City of Boston

Policy Advisor (LGBTQ+ Advancement)

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LGBTQ+ Advancement
Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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Under the direction of the Executive Director and Chief of Staff of the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement (MOLA), the Policy Advisor works with internal and external partners to achieve the Mayor's efforts to champion economic equity, safety, and representation for Boston’s LGBTQ+ residents. The Policy Advisor will develop, manage, and implement the department’s policy priorities to improve outcomes for the LGBTQ+ community.


The successful candidate possesses a desire and strong interest to work in local government. This role lives in the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet. Please read below to understand our larger vision.


Equity & Inclusion Cabinet Mission 

The mission of the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet is to ensure that every resident has fair access to City resources and opportunities. We achieve this by embedding equity and inclusion into our current City practices, building our collective capacity on issues of racial and social justice, and fostering a more welcoming and accessible city.


The departments in the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet take an anti-poverty approach to their work, focusing on the following areas:

  • Improving outcomes for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) communities, in particular immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ residents. 
  • Increasing access for people with disabilities and those who speak a language other than English.
  • Eliminating barriers to fair housing and human rights. 


This is not your typical 9-5 pm role. We are looking for folks that share our core values of people-first leadership, intentional strategy, and justice.


  • Works with the Executive Director to research, develop, implement, and evaluate the department's key policy projects
  • Supports the Executive Director and Community Relations Specialists in managing and evaluating the department’s programs.
  • Conducts policy research and data analysis to inform decision-making on existing and proposed policies affecting LGBTQ+ residents
  • Develops policy proposals to address common constituent issues identified through research or through community engagement from the MOLA team or partners.
  • Collaborates with city departments, government agencies, academic institutions, and local non-profit organizations on policy and research projects that impact LGBTQ+ intersectional communities, transgender and gender expansive people.
  • Writes or directs writing of research reports published by the Office.
  • Oversees periodic program evaluations, including selecting academic partners, drafting and reviewing agreements, project scopes, survey instruments, and report drafts.
  • Prepares briefings, memoranda, presentations to assist City leadership in analyzing policy issues. 
  • Monitors the status of external initiatives and legislation at the state and federal level, offering relevant guidance.
  • Represents the Office in public engagements as needed.
  • Maintains confidential department files and documents.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of required experience.
  • At least five (5) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in public administration, public policy, human services, and research is required. A masters degree in a related field is preferred and may be substituted for the required experience. 
  • Project management experience is highly desired.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Strong customer service skills; strong written and oral communication, interpersonal and organizational skills preferred.
  • Strong understanding of MOLA's goals and objectives.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrates cultural competence with diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic groups; multilingual populations; and people with disabilities.
  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, or Vietnamese).





Union: Non-Union

Salary Range: MM2, Grade 8

Weekly Hours: 35


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