Director of Communications

New York, NY

Director of Communications

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director


GLSEN is a national education 501c3 non-profit organization, leading the movement to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for all since 1990. We work tirelessly to ensure that all children can have a high quality education where they are safe and affirmed. We envision a world in which every child student learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and in turn is respected and accepted themselves.

Each year, GLSEN reaches millions of students and educators via action at the national, state, and local levels, with leadership from a national network of volunteer GLSEN chapters.

Over three decades, GLSEN has improved conditions for LGBTQ+ students across the United States and launched an international movement to address LGBTQ+ issues in education and promote respect for all in schools. For more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, school-based programs, research, and professional development for educators visit

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, GLSEN has quickly pivoted all of our work on-line, sustaining the relationships, community, and core sense of shared purpose that is the foundation of our power and track record of success.

About You

We are looking for individuals who are willing to think boldly about the future of education and how best to serve students. The GLSEN team seeks colleagues committed to addressing the needs of all LGBTQ+ students and advancing equity in education, particularly in terms of promoting racial justice. We need individuals that work to build community with colleagues and volunteers and have a track record of working across difference to advance social causes.

We need not just your passion, but your talents, skills and willingness to do the hard work to build a more equitable future.

About This Role

GLSEN seeks a Director of Communications to join our leadership team. The Director of Communications serves as the leader of the Department of Media Relations and Public Voice and is responsible for deepening GLSEN’s presence in the national and local stage and stewarding the organization’s central messages and branding. The Director of Communications leads the team responsible for helping to expand GLSEN’s reach to new and sometimes reluctant audiences and projecting the GLSEN brand in all communications and publications.

This includes amplifying GLSEN’s voice in traditional and social media, designing online campaigns to activate constituents and the public in support of LGBTQ+ issues in education and LGBTQ+ students, and supporting a range of GLSEN representatives in work with the media.

Director of Communications is also charged with supporting other GLSEN departments in meeting their outreach goals and maintaining strong connections with their core audiences and constituencies, as well as overseeing the design and production of GLSEN resources, merchandise, and other branded materials. Their leadership and collaboration across the organization will help GLSEN meet its strategic, programmatic, and revenue goals at the national state and local levels, with particular attention paid to the GLSEN chapter network.

What is needed to be successful in this position?

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years’ experience (or +9 years’ experience with no Bachelor’s degree) with progressive leadership experience and management responsibility within communications, PR, marketing, digital/online engagement positions;
  • Experience with Drupal, Every Action or similar CRM and media monitoring, and marketing software/databases;
  • Proven experience using analytics tools like Google Analytics to make data driven decisions;
  • Proven success working with the media at the national, state and local levels;
  • Experience creating communications strategies and effective messaging for a wide range of audiences;
  • Proven ability to work with volunteers and community members, as well as students, educators, local school stakeholders and others in ways that empower them to achieve programmatic, campaign or policy wins.
  • Passion for LGBTQ issues in K-12 education, and for health, well-being, and opportunity for LGBTQ+ students;
  • Ability to work effectively and manage a team under the pressure of multiple tight deadlines and budgetary constraints;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster community across difference;
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills;
  • Exceptional relationship management skills;
  • Collaborative and resourceful mindset to leverage opportunities to achieve goals;
  • Experience within medium to large non-profit, and/or social justice organization, and working towards systems change on issues that impact marginalized communities preferred.


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; life insurance; and a 401k plan with increasing employer contributions based on staff tenure. Starting salary range: $110,000 – $120,000.

The Communications Director primarily works in GLSEN’s headquarters in New York City, and will travel to chapters across the United States (approximately 30-40%). During the Coronavirus pandemic this role is 100% remote while social distancing orders are in place.

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, and women to apply.