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Director of Education & Youth Programs

Reports to: Chief Research & Strategy Officer

Location: New York, NY


 The Director of Education & Youth Programs leads the direction and advancement of GLSEN’s programs and resources for educators and youth to ensure that all members of the school community are valued regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The Director is responsible for the vision of our educator professional development, inclusive curricular resources, and youth leadership development initiatives. As one of the organization’s primary ambassadors to the education world, the Director is a thought leader on LGBTQ issues in education and schools and is responsible for stewarding our strategic partnerships with education associations and youth development organizations in order to bring LGBTQ-affirming programs and practice to K-12 schools throughout the United States. The Director also leads departmental staff in engaging and supporting tens of thousands of individual educators and student leaders who bring GLSEN’s work and LGBTQ-affirming practice to their schools.



 The Director leads a dynamic team that is responsible for:

  • Creating and implementing of professional development programs for educators, curricular resources, and other school-based educational initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools and to promote accurate and appropriate representation of LGBTQ people and issues in K-12 settings.
  •  Innovating and guiding GLSEN’s youth-oriented leadership programs, school-based days of action, and GLSEN’s national and local student leadership teams, as well as supporting the proliferation and success of GSA clubs, through support and resources for GSA student leaders and GSA faculty advisors.
  •  Developing, coordinating and maintaining organizational partnerships with other national organizations working on related education and youth issues to increase the reach and impact of LGBTQ-affirming programs, policies, and practice in K-12 schools.
  •  Representing GLSEN at educational conferences, high-level education events and on coalitions with ally organizations. 
  •  Ensuring that GLSEN’s education and youth programs and resources advance our goals in a way that also advances racial equity in schools, and that speaks to the needs and aspirations of all LGBTQ students.

 The Director is also responsible for:

  •  Supervision of Department staff and work with them on planning, implementation and assessment of Department goals.
  •  Development and management of the department's annual budgets, and oversight of other administrative functions for the department.
  •  Serving as an integral member of GLSEN’s management team, charged with collaboration and coordination of strategic organizational efforts to achieve GLSEN’s mission.



  •  MA/MS/MEd in Education or related course of study preferred. 
  • Five-plus years of experience as an educator or administrator in an education setting or senior-level education position with a non-profit organization.
  • Three-plus years of program/staff supervisory experience.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with LGBTQ education and youth issues.
  • Commitment to racial equity and dismantling all forms of oppression.
    • 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.
    • Creativity, resourcefulness and flexibility.



 GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism (among other forms of identity-based discrimination) undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike and how to promote inclusivity to prevent and counteract them. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools across the United States, and our network of 39 community-led chapters in 26 states brings GLSEN’s expertise to local communities.



GLSEN offers a generous benefits package, including: five weeks paid time off for new employees in addition to 10 paid holidays per year; 100% employer-paid medical and dental insurance for staff; life insurance; and a 401k plan with increasing employer contributions based on staff tenure.

This position will be located in GLSEN’s New York City office.

To apply, please submit your resume and letter of interest at:

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and gender nonconforming people, people with disabilities, and women to apply.