Director of Community Mobilization

New York, NY

Director of Community Mobilization

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 Community Mobilization to join our leadership team. The Director of Community Mobilization is responsible for building the power and health of GLSEN’s national network of volunteer-led GLSEN Chapters, helping to drive impact, learning, and growth at all levels of the organization by building and sustaining the strengths of our chapters and the collective power of the network. This includes fostering the connection between local GLSEN chapters and the national staff, as well as ensuring that GLSEN chapters are deeply connected with local partners in their service areas, providing a vital link across communities of school stakeholders.

The Director of Community Mobilization plays a key role in facilitating learning and dialogue across the network, ensuring that local knowledge and experience contribute to continual evolution and improvement for GLSEN as a whole, and that we are building power for LGBTQ and other marginalized school stakeholders. In partnership with colleagues across the national staff team, the Director of Community Mobilization ensures that all GLSEN programs, relationships, campaigns and resources have impact at the local level, and that the power of GLSEN’s network contributes to building greater equity in K-12 education for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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 community organizing/coalition building, volunteer management, youth development programming, or education;
  • 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 concrete programmatic and campaign goals;
  • Strong management skills and the ability to mentor and lead diverse, intergenerational teams of staff professionals and volunteer GLSEN chapter leaders;
  • Passion for equity in K-12 education and for health, well-being, and opportunity for LGBTQ+ students;
  • Experience creating and deploying programming and campaigns that are driven by and/or responsive to community stakeholders;
  • 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 Community Mobilization 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.