Research Assistant

Reports to: Director of Research Institute

Annual Salary: $25-30/hour

Depending on qualifications and experience. Candidates who are available to work full-time or part-time are welcome to apply.


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.

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


GLSEN is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Research Institute in all aspects of its work to provide insight into LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education, and evaluate the efficacy of GLSEN programs and recommended interventions.


Working with other members of the GLSEN Research Institute team, the Research Assistant will:

Assist with GLSEN’s research studies that include both original primary research related to LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education and evaluation research examining the efficacy of GLSEN’s recommended interventions, including:

  • Performing literature reviews and library research.
  • Assisting in designing survey instruments, interview/focus group protocols and creating code books.
  • Assisting in design and execution of research subject recruitment strategies (including traditional and social media outreach).
  • Assisting in creating and maintaining data sets.
  • Performing data entry, cleaning, and coding.
  • Assisting in basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

Assist with preparation and presentation of GLSEN’s research findings and summaries of other relevant research for internal and external audiences, including:

  • Supporting the writing and editing of research reports, briefs, and other presentation material for internal and external audiences.
  • Providing support for the design of presentation materials for conferences and webinars.
  • Disseminating research findings and information about the Research Institute through traditional and social media channels (including GLSEN’s website, Twitter, and email listservs).
  • Maintaining research literature database, including developing, updating, and maintaining a knowledge base of the current social science literature regarding LGBTQ+ issues in education.

Provide technical assistance to GLSEN staff and key stakeholders to promote GLSEN’s mission, including:

  • Responding to external requests for information about GLSEN’s research, and to other research questions regarding LGBTQ+ issues and education.
  • Responding to internal requests for research results and statistical information of use to GLSEN’s communications, policy, and programmatic efforts.

Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Public Health, Education, or other Social Sciences, or related field and 1+ years of research-related work experience.
  • Strong familiarity with quantitative research and familiarity with qualitative research methods.
  • Experience managing datasets, including data cleaning and coding.
  • Familiarity with SPSS.
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ+ issues (preferably LGBTQ+ issues in education or LGBTQ+ youth issues).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Organizational skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Commitment to GLSEN’s mission and goals.

Preferred qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed a Master’s or Doctoral program in the social sciences, such as Education, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, or related field.
  • A strong passion for mission-driven research regarding LGBTQ+ youth and K-12 schools.
  • Familiarity with social media tools (e.g., Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).
  • Proficiency with SPSS

To Apply:

Please do not email, fax, or mail applications. 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, women, and non-LGBTQ+ people to apply.