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Grassroots Advocacy Manager

Reports To: Director of Public Policy

Location: Washington, DC


The Grassroots Advocacy Manager (GAM) is an integral member of GLSEN’s Public Policy team that drives the advancement and promotes the implementation of policies at the federal, state, and local level to ensure that all members of a school community are valued regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity or gender expression. GLSEN’s policy work strives to contribute to the dismantling of all identity based oppressions, including race, ethnicity, ability, and immigration status.

The GAM is responsible for all aspects of GLSEN’s grassroots campaigns in support of policy goals, including direct support to GLSEN Chapter leaders and other community members, coordinating digital actions, and coalition support. The GAM works closely with the GLSEN Chapter network and other GLSEN partners to build the capacity of local stakeholders to advocate for change in K-12 schools. The GAM is also responsible for developing and implementing digital campaigns to activate GLSEN constituents in support of policy goals at the local, state, and national level, and build GLSEN’s overall number of supporters.


  • Along with the Director of Public Policy, provide leadership in advancing GLSEN’s long-range grassroots engagement plan to achieve our strategic policy and organizing goals on the local, state, and federal level;
  • Ensure advocacy campaigns explicitly address racial and other inequities including in the policy language and development of the strategy and leadership;
  • Oversee and provide policy and organizing technical assistance to GLSEN’s Chapter network;
  • Identify new constituent engagement programs and maximize impact of existing programs to increase constituent engagement with GLSEN’s public policy campaigns and build public support of our policy goals.
  • Design and launch digital advocacy campaigns and action alerts to align online engagement with political strategies on the federal, state, and local levels;
  • Develop and disseminate grassroots organizing resources, including trainings;
  • Engage and organize activists on the ground in key states, including planning and orchestrating state lobby days or rallies;
  • Build and maintain partnerships with relevant national, state, and local organizations;
  • Participate in GLSEN internal staff teams as appropriate;
  • Other duties as required, including administrative tasks.


  • BS/BA in related field or related experience;
  • Familiarity with, and a passion for, LGBT issues in K-12 education
  • Experience in advancing racial equity and dismantling all forms of oppression
  • 4-7 years of experience in grassroots organizing in advocacy and/or election campaigns;
  • Ability to break down complex governmental processes or policy problems into material digestible by the general public;
  • Commitment to building grassroots power through advocacy and direct action;
  • Experience working within a volunteer-based organizations;
  • Experience developing and delivering trainings to diverse audiences;
  • Ability to quickly build relationships and respond proactively to feedback;
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 30% of time;
  • Knowledge of constituent management and engagement software (CQ Engage, etc.) a plus.
  • Be reliable, organized and able to multi-task;
  • Exhibit creativity, resourcefulness and flexibility;
  • Personal qualities include passion, enthusiasm, commitment, integrity, humor, optimism, and ability to inspire others to engage


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 and optional benefits for family members (including domestic partners); life insurance; and a 401k plan with increasing employer contributions based on staff tenure.

This position will be located in GLSEN’s Washington DC office. To apply, please submit your resume and letter of interest at:

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