Director of Education Programs

Reports to: Interim Executive Director

Location: New York, NY (Remote Possible)

Annual Salary: $110,000.00 - $120,000.00


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 learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and in turn, is respected and accepted themselves. 

GLSEN has been doing this work since 1990, and we are the only national organization dedicated to transforming K-12 school climate for LGBTQ+ students. We work at the local, district, state, and federal level to effect systems change in education in the U.S., and we connect with an international network of organizational partners to support similar progress around the world. Our work has produced measurable improvements in the lives of LGBTQ+ students in the United States and helped establish new norms of support for LGBTQ+ students in the education world. 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 online, 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, gender, and disability 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.

Job Scope

The Director of Education Programs will lead the development and implementation of GLSEN’s professional development programs and refresh of resource guides for educators to ensure K-12 learning communities are places where all students, including those who are LGBTQ+, transgender, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, and people with disabilities can thrive and reach their full potential. As one of the organization’s primary ambassadors on education and youth development, the Director is a thought leader on building a K-12 education system that is safe, affirming, and liberatory for all LGBTQ+ students. This position is responsible for stewarding and growing GLSEN’s strategic partnerships in order to bring LGBTQ+ affirming best practices to K-12 schools throughout the United States. The Director leads departmental staff in centering GLSEN’s mission in alignment with the organization’s strategic priorities of advancing racial, gender, and disability justice outcomes in education.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director leads a dynamic team that is responsible for:

  • Creating and implementing professional development programs and resources for educators, and other school district and school-based educational initiatives.
  • Developing, coordinating and maintaining organizational partnerships with other national organizations working on related K-12 education, LGBTQ+, civil rights, and equity issues to increase the reach and impact of LGBTQ+-affirming best practices in K-12 schools.
  • Representing GLSEN at educational conferences, high-level education events and on coalitions with ally organizations. 
  • Ensuring that GLSEN’s education best practices programs and resources advance GLSEN’s goals in ways that also advance racial, gender, and disability justice.
  • Expanding, maintaining and enhancing membership, supports and services for the educator advisory council that includes teachers and administrators. 

The Director is also responsible for:

  • Supervision of Department staff and implementation of the Department work-plan. 
  • 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.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, direction, management and support to the Education Programs team, including on-site and remote employees.
  • Participate in and contribute to organizational strategy development and planning as a member of the director’s team.
  • Drive the direction, strategy and volume of work for the department, providing leadership in the planning and prioritization of departmental workflow.
  • Develop and manage and report on the department budget.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Provide ongoing feedback and mentorship to staff as an internal leader.


  • MA/MS/MEd in Education is preferred, but is not required.
  • Eight-plus years of leadership experience in K-12 learning communities advancing system level changes in school districts and schools.
  • Five-plus years of program/staff supervisory experience.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with K-12 education issues at the intersection of LGBTQ+ communities, civil rights, and equity in education. Understanding of national landscape preferred.
  • Commitment to and experience with advancing racial, gender, and disability justice and dismantling all forms of oppression.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing education best practice programs and resources, 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 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.

Working Conditions

  • During the Coronavirus pandemic, this role is 100% remote while social distancing orders are in place. Some travel maybe required

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to sit for eight (8) or more hours with breaks
  • This is a sedentary position, with occasional periods of standing
  • This position demands extensive keyboarding, visual acuity required
  • Occasionally asked to lift 25+ pounds

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • High - This role will directly manage staff, and will be a part of GLSEN’s leadership team

Community Responsibilities

  • High - The individual in this role will have continuous contact with community members, members of the media.

To apply, submit your resume and letter of interest with the subject line: "Director of Education Programs" to

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