Policy Associate (Limited-Duration)

Reports to: Director of Public Policy


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 have experience and passion for public policy, especially LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education. The GLSEN team seeks colleagues committed to addressing the needs of all LGBTQ students and advancing 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.

About this Role

GLSEN seeks a Policy Associate (limited duration) who will engage on federal, state, and local policy priorities as a member of the Public Policy Office team between March 2021 and December 2021 with the possibility of a permanent hire at the conclusion of the limited duration term of service. The Associate works closely with the Director and State and Local Policy Manager to execute the Office’s work-plan in alignment with the organization’s strategic framework. The associate is motivated by analyzing public policy, particularly in K-12 education, and LGBTQ+ civil rights fields. In a fast-paced environment, they will need to support federal legislative and administrative advocacy projects. To advance and implement affirming policies during the state legislative cycle, the associate will help organize webinars and events that advance GLSEN’s recommendations and thought leadership. The associate authors and reviews resources and government affairs correspondence, produces email action alerts, helps manage the website, and strengthen relationships with GLSEN Chapters, coalition partners, and policymakers.

What is needed to be successful in this position?

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and related experience;
  • Knowledge of, and a passion for, working on LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education;
  • 1-3 years of professional experience in a policy role, such as working in government, government affairs, advocacy organization, or similar;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to quickly build relationships and respond proactively to feedback;
  • Demonstrated experience working in diverse communities;
  • Ability to manage and advance multiple projects;


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. This salary for this position is $50,000.

This position will be located in GLSEN’s Washington, D.C. office. During the Coronavirus pandemic this role is 100% remote while social distancing orders are in place.

To apply, 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.