Associate Director, Partnerships

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000.00
Maximum: $65,000.00
Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



United States


Job Title: Associate Director, Partnerships

Reports To: Co-Executive Director

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Salary Range:  $60,000-65,000 - commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits package including health, dental,vision, and retirement benefits



Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains trans, queer, and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools. GSA Network is guided by our vision of full equality and social justice for all trans and queer people. We have developed a model of grassroots organizing that trains youth activists to understand and challenge multiple systems of oppressions, in order to develop trans, queer, and allied leaders with a vision for broad social justice. Grounded in this model, GSA Network is building the GSA movement by providing resources, training, and grassroots organizing support to youth activists working to educate schools and communities about trans and queer issues and change public policy; as well as to emerging GSA Networks in states around the U.S. As the convener of the National Association of GSA Networks - the largest partnership of GSA focused organizations - we bring together youth and adult leaders from state and regional GSA Networks to share best practices for GSA and youth organizing. As a national leader at the intersections of the trans and queer youth, racial, gender, and education justice movements, this is an exciting time for GSA Network as we expand our impact and grow our team. You can learn more about our work at



This position is part of a two person programs management and leadership team that will manage the core components of GSA Network’s programs: youth organizing -and- strategic alliances & policy partnerships.  This position will focus on guiding and developing GSA Network’s national programs of strategic alliances and policy partnerships that make up the national GSA movement. The Associate Director, Partnerships is a full-time position primarily responsible for leading a team of regional organizers in various field offices to strengthen the national GSA movement and managing GSA Network’s national and California partnerships and coalitions. The Associate Director, Partnerships will work with the Associate Director, Youth Organizing to operate and maintain GSA Network core programming nationally and in CA. This position would be responsible for overseeing GSA Network’s primary partnership - the National Association of GSA Networks - to ensure an engaging and generative program and that they are receiving adequate support and technical assistance from the organization. The position is also responsible for managing a number of intersectional collaborations and policy partnerships focused on issues of racial, economic, educational justice and movement building. The Associate Director, Partnerships will play a lead role in guiding the national GSA movement and strategy and working with the Co-Executive Director on policy advocacy. Key responsibilities include staff supervision, programming, project management, coalition and partnership strategy, organizational capacity building for LGBTQ youth program implemention, evaluation, and oversight. The Associate Director, Partnerships must have a strong understanding of intersectional coalition building, grassroots community organizing, youth development, youth organizing, curriculum development, program design, and project management. A demonstrated passion for LGBTQ youth leadership and empowerment, an understanding of youth culture, and commitment to intergenerational movement building for social change is required for all positions at GSA Network. Ability and willingness to travel nationally is required for this position.


Principal Responsibilities

  • Co-lead and manage GSA Network’s programs along with the Associate Director, Youth Organizing and Co-Executive Directors.
  • Serve as the primary administrator and supervisor for the national partnerships programming for GSA Network that provides training and technical assistance to other state networks
  • Manage GSA Network’s policy partnerships and work with Co-Executive Directors on policy advocacy for LGBTQ youth
  • Provide direction and day-to-day management of key functions of GSA Network’s national partnership programs, that include: program compliance, budget oversight, team management, and project management.
  • Provide direct supervision and mentorship to a team of regional LGBTQ organizers spread in two field offices outside of CA. Provide coalition capacity support and mentorship to GSA Network of CA youth organizers.
  • Lead GSA Network’s participation in Dignity in Schools Campaign CA, and provide admin supportive to project staff
  • Provide leadership for a multi-disciplinary team of grassroots organizers, policy advocates, event planners, and youth development professionals. Tasks include hiring, supervising, training, evaluating, empowering, coordinating, team building, and maintaining a climate that attracts and motivates a diverse staff.
  • In coordination with Executive Team and national program and organizing staff, develop and implement goals, objectives, procedures and work standards of GSA Networks national and partnership programs.
  • Provide project management to national program staff, supporting regional GSA Network program events, e.g. Summer Activist Camps, Regional Organizers Convenings, National Gatherings other conferences
  • Oversee the National Association of GSA Networks - Cultivate partnerships and facilitate communication with other national and state-based organizations that can support the capacity-building and development of state-level GSA networks
  • Coordinate and manage an annual convening of our partner organizations - the National Gathering of GSA Networks
  • Oversee and coordinate new partner organization onboarding and orientation
  • Manage GSA Network’s strategic partnerships and movement building coalitions
  • Support the development and implementation of national youth led GSA campaigns
  • Attend GSA Network events such as the National Gathering of GSA Networks, youth conferences, camps, and advocacy events
  • Build and manage relationships and collaborations with other community organizations, local and state agencies, local officials, and others to locate and mobilize resources, identify collaborative program development opportunities, and maintain positive community relations.
  • Direct and review program planning and evaluation for California programs with program managers field organizers, in partnership with the Co-Executive Director.
  • Participate in the preparation and administration of multiple program budgets and ensure compliance with the organization’s program funding terms and conditions, including preparation of grant reports.
  • Oversee intern recruitment and training of new staff and volunteers in the national and partnerships programs



  • At least 2-4 years experience in supervision and staff management (of a team of at least 2)
  • At least 2-4 years experience in project management, program planning, and evaluation in non-profit setting
  • At least 1-3 years managing collaborations, partnership programs or professional associations.
  • 1-2 years Policy Advocacy or campaign experience
  • Direct experience working in youth development programs with LGBTQ youth, particularly youth of color
  • Organizational development or capacity building expirence, particularly with LGBTQ youth serving organizations
  • Experience providing professional development or capacity building workshops
  • Knowledge of and direct experience with grassroots community organizing and coalition building
  • Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills
  • Excellent writing skills required
  • Fundraising and/or grant writing experience a strong plus
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including public speaking, meeting facilitation, and conflict resolution
  • Solid time management skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, anti-oppression work, and LGBTQ rights
  • Desire to grow with fast-paced organization
  • Ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and with people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual, gender, and generational backgrounds
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends.
  • Experience running a statewide or regional GSA Network or similar youth organizing program a plus


Generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and retirement.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Please send cover letter and resume via RecruiterBox:

Deadline for applications is March 19, 2018 however, the position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is therefore recommended that you submit your materials as promptly as possible. The ideal start date is April 16, 2018.


Equal Opportunity Employer

GSA Network is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from youth, people of color, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and people with disabilities.