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Community Mobilization Manager



United States · United States · Canada · Mexico · New York, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2023

Reports to: Director of Community Mobilization
Location: Remote 
Salary Range: $65,000 - $75,000


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 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 www.glsen.org.

Position Objective

GLSEN is in the midst of a major institutional transformation process, which is striving to advance racial, gender and disability justice across our national chapter network. To fortify, strengthen and grow our chapter network, which is actively engaged in creating spaces for LGBTQ+ youth to thrive within formal and informal educational spaces.

To ensure our continued success GLSEN is seeking a Manager of Community Mobilization to join our Community Mobilization team. The Manager of Community Mobilization is responsible for coordinating and managing the regional fellowship program, expanding the chapter network across the country and providing general support to GLSEN’s current chapter network.

The work of the Manager of Community Mobilization will include advancing the departmental mission of deep partnership with local chapters and helping to drive organizational impact at the local level. This includes fostering the connection between local GLSEN chapters and the GLSEN national office, facilitating learning and dialogue across the network, and ensuring that local knowledge and experience contribute to continual evolution and improvement, and growing power for local school stakeholders. In partnership with colleagues across the national organization, the Manager of Community Mobilization will work to ensure that all chapters have access to the resources, training, and support. This position will also ensure that those supports reach and have impact at the local level and that the work GLSEN National produces is relevant, meaningful and easy to utilize.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate the GLSEN regional fellowship program, supporting 5 regional fellows in adding capacity to the national chapter network and strengthening their own leadership development skills.
  • Innovate new & comprehensive strategies to expand the chapter network across the United states.
  • Develop & strengthen strategic internal project management systems to advance the mission of the department.
  • Work closely with other programmatic departments within GLSEN to support the needs of the chapter network.
  • Work closely with the Director of Community Mobilization to deepen GLSEN’s relationship with the National chapter network.
  • Build relationships with chapter leaders & ensure regular, and productive communication of chapter needs to the National office.
  • Support the build out  and resourcing of chapter initiated projects.

Qualifications & Required Skills:

  • Leadership experience in community organizing, outreach, base building, capacity building and direct support work with membership based organizations.
  • A minimum 5-7 years’ experience with progressive leadership responsibility within community organizing/coalition building, youth development programming, or education organization.
  • Experience building win/win outcomes, generating, designing and deploying programming and campaigns that are informed by, and responsive to community stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work with students, educators, local stakeholders and other volunteers in ways that add value, expand their effectiveness, and improve their experience.
  • Ability to work as a part of a cross functional national staff, coordinate effectively across departments, and act as a trusted messenger between national and local chapters.
  • Manage the multiple and competing demands, under the pressure of multiple tight deadlines and budgetary constraints.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.  
  • Exceptional project management skills and experience.
  • Exceptional ability to build and foster strong relationships across difference.
  • Strong management skills and the ability to mentor and lead a diverse intergenerational team of professionals and volunteer GLSEN Chapter leaders.
  • Collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial mindset to leverage opportunities to achieve shared goals
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, gender and disability justice
  • Experience within medium to large non-profit, and/or social justice organizations a plus.
  • Experience working on issues that impact communities with a wide range of diverse experiences preferred.

Travel & Position Location

The Community Mobilization Manager may be remote and will travel to chapter locations predominantly in the United States (approximately 40%).

To apply, submit your resume and letter of interest to careers@glsen.org.

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, people with disabilities and women to apply.