Director of Education and Youth Programs

Reports to: The Chief Research & Strategy Officer 

General Description:

Responsible for leading the Department of Education & Youth Programs of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the leading national organization dedicated to addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)  K-12 schools, and serving as a member of GLSEN’s management team. Manage development and implementation of professional development programs for educators, curricular resources, and other school-based educational initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination of LGBT people in schools and to promote accurate and appropriate representation of LGBT people and issues in K-12 settings.  Manage our youth-oriented leadership programs, including resources for Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. Develop and maintain organizational partnerships with other national organizations working on related education and youth issues, and represent GLSEN at educational conferences, at other high-level events and oncoalitions with ally organizations.  Supervise Department staff and work with them on planning, implementation and assessment of Department goals.  Develop and manage the department's annual budgets, and oversee other administrative functions for the department.  Serve on GLSEN’s management team, charged with developing and implementing organizational development initiatives to strengthen GLSEN’s ability to meet its strategic goals.


GLSEN’s Director of Education & Youth Programs must have a strong knowledge of K-12 education issues and youth development programming, a vision for leading initiatives designed to address bullying, harassment and discrimination against LGBT people in K-12 schools and to improve the health and well-being of LGBT youth, knowledge of new technologies for distance learning and resource delivery, and strong managerial and communications skills.  The Director should have completed an advanced degree in education or a related field, have experience working as an educator or administrator in K-12 settings or in an organization working on K-12 schools issues, experience with resource and curriculum development, and have a strong knowledge of LGBT issues in education.  The Director must also be able to successfully manage staff and work effectively with colleagues both within and outside the organization.


MA/MS/EdM in Education or related course of study.  Five-plus years of experience as an educator or administrator in a K-12 school setting or commensurate experience in the field of education, or five-plus years of senior-level experience with an organization working on anti-bullying or anti-bias issues in K-12 schools or in LGBT youth development.  Demonstrated experience developing and implementing programmatic initiatives, and excellent editorial and public speaking skills.  Strong management, interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail, and exceptional organizational skills.

This position is located at GLSEN’s national headquarters in New York City.

To apply, please send cover letter with resume to:


90 Broad St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004

Or e-mail to:

EOE. GLSEN encourages people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women and non-LGBT persons to apply


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