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Our 40+ student GSA Leadership Council members create and inform policy, promote inclusive learning environments, support the development of leadership skills, and foster statewide collaboration among LGBTQ students and allies. 

The MA GSA Leadership Council hosts a four-day summer Summit retreat for incoming student members. Students engage in team-building activities with their peers; participate in workshops around advocacy, intersectional identities, racial justice, and policy-making; and learn about their responsibilities as a council member during the upcoming academic year; and make long-lasting memories at our talent show and field day.

We are seeking a qualified videographer to join our staff for the 2022 Summer Summit from August 14-15, located at the UMass Amherst campus. 

Preferred qualifications:

–  Have experience developing videos for youth programs.

– Have experience working with high school-aged youth.

– Awareness of confidentiality/privacy needs of LGBTQ+ youth; and respect of boundaries set by any students or staff during the weekend.

– Be strongly committed to uplifting and supporting LGBTQ and BIPOC youth.

Responsibilities would include:

– Attend an online meeting in advance of the Summit event to connect with the Summit planning team.

– Create footage of Summit events including Field Day, Talent Show, and educational workshops on Monday morning using your own equipment. 

– Edit a 5-minute video highlighting the GSA Student Leadership Council to be shared on our website and with all of our stakeholders. 

– Provide a library of 5-10 short (30 second – 1 minute) clips that we can use in the future for our 30th Anniversary celebration.

Please apply by sending a resume and brief email explaining why you’re interested to Kimm Topping, Safe Schools Program Manager, at ktopping@jri.org,  and Ev Gilbert, GSA Program Administrator, efgilbert@jri.org by June 1, 2022.