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Policy Manager

Reports To: Director of Public Policy

Location: Washington, DC


The GLSEN Public Policy team leads the development of inclusive and affirming state and school district policies that create a positive school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. GLSEN’s policy work strives to contribute to the dismantling of all identity-based oppressions including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, ability, and immigration status.

The Policy Manager works closely with the Director of Public Policy to drive GLSEN’s strategy to advance state, district, and school-level policy priorities. The Policy Manager is motivated by and experienced in analyzing public policy, particularly in the education and/or civil rights fields. In a fast-paced environment, they will need to distill legislative language into understandable terms, so that members of the GLSEN network can adapt for communications with their audiences, including media and local advocates. To advance and implement safe school policies, the Policy Manager develops relationships with partners, including national and state non-profit leaders and key state and district education policymakers. The Policy Manager develops the critical policy resources that GLSEN chapters, partners, and policy makers use in creating safer schools for all.


Policy Analysis

  • Track and summarize federal and state legislation, regulations, and other policy developments;
  • Make recommendations on GLSEN’s position on policy opportunities and potential resources to advance proactive policies or defeat harmful ones;
  • Draft and proofread documents, including policy memos, testimony, and correspondence to federal and state agencies, Congress and state legislatures, and stakeholders on GLSEN’s policy issues.

State and Local Policy Advancement and Implementation

  • Work collaboratively to further develop a comprehensive set of public policy priorities, particularly at the state and local levels;
  • Work with stakeholders and state policymakers on leveraging Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to advance LGBTQ-inclusive school climates;
  • Manage funder relationships for specified program by tracking outcomes and drafting reports to funders and internal audiences;
  • Develop and maintain GLSEN’s relationships with national organizations as pertains to the priorities of state and local advocacy;
  • Participate in conferences to share GLSEN’s public policy recommendations and expertise with key stakeholders;
  • Respond to technical assistance requests on GLSEN policy recommendations from state and district policymakers, parents and others;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Resource Development

  • Update and develop GLSEN’s policy-specific materials, including state, district, and school model polices and resources;
  • Disseminate GLSEN’s resources and school climate policies to stakeholders.


  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and related experience;
  • Familiarity with, and a passion for, LGBTQ issues in K-12 education;
  • 5-7 years of experience in a public policy role, such as state government, government affairs, advocacy organizations, or similar;
  • Experience within education policy at the state and/or district level;
  • Experience working within and/or leading coalitions;
  • Ability to quickly build relationships and respond proactively to feedback;
  • Demonstrated experience with, or commitment to work in, diverse communities;
  • Ability to manage and advance multiple projects;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience in workshop facilitation and public speaking.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed (5% of time);
  • Personal qualities include passion, enthusiasm, motivation, commitment, integrity, humor, and positivity;
  • Commitment to racial equity and dismantling all forms of oppression;
  • Be reliable, organized and able to multi-task;
  • Exhibit critical thinking, creativity, resourcefulness and flexibility;

Expected starting salary is $70,000/year depending on qualifications and experience.


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.