Policy Director

REPORTS TO: Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer

General Description:

The Director will manage the Policy Department of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the leading national education organization dedicated to ending bias and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in K-12 schools. S/he will direct the work of GLSEN’s Policy team, overseeing the organization’s efforts to promote safe schools policies, regulations and legislation at the local, state and federal levels. As a member of GLSEN’s management team, the Director is charged with developing and implementing organizational development initiatives to strengthen GLSEN’s ability to meet its strategic goals.

I. Build awareness of GLSEN’s issues among key education policy stakeholders

  • Advance GLSEN’s strategic partnerships and coalition-building on policy and legislative issues
  • Coordinate GLSEN’s participation in key education, LGBT issues, and civil and human rights coalitions
  • Serve as lead GLSEN representative on policy and legislative issues

II. Lead GLSEN’s policy, advocacy and legislative campaign efforts

  • Lead campaign planning and goal-setting processes
  • Coordinate deployment of organizational resources in support of campaign goals
  • Oversee development of policy documents and training modules
  • Coordinate organizational support of and technical assistance to local, statewide and federal coalitions pursuing Safe Schools policy and legislative goals 

III. Serve as a member of GLSEN’s management team and manage the Policy Department

  • Develop and manage Policy Department budgets
  • Supervise Policy staff
  • Ensure departmental compliance with all HR and Operations policies
  • Oversee tracking of organizational lobbying expenditures
  • Participate in organizational strategic planning and contribute to periodic review and revision of organizational policy and practice


GLSEN’s Policy Director must be able to manage a team based in GLSEN’s DC office working on local, state and federal initiatives, promoting their professional development while meeting the organization’s strategic goals.  S/he must be conversant with policy, advocacy and legislation and the processes by which they are made, including both direct lobbying and community mobilization strategies.   S/he must also possess effective communications skills as this position is the public face of the organization in Washington and also must be able to build relationships and coalitions with other key stakeholders in the education, civil rights, and LGBT arenas.


  • MA/MS or commensurate training in fields of Policy, Advocacy, Law or related fields
  • Proven success working with legislative bodies at the state and/or federal level and on legislative campaigns
  • Strong understanding of the ins and outs of state and federal politics
  • Experience with advocacy campaigns
  • Five years of management experience in a policy making or lobbying capacity
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Strong management skills and the ability to mentor and lead a team of professionals
  • Ability to create and serve on coalitions to support GLSEN’s Public Policy goals
  • Proven ability to work with, students, Chapter leaders and other volunteers in ways that empower them to achieve concrete legislative results
  • An understanding of, and passion for, the mission and goals of GLSEN

This position requires some travel and is located in GLSEN’s Policy office in Washington, DC.

Resume and letter of interest should be submitted to: resumes@glsen.org, or mailed to Public Policy Director Search, GLSEN, 90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10004.  No phone calls please.

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities, women and non-LGBT persons to apply.



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