Community Engagement Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




District of Columbia
United States


Reports to: Director of Public Policy

Location: Washington, DC

Objective :

The Community Engagement Manager (CEM) is an integral member of GLSEN’s Public Policy team that drives the direction and advancement of policies at the federal, state, and local level to ensure that all members of a school community are valued regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity or gender expression. GLSEN’s policy work strives to contribute to the dismantling of all identity based oppressions including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, ability, and immigration status.

The CEM is responsible for all aspects of GLSEN’s grassroots campaigns including direct support to community members, coordinating digital actions, and coalition support. The CEM works closely with chapter leaders and community partners in training community members to become effective advocates for change. The CEM is also responsible for developing and implementing digital action campaigns at the federal level that will impact change and increase the number of supporters.


·       Along with the Director of Public Policy, provide leadership in advancing GLSEN’s long-range grassroots engagement plan to achieve our strategic policy and organizing goals on the local, state, and federal level;

·       Ensure advocacy campaigns explicitly address racial and other inequities including in the policy language and development of the strategy and leadership;

·       Identify new constituent engagement programs and maximize impact of existing programs to increase awareness of GLSEN’s public policy goals;

·       Design and launch digital advocacy campaigns and action alerts to align online engagement with political strategies on the federal, state, and local levels;

·       Oversee and provide policy and organizing technical assistance to GLSEN’s Chapter network;

·       Develop and disseminate grassroots organizing resources, including trainings;

·       Engage and organize activists on the ground in key states, including planning and orchestrating state lobby days or rallies;

·       Build and maintain partnerships with relevant national, state, and local organizations;

·       Participate in GLSEN internal staff teams as appropriate;

·       Other duties as required, including administrative tasks.


·       BS/BA in related field or related experience;

·       Familiarity with, and a passion for, LGBT issues in K-12 education

·       Commitment to racial equity and dismantling all forms of oppression

·       4-7 years of experience in grassroots campaign organizing with proven record of success;

·       Ability to break down complex governmental processes or policy problems into material digestible by the general public;

·       Experience developing and delivering trainings to diverse audiences;

·       Ability to quickly build relationships and respond proactively to feedback;

·       Ability and willingness to travel 20% of time;

·       Knowledge of constituent management and engagement software (CQ Engage, etc.) a plus.

·       Be reliable, organized and able to multi-task;

·       Exhibit creativity, resourcefulness and flexibility;

·       Personal qualities include passion, enthusiasm, commitment, integrity, humor, optimism, and ability to inspire others to engage


GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism (among other forms of identity-based discrimination) undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike and how to promote inclusivity to prevent and counteract them. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools across the United States, and our network of 39 community-led chapters in 26 states brings GLSEN’s expertise to local 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 (including domestic partners); life insurance; and a 401k plan with increasing employer contributions based on staff tenure.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

This position will be located in GLSEN’s Washington DC office. 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, women, and non-LGBT people to apply.