State and Local Policy Manager
Job Code/Role: Executive Support
Reports to: Reports to the Director of the Public Policy
Location: Washington, D.C.
The GLSEN public policy team leads the development of inclusive and affirming federal, state and local policies that create positive school climates for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. GLSEN’s policy work strives to advance LGBTQ+, Racial, Gender, and Disability Justice outcomes in K–12 education systems. public policy staff serve as the primary government affairs liaisons for the organization. The policy team supports the leadership of a network of volunteer policy fellows from states and territories across the country.
The State and Local Policy Manager works closely with the Director of Public Policy to drive GLSEN’s strategy to advance GLSEN’s public policy agenda at the state and local level. The State and Local Policy Manager must be motivated by and experienced in analyzing public policy, particularly K–12 education and civil rights issues. In a fast-paced environment, they will need to actively engage in providing technical assistance to advocates and policymakers, as well as rapid response communications on public policy matters. To advance and implement GLSEN’s policy priorities, the manager will be in consistent communication with coalition partners, including national and state nonprofit leaders and key K–12 education policymakers. The manager tracks legislation during the annual state legislative cycle, coordinates the activities of the GLSEN State Policy Fellows, managing external coalition partners who are members of the National Safe Learning Partnership, and executes tactics that result in policy victories.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Advocacy and Support for Advocates: State Policy Fellows and National Safe Learning Partnership
- Manage monthly calls, updates, and other activities that support the leadership of GLSEN’s network of State Policy Fellows.
- Maintain and develop GLSEN’s relationships with coalitions of advocacy and K–12 education organizations that work on state and local policy.
- Respond to requests from policymakers, coalition partners, and communities.
- Manage monthly meetings, list serv, and activations of the National Safe Learning Partnership.
- Work closely with state and local policymakers in providing them technical support to ensure supportive proactive measures that help LGBTQ+ students in K–12 education systems.
- Advocate directly to lawmakers and prepare for the organization’s principals engagement with decisionmakers.
- Track and summarize state legislation, regulations, and other policy developments.
- Make recommendations on GLSEN’s positions on state and local policies, in addition to potential resources to advance proactive policies or defeat harmful ones.
- Draft and proofread documents, including policy memos, testimony, and correspondence to partner organizations, as well as state and local government agencies.
- Work collaboratively to further develop a comprehensive set of state and local policy recommendations.
- Manage updates and author content for GLSEN Navigator.
- Disseminate GLSEN’s policy recommendations to partner organizations in support of GLSEN’s role as the national leader on LGBTQ+ issues in K-–2 education.
Other duties as assigned.
To apply, submit your resume and a letter of interest to: http://www.glsen.org/apply-to-work-at-glsen.
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.