Youth Programs Manager
Reports to: Director of Youth Programs
Location: Remote (Office in NYC)
Annual Salary: $75,000 - $85,000.00
GLSEN is a national education 501(c)3 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 through 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 www.glsen.org.
We are looking for individuals willing to think boldly about the future of K–12 education and how best to serve, develop, and follow the leadership of LGBTQ+ students. GLSEN seeks colleagues committed to advancing the needs, opportunities, outcomes, and success of LGBTQ+ students as the foundation for success for all students. We need individuals that have a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial, gender, and disability justice and have a track record of working across differences to advance equitable and just outcomes in education for students experiencing marginalization. We need not just your passion, but your talents, skills, creativity, and willingness to do the hard work to build a more equitable future for LGBTQ+ students.
The Youth Programs Manager will be a part of GLSEN’s Youth Programs Department, which ensures that GLSEN continues to provide high quality youth resources and programs that increase the capacity of students nationally to create and sustain safe, respectful, and affirming school environments for LGBTQ+ students. This position will work with our 2 Youth Programs Associates and Youth Programs Director to provide impactful programs and support for students to develop their leadership skills and build a movement toward inclusive schools.
Duties and Responsibilities:
National youth leadership development
- Manage GLSEN’s national youth leadership programming; identify strategic opportunities and partnerships; develop resources to support national student leadership.
- Develop and lead GLSEN’s National Student Council, a diverse group of student leaders from across the country whose charge is to increase GLSEN’s depth and breadth regarding young people’s engagement in our programs, policies, and practices.
- Coordinate the annual National Student Council Orientation, including coordination content development, logistics, and outreach.
- Coordinate GLSEN’s Student Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of GLSEN’s National Advisory Council.
- Co-lead youth leadership convening, bringing together student leaders from across GLSEN.
- Support assessment and execution of innovative youth leadership frameworks across the organization.
Youth capacity building
- Support GLSEN’s national strategy on building the capacity of GSAs, and other student clubs in creating inclusive schools; track and analyze impact data.
- Increase opportunities for LGBTQ+ students to engage in GLSEN programs and build leadership skills, including curating current resource offerings, updating as needed, and creation of new resources.
- Manage team content creation for GLSEN’s youth-facing social media channels in coordination with the Communications and Public Voice department.
- Provide technical assistance to students in schools as they organize to create inclusive schools.
- Support additional department projects and programs as needed
Support national student action campaigns and resource development.
- Work with Youth Programs staff to execute department strategy, develop resources, and execute student outreach plans as guided by campaign manager.
- Work with Youth Programs staff to develop and update GLSEN student resources quarterly
Steward relationships with national youth development groups and other external partners.
- Identify and engage national partner organizations and experts to increase the depth, breadth, and impact of GLSEN’s youth programs.
- Represent GLSEN at national conferences and events.
What is needed to be successful in this role?
- Experience developing and managing youth programs from a macro lens; regional or national experience a plus.
- Five or more years of direct work experience in youth development; master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field (such as social work, youth development, education, public health, and counseling) a plus.
- 3 or more years of project or program management and logistics coordination experience.
- 3 or more years of experience in K–12 student organizing/advocacy work.
- Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with diverse groups.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Strong knowledge of youth development principles, best practices, and pedagogy.
- Facilitation/training experience.
- Knowledge of the U.S. education system and current LGBTQ+ issues in schools.
- Commitment to social justice and knowledge of anti-oppression/anti-racist work.
- Ability to manage time efficiently and support multiple projects at once.
- Exceptional attention to detail and consistency in follow-up.
- Working knowledge of social media and constituent database software.
- Willingness to travel several times per year.
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. This position is fully remote, and can be performed from anywhere in the United States. As GLSEN’s physical offices are located in New York and Washington D.C., our organizational schedule and all staff work hours are in Eastern Standard Time. Up to 20% of this position will include travel when it is safe to do so, in light of the current pandemics.
To apply, submit your resume and letter of interest at www.glsen.org/apply-work-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.