Youth Programs Associate

New York, NY

Youth Programs Associate

Reports to: Youth Programs Sr. Manager


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 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 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

GLSEN seeks a Youth Programs Associate to join our team. The Youth Programs Associate will focus on engaging students in GSAs, logistical organizing for programs, and supporting our Chapter Network in supporting their local student leadership programs. The Youth Programs Associate has relevant knowledge of how to connect with LGBTQ+ students and is looking for ways to amplify students' identities that are most impacted by systemic oppression. 

This includes supporting GSA collective building, responding to student questions and emails, reviewing and contributing to resources, supporting student led webinars and workshops, coaching student leadership programs in our volunteer based Chapter network, tracking goals and outcomes, mailings, and oversees a Youth Engagement Grant that distributes funds to our Chapter Network to support their student leadership efforts for the year. 

What is needed to be successful in this position?

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of experience working directly with GSAs and youth programming in grades K-12 or 5 years of experience working with youth;
  • Proven experience using analytics tools like Google Analytics to make data driven decisions;
  • Proven success working with youth in schools or community organizations; 
  • Experience in supporting the development of programs, outreach, and resources;
  • Experience working on campaigns or events and tracking goals and outcomes; 
  • 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;
  • Passion for LGBTQ issues in K-12 education, and for health, well-being, and opportunity for LGBTQ+ students;
  • Ability to work effectively and strong time management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster community across differences;
  • Excellent technical skills including using Google Drive, Excel, Word, and possible website editing software;
  • 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.


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: $50,000

The Education and Youth Programs Associate primarily works in GLSEN’s headquarters in New York City, and possible travel to chapters when it is safe to travel. During the Coronavirus pandemic this role is 100% remote while social distancing orders are in place.

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, and women to apply.