This FAQ provides general guidance for city, county and state appointments.
If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected].
Who is eligible to apply to the Project?
We welcome resumes from any openly LGBT U.S. citizen who seeks an appointment in our city, county or state government. We welcome professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and interests, ranging from junior, mid-level, and senior professionals. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, transgender people and individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
What should I prepare before starting the application?
The most important thing you need to begin the application is your resume in Microsoft Word (.doc) format. If you are ready to submit your resume and are unsure about letters of recommendation or which boards/committees are a good fit, we encourage you to submit your resume as soon as possible so that, as positions become available, we can reach out to you if your experience is a good fit. Please review our resume tips below.
Letters of recommendation can be helpful to submit directly to the Appointments Program – especially those that demonstrate community experience. They can help us start conversations about your candidacy with the sponsoring agent. If you don't have letters of recommendation but are ready to submit your resume, send us your letters by email when you have them.
Having a clear idea of areas in government in which you with to serve. Certain functional roles require less issue experience than others – for example, communications/press/marketing, financial operations, scheduler/assistant roles may not require issue- or agency-specific expertise.
Please also ensure that enough time is set aside to complete the application in one sitting – not doing so will result in multiple application submissions that will delay the processing of your application. You will be asked to answer questions about your party affiliation, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, areas of expertise, and level of experience.
- Upload your resume now as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) and answer the required questions. Our system does not allow us to search through PDFs.
- You can update your resume at any time by sending it to [email protected].
- List your professional experiences in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent.
- Provide bullet lists for each experience that highlight specific skills, inputs and outcomes with quantifiable metrics.
- If applicable, include the size of your budget and the number of staff for which you were directly responsible for managing.
- Be sure to include public service at the local, state, or federal level as well as volunteer service with non-profits.
- Where possible, include information about advocacy for LGBT equality or involvement with LGBT organizations – this can be accomplished under a header such as “Other Experience” or “Community Involvement and Affiliations” towards the end of your resume.
- Do not include a "References available upon request" statement.
- Generally, purpose or objective statements should not be included.
- Junior and mid-level professionals should strive to condense their resumes to one page. Where resumes and curriculum vita consist of more than one page, ensure that the page footer includes your name and page number.
- Keep formatting as simple as possible and focus on content over style. Avoid unusual fonts or formatting. Use tabs rather than spaces to left/center/right-align content on the same line (see: Set margins, indents, and tabs at microsoft.com).
- The Project will contact you if it identifies any changes that should be made.
What kinds of appointed positions are available?
There are hundreds of positions across dozens of city, county, or state boards and commissions. Appointments will be made by city officials including County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, County Board Commissioners…. State Representative David Richardson.
How many positions in government does the Project expect to fill?
Elected officials have the authority to fill hundreds of positions. The goal of the Project is to place as many qualified LGBT applicants in those positions as is reasonably possible.
Who will review applicants and how?
With the assistance of our coalition partners, the SAVE Dade staff collects, organizes and categorizes all resumes it receives and meets with staff from the administration to review and recommend applicants qualified for available positions.
When will applicants know whether or not they are being recommended to an administration?
The Project will make its best effort to contact applicants before recommending them for a particular position.
When will applicants know whether or not they are being considered for appointment by an administration?
Any applicant under consideration will be contacted directly by the city, county or state office overseeing the appointment and not by SAVE Dade. Please make an effort to inform SAVE Dade if an administration has been in contact with you – depending on the situation, we may be able to provide additional counsel.
Does submitting a resume to the Project boost an individual’s chances of getting hired by the administration?
SAVE Dade has no authority or official role whatsoever with respect to hiring any personnel. Participation in this program does not mean that the Victory Institute will recommend anyone for any position or that applicants will in any way be advantaged in the appointment or nomination process for any such position. Ultimately, all information submitted by applicants will be shared with the elected official’s personnel office.
What will I not be able to do as a result of an appointment?
Most appointees’ dealings with the city, county, or state government, during and for a period of time after their service, will be significantly restricted to prevent possible conflicts of interest. And you will be restricted from lobbying the board or committee you are appointed to.
What can I expect for the vetting process?
Most applicants under serious consideration for an appointment will go through a background check. Financial holdings and sources of income for most applicants under serious consideration must be disclosed for review for possible conflicts of interest. After an appointment is made, there is the possibility for public scrutiny of appointments, especially for senior-level appointments.
Our Coalition Partners
The Miami Appointments Project is organized by SAVE Dade in partnership with:
Aqua Foundation for Women
Log Cabin Republicans
Miami Beach Gay Pride
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Pridelines Youth Services
Safe Schools South Florida
The Dolphin Democrats
Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida