Office of LGBT Affairs seeking deputy director

Office of LGBT Affairs seeking deputy director

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For the first time, the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs is  seeking a deputy director.

According to the position description, the individual will work alongside Executive Director Amber Hikes on identifying, training and establishing LGBT department liaisons and will participate in speaking engagements, panels and lectures. The deputy director will also collaborate with the director of training and recruiting while serving as the LGBT competency training coordinator for the city’s workforce.

On an internal level, the individual will assist in managing social media, databases and building policies.

“City Council is aware of the work that’s been coming out of the office and the really important initiatives that we’ve been tackling,” Hikes told PGN. “They want to make sure they’re supporting that work so we’re able to continue to serve and even better serve LGBT Philadelphians.”

Since Hikes replaced former director Nellie Fitzpatrick, the office has been involved in several initiatives such as the addition of black and brown stripes to the LGBT Pride flag and hosting community conversations

Hikes noted that she is looking forward to bouncing ideas off of the deputy director to “come up with innovative and strategic solutions to some incredibly complicated problems.”

“This is truly my second-in-command and a person that would really help shape some vision for the office, moving forward,” she said.

Hikes, who will be involved in the hiring process, said the position will be open “for the next several weeks” and the Mayor’s Office will begin interviewing candidates in October.

Visit to apply for the position.

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