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Director of Education Programs



United States
Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Our Mission:

GLSEN works to create safe and affirming schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We have been doing this work since 1990, and we are the only national organization dedicated to transforming the K-12 school climate for LGBTQ students. We work at the local, district, state and federal level to effect systems change in education in the U.S., and we connect with an international network of organizational partners to support similar progress around the world. Our work has produced measurable improvements in the lives of LGBTQ students in the United States, and helped establish new norms of support for LGBTQ students in the education world.

Position Objective:

Director of Education Programs will lead the team responsible for the development and implementation of GLSEN’s professional development programs and resource guides for educators to ensure K-12 learning communities are places where all students, including those who are LGBTQ+, transgender, nonbinary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, and people with disabilities can thrive and reach their full potential. As one of the organization’s primary ambassadors on education and youth development, the Director is a thought leader on building a K-12 education system that is safe, affirming and liberatory for all LGBTQ+ students. This position is responsible for stewarding and growing GLSEN’s strategic partnerships in order to bring LGBTQ+ affirming best practices to K-12 schools throughout the United States. The Director leads departmental staff in centering GLSEN’s mission in alignment with the organization’s strategic priorities of advancing racial, gender, and disability justice outcomes in education.


The Director leads a dynamic team that is responsible for:

  • Creating and implementing professional development programs and resources for educators, and other school district and school-based educational initiatives.
  • Developing, coordinating and maintaining organizational partnerships with other national organizations working on related K-12 education, LGBTQ+, civil rights, and equity issues to increase the reach and impact of LGBTQ+-affirming best practices in K-12 schools.
  • Representing GLSEN at educational conferences, high-level education events and on coalitions with ally organizations.
  • Ensuring that GLSEN’s education best practices programs and resources advance GLSEN’s goals in ways that also advance racial, gender, and disability justice.
  • Expanding, maintaining and enhancing membership, supports and services for the educator advisory council that includes teachers and administrators.

The Director is also responsible for:

  • Supervision of Department staff and implementation of the Department work-plan.
  • Development and management of the department's annual budgets, and oversight of other administrative functions for the department.
  • Serving as an integral member of GLSEN’s management team, charged with collaboration and coordination of strategic organizational efforts to achieve GLSEN’s mission.


The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Eight-plus years of leadership experience in K-12 learning communities advancing system level changes in school districts and schools.
  • Five-plus years of program/staff supervisory experience.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with K-12 education issues at the intersection of LGBTQ+ communities, civil rights, and equity in education.
  • Commitment to advancing racial, gender, and disability justice and dismantling all forms of oppression.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing education best practice programs and resources, and excellent editorial and public speaking skills.
  • Strong management, interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail, and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Creativity, resourcefulness and flexibility.


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 position may be located in GLSEN’s New York City office or D.C. Office. This position may also be remote.

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities, women and non-LGBT persons to apply.