Director of Youth Programs
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Power Building
Location: The Director of Youth Programs primarily works in GLSEN’s headquarters in New York City and might travel to chapters across the United States (approximately 10-20%). During the Coronavirus pandemic this role is 100% remote while social distancing orders are in place.
Annual Salary: $110,000.00 - $120,000.00
GLSEN works to create safe and affirming schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We have been doing this work since 1990, and we are the only national organization dedicated to transforming K-12 education systems to affirm LGBTQ+ students, particularly those who are trans, nonbinary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, and from other communities that experience marginalization. With 44 Chapters in 40 states across the country, we work at the national, state, and local levels to form GSAs (Gay Straight Alliances or Gender and Sexuality Alliances), supportive networks of educators and other adult allies, develop inclusive curriculum, and pass policies that prohibit victimization, including discrimination, bullying, harassment, and punitive discipline that puts young people at greater risk for entering the school to prison pipeline. Our work has produced measurable improvements in the lives of LGBTQ+ students in the United States and internationally and helped establish new norms of safety and affirmation for LGBTQ+ students in K-12 schools.
For more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, school-based programs, research, and professional development for educators visit www.glsen.org.
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 differences 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
The Director of Youth Programs will oversee and advocate for GLSEN youth programs across Chapters and communities Nationally. This individual will work to grow GLSEN’s partnerships with other youth mobilizing organizations, the GLSEN chapter network and communities across the country. They will be responsible for leading the youth programs team and will guide internal efforts to strengthen, develop, lead, and create activities and events aligned with GLSEN’s mission.
This individual will implement and evaluate youth program initiatives and develop opportunities to expand GLSEN’s current youth programs while overseeing current activities. They will partner with Chapter members to develop and push youth programs initiatives forward. They will also recruit, train, and develop program supervisors and other staff in youth development and community engagement activities.
What is Needed to be Successful in this Role?
- 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 youth development programs.
- 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;
- 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;
- Demonstrated ability to foster community across differences;
- 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 organizations, and working towards systems change on issues that impact marginalized communities preferred.
GLSEN offers a generous benefits package, including paid time off in addition to 10 paid holidays per year – two weeks off provided in addition to paid time off (July and December); 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.
Senior Manager of Youth Programs
Please submit your resume and a letter of interest at www.glsen.org/apply-work-glsen. Please do not email, fax, or mail applications.
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.